History and Highlights
Prague College was conceived in late 2003 with an inspiring vision to create a university environment that understands the interconnected nature of business, IT and design. These are the three pillars on which the university was founded, and they quickly emerged as the core faculties, or Schools as they exist now. After initial research into the local environment, it emerged that employers were dissatisfied with the level of skills of graduates coming out of the Czech universities. We believed there was room for an alternative approach to teaching and learning based on the British university model. Prague College was born.
In 2004, we opened our doors to the first fifteen students. Since those intimate beginnings, our private university has grown to offer twelve British degree programmes to over 500 students per year, coming from over 90 different countries.
Douglas Hajek — who founded the university with Natasa Babic and Deputy Director Jeffrey Buehler — recalls some of the major milestones since those early days:
"In 2005, we were accredited to offer the British Higher National Diploma programmes; in 2008, we introduced full three-year degrees in co-operation with Teesside University; and in 2009, we celebrated the creation of the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary Studies," he says. "This all happened faster than we thought it would, but our excellent faculty really provided the energy to lead these projects."
The Master Speaker Series, which began in 2010, gives members of the college the opportunity to meet and engage with key thinkers and experts from a wide range of disciplines who offer inspiration and motivation for students' dissertations and future careers. The main lecture series is supported by further series of talks and workshops designed to appeal to students from all our schools.
The tenth anniversary year of Prague College in 2014 saw the inauguration of the Independent Advisory Board, a small group of independent, international, and highly experienced educational and industry professionals whose purpose is to advise on the academic and institutional strategy that underpins plans for the College’s ongoing development.
2016 saw the launch of three new programmes: The BA in Communications and Media Studies, and two MA degrees in Fine Art and Future Design. The continued growth of our academic offering, along with the quality of what we produce, is not only a testament to what we believe in, but also an assurance of a robust future.