On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 the Academic Senate of the Silesian University in Opava decided unanimously to appropriate four study programmes of the existing Faculty of Philosophy and  Science for the establishment of a new part of the Silesian University, the Faculty of Public Policies. The new faculty began operation on October 1, 2008. 

Since the beginning of the academic year 2016/2017, the students, teachers and administrative staff use the newly renovated seat building at 14 Bezruč Square, Opava. The original neo-baroque palace of the provincial finance directorate from the early 20th century now houses modern teaching facilities which provide all the necessary comfort for teaching and scientific research. It offers modem and comfortable premises for all of the instruction, the scientific research and the implementation activities to take place. Everything is found here under one roof, including the lecture halls, specialized classrooms with first-rate equipment where the practical training is carried out, the instructors ' offices and the university library.

Scientific and educational activities are provided by four departments:

·         Institute of Paramedical Health Studies

·         Institute of Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences

·         Institute of Public Administration and Social Policy

·         Institute of Special Education

 The faculty focuses primarily on the instruction of students mainly in professional degree programs in areas of so-called helping professions (such as nursing, midwifery, dental hygiene, social pathology and prevention, social welfare, special education, education of the elderly, etc.) and on education usable in a wide range of sectors of public administration and social policy. The graduates are well prepared for future job performance thanks to high proportion of practical training. Already during their studies, the students are enabled to establish contacts with experts who often become their future employers. Graduates find employment in the public service sector from nursing over pedagogical specialization and social work to the public administration sphere, exhibiting extremely high employment rate.

On average, more than a thousand students study at the faculty of whom primarily students of  Master’s and doctoral programs regularly engage in creative activities and implementation of their own research work. The study is governed  by a credit system based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which allows candidates to complete part of their studies at partner universities abroad (e.g. in Germany, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and the Slovak Republic).

Students are supported through merit, accommodation and other types of scholarships.  The best students interested in scientific research can raise funds to finance their participation in the projects of student grant competition and they can also succeed in the competition for the best final thesis.

Faculty of Public Policies enables its researchers and other professionals to publish the results of scientific work primarily by means of three journals. From 2013, the Faculty publishes the peer-reviewed scientific journal Central European Papers, filed since 2015 in the prestigious European database ERIH PLUS in the fields of political science and history. Similarly, a journal called Social Pathology and Prevention which reflects a multidisciplinary view of the area of risky behaviour and its prevention is published in English since 2015. The newest professional journal under the auspice of the Institute of Nursing is Nursing Perspectives (Ošetřovatelské perspektivy).

As a research activity priority, the faculty focuses on areas related directly to student theoretical and practical background. Besides paramedical disciplines and pedagogical-psychological issues in the field of special education, social pathology and prevention and education of the elderly, research focuses on current issues in the area adjacent to social policy, such as working with ethnic and national minorities, migration and social integration and other topical social issues.

The Faculty of Public Policies with its educational focus and research profiles gradually became an essential part of the Silesian University in Opava, helping to create a positive image of the university in the public and contributing significantly to the education of vocational professionals whose representation in the labour market is dramatically scarce and who are essentially irreplaceable.

Faculty in Public Policies in a nutshell:

-       study programmes with a high share of practical experience

-       modern specialized well-equipped classrooms

-       focus on professional programmes with applicability on the labour market

-       modern faculty narrowly cooperating with practice and corresponding to the current needs of helping professions