The History and the Present of the Faculty of Philosophy and Science

The Faculty of Philosophy and Science (FPS) in Opava started in 1990 as a Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno and in 1991 it became part of the Silesian University in Opava. In the post-November era it was constituted in a completely new way, that is without any legal predecessor. The Faculty teaches the subjects of the arts (history, museology, archaeology, the Czech language, foreign languages, library science), the sciences (physics and computer science) and one art subject of creative photography. The faculty's response to the current social demand for the new staff in public administration and due reforms was the foundation of the programme Public Administration and Regional Policy. Today there are 37 study programmes for a bachelor's degree, 26 study programmes for a master's degree and 2 study programmes for a doctor's degree - History with Focus on the Czech and Czechoslovak History and Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics.

The last ten years have been a period of development in the field of science and research for the FPS. The main directions of the scientific progress and research are determined by the research goals that are contained in the FPS's statute.

The scientific results of the Institutes of History and Museology, Physics and Computer Science, which have been published in Czech and renowned foreign journals, suggest a high quality of research comparable to the European standards. The outcome of creative activities of the most important teachers working in the Institute of Creative Photography are internationally recognised. Within the framework of scientific progress, there has been a successful development of international co-operation, which includes common solutions of research projects, study stays, lectures and participation in international science conferences. Though co-operation with the institutions from the Central European countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, the Slovak Republic) prevails, there has been a progress concerning the co-operation with the countries of the European Union, such as Norway and Italy.

The History and the Present of the Mathematical Institute in Opava

The university institute separated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava as at 1 January 1999. Besides studies for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, doctoral study programme in the fields of mathematical analysis and mathematical physics are accredited at   the Mathematical Institute at the Silesian University in Opava. The Institute also carries out habilitations and gives appointments of professors in these fields. The position of the Mathematical Institute within the structure of the Silesian University in Opava is extraordinary particularly in the field of science and research. The Institute members are well-known for their contributions to the theory of discrete dynamic systems, mathematical physics, variational analysis and natural fibre spaces. The results of their work are acknowledged at many leading research establishments all over the world. Accredited study in bachelor, master and doctoral programmes are all in Mathematics.

The History and the Present of the Faculty of Public Policies

This faculty has been newly established 1 October 2008.