The Faculty celebrates its 30th anniversary

  • Michal Stoklasa
  • 27.10.2020
This year, our Faculty celebrates its 30th anniversary. Below we bring you some interesting photos and information from the life of the Faculty.

The exhibition entitled "30 years with the School of Business Administration"

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Faculty, an exhibition entitled "30 years with the School of Business Administration" was opened on Friday, October 16, 2020. The exhibition shows the life of the Faculty in thirty years through historical documents, newspaper articles and photographs. Simultaneously with the exhibition, a special issue of the faculty magazine was published, which complements the exhibition in more detail.

Choosing the location of the building

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the building in which our Faculty was located had been originally the seat of the District Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (OV KSČ)? Its construction began in 1984 and the costs amounted to CSK 60 million. After the fall of the communist regime, a decision was made on how to utilize these premises further. In January 1990, an Open Day was held, and people decided, through a survey (12,412 ballots), to place the newly emerging university in these beautiful premises. The second most preferred choice was the state spa, but it received only 3,246 votes.

Establishment of the university

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at the beginning, the Faculty of Karviná together with the Faculty of Arts in Opava had been a part of Masaryk University in Brno? The MU Academic Senate originally rejected the establishment of both faculties. A large delegation headed by Assoc. Prof. Šustek went to Brno to support the establishment of both faculties. A new vote was held at the September meeting. During it, 29 members voted in favour, 5 against and 3 abstained. Karviná thus became a university town on September 17, 1990. Assoc. Prof. Šustek was temporarily appointed to the position of Dean. 

The first lecture

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the interest in studying at the Faculty was quite high? In the first academic year, 206 full-time students and 95 part-time students were admitted. The first lecture began on October 8, 1990, in the auditorium, and after being welcomed by the Dean, a lecture in mathematics by Assoc. Prof. Godulová followed. The opening ceremony took place in the presence of many guests and academic officials on October 11, 1990. At its meeting on October 23, 1990, the Accreditation Commission took the last step and confirmed the establishment of the School of Business Administration in Karviná.

The first study programs

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at the beginning, two bachelor’s study fields had been opened at the Faculty? It was initiated specifically by Economics of Trade and Services with specializations in Marketing and Management in Business Activities, Entrepreneurship in the Tertiary Sphere and Economics of Tourism, as well as the field of Economics of the Non-Production Sphere and Social Development with the specialization in Social and Retraining Management. Since the 1993/94 academic year, the Faculty has received accreditation for a master’s degree program in Business Economics in Trade and Services with the specializations Marketing and Management in Trade and Services and Informatics and its use in Trade and Services. The graduation of the first 142 bachelor's degree graduates took place on October 14, 1993. The graduation of the first 105 master's degree graduates took place on June 24, 1995.

People in the Faculty management

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the first Faculty management had been created in the winter semester of the AY 1990/91? The first Dean was elected Assoc. Prof. Ing. Emanuel Šustek, CSc., Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs PhDr. Jan Steiner, CSc., Vice-Dean for Science and Research Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Ramík, CSc., Vice-Dean for Development and Construction Ing. Milan Smejkal, Secretary Ing. Alena Valicová and the chairman of the Academic Senate of the Faculty PaedDr. Jiří Helešic, PhD.
Prof. RNDr. PhDr. Stanislav Polouček, CSc. was next in line, the third Dean was Assoc. Prof. Ing. Tibor Paulík, CSc., the fourth Dean was Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Vojtěch Malátek, CSc., the fifth PhDr. Bohumil Fiala, Ph.D., the sixth Dean was Assoc Prof. Ing. Pavel Tuleja, Ph.D., the current Rector of the Silesian University and the seventh in a row is Prof. Ing. Daniel Stavárek, Ph.D., who has held this position so far. (all listed titles are current)

Insignia and gowns

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the School of Business Administration had not acquired its own insignia until the AY 1994/1995? Their author was the academic sculptor Jiří Španihel. The Faculty has been proud of its gowns since 1997. According to the artwork by the academic painter Naděžda Stanovská, they were sewn in the studio of the Secondary Vocational School of Clothing in Prostějov. Since 2016, the original gowns have been gradually replaced with new ones made of lightweight material. And since 2018, graduation hats have also been purchased for graduation gowns.

Faculty infrastructure

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the Faculty had been initially located in the former headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party? With the growing number of applicants and the need for teaching, the Faculty gradually expanded to other buildings in the area of Karviná. Since 1997, it has taken over the Na Vyhlídce complex, which was built as a secondary vocational mining school in the second half of the 1950s. In 2007, the entire complex was renovated and is still used today. In the years 2003 - 2013, the Faculty also used the building of the former primary school with Polish as the language of instruction on Třída Osvobození. In the period 2008 - 2015, the Faculty took up residence in the building of the former primary school on Žižková St.

Accommodation capacities

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at the very beginning, the Faculty had not had its own accommodation capacities? Students from more distant places were accommodated in the Kosmos hostel. The Faculty leased this for a long time from OKD company. Together with accommodation at SOUT in Karviná and the Doubravan hotel building in Orlová, the Faculty had a total of 574 accommodation places available. The Faculty acquired its own accommodation facility only in 1997, in the Na Vyhlídce complex. In the years 2004 - 2007, it also dealt with the increasing demands for accommodation by renting rooms in the Předvoj hostel in Karviná. Extensive reconstruction of the Na Vyhlídce campus in the years 2006 - 2009 increased accommodation capacity and created a quality background for student accommodation. Now the Faculty offers accommodation only at the Na Vyhlídce dormitory, where there is accommodation capacity for 450 students.


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at the beginning of the establishment of the Faculty, one room had been reserved for the Library, in which a copier had been located and students could only borrow basic scripts and textbooks? During this period, however, a branch of the Karviná District Library and Study Room was located in the rear wing of the building, which reoriented part of its book collection to the needs of university students. From 1992, the intensive building of the Faculty Library under the leadership of Mgr. Khestlová began. In 1998, the Library was moved to the newly acquired Na Vyhlídce campus, where students could use it until 2007. In that year, an extensive reconstruction of the campus began, and the Library was moved to the premises of the former Polish school on Třída Osvobození for three years. The ceremonial opening of the newly reconstructed Library took place on 15 December 2009. At present, the Library has more than 57,000 books and 42 titles of magazines.

International cooperation

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from its inception, the Faculty had been involved in various forms of cooperation with foreign universities and other educational and scientific institutions? The initial activities were focused mainly on mutual reciprocal contacts, concluding bilateral agreements. Gradually, there was an increasing emphasis on involvement in international programs, research projects and grants. Cooperation with the Peace Corps, the Fulbright Commission and the National Agency for International Education at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic contributed to establishing contacts with English and American lecturers who then worked at the Faculty, thus involving extensive assistance for the newly established Faculty. From the academic year 1995/96, students were sent to study in Great Britain, Finland, Greece, Ireland, and Austria within the international programs TEMPUS and CEEPUS. In 1998, Silesian University and its constituents joined the Socrates Erasmus program. In the summer semester of the academic year 1999/2000, the first 3 students at the School of Business Administration were sent abroad (2 students to Germany and 1 student to Ireland). In the academic year 1995/96, the first foreign students from the School of Higher Education, Oulu, Finland, visited the faculty.

Doctoral studies

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from 2004, the Faculty had received accreditation for doctoral studies in the Economics and Management degree program with a three-year or four-year study period? The study was organized from the beginning by the Institute of Doctoral Studies. Since 2016, the doctoral study falls under the Department of Science and Research and the Vice-Dean for Science and Research is responsible for its course. In 2015, there was a newly accredited degree program with a four-year standard study period. The first 17 doctoral students began studying at the Faculty in the academic year 2004/2005. The first graduate who met all the requirements and successfully defended her dissertation was in 2007 Assoc. Prof. Ing. Jarmila Duháček Šebestová, PhD.

Habilitation procedure

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in the autumn of 2015, the Faculty had obtained accreditation for the habilitation procedure in the field of Business Economics and Management? It has thus become another part of the Silesian University, which can award successful graduates the title of associate professor. In the habilitation procedure, the applicant's scientific or artistic qualification is verified, especially based on the habilitation thesis, its defence and other scientific and professional works. Furthermore, pedagogical competence is monitored according to the evaluation of the habilitation lecture and previous pedagogical practice. So far, 4 habilitation procedures have been successfully completed at the Faculty and 2 habilitation procedures are now underway. The first successful graduate in 2017 was Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Ing. Roman Šperka, PhD.

Modernization of the Faculty

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the main faculty building had undergone many repairs and modernizations from its construction? In the 1990s, for example, the cladding of the building was repaired, and a canteen with technical facilities was built in the former garages and warehouses of the People's Militia and Civil Defense. In 2012, the cladding of the building and windows were replaced. Since 2017, a gazebo in the courtyard of the Faculty has been available to faculty staff and students. Its interior was also reconstructed and modernized. A significant event was the modernization of the small and large auditorium, which took place with the financial support of ESF funds. More than 50 million investments were 95% paid from the Operational Program Research, Development and Education.