According to DZS representatives, support for the study of foreigners in the Czech Republic is good for the state because they strengthen the number of qualified university staff in the country and spread the good name of the Czech Republic around the world.
Ninety-seven percent of foreign graduates surveyed said they would recommend studying in the Czech Republic.
The survey, conducted last November and December, involved 4,500 foreign graduates from Czech universities. 69% of them studied in a regular study program in the Czech Republic and 28% had short-term study experience.
Currently, Czech universities have about 304,000 students, 17 percent of whom are foreigners. The number of foreign students in the Czech Republic has been on the rise for 20 years, and the coid-19 epidemic has not stopped this trend.
In recent years, there have been more students from post-Soviet countries
According to Jakub Tesař from DZS, the structure of foreign students is changing. A few years ago, half of them were from Slovakia, but now about 40 percent are Slovaks and people from post-Soviet countries. Last year, 16 percent of foreigners were from Russia and eight percent from Ukraine.
The carpenter warned that these shares would now change as a result of Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
Ninety-seven percent of foreign graduates surveyed said they would recommend studying in the Czech Republic. Before joining a Czech university, two-thirds had good relations with the Czech Republic. Similarly, a large number reported that their relationship with the country improved as a result of the study. This was more pronounced among people in short-term study programs.
According to Tesar, this has a huge impact on the good promotion of the country abroad.
Nine out of ten respondents to the survey said their studies in the Czech Republic were beneficial to their careers. About 45% of them stayed in the Czech Republic after graduation due to work.
The carpenter stressed that it was not just a matter of Slovak descent. In their case, about 49 percent of graduates live and work in the Czech Republic, compared to 41 percent in other countries.
Other reasons why other graduates return to their home country are often family and personal reasons such as work and unsatisfactory income.
Fifty-eight percent of graduates of all study programs in the Czech Republic remain in their field of study. A quarter of them work in the related field after graduation. Therefore, according to the DZS, attracting foreigners is in the interest of the Czech Republic, for example, to study IT, as Carpenter mentioned.
“Most of them live and work here,” he said.
In his opinion, seven out of ten foreign graduates enrolled in the entire course confirmed that they had worked in the Czech Republic during their studies. Nine percent of young residents said this, and 69 percent said it in regular study programs.
According to Tessar, this is one of the reasons why many foreigners choose to study in the Czech Republic. “They can not improve their education while studying in some other countries,” he explained, adding that 88 percent of Slovaks and 68 percent of foreigners find it easier to find work.
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