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Charles University Bodies

The self-governing bodies of the University - bodies through which the University administers its affairs - are the Academic Senate, the Rector and the Research Board. A disciplinary committee would also be a self-governing body, but since all Charles University students are enrolled for study at faculties, no University-wide disciplinary committee has been established. Other University bodies are the Administrative Council and the Bursar.



The Rector is the executive head of the University. He is appointed to this post by the President of the Republic on the basis of a nomination by the Academic Senate of the University, to which he is accountable for the performance of his office. The Rector presents drafts of internal regulations, budgets, fundamental policy documents (long-term plans), evaluations of compliance with plans (annual reports), and other documents and decisions concerning the whole University to the Academic Senate.


The Academic Senate of the University is its supreme self-governing representative academic body. According to the law it must have at least eleven members, of whom at least one-third, but not more than one-half, must be students. Members of the Academic Senate of a Czech public higher education institution are elected in a direct secret ballot by the members of the academic community from their own ranks. The Academic Senate nominates a candidate for Rector to the President of the Republic, approves draft internal regulations, draft budgets, long-term plans, annual reports and other proposals submitted by the Rector. The Senate expresses its position on the Rector’s nomination of members of the University Research Board and of members of the Rector’s Collegium (the Vice-Rectors).


The Research Board of the University is a self-governing academic body with powers applying especially to the research and other creative activities performed by a public higher education institution. The Research Board is chaired by the Rector, who appoints the remaining members subject to approval by the Academic Senate.


The Administrative Council is the body of a higher education institution that supervises the exercise of public interest in the activities of the institution, the observance of legislation and regulations, and the diligent management of a university’s property and assets. The remit of the Administrative Council primarily involves issuing approval for measures related to the management of property and assets.


The Bursar is the body of a public higher education institution responsible for the finances and internal administration of the institution, who speaks on behalf of the institution within the scope defined by the relevant provision issued by the Rector. The Bursar is appointed by the Rector and is accountable to him for the performance of his office.


The International Advisory Board is an advisory body that assists the Rector of CU in evaluating the main directions of the scientific and educational activities, research programmes, evaluation and funding schemes of CU.



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