We Are a Traditional Institution


The word ‘tradition’ comes from the Latin traditio.

The original meaning was connected with the transfer of objects from one owner to another, later with the exchange and mediation of knowledge, and finally with the transfer of ancient views – tradition in today’s sense of the word.

We were at the birth of Masaryk University

The Faculty of Arts is one of four founding faculties of Masaryk University. It is thus historically connected with the beginnings of the Czechoslovak Republic, the democratic spirit of the time, and with the thought and political work of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.

We share democratic values

The aim and mission of the Faculty of Arts is primarily to create and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the development of society and culture. The faculty acknowledges three fundamental values shared throughout Masaryk University: freedom, respect for rules, and responsibility.

  • Freedom

    Freedom is understood as academic independence in teaching and research, liberty to choose one’s own field of study, institutional autonomy of the university in relation to the state, and freedom as a social imperative.

  • Respect for rules

    This respect is reflected in the requirement of equal opportunities for all, with an emphasis on the transparent functioning of the institution, clear study legislation, and the fight against plagiarism.

  • Responsibility

    The university is a co-creator of public opinion and actively participates in the cultivation of public debate.

Mission, Values, and Vision of Masaryk University

“... tradition is the collective work of generations, a common and natural discipline.”

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

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