Czech Academic City Project
The Czech Academic City is a project of the first European university complex in the Iraqi Kurdistan and Iraq. The project of the Czech Academic City in Erbil – CZAC is the umbrella education facility that encompasses branch campuses of Czech universities with the aim of bringing European higher education standards with full accreditation of involved Czech universities. The CZAC campus offers education in many areas including petroleum engineering, medicine and physiotherapy preparation, law, science, languages and arts. The intention of CZAC is to create a platform for cooperation in science, research and development.
On 15 April 2019, Dr. Martin Smolek, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, together with Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of Foreign Relations Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government and representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government, opened the first building of the Czech Academic City in Erbil at the Grand Opening Ceremony.
In 2019 Palacký University Olomouc took over the leading role in the Czech Academic City project in Erbil within the joint undertaking of Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín, Czech Technical University in Prague, Charles University in Hradec Králové (Pharmacy Faculty) and Palacký University Olomouc.