Jan Evan­gelista Purkyně Uni­ver­sity in Ústí nad Labem is the only pub­lic uni­ver­sity based in Ústí nad Labem region. Estab­lished in 1991, it boasts of being the alma mater of a num­ber of stu­dents exceed­ing 10,000. Oper­at­ing in a region known for its long-term low­est intel­lec­tu­al stand­ard and highest rate of unem­ploy­ment in the Czech Repub­lic, the Uni­ver­sity bears social and cul­tur­al respons­ib­il­ity for the intel­lec­tu­al devel­op­ment of the region´s human resources. With a staff of over 800, the Uni­ver­sity ranks among the biggest employ­ers in the region.

The type of gradu­ated pro­fes­sion­als that are miss­ing in the Ústí nad Labem region are largely experts in nat­ur­al sci­ences, tech­nic­al fields of study, health care, arts and human­it­ies. Hence, prom­in­ence in sup­port of an exten­sion of study fields must be giv­en to all types of study courses, i.e. Bach­el­or, Master´s and doc­tor­al pro­grammes. The exist­ing spa­tial facil­it­ies are no longer cap­able to cope with the cur­rent require­ments, and in fact hinder the neces­sary upswing of the Uni­ver­sity. In order to fur­ther increase the num­ber of gradu­ate pop­u­la­tion of the Ústí nad Labem region, an adequate mater­i­al and tech­nic­al hin­ter­land needs to be cre­ated for the stu­dents, aca­dem­ics and research asso­ci­ates – with the aim to bring instruc­tion stand­ards up to a level that is on a par with the European aver­age.

The UJEP cam­pus is situ­ated in the cen­ter of Ústí nad Labem. The con­struc­tion there­of will con­trib­ute to the regen­er­a­tion and revital­iz­a­tion of part of the town spread­ing over an area of almost 90,000 square meters, with a con­sid­er­able impact upon imme­di­ate vicin­ity. Anoth­er factor under­lin­ing the sig­ni­fic­ance of the Cam­pus is its inter­con­nec­ted­ness with the town. Cam­pus premises will invari­ably play a major role in areas such as sci­ence, research and innov­a­tions (with emphas­is on applied research and the com­mer­cial util­iz­a­tion there­of), and in devel­op­ment of small and medi­um-sized busi­nesses run on the ter­rit­ory of the town, being dir­ectly sup­por­ted through the trans­fer of Uni­ver­sity-gen­er­ated know­ledge, busi­ness assur­ance, and emer­gence of spin-off com­pan­ies oper­at­ing on both the ter­rit­ory of the Uni­ver­sity and bey­ond.

The Pro­ject is imple­men­ted in a way provid­ing all Uni­ver­sity work­s­ites with adequate space, tech­nic­al and mater­i­al hin­ter­land for both the ful­fil­ment of their core tasks and fur­ther devel­op­ment there­of. In that way, an integ­rated edu­ca­tion hub of the Ústí nad Labem region will come into being – with learn­ing and research capa­cit­ies con­cen­trated on one spot.

With­in the premises, the edu­ca­tion, research, and admin­is­trat­ive and oper­at­ing hin­ter­land of the Uni­ver­sity will emerge, con­sti­tut­ing the base of the Cam­pus. On a gradu­al basis, trans­ferred to the premises, will get the Fac­ulty of Pro­duc­tion Tech­no­lo­gies and Man­age­ment, the Fac­ulty of Nat­ur­al Sci­ences, the Fac­ulty of Philo­sophy, the Insti­tute of Health­care Stud­ies, the Fac­ulty of Envir­on­ment­al Stud­ies, and the UJEP Rect­or­ate. The prin­ciple of shar­ing capa­cit­ies will be ful­filled through the launch of the J. E. Purkyne Uni­ver­sity Research Lib­rary, assumed to con­sti­tute the “heart” of Cam­pus as well as of the multi-func­tion­al cen­ter dis­pos­ing of big lec­ture halls, equipped with a hin­ter­land util­is­able as con­fer­ence premises, and serving as the University´s labor­at­ory cen­ter. In con­cur­rence with the core premises will be anoth­er so-called ser­vices part, inten­ded to be provid­ing accom­mod­a­tion and cater­ing capa­cit­ies, space for sports and leis­ure activ­it­ies – includ­ing hin­ter­land for park­ing and addi­tion­al ser­vices such as, e.g., a health care facil­ity, fin­ances, a shop­ping mall, etc.).

Since Septem­ber 2005, a revamp of Pavil­ion B has been in place with­in UJEP premises; the Pavil­ion is now used by stu­dents and staff of the Fac­ulty of Arts and Design. Also, revamps of oth­er objects have been accom­plished; these cur­rently serve as learn­ing premises of the Fac­ulty of Social & Eco­nom­ic Stud­ies, the Ped­ago­gic­al Faculty´s lib­rary, chapel, exhib­i­tion hall or a quick snack facil­ity. Com­pleted was the revamp of premises to be used – for instruc­tion pur­poses — by the Fac­ulty of Pro­duc­tion Tech­no­logy and Man­age­ment. At the same time, part of the Inform­at­ics Cen­ter is cur­rently dom­i­ciled in the said build­ing. In the North-East part of the premises, neces­sary land­scape archi­tec­ture inter­ven­tion will take place with new park­ing lots being cre­ated, and removed will be the wall that cur­rently throngs around the premises.

Targets of campus projects

Upon com­ple­tion of the Cam­pus, the devel­op­ment of ter­tiary edu­ca­tion will be ensured, as will be the enhance­ment of the cul­tur­al and intel­lec­tu­al poten­tial of the Ústí nad Labem region; all that will con­trib­ute to the ful­fil­ment of the cent­ral tar­get of the Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme of the Ústí nad Labem region, i.e. to the dis­con­tinu­ance of the impact of neg­at­ive effects of struc­tur­al changes, and to a jump-start of the devel­op­ment of the region´s eco­nom­ic basis in these changed con­di­tions — includ­ing the solu­tion of employ­ment issues. The Pro­ject will ensure the devel­op­ment of the Uni­ver­sity that – with­in the region – plays an irre­place­able role in areas such as ter­tiary edu­ca­tion, research and devel­op­ment. The Pro­ject tar­gets fall into groups as fol­lows:

Advancement of the University

  • Integ­ra­tion of the Uni­ver­sity and dynam­ic devel­op­ment there­of, fol­low­ing the mod­els of for­eign uni­ver­sit­ies.
  • Cre­ation of an integ­rated learn­ing center/education hub of the Ústí nad Labem region, and con­cen­tra­tion of edu­ca­tion capa­city on one spot.
  • Devel­op­ment of edu­ca­tion in a region with the highest unem­ploy­ment rate and low­est num­ber of gradu­ates.
  • Ration­al­isa­tion of costs and cost-effect­ive oper­a­tion, elim­in­a­tion of capa­city duplic­a­tions.
  • Intro­duc­tion of the prin­ciple of shar­ing and cooper­a­tion with­in the uni­ver­sity frame­work.


  • Pro­vi­sion of qual­ity edu­ca­tion, cre­ation of a cosy learn­ing-friendly envir­on­ment.
  • Exten­sion of the offer of study courses
  • Devel­op­ment of human resources
  • Devel­op­ment of ser­vices in the area of fur­ther edu­ca­tion
  • Intro­duc­tion of tuition in a for­eign lan­guage
  • Qual­ity of gradu­ates
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion of pro­fes­sion­als with long-stand­ing prac­tic­al exper­i­ence in tuition and – con­versely – prac­tising of aca­dem­ics in com­pan­ies.

Science, research, art work

  • Dynam­ic devel­op­ment of sci­ence, research and innov­a­tions under the prin­ciple of spe­cial­isa­tion and unique­ness (“key aware­ness”, stra­tegic lines of study with future poten­tial, focus on chal­lenges of the region and the Czech Repub­lic).
  • Applic­a­tion of the res­ults of research and devel­op­ment in prac­tice.
  • Set­ting up a shared aca­dem­ic research and labor­at­ory cen­ter.
  • Devel­op­ment of human resources with­in the giv­en domain (motiv­a­tion, mobil­ity, fur­ther pro­fes­sion­al edu­ca­tion of research and devel­op­ment staff).
  • Pro­tec­tion of intel­lec­tu­al prop­erty and sup­port of ori­gin­a­tion of pat­ents, indus­tri­al pat­ents and trade marks.
  • Pro­mo­tion of research and devel­op­ment res­ults, and of art work.
  • Involve­ment of stu­dents in sci­ence and research assign­ments and pro­jects.
  • Nur­tur­ing a young gen­er­a­tion of sci­ent­ists – sup­port of tal­en­ted stu­dents.
  • Sup­port for the form­a­tion of inter-fac­ulty and inter-uni­ver­sity sci­ence and research teams set up with­in the frame­work of respect­ive pro­jects.

Third role

Cooper­a­tion with both the private and pub­lic sec­tor in edu­ca­tion, sci­ence, research and innov­a­tions.. Estab­lish­ment of a con­tact and career cen­ter for cooper­a­tion and know­ledge trans­fer.
Cross-bor­der cooper­a­tion and pro­jects.
Sup­port of entre­preur­ship (form­a­tion of spin-off com­pan­ies).

Projects benefits

  • Enhance­ment of the qual­ity of human resources with­in the region – expan­sion in the num­ber of gradu­ate pop­u­la­tion in a region with cur­rently the low­est pro­por­tion there­of.
  • Reversal of the neg­at­ive bal­ance of migra­tion of gradu­ate pop­u­la­tion with­in the region.
  • Rise in employ­ment level in a region with cur­rently the highest unem­ploy­ment rate.
  • Arrival into the region of investors act­ive in hi-tech area.
  • Revital­isa­tion of a vast brown­field – the former premises of Mas­aryk Hos­pit­al situ­ated in the cen­ter of the region­al town, with addi­tion­al pro­grammes of human resources devel­op­ment linked to the imple­ment­a­tion there­of.
  • Sup­port of sci­ence, research and innov­a­tions with­in the region, those being seen as a major factor of enhan­cing the com­pet­it­ive­ness of the eco­nom­ic base. Increase in expendit­ure on sci­ence, research and innov­a­tions pur­sued in a region rank­ing – in terms of the afore­men­tioned aspects – among sig­ni­fic­antly sub­stand­ard ones.
  • Devel­op­ment of infra­struc­ture for sci­ence, research, innov­a­tions and edu­ca­tion – con­cen­tra­tion of research and edu­ca­tion capa­cit­ies.
  • Cre­ation of cur­rently miss­ing con­di­tions for cooper­a­tion with the cor­por­ate sphere – par­tic­u­larly in tech­nic­al and nat­ur­al sci­ences.
  • Cent­ral­isa­tion of oper­a­tion and integ­ra­tion of ser­vices and attain­ment of oper­a­tion cost sav­ings in areas such as the con­sump­tion of heat­ing energy, repair and main­ten­ance costs, cent­ral­iz­a­tion of util­ity oper­a­tions, and uni­fic­a­tion of ser­vices pro­viders.
  • Improve­ment of study and work con­di­tions of stu­dents and aca­dem­ics.