A report about Brno, its people and Czech language through German eyes From August to October stayed for the second time german students in Brno. They came here with the Kafka Programme of the german Hertie foundation to do a traineeship in several institutions. Two of them worked at the Masaryk University in the Office of International Studies and in the Office for Marketing and Public Relation of the Rectorate. I was one of these two students got to know the PR-work of the university.
If you think you’re hearing more foreign languages being spoken around MU this semester than in the past -you’re right! This year MU is welcoming record numbers of international students on semester- or year-long exchange programmes. This semester there are almost two hundred, as opposed to about 120 a year ago – an increase of almost 70 percent. And they will be coming from all over the globe – virtually every country in Europe (still waiting for someone from Malta, though, and Cyprus), Canada and the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Japan… a very impressive list at a university that only five years ago was welcoming no more than about 40 students a year in this way.
For the third time this year, the OIS organized and coordinated a joint activity of the six main institutions of higher education in Brno. The project, entitled “The Brno Universities”, aims at promoting the complete range of higher education opportunities in Brno as well as the city itself. One aspect of the project is a unique joint brochure with information in English about all the institutions. The other, perhaps more important, is promotion of the six universities at the annual conference and fair of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).