Who We Are

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 9,200 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 Baťa (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.

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

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.