Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II who visited Masaryk University in Brno at the beginning of April, met not only the representatives of the university but also discussed with students from four faculties. They touched on issues related to his new book The State in the Third Millenium. After the Prince´s lecture and the discussion, Rector of Masaryk University Petr Fiala acknowledged Hans Adam´s contribution to the development of Czech-Liechtenstein relations by awarding him the university's Great Gold Medal.
Even though he had liked working as a lawyer in the United States, Professor Delaine Swenson decided to leave to Poland to transform a legal system there. He has already helped to reform the legal systems in several countries. It is not easy, people in those countries are often influenced by the Soviet history. “We made a decision that instead of changing the minds of those in power now, we would try to influence the thinking of those would be judges, lawyers and parliamentarians in the future,” said Swenson when he visited Faculty of Law at Masaryk University.
Since 2005 a series of lectures called the Mendel Lectures have provided a unique opportunity to meet scientists of international renown. This year’s lectures are held – as in previous years – at Masaryk University’s Mendel Museum. Michael N. Hall and Iain Campbell visited Brno in autumn 2010, and five more leading scientists will be arriving in the months to come.
With the ceremonial opening of the final phase of construction of the university campus in Bohunice, Masaryk University completed an eight-year programme of material and technical development. The modern centre for teaching, research and development cost more than 5 billion Czech crowns and is the largest investment in higher education in central and eastern Europe. Splendidly-equipped teaching rooms and laboratory space will accommodate 5,000 students and a thousand academic researchers and employees of the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Sports Studies.
SERIES: In foreign town at foreign university I spent spring semester as an American Fulbright scholar teaching at Masaryk University Faculty of Law. Let me start out by setting the record straight – Masaryk was my first choice over every other school in the Czech Republic and all of Europe. And the reasons are simple. This university’s faculty of law has a worldwide reputation for excellence, especially in my area of practice as an international arbitrator. Dean Rozehnalová is a noted expert and arbitrator. The work she does on behalf of the law students behind the scenes greatly enhances the value of your degree. Additionally, I wanted to live in Brno, a city not overrun by tourists located in beautiful Moravia. And a city situated directly in between the ancestral homes of my parents.
It is just recently that the group of scientists ended the season at the Johann Gregor Mendel Research Station, which Masaryk University runs on James Ross Island in Antarctica. In many respects this expedition will be remembered as unique. The journey to and first days at the station were complicated by an unusually long and hard winter. Natural disasters in Haiti and Chile impeded the return of the researchers. Yet one of the members of expedition, Professor Miloš Barták says: "I think this season produced truly unique data that meet the most stringent standards."
Masaryk University has conferred honorary doctorate on Kary Banks Mullis, Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist and chemist on 5 May 2010. The ceremony was held at university´s Mendel Museum, at the very place where Gregor Johann Mendel, started doing his experiments with peas and genetics came into its existence.