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members. Prof. Cyril Höschl, MD, was elected dean of the Faculty in the first free elections after the revolution in 1989. There were competitions for all the positions of the heads of particular departments, clinics, and other university employees. Individual subjects (including a diverse network of preventive subjects) were integrated and ordered so as to make the overall schedule as close to the general focus of the Faculty as possible.

Plenty of employees from diverse sections of the Ministry of Health and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic are involved in the pedagogic as well as research activities of the Faculty.

In September 1992 a new Faculty building at Ruská street was opened. One may find here, apart from the Dean’s office, different theoretical departments, departments of hygiene and preventive subjects, and, last but not least, the Center for Scientific Information, newly established in 1992.

The conditions for study and scientific work has improved with the opening of the newly constructed 6th floor of the main faculty building in May 2000. The Centre of Biomedical Disciplines and Department of Nutrition with its library are based there. There are further laboratories, classrooms and a students‘ room with 20 computers.

Study visits abroad are becoming an Indelible part of instruction at the Faculty. Participation in international scientific and research programs and lectures by foreign specialists enable the Faculty to spread its wings and extend the right hand of mutually beneficial scientific fellowship. This enables to improve the quality of teaching material, to study new methods, procedures, and approaches, thus creating technical conditions indispensable for a higher level of education.

Many outstanding personalities habilitated from the 3rd Faculty of Medicine in the last three years, among the most prominent were: Prof. Zdeněk Neubauer in biology, Doc. Ivan M. Havel in artificial intelligence, and Prof. Luboslav Stárka in endocrinology. At the same time there were several dozens of lectures by well–known foreign specialists took place on the precincts of the Faculty. Let us mention at least the Nobel Prize winner in neurophysiology Prof. J. Eccles, famous specialist in psychiatry Prof. P. Grof, and daseinsanalytic Prof. Condrau. In accordance with the suggestion by the Scientific Council of the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Sir Karl Raimund Popper (1902–1996), epistemologist, open society proponent, one of the greatest philosophers

of the twentieth century, was paid homage by being awarded the honorable degree of doctor honoris causa of medicine. The 3rd Faculty of Medicine was a party in awarding a honorary doctorate to one of the discoverers of DNA, Nobel Prize winner, James Watson. Likewise, on the occasion and in the course of last year´s celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the foundation of Charles University, we suggested that another Nobel Prize winner, world–wide known neurophysiologist, Professor Huxley from Great Britain, be also awarded a honorary doctorate. It is a matter of habit that all habilitation lectures and foreign lecturers’ addresses are videotaped and freely available at the office of the dean of the 3rd Faculty of Medicine.

The 3rd Faculty of Medicine initiated the move to award honoris causa Doctor of Medicine titles to the important Munich dermatologist Prof.Gerd Plewig, founder of the UK Kreissl-von Coudenhove Foundation, and to Prof. Robert B.Tattersall from Nottingham, discoverer of a special diabetes mellitus tyme called "MODY". In 2000, the Faulty suggested that the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, Prof.Rita Colwell, be awarded a golden medal  of Charles University for her scientific activities in the field of microbilology and her support of Czech researchers.

As part of the huge project called Prague-European City of Culture 2000, anatomy expert MUDr.P.Čech spurred the faculty to place plaques of honor in memory of the Nobel Prize in Medicine winners Mr.and Mrs. Cories to their birthplace houses in Salmovska and Petrska streets in Prague.

The co–operation among individual departments of the University, in particular departments of medicine, is on the increase. The University supports healthy competition in sport activities among faculties, and students also take part in various social and cultural events not only in this country but abroad. The Faculty publishes VITA NOSTRA magazine, reflecting the academic life of the community and representing diverse sides of the Faculty in two functionally distinct issues: VITA NOSTRA REVUE, a quarterly which gathers articles, commentaries, and thoughts, and VITA NOSTRA SERVIS, an information bulletin which comes out on a week basis.

In the academic year 1991–92 the Faculty took on foreign students in General Medicine with the Focus on Prevention. The language of instruction is English. The rights and duties of foreign students are stipulated in the contracts signed between the student

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