About Comenius University

Description of the University: 

Comenius University in Bratislava is the oldest and biggest university in the Slovak Republic. It was founded on  June 27th, 1919 and follows the university traditions of one of the first Universities in Europe the Academia Istropolitana, which was established in Bratislava by the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus in 1465. Comenius University is named after Johan Amos Comenius (in Slovak language Ján Amos Komenský 28 March 1592–15 November 1670), teacher of nations, an outstanding personality of the world history. Establishment of the university has had an exceptional importance for progress of education, science and culture in Slovakia. It was the first institution that offered the highest possible education in the Slovak language. Since the creation university has belonged to the best universities in Slovakia and it became an internationally recognized center of science and research.

Basic missions of the university are to acquire, develop and disseminate knowledge, and to facilitate access to it, especially for young generation; to preserve and strengthen position of the university as a scientific and educational institution of the highest international quality and to form high professional and human qualities of the graduates in the spirit of European democracy, humanism and tolerance, the major values of a person of the third millenary.

As the most complex university of classical type it keeps the position of a national university. Comenius University has 13 faculties, many of which offer courses or even complete study programmes in English, and some in French and German, too. Altogether you can find more than 28 000 students studying in Bachelor, Master or Postgraduate programs and nearly 1 800 international students from 80 foreign countries. Every year university accepts nearly 8 000 newstudents who can choose out of 1 300 study programs. The Comenius University hosts the highest number of foreign students among all universities in our country.

The Comenius University Mission Statement:

The Comenius University’s fundamental mission is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and its understanding.

As a UNIVERSITY, it is a scientific institution in which research opens up new horizons and at the same time enhances knowledge transfer.

As a UNIVERSITY, it distinguishes itself from other research centres by its autonomous statement of problems, by the disinterested character of fundamental research, by its focus on education and by the fact that within its walls it encompasses almost all the scientific disciplines.

As a UNIVERSITY, it distinguishes itself from other educational institutions by the fact that its teaching is based on and nourished by, its own research and the world-wide scientific knowledge and by its interdisciplinary approach to solving problems.

As a UNIVERSITY, it defines its tasks and priorities autonomously, and the members of its academic community enjoy academic freedom in the exercise of their duties.

As a UNIVERSITY, it is a guarantee of freedom and democracy not only within its walls. One of its fundamental duties is to broaden and disseminate this mission also in the outside environment.

As a UNIVERSITY, it is its duty to defend its academic freedom and autonomy.

As a higher education institution which aspires to be a member of leading European centres of academic excellence and as an INTERNATIONALLY ORIENTED UNIVERSITY, the university's core strategic objectives are:

· to sustain and develop its identity as a research and teaching institution of the highest international quality;

· to provide an outstanding educational environment, supporting study across a broad range of academic disciplines;

· to produce graduates not only with high personal and professional achievement but also with high human qualities;

· to enhance the scientific and cultural vision of society as well as its economic well-being.

As a CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, the University pays special attention to the steady evaluation of its research and teaching in order to ensure that its students are lead by outstanding experts - researchers and lecturers.

As the greatest, oldest and outstanding NATIONAL UNIVERSITY of the Slovak Republic, Comenius University especially values its intellectual and universal relationship with the Slovak nation, where it has its roots and at the same time provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Slovakia.

Chronology: 

1919

Foundation of Comenius University, foundation of the Faculty of Medicine

1921

Foundation of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Philosophy

1939

Comenius University renamed The Slovak University

1940

Foundation of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and incorporation of the Catholic Faculty of Theology into the framework of the University (1940−1946)

1946

Foundation of the Faculty of Education (1946−1953)

1952

Foundation of the Faculty of Pharmacy (pharmacy had been studied at the Faculty of Medicine from 1939)

1952

Foundation of the Faculty of Geology and Geography (1952−1959)

1954

Comenius University returned to its original name

1960

Foundation of the Institute of Physical Education and Sports (since 1965 the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports)

1964

Foundation of the Faculty of Education in Trnava (transferred to Bratislava in 1986)

1969

Foundation of the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin

1980

Foundation of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

1990

Incorporation of the Evangelical Theological Faculty and the Roman Catholic Theological Faculty

1991

Foundation of the Faculty of Management

2002

Foundation of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences