Faculty of Environment
The Faculty of Environment was the founding faculty of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. It was established for the purposes of education and research in the broad field of ecology and environmental protection.
The faculty is located on the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University campus, in the newly built building of the Center for Science and Technology, shared together with the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
In addition to the dean’s office and the study department, the building houses individual departments of the faculty: the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Environmental Chemistry and Technology and the Department of Geoinformatics. The faculty also includes the Center for Advanced Separation Techniques, Center for Advanced Organic Analysis (CADORAN), Center for Basic Laboratories, Center for Natural Science Studies, Center for Geoinformation Technologies and the Julius von Payer Institute for Arctic and Subarctic research.
The Faculty focuses on the study of the causes of disturbances of the basic components of the environment, the possibilities and methods of their recovery and the preventive measures in the field of creation and protection of the environment.
The mission of the faculty is the implementation and development of higher education in accredited bachelor, master and doctoral study programs and the development of scientific, research, innovation and other creative activities in environmental protection and interdisciplinary areas of related fields.
The main goal is to produce professionals who are able to make informed decisions about fundamental problems of creating and protecting the environment, to estimate the risks, causes and extent of environmental damage, to prepare analyses for decision-making processes, to coordinate activities and to participate in environmental protection. Conceptually, the faculty is focused on research in areas with a large impact on the environment and people in interaction with health issues and other natural and socio-economic consequences, as well as research on areas with varying degrees of environmental protection and environmental damage prevention. The principle of multidisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and flexibility with a balanced share of scientific, technical, socio-economic and IT disciplines is applied in the study programs and research projects.
The employment of faculty graduates is very diverse, our graduates have found employment in state and local government institutions, nature conservation institutions such as administrations of protected landscape areas and national parks, inspection institutions, in the corporate sphere, in research and development institutions, in areas of hygiene, water management, air protection, advisory, information and consultancy services, educational institutions and many others.
Since its establishment in 1991, the faculty has significantly increased its capacity in terms of student numbers and the spatial capacity of classrooms, laboratories and other educational areas. Over the years, considerable funds have been spent on equipping these premises. A new impetus for the development of the faculty is the recent move to the new CPTO premises on the university campus.