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New MU Rector will be elected in April

At its 267th meeting, the Academic Senate of Masaryk University announced the date of the election of the new MU Rector. The secret ballot to elect the winning candidate will take place on Monday 3 April.

The election of the new Rector of Masaryk University will take place in the ceremonial auditorium of the MU Faculty of Law. The election date was approved by the MU Academic Senate at its 267th meeting on 16 January. Ivan Foletti from the MU Faculty of Arts was appointed chairman of the five-member election committee. The committee now has 15 days to prepare the election timetable and the rules governing the submission of nominations.

Resolution of the Academic Senate of Masaryk University from its 267th meeting held on 16 January 2023 states the following: In accordance with Appendix 1(2) of the MU Statutes, the Academic Senate of Masaryk University hereby announces the elections of a candidate for the position of MU Rector for the term of office beginning on 1 September 2023 and ending on 31 August 2027. The Academic Senate of Masaryk University will meet on 3 April 2023 at 3 pm to elect the candidate for the position of Rector.

The new Rector will be elected in a secret ballot by the Academic Senate of Masaryk University, which has a total of 55 members, of whom 22 are students. The Academic Senate has a quorum to vote on the candidate for the office of MU Rector if an absolute majority of all members are present. A candidate is elected if an absolute majority of all MU Academic Senate members vote in favour. Subsequently, the Minister of Education will propose the elected candidate for appointment by the President of the Czech Republic.

Masaryk University is one of the most important educational and scientific institutions in the Czech Republic. It was established by the Czechoslovak parliament’s act of 28 January 1919 as the second Czech university. Today, it has ten faculties with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics and is attended by approximately 33,000 full-time students. With more than six thousand employees, Masaryk University is also one of the largest employers in the South Moravian Region. It operates with an annual budget of CZK 9.5 billion.