SDOT 2013

Conference venue

The College of Polytechnics Jihlava

The College of Polytechnics Jihlava (VSPJ) was established in 2004 as the first public college of a non-university type in the Czech Republic and is the only public college in the Vysočina region.

The College of Polytechnics Jihlava is a public institution for higher education providing accredited bachelor study programmes with the duration of six semesters. The study programmes taught at the college offer a well-balanced combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in accordance with the needs of labour market. One semester-long internship is a significant part of the programmes. Although the language of instruction is Czech, some courses are offered in foreign languages.

One of the main objectives of applied research is to address specific needs in the region. VSPJ is the only college in the Czech Republic that runs its own travel agency.

VŠPJ also offers programmes of life-long learning, including the Third Age University providing learning opportunities in a range of courses. VŠPJ cooperates with higher education institutions in EU countries through international projects and Erasmus programme.

Jihlava and Vysočina Region

Jihlava is an ancient town in the heart of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, 550 metres above sea level, about 130 km south-east of Prague. Jihlava, founded more than 800 years ago, boasts a long and colourful history. Being the administrative, industrial, commercial and cultural centre of Vysočina Region, it is home to more than 50 000 inhabitants.

Vysočina Region is renowned as “an island of health”, far from busy life of city centres; well-known for its hills and valleys, its wealth of woods and groves, streams and ponds. Here you will find dozens of protected landscapes, hundreds of protected areas and natural monuments. It is a perfect place for outdoor activities and recreation.

Three UNESCO World Heritage monuments are located within 30 km from Jihlava (the Historic Centre of Telč, the Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč and the Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora in Ždár nad Sázavou). Not only these are worth visiting in Vysočina, however. You will soon discover - as anywhere in the Czech Republic, rich in history and culture – an abundance of historic sights such as medieval castles, magnificent palaces, picturesque country houses and peaceful old town squares.

More information
  • about Jihlava here
  • about Vysočina region here