Capacity Building Workshop: Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities, Prague, Czech Republic

The workshop is organized by the J. W. Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic with support of the Study Abroad Branch of the U.S. Department of State.

The event will bring together U.S. experts on study abroad of U.S. STEM students (including several representatives of U.S. universities) and representatives of Czech higher educationl institutions offering programs in STEM.


  1. To increase the study abroad participation of U.S. students in STEM fields
  2. To attract these students to Czech HEIs


  • April 19 – 20, 2016 (workshop)
  • April 21 – 22, 2016 (campus visits)

List of Participating U.S. Institutions and Representatives

We have prepared a booklet with detailed profiles of participating U.S. representatives of above listed schools. 

Accomodation for U.S. Participants

For U.S. participants, we can arrange subsidized accommodation at Residence Dlouhá 17 and Hotel Central.


Registration Deadline: February 19, 2016


The fee includes registration and refreshment during the workshop.
The fee will be waived for presenters.

Please pay the registration fee by the bank transfer by the registration deadline.

  • For Czech participants: 800 CZK (Late and on-site registration: 1200 CZK)
    Bank Account Number: 800359003/0300
    Variable Symbol: 116 35
    Bank: Československá obchodní banka, a.s., Václavské náměstí 32, Praha 1
    Please insert your name as a note to payment
  • For U.S. participants: 35 USD (Late and on-site registration: 50 USD)
    Bank Account Number: 482863203/0300
    IBAN: CZ04 0300 0000 0004 8286 3203
    Bank: Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka, a.s., Vaclavske namesti 32, Praha 1, Czech Republic
    Variable Symbol: 116 35

Schedule and Agenda

Tuesday, April 19, CTU New Building, Krejcar Lecture Hall (111)

Basic System and Administration for U.S. Study Abroad

9:00 AM Registration Opens

9:30 AM Welcome

Petr Konvalinka, Rector, Czech Technical University in Prague
Ray Castillo, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Prague
Miroslav Jašurek, Head of Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Education CR

9:45 AM Introductory Presentation: General differences between Czech and U.S. system of higher education with special focus on STEM

Pavel Tvrdik, Dean of the Faculty of Informatics, Czech Technical University in Prague
James Christopher Moore, Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar at Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Coastal Carolina University
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10:45 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM Panel Discussion: Study Abroad Needs of U.S. Institutions

Moderator: Hana Ripkova, Executive Director, J. William Fulbright Commission

Kim Benard, Assistant Director, MIT Global Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniel Dickerson, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education, East Carolina University
Michael Guyer, Exchange Coordinator & Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, University of Vermont
Petros Katsioloudis, Associate Professor and Chair, STEM Education & Professional Studies, Old Dominion University
James P. Lewis, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University
John Lumkes, Associate Director, Global Engineering Programs, Purdue University
David Mengel, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Xavier University
Lauren Ruszczyk, Assistant Director for Advising and Outreach, Education Abroad, University of Maryland
Zachary Tobin, Assistant Director for Education Abroad, Center for International Education, Northern Arizona University
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1:00 PM Lunch Break

1:30 PM Panel Discussion: Current Capacities of Czech Programs for U.S. Study Abroad

Moderator: Daniela Ascarelli, Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs and Director of Drexel Study Abroad, Drexel University

Helena Marie Adjal, Director, Office of International Cooperation, University of West Bohemia

Jiri Hlinka, Vice Dean for Outer Relations, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology
Viktor Kanicky, Vice Dean for Foreign Relations, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University
Lucie Koutkova, Coordinator of International Programs, Technical University of Liberec
Volfgang Melecky, Head of Department of International Relations, Czech Technical University in Prague
Ivana Oborná, Vice Rector for International Relations, Palacky University Olomouc
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3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:15 PM  Czech Science Centers

Radim Chmelik, Deputy Director for Science and Education, CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology
Tomáš Šikola, Coordinator of the CEITEC – Advanced Nano- and Micro-Technology Research Program, Director of the Institute of Physical Engineering, Brno University of Technology
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Pavel Jelínek, Senior Scientist, Nanosurf Lab, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
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Best Practices and Possible Models for Institutional Cooperation and Exchange – Networks

3:45 PM Global E3: Partnership Models for Engineering Student Mobility

Sabeen Altaf, Senior Program Officer, Science, Technology and Private Programs, Institute of International Education
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Daniela Ascarelli, Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs and Director of Drexel Study Abroad, Drexel University
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Lorie Johns Páulez, Director of Education Abroad, Office of International Education, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Amy Conger, Assistant Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, Office of the Provost, University of Michigan
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4:45 PM Masaryk University – ISEP

Martin Vašek, Program Manager, Center for International  Cooperation, Masaryk University
William Pope, Program Office, International Programs, ISEP: International Student Exchange Programs
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5:15 PM Wrap-up & Departure to the U.S. Ambassadors Residence

Hana Ripkova, Executive Director, J. William Fulbright Commission

6:00 PM Networking Reception

Residence of the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Ronalda Reagana 181/3, Praha 6

Wednesday, April 20, National Technical Library, Balling Hall

Best Practices and Possible Models for Institutional Cooperation and Exchange – Bilateral Cooperation

9:00 AM Welcome

9:15 AM Czech Technical University – Kansas State University

Miroslav Vlcek, Vice Rector, International Office, Czech Technical University in Prague
Joseph Milostan, Interim Study Abroad Director, Study Abroad Office, Kansas State University
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9:45 AM University of Southern Bohemia – University of Arizona

Libor Grubhoffer, Professor, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice
Carol Bender, University Distinguished Outreach Professor, Undergraduate Biology Research Program, College of Science, University of Arizona
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10:15 AM Charles University

Petr Kolman, Vice Dean for Education, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University
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Maxwell Reeser, Freemover Exchange Student, Louisiana State University
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10:45 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM Technical University of Liberec

David Lukas, Professor and Head of the Department Department ofNonwovens and Nanofibrous Materials
Jana Horakova, Doctoral Student, DepartmentofNonwovens and Nanofibrous Materials

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11:30 PM Mendel University

Michaela Vesela, Head of the Department, International Relations Office, Mendel University in Brno
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Gary Blank, Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Forestry and Environment Resources, North Carolina State University
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12:00 PM Erasmus+, Study in the Czech Republic

Rudolf Sindelar, Head of the Department of Tertiary Education, Department of Tertiary Education, DZS - Centre for International Cooperation in Education
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1:00 PM Lunch Break

Study Abroad and Internships

1:30 PM Panel Discussion: Use of Internships Within Study Abroad

Moderator: Pavel Ripka, Dean, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University

Jan Bezdicek, Director, Reseach & Development Center, Rockwell Automation

Otto Havle, Managing Director, FCC Prumyslove systemy
Engelbert Hetzmannseder, Eaton European Innovation Center in Prague, Director
Torsten Klein, Managing Director, E4T Electronics for Transporation
Martin Margala, Department Chair and Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Czech Technical University in Prague, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell
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Vaclav Matyas, Vice Dean, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
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Pavel Peka, General Manager, VALEO Autoklimatizace
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3:00 PM Wrap-up

Jakub Tesar, EducationUSA Adviser, J. William Fulbright Commission
Hana Ripkova, Executive Director, J. William Fulbright Commission

3:30 PM  Conclusion

Download the wokshop schedule in the PDF format


Although numbers of US students traveling to the Czech Republic for study abroad programs are relatively high, the distribution and composition of the students is unbalanced. Most US students come through agencies that work outside Czech higher education institutions (HEIs) or through island programs of their US universities. Most US students coming to the Czech Republic concentrate on subjects such as: humanities, social sciences, and arts.  The students are also able to get a brief idea about the history, politics, economics, and arts of the country. Just a small amount of study abroad students study STEM fields.  STEM fields are the fields that are strong at universities within the Czech Republic but they are not being utilized adequately by both US study abroad programs and students. With some exceptions, Czech schools offering education and research opportunities (including applied research and internships in companies) in STEM fields do not have strong ties with their US counterparts at study abroad offices, and have not reached the ability needed to attract US students.

Our upcoming program will help develop strategies for Czech universities to attract more U.S. students in STEM fields. The workshop will bring together Czech and U.S. educators, as well as international staff focused on STEM. This will allow participants to concentrate on developing collaborations. The workshop will provide U.S. educators with contacts from a large group of Czech international educators who represent schools with STEM fields and companies that offer internships. It also will provide U.S. educators with a deep knowledge of Czech HEIs’ environment and the opportunities that Czech higher education can provide to U.S. STEM students, including internships. Conversely, the meeting will help Czech educators understand how to approach their U.S. colleagues and how to structure programs that cater to the needs of U.S. counterparts.

Organizing Committee

  • Hana Ripková, Executive Director, J. W. Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic
  • Jakub Tesař, EducationUSA Advisor, J.W. Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic
  • Volfgang Melecký, Head of the Department of International Relations, Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Petr Kolman, Vice-Dean for Education, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague
  • Václav Matyáš, Vice-Dean for International and External Relations, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
  • Pavel Doleček, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports
  • Ivana Oborná, Vice-Rector for Iternational Relations, Palacky University in Olomouc
  • Milan Šimek, Research Assistant, Mendel University in Brno

Questions? Comments?

Please contact Jakub Tesař at,+420 222 718 452