Author: Mgr. Lada Dobrovolná, Translation Mgr. Jana Bortlíková
Based on the initiative of
Kateřina Janků, the Vice-Dean for International Relations of the Faculty of
Public Policies, in 2021, faculty's cooperation with the Catholic University of
America, located in the US capital, Washington D.C., was born. In July 2021,
the faculty was visited by the dean of the National Catholic School of Social Sevice, Jo Ann Regan.. At that time, she was a Fulbright
scholarship holder at the Cyril and Methodius Faculty of the Palacký University
in Olomouc, and among other things, she presented two lectures on the topic of
the Pillars of the Social System in the USA. After that, the cooperation
between the two sides began, which was confirmed by the written General
Memorandum of Understanding.
established relations were slowed down by the covid pandemic, so they could
only begin to develop more again this year. At the turn of March and April,
representatives of SU, went to the United States, in addition to The Rector of
the University, Tomáš Gongol, Vice-Dean for International Relations, Kateřina
Janků and her colleagues from the faculty, Vice-Dean for Study and Social
Affairs, Marta Kolaříková, and the Secretary of the faculty, Josef Vícha. The
journey was implemented within the project “Development of R&D capacities
of the Silesian University”.
"The purpose of this journey was to concretize the goals of the
Memorandum signed in 2021. It was therefore a discussion and agreement on
concrete cooperation in the field of science and research, reciprocal exchanges
of students, holding joint conferences, or specific professional cooperation
between academic staff," explained Vice-Dean Janků and she continued:
"We also talked about the
functioning of professional facilities and institutions here and in the USA,
comparing experiences from the operation and activities of schools, social
service facilities and non-profit organizations".
"I personally will continue to be in contact with Professor Michaela L.
Zajicek-Farber, who, thanks to her Czech roots, is interested in joint
comparative studies in various areas of helping professions. She currently
deals with the traumas of children of imprisoned parents, and has recently
received a grant supporting work with doubly traumatized children, i.e. those
who, in addition to their parents in prison, also have a disability. She was
excited by the possibility of excursions to women's prisons in our country,
especially in Světlá nad Sázavou, where there are specialized sections for
mothers with small children," added Vice-Dean Marta Kolaříková.
In addition to the faculty
focused on social studies (School of Social Service), cooperation has also been
strengthened within other parts of the Catholic University, namely the Center
for Teaching Excellence, School of Nursing, and the School of Business, which
opens doors for the exchange of experience and joint work in the field of science
and research for the School of Business Administration in Karviná.
"I am glad that it was possible to not only confirm the existing
cooperation, but also to extend it to other areas of education at the Silesian
University. In addition to the cooperation of academic staff in the field of
science and research, we also agreed on the possibility of semester studies for
our students in the USA," Rector Tomáš Gongol summarized the benefits
of the journey.
"The closest joint activity is a meeting in Rome in June with the students
of the School of Social Service as part of the summer school. We will certainly
inform about this event and try to present the Czech social system in order to
inspire people to visit and study here at the Faculty of Public Policy,"
concluded Vice-Dean Kateřina Janků.