Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze
Type Public
Established 1906 / 1952
Rector Prof. Ing. Jiri Balik CSc.
Students 18 000 (2007)
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Campus Prague-Suchdol

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS; (Czech: Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, ČZU; also Czech University of Agriculture in Prague) is a university of agricultural education and research in Prague, the Czech Republic, established in 1906.


The basis of agricultural education in Czech lands dwells deep in the former Austrian Empire, more than two centuries ago. In 1788 a department of agriculture was set up at the Prague University. The first professors were pioneers of an advanced concept of education for agriculture. In 1812, the courses were transferred to the Technical Institute of Czech Estates and, in 1845, classes in all the agricultural sciences were offered to the young rural population.

Independent studies of agriculture were set up at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in 1906, and the first agricultural engineers graduated in 1911. The development of the agricultural school system in Czechoslovakia continued: in 1920 the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry was established, in 1952 the university became independent under name University College of Agriculture in Prague (Vysoká škola zemědělská v Praze, VŠZ) and in 1966 it moved to a newly built spacious campus in Prague-Suchdol, where it has been located since then.

Faculty of forestry, established in 1952 stayed until 1959 as a part of ČVUT, until 1964 as a part of agricultural university, then became independent Institute of Forestry Science (Vědecký lesnický ústav) and since 1990 it is again part of ČZU.

During rule of communist party in Czechoslovakia (until 1989) the university had been lavishly funded as a part of state support of collectivised agriculture.

Since 1995 the university bears its current name.

During 1952 - 1980 the complete Master's study took five years, until 1990 four years, then it switched back to five years. Since 1993 three years long bachelor study is available.


The university offers bachelors' programmes and Master's programmes (based on credit system) and doctoral programmes.

The University also offers five two-year MSc programmes taught in English (Economics and Management, Natural Resources and Environment Forestry, Water and Landscape Management, Informatics, Technology and Environmental Engineering).

Two years long education programme for the elderly (Univerzita třetího věku, ) is available.

In 2005 the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) became a Member in the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS). Established in 2001 the ELLS network presently includes the following members:

Main fields of co-operation in ELLS are:

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is an educational facility, founded in 1960 on farm that had formerly belonged to the office of the president of the Czechoslovak Republic. Around the farm were properties that had been established circa 1850 as a part of the Křivoklát Estate. In 1921 they were purchased by the Czechoslovak state together with Lány Castle and the forest districts. Lány Castle and the adjacent forests are now used as a retreat by the President of the Czech Republic.

The main objective of the University Farm is to support all university activities. The farm offers good conditions for educational purposes, for practical training university level and also for students from other agricultural schools and for the public. It participates in the research work undertaken by departments and Faculties of the University.

The Farm cultivates 3,000 hectares of farmland with annual production of about 9,000 tonnes of grain, 2,000 tonnes oilseed rape and fodder crops for the farm's own use.

is a 4,600 ha forest with a castle, a garden centre, a sawmill, fishponds (70 ha) and facilities for the education of students.

Besides routine forestry operations, its main role is to assist in the education of students of the Faculty of Forestry, to organise experimental work and to serve for demonstration purposes. Practical experience in fish farming is also provided for students of the faculties agronomy and forestry.


Vice-Rectors 2006 - the Year of 100th Anniversary

Notable professors and alumni

Other agronomy studies

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Coordinates: 50°8′9.2″N 14°22′14.8″E / 50.135889°N 14.370778°E / 50.135889; 14.370778

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