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The North Bohemian district town of Liberec, which you are most welcome to visit, is located in the valley between the Ještěd Ridge and the Jizera Mountains. During the 15th and early 16th centuries this small settlement, first mentioned in 1352, gradually changed into a feudal town, its rights confirmed in writing by Emperor Rudolf II in 1577. New, more prominent changes took place in the second half of the 18th century. At this time, the centre of Liberec consisted of brick houses in the classical style. The beginning of the 19th century saw the growth of the textile industry which brought about the development of industrial architecture. This fact leads to the town acquiring independent status. At that time, many representative edifices were built and lent the town a majesty corresponding to its importance - Liberec used to be, after Prague, the second biggest town in Bohemia. There were three consulates, 50 textile factories, and 60 factories connected with the metal industry, amongst which there were also those producing RAF cars. Nowadays, Liberec offers many interesting sites - for example, the townhall built in neo-renaissance style and finished in 1893, the Theatre of František Xaver Šalda dating from 1893, a museum, ... Liberec is sometimes called "the town under Ještěd," whose peak, rising to 1012m, is crowned by a modern tower which has become a dominant feature of the town. The project for this original construction in the shape of a rotating hyperboloid was designed by the architect Karel Hubáček and awarded the prestigious Perret's prize. The building, housing a communications tower and a hotel with a restaurant, was opened on 21. 9. 1973, and has become a symbol of the remarkable town which lays underneath. Technical University of Liberec The Technical University of Liberec (TUL) is a dynamic university of medium size that joins forms of technical and university education. Within six faculties and a university institute, it offers a large spectrum of acquirements in technical, scientific, humanity as well as artistic and interdisciplinary study branches. We have well equipped laboratories and top quality teams of research workers for humanities. The Technical University of Liberec reaches excellent results in the fields of science and research. As one of many examples, let us mention the world-wide unique discovery, the industrial manufacturing technology of nano-textiles.  These results, well-known to the public, only increase the renowned reputation of our institution. Centre of Continuing EducationThe Centre of Continuing Education was established in 1994, as a special President’s department at the Technical University of Liberec. The centre is one of four Phare Centres in the Czech Republic, i.e. centres that have both technical and personal equipment on such a level that they can be connected to European network of open and distance learning. In this time we have 5 full-time employees.The main objectives of the centre are to:
  • Develop activities of the lifelong education for tutors and pedagogues of primary and secondary schools
  • Co-ordinate and organize continuing education courses for university graduates of TU of Liberec
  • Provide continuing education courses according to requirements of technical faculties
  • Provide information and methodologies of lifelong education for pedagogues
  • University of the Third Age
University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age has existed at the TU in Liberec since 1998. In the academic year 2011/12 there are 370 students enrolled on 40 courses (e.g. English, German, French, psychology, PC skills, digital photography, a few different subjects focused on history, painting, physical education, mineralogy, tourism, civil law and the others). Admission requirements are the following - over age 50 and school leaving exam. Each course takes place once a week and lasts for 90 minutes. There are 14 weeks in the semester. Students can choose from 1 to maximum 3 courses in the semester. They have to meet all the prescribed requirements (presentations or PowerPoint presentations, tests, seminar projects, etc.) given by a lecturer to obtain a course-credit. There is no degree being awarded, the study is based on interest.  
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