The creation of independent Czechoslovakia on 28th October 1918 was an important historical milestone that laid the foundations of a free and democratic state. The 105th anniversary of this event also reminds us of other values that are key to our university, i.e., education, innovation and sustainability.
Since its foundation in 1906, back in the days of the monarchy, the Czech University of Life Sciences has been committed to providing quality education and supporting innovation in agriculture and other related fields. Today, when more than a century has passed since the establishment of our university, we continue to support, in addition to education, research and development in the fields of agriculture, forestry, environment, economics and technology. And we believe that the emergence of an independent state helped us to develop the fields in which we operate despite turbulent times that limited democracy and freedom and especially made it possible to provide high-quality education to our students.
Our university is proud of its rich history and the legacy handed down to us. At the same time, we manage current challenges and are ready for future ones. Thanks to our students, academics, graduates and partners, CZU is becoming a centre of excellence in education, research and innovation.
On the occasion of the 105th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, the deans of individual faculties and institutes of the Czech University of Life Sciences (CZU) commented on this important event. Together, they pay tribute to our history, call on students, academics and the public to be proud of our country and education, to respect and reflect on history, to respect our roots and influential personalities who have contributed to the spread of the good name of our country and contributed to the benefit of its nation.
Prof. Vladimír Bejček
Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences
The 105th anniversary of Czechoslovakia is an important date that has left its mark on our entire nation. The monarchy turned into a democracy with all the elements, albeit with a fifty-year hiatus, but we continue on. And I believe that the Czech Republic, as the successor of this state, will be prosperous.
Prof. Róbert Marušák
Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences
The foundation of Czechoslovakia was undoubtedly a significant historical moment for both the Czech and Slovak nations. It is important to remember this every year, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone good luck, healthy development of the republic and many educated people.
Doc. Tomáš Šubrt
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management
105 years is a beautiful anniversary. It is an age that very few people live to see. 105 years is not so much for the state, but on the other hand, we have a lot to be thankful for. We can only wish the Czech and Slovak Republics, as the successors of Czechoslovakia, good luck and many years to come. We have a lot to thank the Czechoslovak Republic for. Among other things, for outstanding economists and entrepreneurs such as Tomáš Baťa or Alois Rašín, or the farmer and heartthrob Dr. Antonín Švehla.
Prof. Josef Soukup
Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
On the occasion of the Czech statehood holiday, I would like us to add a little self-confidence and realize what a beautiful place we live in and what great cultural and economic successes we have achieved over the long history, and we live a beautiful landscape. And I am glad that, as a university, we can contribute to all this and educate students who will take care of our livelihood and our beautiful landscape in the future.
Prof. Petr Valášek
Director of the Institute of Education and Communication
I would like to wish our students to meet with the most up-to-date topics, modern technologies and facilities that we have here at the university and thus achieve a very high-quality education, because quality education for everyone still cannot be taken for granted in many parts of the world these days. I wish our students and, subsequently, graduates to have the will and courage to move things forward while not forgetting the historical context because, without it, we are prone to repeat many mistakes.
Doc. Jiří Mašek
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
These days, we are commemorating the 105th anniversary of the founding of our beautiful republic located in the heart of Europe. Looking back at those hundred and five wonderful years, we will find beautiful and sad periods, as is usually the case in life. At present, however, it is necessary to look to the future. And the future is in your hands, you, our students, or applicants for studies. In order not to waste this chance, grab it and hold it because everything is in your hands.
Prof. Patrick Van Damme
Dean of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences
Congratulations on the 105th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. I come from Belgium, and I know that it can be challenging to unite different peoples - Czechs, Slovaks, or Flemish, and French speaking in Belgium. However, I still think that this example was good and that there are lessons to learn from it, hopefully inspiring you to try to live in peace with whoever surrounds you and lives with you. It's a challenging time, but I hope you take inspiration from this one example in your country, so go for it!
Thank you to everyone who supports us in our joint efforts. We are creating a future based on knowledge, innovation and sustainability.