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Matej Bel University

Matej Bel University was established on 1 July 1992 after the integration of the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Economics. Banská Bystrica has a long tradition in schooling and culture. In the 13th century there had already existed a parish school, later a town school. In the 17th century a Jesuit as well as Evangelical grammar schools were founded. Matej Bel, after whom the University is named, studied and later worked as a rector at this school.

In the 1850s and 1860s the Catholic grammar school with Slovak as a tuition language became and important centre of education in Slovakia. In the school year 1856 - 57 the fi rst Teacher’s Preparation Study was founded in Banská Bystrica, where Slovak language was taught together with German and Latin, thanks to the bishop Štefan Moyses.

In the school year 1949 – 50 the branch of the Faculty of Education, Slovak University of Bratislava, was established in Banská Bystrica. The fi rst higher school appeared in Banská Bystrica in1954. It was called the Higher School of Pedagogy. On 1 September 1964 the Faculty of Education was founded. In 1973 the branch of the Faculty of Commerce, Economic University, Bratislava, was established and in 1977 transformed into the Faculty of Economics of Services and Tourism. On 1 July 1992 the Faculty adopted a new name – Faculty of Economics, which better characterized its focus.

Both Faculties were the cornerstone of a new University which has six faculties:

The Faculty of Economics
The Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

The Faculty of Natural Sciences
The Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Law


Matej Bel University implements development of the international relations in accordance with the Declaration of Bologna and supports the international mobility of students and teachers. Partnership takes place in compliance with the valid agreements with the following universities:

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
- Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
- University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
- Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic
- University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
- Jan Amos Komensky University Prague, Czech Republic
- Banking Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
- University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
- Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland
- University of Łodź, Poland
-  Opole University, Poland
- Casimir Pulaski Technical University of Radom, Poland
- Jan Kochanowski University of Humanities and Sciences in Kielce, Poland
- University of Education, Eger, Hungary
- University of Miskolc, Hungary
- Tessedik Sámuel Föiskola, Bekescsaba, Hungary
- University of Pécs, Hungary
- University of National and World Economy, Sofi a, Bulgaria
- University of Poitiers, France
- University of Rennes 2 – Haute Bretagne, France
- University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
- University of St. Quentine-en-Yvelines, Versailles, France
- Moscow State University of M. V. Lomonosov, Russia
- Moscow State University of Services, Russia
- Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
- Belarussian Institute of Law, Belarus
- University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
- Asia University Junior College, Tokyo, Japan
- Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
- University for Foreigners, Perugia, Italy
- Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
- Kremenchuk Mykhaylo Ostrogradskiy State University, Ukraine

Apart from these agreements, the faculties also have signed agreements on cooperation based on the specifi c needs of their own, or their departments, as well as agreements covered by the international projects (e.g. the bilateral agreements under the Erasmus programme).

The partners of Matej Bel University in organizing information seminars and lectures for students and teachers are:
• embassies
• national agencies for European programmes
• Slovak Academic Information Agency – SAIA
• Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation – SAAIC
• Fulbright Commission
• Alliance Française
• British Council


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