Charles University (CUNI) is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1348, it was the first university in Central Europe. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation and ranks in the upper 1.5 percent of the world’s best universities. It is an accredited public university and belongs to the most eminent educational and scientific establishments in the Czech Republic. With more than 4,400 academic and scientific workers it strives to continue to enhance its prestigious status as a research university. CUNI has 17 faculties and 3 research institutes, one of which is the Environment Centre.
Charles University Environment Centre (CUEC) is a university research institute, founded in 1992, dedicated to environmental research, including socio-economic linkages, indicators of sustainable development, and education, well renowned in the Czech Republic and abroad. The Center coordinates a PhD programme on Environmental Sciences and provides advisory and expert support in the area of environment and sustainable development to the various faculties of the University (teaching and research cooperation) as well as to the general public. Experience in national and international projects is extensive; the Centre has been a partner of more than 30 international research projects funded mostly within the European Union’s research & innovation Framework Programmes as well as by Czech parliamentary and public administration bodies.
CUEC is an active member of international educational networks promoting new forms and methods of education for sustainable development, such as the European Virtual Seminar on Sustainable Development (http://www.evssd.eu/), and the COPERNICUS Alliance (https://www.copernicus-alliance.org/) for which it provides the Secretariat. It also facilitates cooperation between universities and other entities at the regional level via the recently established Regional Centre of Expertise – RCE Czechia (http://rce.czp.cuni.cz/), acknowldeged by the United Nations University in Tokyo. In the list of EU granted projects information about EU projects of the Environment Centre as a whole are included, as CUNI has more than hundred EU granted projects (for example at least 113 projects from FP7).