Charles University was founded on the 7th of April 1348 by a charter of Charles IV, King of the Romans and of Bohemia. In this way one of the three great ideas of Christian medieval times ? universitas ? was fulfilled. Thanks to Charles? foresight and his good relations with Pope Clement VI, the newly founded university had four faculties ? theological, legal, medical and arts ? a pattern which corresponded to medieval concepts of a complete university. The university was based on the Sorbonne model and it is the oldest university in Central Europe.
Over the centuries, as with all other universities, Charles University has experienced periods of great success, and times of trouble and decline. Our Alma Mater, founded by Charles IV in the hope that it would serve the nation forever, is now a leading educational and scholarly institution that remains true to its ancient traditions. Its seventeen faculties educate over 42,000 students; teaching and research is carried out by h (more ... )