COMENIUS UNIVERSITY

Comenius University is named after the outstanding personality of world history - Jan Amos Comenius, the teacher of nations. It is the oldest and largest university in Slovakia, the member state of the European Union.

Comenius University was established in 1919 and it fastens on to university traditions of Academia Istropolitana, set up in Bratislava by Hungarian king Matej Korvín in 1465. The mission of Comenius University is to develop, broaden and open up the knowledge horizon for the younger generation, maintain and strengthen the universitys identity as a scientific and educational institution of highest international qualities and form not only high professional qualities but also human qualities of graduates in accordance with European democracy traditions, humanism and tolerance as the basic values for a man of our millenium. At present Comenius University belongs to internationally recognized study and educational centres and it has the best qualifications for further development in accordance with modern world scientific and educational trends. Comenius University acts all over the Slovak Republic, i.e. also outside Bratislava. The most significant place is the city of Martin where the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine is situated.

Comenius University is a public institution and it is a university of a classic humanitarian type. It has 12 faculties where almost 25,000 students are trained including 1,000 students coming from more than 40 countries of the world. Approximately 17,000 students are enrolled in full-time study. From 1990 the university has broadened its study capacity. Comenius University has the right to be called a university because its 12 faculties provide universal educational opportunities in 198 study branches of bachelor, master and doctor study and their specializations, as well as in 155 branches of postgraduate PhD. study and their specializations.

Comenius University represents a democratic system of administration based on the coordination of autonomous organizations and school administration according to the law upplying to Universities and Statute of the Comenius University. The head of the University is the Rector who coordinates the work of faculties and represents them in public. Vice-rectors support the Rector in his work. The consultative commitee of the Rector is The Board of the Rector at the Comenius University. The highest scientific body of the University is the Scientific Board . The highest organization of self-government is the Academic Senate at the Comenius University in which the representatives of all faculties and parts of the Comenius University hold meetings.

Comenius University provides university education for citizens of the Slovak Republic as well as for international students interested in study. The condition for admission is to have completed secondary school education and attain successful passes in the entrance examination. The University provides bachelor study (3 years, degree Bc.), master study (5 years, degree Mgr.) and doctor study (6 years, degree MUDr.). Graduate study at the faculties of Comenius University is carried out in Slovak, although it is possible to be trained completely or partly in other world languages (English, German).

Besides graduate endeavours, the University advocates training of young researchers, mainly within the context of postgraduate studies. It offers postgraduate PhD. programs in a number of fields; advocating, broadening and deepening of knowledge. Postgraduate qualifications are open to students with a master´s or doctor´s degree.

At present Comenius University holds an important position among European universities, as well as within international scientific organizations. It cooperates with tens of foreign universities and international out-of-government organizations supporting science and education development. At present the University has signed bilateral contracts about mutual cooperation with 36 universities in 18 different countries. The subject of these contracts is firstly to support pedagogical and scientific knowledge exchange, as well as the study mobility of teachers, students and scientific workers (Socrates/Erasmus).

Comenius University belongs to the top scientific working places in the Slovak Republic. Research activities are being developed first of all through domestic and international projects. The most significant international programs in which the University participates are TEMPUS, CEEPUS and the Framework program of the European Union.

Life within the University community involves more than formal academic study. The University provides cultural, social and sport opportunities in the University facilities, where nearly 80% of the students are housed.

Faculties of Comenius University

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Jessenius Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Physical Education and Sports
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics
  • Faculty of Management
  • Roman Catholic Faculty of Theology of Cyrill and Methodius
  • Faculty of Evangelical Theology
  • Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences

 

JAN AMOS COMENIUS (1592 - 1670)

  JAN AMOS COMENIUS (Jan Amos Komensky) was born in 1592 in Nivnice, Moravia, in the area that is now the Czech Republic. Known today as the "Father of Modern Education," he pioneered modern educational methods. A contemporary of Galileo, Descartes, Rembrandt, and Milton, Comenius contributed greatly to the Enlightenment. He was the first to use pictures in textbooks (The Visible World In Pictures, 1658), and believed in what might be called a holistic concept of education. He taught that education began in the earliest days of childhood, and continued throughout life. He advocated the formal education of women, an idea which was unheard of in his day. His philosophy of Pansophism (meaning "all knowledge") attempted to incorporate theology, philosophy, and education into one. He believed that learning, spiritual, and emotional growth were all woven together. What Comenius referred to as the Via Lucis, or "way of light," was the pursuit of higher learning and spiritual enlightenment bound together. His educational thought was profoundly respected in Northern Europe. He was called upon to completely restructure the school system of Sweden, and there is some evidence he was asked to become the first President of Harvard, an honor he declined because of his leadership of the troubled Moravian Church. During the 17th century, Comenius also stood up for women. It was believed by many that women were uncapable of learning and Comenius stated that was "a denial of the divine will and a waste of their proven capacity to learn." (J.A. Comenius and the Concept of Universal Education, 105) For everyone, education should coexist with their life and go beyond the school classroom.

Comenius was a Bishop of the Unitas Fratrum, commonly known as the Moravian Church during its darkest days. He became its President during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) which decimated the ranks of the Unity. At the close of the war, Bohemia and Moravian were ceded to Rome in the Peace of Westphalia. The few surviving members of the Unity had to either become Catholic or leave their homeland. Comenius led a small band to exile in Poland. Others simply went underground, feigning loyalty to Rome. This time, known as the "Hidden Seed" period, continued until a small group resettled in Saxony on the estates of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a Lutheran noble. There, the denomination was reorganized and entered a period of great missionary endeavor.

Comenius died in Amsterdam in 1670 without ever seeing the "hidden seed" revived. His grandson Daniel Jablonsky, later elected as a Bishop, would pass on the unbroken line of ordination to the renewed Unity.

During his lifetime, Comenius published 154 books, mostly dealing with educational philosophy and theology. One example which is available online is The Labyrinth of the World, an allegorical novel which predated Bunyans much better known Pilgrims Progress. Comenius is buried in Naarden, Holland.