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Enhancing Quality in Higher Education by George Gordon, Ray Land

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Enhancing the Quality of Higher Education in the Czech Republic

Past, Present and Future Challenges

Helena Šebková and Jan Kohoutek

Setting the Stage: Czech Higher Education at a Glance

Having helped to bring the Communist regime to a halt by student-led protests in 1989, Czech higher education has been, since then, through a number of significant systemic changes. After 1989, the system was depoliticised and deregulated through the liberalisation of institutional structures. This entailed the restoration of academic rights and freedoms as well as the abolition of numerus clausus, which had been a method of limiting the number of students who might study at a university (Cerych, 1997; Harach et al., 1992). Czech higher education institutions ...

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