Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Zlín, Czech Republic
Tomas Bata University in Zlín (TBU) is a dynamically growing higher education institution comprised of six faculties offering students the possibility of studying humanities, natural sciences, technology and art. It is one of the most prominent centres of research in the Czech Republic and, in many respects, also abroad. With about 12,600 students, TBU ranks among medium-sized Czech universities.
  • 8 PhDs
  • 12000 Students
  • Public Institution Type


Tomas Bata University in Zlín (TBU) is a dynamically growing higher education institution comprised of six faculties offering students the possibility of studying humanities, natural sciences, technology and art. It is one of the most prominent centres of research in the Czech Republic and, in many respects, also abroad. With about 12,600 students, TBU ranks among medium-sized Czech universities.

TBU follows a longstanding tradition of the Faculty of Technology, which was founded in Zlín in 1969 and since than has educated hundreds of highly-qualified professionals. The University is named after the originator of the shoe industry in Zlín and a world-famous entrepreneur Tomáš Bata (1876 – 1932).

At TBU, considerable emphasis is laid on teaching English and other foreign languages. The offer of its degree programmes taught in English has been continually extended. Maximum support is given to all forms of international cooperation, i.e. student exchanges, lectures and teaching internships, joint research projects, etc. The University offers a three-level study based on the European Credit Transfer System. Its graduates are issued the Diploma Supplement, the aim of which is to enhance their position in the European labour market. It is recognized all over Europe. In 2009 the University was awarded the prestigious Diploma Supplement Label by the European Commission (for the second time), which has raised its reputation among other higher education institutions in Europe. In 2012 TBU was awarded the ECTS Label by the European Commission, which is the most prestigious European certificate awarded in the sphere of tertiary education. TBU is a member of numerous international organizations. Its membership in the EUA (European University Association), which associates over 800 universities from 46 countries in Europe, is one of the most prestigious ones. It enables the University to participate in all the EUA’s significant activities aiming to support higher education in Europe and so to present itself to the whole of the European academic community. The University has also signed the Magna Charta Universitatum of Bologna, which among other things aims to support scientific development and freedom, and to remove boundaries when gaining and transferring knowledge. The Charta signatories undertake to create conditions for teacher and student mobility. TBU is also a member of the Danube Rectors’ Conference, which associates universities in the Danube region, and of some other institutions.

The University offers a wide range of attractive degree programmes, which can be studied at its six faculties:

  • Faculty of Technology (FT)
  • Faculty of Management and Economics (FaME)
  • Faculty of Multimedia Communications (FMC)
  • Faculty of Applied Informatics (FAI)
  • Faculty of Humanities (FHS)
  • Faculty of Logistics and Crisis Management (FLCM)

A high quality university is characterized by advanced research and development. Some areas of research, such as polymer engineering, chemistry or automation and technology process control, have earned TBU excellent reputation abroad.

The Centre of Polymer Systems is an important research unit in which more than one hundred scientists from all over the world are based; a number of these have won international awards for their work. Also the staff of the Faculty of Applied Informatics have won international acclaim for their achievements, particularly in the sphere of mathematical modelling of processing or study into non-conventional energy sources. Applied and industrial research is carried out also at the University Institute.

Two University technology parks serve to form links between research and practice. One is focused on cooperation with plastics processing and food processing companies, the other on information technology companies.

We Offer Equal Opportunities

Tomas Bata University in Zlín supports the principle of equal opportunities, mutual respect and fair treatment for all its students and employees. So does TBU act in respect of applicants for studies and employment. No one can be discriminated against, mainly because of his/her age, gender, physical disability, ethnic or national origin, race, religion, membership in organizations. Students, employees, as well as other persons must always be treated in accordance with the principles of politeness and civil coexistence.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at Tomas Bata University in Zlín!


TBU aims to provide maximum support to disabled students studying at the University. All buildings including the Residence Halls, Refectory and Library are adapted to wheelchair access. The Residence Halls offer two rooms adapted to take wheelchairs and fitted with special equipment for physically handicapped students.

All faculties are able to adjust the study requirements to the needs of disabled students, above all to create individual study plans. It is advisable to discuss the options for studies of disabled students with Vice-Deans for Pedagogical Activities and/or with Student Affairs Officers at the respective Faculties.

The TBU Counselling Centre also provides services to disabled applicants and students at TBU; they are offered psychological counselling services and diagnostics, useful advice regarding study and legal regulations, and/or job search and success in the labour market in the future.

In 2009 TBU participated in the competition "School without Barriers 2009", organized by the Committee of Good Will - The Olga Havel Foundation, and received a special award from the CSOB (Czech and Slovak Commercial Bank) in recognition of its individual approach to disabled students. The award ceremony was held on 21 September 2009 within an educational campaign run by the Committee of Good Will and entitled "Pathways to Integration".

Student Life

Tomas Bata University is based in the regional capital of Zlín with the population of 80,000. The town, which is situated in the south-east of the Czech Republic, is unique for its unusual appearance perfectly combining urban architecture and nature.

Thanks to a well-considered urbanistic plan developed in the 1920s, Zlín was built as a town of gardens, parks and other green areas. Its development was the fastest in the interwar era, when the town became the centre of the shoe industry represented by the Bata Shoe Company. Tomáš Bata cared very much about the living conditions of his employees and he did a lot to make the conditions better. He built a new hospital, several schools, administration buildings as well as large house districts. In that period, the most prominent architects of their time participated in the urban development of Zlín, e.g. Jan Kotera, Vladimír Karfík, František Lýdie Gahura or Le Corbusier. The administration building of the Bata Shoe Company No. 21, the so-called Bata’s skyscraper, is considered the most impressive Zlín’s building of the interwar era. It was designed by Vladimír Karfík.

Today’s Zlín is a modern university town and, not only thanks to students, looks new. Particularly in summer there are numerous cultural and sports events known all over Europe. Every year in early May, the International Film Festival for Children and Youth is held in Zlín, attracting tens of thousands visitors from across the world. Tomas Bata University is one of the co-organizers of the festival. In August, the town regularly plays host to the Barum Rally, which is part of the European Rally Championship and the world series of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Cultural, social and sports events are held in Zlín throughout the whole year. In summer you can take a rest in cafés and pubs that offer outside seating, while in winter you can go to the theatre, cinema or a classical concert. Swimming pools, two indoor stadiums and several sports halls are also available. Apart from this, Zlín’s sportsmen represent the best of sports. This applies, for example, to the home ice-hockey team, which ranks among the most successful in the Czech Republic.

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