The White Paper and Beyond: Tertiary Education Reform in the Czech Republic

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the OECD Directorate for Education, is holding an international conference entitled “The White Paper and Beyond: Tertiary Education Reform in the Czech Republic.

The conference, which will be held in Prague on October 16-17, 2009, builds upon a three-year OECD review of tertiary education policies in 24 countries: the OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education. The conference will focus particularly on the Czech tertiary education reform launched after the presentation of the country review (the Country Note) prepared by a team of OECD experts who undertook a case study visit to the Czech Republic in March 2006.

Through the auspices of the Czech government, the Ministry has invited an OECD expert team and leading European and international experts on tertiary education reform to Prague in order to critically discuss and evaluate the reform proposals put forward in the Czech White Paper on Tertiary Education. The White Paper is a strategic document that outlines key proposals for transforming the Czech tertiary sector, addressing its structure and further diversification; funding and governance of universities and other institutions of tertiary education; access and equity; student financial aid; cooperation of universities with business, employers and regions; and strategies for achieving excellence in research, development and innovation.

The conference also aims to foster opportunities for dialogue among policy makers, researchers, tertiary education practitioners, professional associations, representatives of the academic staff and students, employers, and other stakeholders.

 The conference is sponsored by the EU Operational Programme “Education and Competitiveness,” through the Tertiary Education Reform national project.

Conference programme


Programme of meetings with OECD experts
Conference presentations
Media Release

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White Paper on Tertiary Education
Country Background Report for the Czech Republic
Czech Republic Country note
OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education: Synthesis Report
OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education website
Czech Higher Education Act
Academic staff survey
Background research and policy papers