Poslední změna: 27.01. 2022

President appoints Milena Králíčková first-ever rectress of Charles University

On Wednesday, 26 January 2022, Professor Milena Králíčková - elected in the autumn by the Academic Senate
as the next head of Charles University (and first rectress in its 674 year history), was appointed by President
Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle. The ceremony included candidates also from other universities in the Czech
Republic. Most, like CU’s Králíčková, will take office at the beginning of next month.


Králíčková succeeds Rector Tomáš Zima, who served as rector for a maximum two four-year mandates.
Until now the vice-rector for education, she will be the first woman to head Charles University since its founding
in 1348. Her professional career is closely connected to CU’s Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň. In the past,
she completed a Fulbright fellowship at Harvard in the United States. Last October, she defeated Professor
of History Michal Stehlík from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University for the post. In the first round
of the election, she received 55 valid votes while a total of 69 senators voted.

Rectress Králíčková is expected to take office on Tuesday 1 February 2022 and lead the school until January
2026.“120 years ago, women started studying in universities in Bohemia. Today, it is the case that women are
predominant in some fields. I appreciate your trust immensely and I believe I will not disappoint you. Thank you
to all my colleagues who have helped me. Thank you for your support and cooperation. And finally, I thank my
family, my husband and daughters, without them I would not be standing here today,”
 Králíčková stated after
her emotional win in October of 2021.

Text: Martin Rychlík, ČTK. Photo: Martin Pinkas.

More information about the appointment of new university rectors and more photos here.