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.
The historic building of the
former provincial finance directorate was during renovation supplemented by an
extension where the University Library of Silesian University in Opava is now
The Faculty focuses primarily on
providing professional degree programs whose graduates are well prepared for
future job performance thanks to high proportion of practical training.
Graduates find employment in the public service sector from nursing over
pedagogical specialization and social work to the public administration sphere,
exhibiting extremely high levels of employment.
Scientific and educational activities provided
by the Faculty of three departments (Institute of Nursing, Institute of
Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences and the Institute of Public
Administration and Regional Policy). Performing research activities as a
priority, three faculty research centres (Research Centre for Social Inclusion,
Research Centre for Cultural and Modern History and the Centre for Empirical
Research) maintain a significant share in the instruction of students.
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). The results of students'
professional and scientific activities, including parts of their theses can be
published by students in peer-reviewed on-line student journal entitled The
Dark-Blue World (Tmavomodrý Svět).
In the future, the faculty is prepared to focus
primarily on the instruction of students mainly in areas of so-called helping
professions (nursing, 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 regional policy.
As a research activity priority, the Faculty
focuses on areas related directly to student instruction. Besides paramedical
disciplines and pedagogical-psychological issues on the field of social
pathology and prevention and education of the elderly, research focuses on
current issues in the area adjacent to public governance, such as working with
ethnic and national minorities, migration and social integration of difficultly
adaptable populations, the record-keeping and compensation of victims of
persecution by the totalitarian regime in our country and in the former Soviet
Union, churches and denominations and the development of their role in 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.