Joint efforts with Palacký University Olomouc include research, education projects
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) and Palacký University Olomouc, one of largest and most prominent universities in the Czech Republic, have formally entered into an agreement to develop and collaborate on joint educational, cultural and research projects. The agreement became effective Sept. 26, 2018.
The agreement was signed at the NCSML on occasion of the opening of the poster exhibit, Blindfolded: Europe on the Road to the Great War, which was prepared by Palacký University Olomouc graduate students. The opening was attended by faculty and administrative representatives from Palacký University Olomouc, as well as by representatives from Mount Mercy University and Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
“This is a significant step forward for the NCSML as we build and strengthen our national and international linkages,” said Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, NCSML President and CEO. “Education is the foundation of our NCSML, and this certainly is the beginning of many significant opportunities.”
The two institutions have agreed to explore future cooperation on:
- Exchange of scholars and researchers
- Joint sponsorship of courses, study tours, conferences and seminars
- Joint research projects including those eligible for external grant funding
- Exchange of administrative and professional staff
- Exchange of various types of information and resources
Rokusek said the agreement allows for the identification and development of other areas of collaboration and cooperation with Palacký University Olomouc in the future. She also said the NCSML will be seeking opportunities for similar agreements with other top universities in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
“This affiliation is important, too, as we at the NCSML strengthen our ties to our wonderful colleges and universities in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area,” she said. “I can envision outstanding student, faculty and staff opportunities for exchanges, research and new and innovative exhibits.”