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.