The Czech education system is based on a long tradition beginning in 1774, when compulsory school attendance was instituted. Czech children are required to begin school at age 6 and attend for a minimum of 9 years of basic school. The first five years of basic school are called primary school and the next four years are lower secondary school. While most children attend neighborhood schools, the choice of school is free.

Once students complete the compulsory school, they attend one of three types of upper secondary schools: the gymnasium, the technical/professional school or the vocational school. Over 90% of students continue onto upper secondary school. Students apply to these schools, which set their own entrance requirements. About 15% of students attend the gymnasium (pre-university curriculum), about 25% of students attend the technical/professional school and about 60% attend vocational school.

After upper secondary school, students with a maturite can attend university, a technical school offering professional training or a higher higher professional school program. Most universities offer accredited bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. 

Stages of the education system
Chemical Engineering education in Czech Republic

Chemical Engineering programmes, or programmes that includes chemical or process engineering, are offered at all levels of tertiary edication:
• Bachelor programmes extend for three years. Study programmes are based on core courses embracing general subjects. Graduates are awarded the title "Bachelor" (equivalent to BSc).
• Master programmes link up to BSc programmes and take 2 years. Comprise core and specialized courses. Studies lead to the "engineer" degree ("inženýr" in Czech, equivalent to an M.Sc.).
• Postgraduate doctoral studies leading to a Ph.D. degree lasting nominally four years beyond master studies.

The following universities offer study programs focused on chemical engineering or chemical technology:


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