Czech Republic National Experiences

Published: 08/03/2011 | Modified: 16/12/2014, 5:17 pm

Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO

 

Stredisko spolecnych cinnosti AV CR, v.v.i. (Centre of Administration and Operations of ASCR, v. v. i. – English title)

Narodni 1009/3, 110 00 Prague 1
Phone: +420 221 146 387
Mail: mccr@ssc.cas.cz
URL website: www.ssc.cas.cz
URL national EURAXESS portal: www.euraxess.cz

Bridgehead Organisation

Centre of Administration and Operations of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic  The host institution of the BHO, the CAO, is part of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, which consists of 54 public research institutes. The aim of the CAO is to ensure the R&D infrastructure and to provide support to academic institutions and to all its research institutes; therefore, EURAXESS fits very well into its aim and overall profile

EURAXESS Services Centres

Centre of Administration and Operations of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Since the BHO also acts as an ESC, we function as a welcome Centre for researchers and their families. We welcome researchers in our office on a daily basis, solving their problems and fulfilling their requests. We go to the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior with them twice a week. Being in daily contact with researchers enables us to find out what the basic problems are and to try to solve them on a higher level. The EURAXESS Centre in Prague offers free Czech language courses (four levels) for researchers and their family members once per week. In addition, we organize intensive Czech summer language course  for foreign scientists from the whole country every year. There is a social-cultural event organised twice per yer for researchers and their family members, we also invite the foreign researchers and their families to Christmas gathering. All our services are free of charge.

 

South Moravian Centre for International Mobility in Brno   is an organisation founded by the South Moravian Region and four Brno-based universities.

The mission is:

  1. Supporting talented students from their secondary school education up to PhD study
  2. Providing assistance to secondary school teachers in work with talented students
  3. Creating conditions to attract talented students from abroad
  4. Bringing word class researchers to the region

The programmes for researchers:

As part of the EURAXESS service, this Centre advises foreign researchers on how to easily integrate into life in South Moravia (pre-arrival and post-arrival individual counselling services –  visa, accommodation, health care, schools etc. and organises leisure-time integration activities (trips for researchers)

Local Contact Points

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice is a state university that was founded in 1991. It comprises eight faculties and a university institute. It is a research university focusing primarily on natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. A significant aspect of its scientific research activities is their close cooperation with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Recent surveys have shown that this university is the most successful in science and research, lifelong learning, and regional issues.

University of Pardubice has been extending a sixty year long tradition of higher education in the City of Pardubice. The University of Pardubice is one of 26 public higher education institutions in the Czech Republic, and the only higher university-type educational institution in the Pardubice Region. It has 7 faculties and 1 institute with over 10 thousand students in 60 undergraduate or postgraduate study programmes with more than 130 study specializations. Its educational, scientific, research and development activities are realized with accordance to the Higher Education Act No. 111/1998, and towards the European Higher Education and Research Area (EHEA and ERA).

Tomas Bata University in Zlin

Tomas Bata University in Zlín (TBU) is a dynamically growing higher education institution comprised of six faculties offering students the possibility of studying humanities, natural sciences, technology and art. It is one of the most prominent centres of research in the Czech Republic and, in many respects, also abroad. With about 12,600 students, TBU ranks among medium-sized Czech universities.

Technical University of Liberec

The Technical University of Liberec (TUL) was founded in 1953 and joins forms of technical and university education. It comprises six faculties and two university institutes that offer a large spectrum of acquirements in technical, scientific, humanity as well as artistic and interdisciplinary study branches. The University has well equipped laboratories and top quality teams of research workers (mostly international). TUL has, besides others, created the industrial manufacturing technology of nano-textiles.

University of West Bohemia in Pilsen was established by the Act of the Czech National Council No. 314/1991 Coll. in 1991 through the merger of the Institute of Technology and the Faculty of Education. At present the University has eight faculties with more than 60 departments and three institutes of higher education. Today nearly 16,000 students can choose from a wide range of Bachelor, Master and PhD study programmes. The broad structure provides students with the widest range of study possibilities with the options of full-time or combined study. UWB also provides wide range of life-long learning programmes which corresponds thematically to the fields of study offered by the University of West Bohemia. The University has significant number of centres of research and development, highest number in Czech Republic.

University of Hradec Králové

The University of Hradec Králové is a state university existing since 1959, with its current name since 2000. It comprises four faculties and a university institute. In the field of research the university primarily focuses on the humanities, social sciences, educational methodology, information science and selected applications of biology, physics and chemistry, such as botany and biochemistry. The university takes advantage of synergies with other scientific institutions existing in the region, chiefly with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University, the Faculty of Military Medicine of the University of Defence and the University Hospital. The university is a standard tertiary-education and research institution co-operating with many institutions and industrial enterprises.

VSB – Technical University Ostrava was founded in 1849, and has since grown into a modern institution of higher learning, offering the highest levels of education in technical and economic branches of study, based on the interconnection of science, research, education, and the creative activity that binds and enhances them. Ostrava has long been a hub of major industry in central Europe, and study and research at VSB-TUO is informed by historically close ties with major international companies, as well as by joint research and mobility programmes with university partners over the world.
The university cooperates with educational and research institutions worldwide. From joint research programmes with universities in the U.S., to cooperative degree and exchange programmes in Europe, Japan, China etc. VSB-TUO holds international education as a priority which diversifies and strengthens not only our student body but the university as a whole.

Palacky University Olomouc was founded in 1573 as the second university in the Czech Lands. Today it has more than 23 000 students at 8 faculties, covering fields from health sciences and medicine through modern and classical languages, philosophy, teacher training, sciences, law, and theology. The student population includes more than 1600 international students from all over the world plus 200 exchange students. Palacký University has recently opened three new research centres, focusing on new technologies and materials, biotechnologies and medical sciences. Research teams include internationally recognized experts as well as young researchers (approx. 10% staff members).

Structure of the national network

 

We are able to cover 100%  of personnel costs per 4 persons at BHO/ESC in Prague and one person at ESC in Brno and 20% of each personnel costs per ECPs.

Full-time equivalent staff:   Number of persons:
BHO: – BHO: 4
ESC: – ESC: 4
LoCP:  – LoCP:(persons in charge): 8

 

But all together there are only 13 people involved in EURAXESS activities for the Czech Republic because 3 people from BHO are at the same time staff at the Service Centre located in Prague.

Declaration of Commitment (DoC)

Centre of Administration and Operations of ASCR, v. v. i., South Moravian Centre for International Mobility in Brno, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, University of Pardubice, Technical University of Liberec, University of Hradec Králové, VSB – Technical University Ostrava

National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic; we have a national project focused on EURAXESS activities until the year of 2015.

Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation

Researchers and their family members, employers of the researchers, authorities, administrative staff – Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS), the Alien Police Inspectorates, , the Social Security Office, the General Health Insurance Company, and the Tax Office, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)

Target groups of the EURAXESS Services Centres

Researchers and their family members, employers of the researchers, administrative staff, immigration authorities, General Health Insurance Company in the Czech Republic

Target groups of the Local Contact Points

Researchers and their family members, administrative staff, Labour Office, immigration authorities, General Health Insurance Company in the Czech Republic, •       Czech Regional Contact Organisation, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Local Centre for Support of Integration of Foreigners, Regional Social Security Office, The Chamber of Commerce

Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee

Since the member of the SGHRM was appointed from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, cooperation with the BHO is intense. The host institution for the NCPs is the Technology Centre, one of the institutes of the Academy of Sciences, the cooperation is also very good, in particular cooperation with the NCP for People – a few times per year we give a presentation on EURAXESS and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions together. All of these stakeholders are always invited to our seminars.

Our communication is via phone calls, e-mails, meetings, seminars, conferences.

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1. Personal assistance: the key to our success

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Since the BHO also acts as an ESC, we function as a Welcome Centre for researchers and their families. We welcome researchers in our office on a daily basis, solving their problems and fulfilling their requests. We go to the Alien Police Inspectorate with them twice a week, which is very time-consuming, considering there are only two persons taking care of human resources, mobility and career development issues for the researchers. Even though both positions are fully paid by the Ministry to cover EURAXESS needs, we are also responsible for other European projects.

Being in daily contact with researchers enables us to find out what the basic problems are and to try to solve them on a higher level; from that perspective it is a good practice. Another one concerns our EURAXESS national network as a whole: being able to cover 20% of personnel costs per person at each LoCP gives us a greater strength, as a BHO, to keep the network alive and functioning properly. We meet twice a year at seminars covering different topics related to our services and we also organize trainings for the LoCPs in relevant areas.

The EURAXESS Centre in Prague offers free Czech language courses (three levels) for researchers once per week. In addition, during one week in 2010, the first intensive Czech summer language course was offered to foreign scientists from the whole country. It was also free of charge.

2. An international profile

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The host institution of the BHO, the CAO, is part of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, which consists of 54 public research institutes. The aim of the CAO is to ensure the R&D infrastructure and to provide support to academic institutions and to all its research institutes; therefore, EURAXESS fits very well into its aim and overall profile.

The fact of also being part of the Academy makes our EURAXESS network more visible, not only among research institutes, but also among the researchers themselves. It also helps the BHO to have greater recognition among the national authorities.

3. Network seminars

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Twice a year the BHO organizes seminars which are targeted at the national stakeholders (mostly research institutes and universities). The seminars are led by representatives of the relevant national authorities for the specific topics addressed in each case. The whole EURAXESS network is asked to take part in these seminars, after which the internal network meetings are held. The BHO tries to visit all members of the national network at least once a year. There are cultural events once a year organized for researchers and their family members to which the national network is also invited. I

f applicable and necessary, training sessions for the whole network are held as well. So far they have been held once every two years. Cooperation between the two ESCs is excellent; one of the reasons is the portal administration, which is divided between these two centres.

In terms of cultural events, the BHO also organizes gatherings for foreign researchers and their family members once or twice a year (i.e. boat trips, sightseeing tours, visits to different regions, wine tasting with traditional music, Christmas parties, etc.) The costs are partially or, more often, fully covered by the BHO.

4. Interacting with external partners

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The BHO interacts frequently with the Alien Police Inspectorates, the Alien Police Directorate, the Social Security Office, the General Health Insurance Company, the Tax Office and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS), among others. Since the member of the SG HRM was appointed from the MEYS, cooperation with the BHO is very intense.

Furthermore the BHO cooperates with the Czech centres abroad, with Eurocentres located in the Czech Republic, with foreign consulates in the Czech Republic and with Czech embassies abroad. We send them promotional material about the EURAXESS network and about the services offered to researchers, providing them with our contact details so they can get in touch with us whenever they need to.

Thanks to the funding from the MEYS, part of the EURAXESS staff is able to visit other European EURAXESS networks once a year and gain valuable experience, share best practices and simply see how and where the other networks in Europe are set up and how they interact with each other and with external partners. These visits usually take from three to five days and cover about three centres in the EURAXESS network.

The EURAXESS ‘brand‘ is gaining visibility, and we are being invited to different events (Job Days, SEB conference, national conferences, regional seminars, etc.) to either disseminate promotional material or give expert presentations on specific topics.

5. Conveying a clear image

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The main challenge we faced since the establishment of the EURAXESS network was visibility and recognition within our own host institution (even though EURAXESS fits really well into our host organisation’ s profile) as well as among research organisations and researchers. At the beginning, in 2005, we were designated as a Czech Mobility Centre, and struggled to gain visibility for the first three years. By the time awareness of our presence among our target groups had increased, the network was renamed and redesigned as the current EURAXESS Services Network. One of our main challenges was actually having been renamed and having to persuade research circles to recognize and use the new EURAXESS Services Centre instead of the former Czech Mobility Centre. Since the location of the centre has not changed, we believe people will get used to the new name in a very near future.

After the network was given its new name, we put the two logos on our promotional material, on the portal as well as on all the documents we produced. However, it was still confusing to many people: they often thought we had two different centres. Therefore, beginning in 2010, we decided to keep only the EURAXESS Czech Republic logo (the yellow logo we created) and delete the former Czech Mobility Centre logo in an attempt to convey a clearer image to our users.

6. Welcome to the heart of Europe

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1. The role and task of LoCPs

The University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice is a state university that was founded in 1991. It comprises eight faculties and a university institute. It is a research university focusing primarily on natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. A significant aspect of its scientific research activities is their close cooperation with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Recent surveys have shown that this university is the most successful in science and research, lifelong learning, and regional issues.

2. International profile and internal framework conditions

Within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the University of South Bohemia has been involved in several international programmes, namely Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, and Grundtvig and the Transversal Programme that includes policy cooperation and innovation, language study support, information and communication technologies, and the promotion and use of the results in lifelong learning. The university also takes part in the Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, FM EHP/Norska, eTwinning and Euroguidance educational programmes.
The University of South Bohemia also participates in the EU Framework Programmes and other programmes concerning international cooperation in research, development and innovation.

3. Interaction with external partners and external framework conditions

Our LoCP interacts with the following authorities:

  • immigration police (especially with the group providing permissions to stay in the Czech Republic)

  • Czech Labour Office

  • General Health Insurance Company in the Czech Republic

  • Czech Regional Contact Organisation

  • South Bohemian Agency for Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship

  • Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

The frequency of this cooperation and the information it has produced have been instrumental in increasing visibility of the Czech EURAXESS Services Network and has also raised public awareness about the assistance and consultancy being provided.

7. Scientific Visa: streamlining the entry process

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After the Czech Republic transposed the European Directive concerning the admission of third country nationals for the purpose of scientific research, a long-term scientific research permit has been adopted. It functions as a long-term visa, comprising both a residence permit and a work permit. Researchers from third countries can apply for this long-term permit from their country of origin, facilitating the whole procedure after arriving to the Czech Republic. These long-term permits can also be issued for family members joining the researcher. If spouses apply for this particular permit, they are also allowed to work in the host country.

Before a third country researcher arrives in the host country, the EURAXESS Centre is contacted by the host research organization to advise the researcher how to correctly apply for the scientific visa at the Czech consulate abroad. After the researcher and/or family members have arrived, a EURAXESS staff member goes with each of them personally to register with the Alien Police Department within three days after their arrival. During their stay in the country, they contact the Centre for every immigration issue that may arise (extending the permit, address changes, etc.)

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1. Network seminars

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:48 pm

Twice a year the BHO organizes seminars which are targeted at the national stakeholders (mostly research institutes and universities). The seminars are led by representatives of the relevant national authorities for the specific topics addressed in each case. The whole EURAXESS network is asked to take part in these seminars, after which the internal network meetings are held. The BHO tries to visit all members of the national network at least once a year. There are cultural events once a year organized for researchers and their family members to which the national network is also invited. I

f applicable and necessary, training sessions for the whole network are held as well. So far they have been held once every two years. Cooperation between the two ESCs is excellent; one of the reasons is the portal administration, which is divided between these two centres.

In terms of cultural events, the BHO also organizes gatherings for foreign researchers and their family members once or twice a year (i.e. boat trips, sightseeing tours, visits to different regions, wine tasting with traditional music, Christmas parties, etc.) The costs are partially or, more often, fully covered by the BHO.

2. Interacting with external partners

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:48 pm

The BHO interacts frequently with the Alien Police Inspectorates, the Alien Police Directorate, the Social Security Office, the General Health Insurance Company, the Tax Office and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS), among others. Since the member of the SG HRM was appointed from the MEYS, cooperation with the BHO is very intense.

Furthermore the BHO cooperates with the Czech centres abroad, with Eurocentres located in the Czech Republic, with foreign consulates in the Czech Republic and with Czech embassies abroad. We send them promotional material about the EURAXESS network and about the services offered to researchers, providing them with our contact details so they can get in touch with us whenever they need to.

Thanks to the funding from the MEYS, part of the EURAXESS staff is able to visit other European EURAXESS networks once a year and gain valuable experience, share best practices and simply see how and where the other networks in Europe are set up and how they interact with each other and with external partners. These visits usually take from three to five days and cover about three centres in the EURAXESS network.

The EURAXESS ‘brand‘ is gaining visibility, and we are being invited to different events (Job Days, SEB conference, national conferences, regional seminars, etc.) to either disseminate promotional material or give expert presentations on specific topics.

3. Conveying a clear image

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:48 pm

The main challenge we faced since the establishment of the EURAXESS network was visibility and recognition within our own host institution (even though EURAXESS fits really well into our host organisation’ s profile) as well as among research organisations and researchers. At the beginning, in 2005, we were designated as a Czech Mobility Centre, and struggled to gain visibility for the first three years. By the time awareness of our presence among our target groups had increased, the network was renamed and redesigned as the current EURAXESS Services Network. One of our main challenges was actually having been renamed and having to persuade research circles to recognize and use the new EURAXESS Services Centre instead of the former Czech Mobility Centre. Since the location of the centre has not changed, we believe people will get used to the new name in a very near future.

After the network was given its new name, we put the two logos on our promotional material, on the portal as well as on all the documents we produced. However, it was still confusing to many people: they often thought we had two different centres. Therefore, beginning in 2010, we decided to keep only the EURAXESS Czech Republic logo (the yellow logo we created) and delete the former Czech Mobility Centre logo in an attempt to convey a clearer image to our users.

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1. General information

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Benefits provided from pension insurance if the determined conditions are fulfilled include, old-age pension, invalidity pension, widow’s and widower’s pension, Orphan’s pension.

Benefits provided under Sickness Insurance include, Sickness benefit, Maternity benefit, Attendance allowance, Compensatory benefit in pregnancy and maternity.

2. Foreign employee

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  • Researchers with temporary employment are entitled to certain benefits (incl. health insurance benefits except nursing and compensation in pregnancy and motherhood) when a monthly income is higher than the one set in the law.

3. Foreign researcher without contract

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  • Social security coverage depends on whether National Insurance Contribution is paid and whether the researcher is either compulsory or voluntary member of the Czech public health insurance scheme.

4. Foreign student

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  • Ph.D. candidates who are admitted to Ph.D. program in the Czech Republic enjoy the rights as employees with fixed employment contract, regardless of citizenship.
  • Ph.D. candidates, who come for shorter stays and are not admitted to programs, normally do not have social security rights. EU/EEA citizens normally keep their rights in their home country + they have access to emergency.
  • Third country citizens can become voluntary members and pay social contribution. Citizens from countries with social agreement may be entitled to membership

5. Comments on benefits

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All employed citizens

  • Sickness leaves benefit: Max. days of 380 except the 3 first days
  • Unemployment benefit, entitlement to unemployment benefit when you have worked for at least 12 months.
  • Parental benefit – Female employees having worked 270 calendar days over the last two years are entitled to 28 or 35 weeks of maternity leave.
  • Disability pension – yes
  • Old-age pension – yes, entitled to a retirement pension, a person, if reached retirement age and obtained the required insurance period.
  • Supplementary pension rights – only when meeting specific requirements

6. Eager to learn more?

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