First woman to top Charles University in Prague | free Press

First woman to top Charles University in Prague |  free Press

After nearly 700 years, university management in the Czech capital is now going into female hands for the first time – to a professor of medicine.

Prague (DPA) – For the first time in its more than 670-year history, the famous Charles University in Prague will have a woman at its head.

Medical professor Milena Kralikova received 55 votes in the Academic Senate election on Friday. 14 votes went to the only opposing candidate, historian Michal Stehlik. The 49-year-old should assume his new office on February 1, 2022.

Kralikova recalled that the first women were admitted to the university in Prague about 125 years ago. “It is the case today that women are in the majority in many disciplines,” said the previous vice rector of academic affairs. Embryologist’s research areas include infertility issues.

Charles University was founded in 1348 by the Bohemian king and Roman-German emperor Charles IV. It is considered one of the oldest universities north of the Alps. Today the Czech university has more than 46,000 students studying and researching in more than 800 subject areas.

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