The main mission of TERI is to conduct independent research and provide education and knowledge dissemination in the area of higher education policy, science policy, research & development and innovation policy and knowledge and technology transfer.


In the tertiary education area among the most relevant topics are Bologna process, system transformation and diversification, qualification framework, study success and higher education relevance. In the science policy and research & development area TERI is focused particularly on legal framework of research & development, state aid, commercialization technology transfer and science communication.


TERI poses strong expertise through its team members in both higher education and science policy and research.



TERI team members are teaching as external fellows at Czech universities (Charles University in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno). They also serve as lecturers in the field of R&D&I, technology transfer, higher education legislation etc.


TERI members participated as experts in preparation of some legal or strategy policy documents in the field of tertiary education such as Czech higher education qualification framework or White Paper on Tertiary Education.


TERI have taken part in several international research projects on tertiary education. Its members also pursue an independent research in their specific areas of interests.



Aleš obtained his master degree in sociology at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts. In 2006 he received his doctoral degree at the Center for Higher Education Policy (CHEPS), University of Twente in the Netherlands.

In his professional career he has worked shortly at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels, at the governmental investment agency Czechinvest, and at the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic as the advisor to the minister.

Since 2008 he has been a managing partner of alevia, a company focused on consulting, training and projects in the area of human resources development, education and research & development. He has been working mainly as a lecturer, facilitator and moderator.

Aleš is currently teaching R & D policy as an external fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

E-mail: ales.vlk (at) teri-institute.eu


Jiří is an educational law and policy expert, and higher education professional with focus on governance, management and quality assurance of higher education institutions and systems. He graduated in law, political science and welfare policy, and further obtained a postgraduate diploma in corporate law.

During his professional career, Jiří has mostly served as university administrator in a number of roles, including registrar and chief legal and policy officer for Masaryk University. He spent a few years in the public service as director of higher education and later deputy minister of education of the Czech Republic. Jiří has been the principal co-author of the Czech higher education qualifications framework, and led preparations for the national educational policy strategy up to 2020.

Currently, he works as the director at CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk university, and he is chairman of the board at TERI. Jiří has also been a teaching fellow in public administration and educational policy at School of Social Studies, Masaryk University, since 2004, and has served on a number of governing boards for higher education institutions in the Czech Republic and expert panels in educational policy, including the national team of Bologna Experts and the Czech National Board for Qualifications.

E-mail: jiri.nantl (at) teri-institute.eu


Karel received his degree from the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague in 1983. In 1985, Karel completed his professional training and received a qualification as a judge. In the following years he worked as a Chairman of the Senate for the District Court in Prague 5. At the end of the 80s, he was involved, as a counsel for the Czech Sport Association, with the transformation and legalization of the professional football and ice hockey in the Czech Republic. Between 1987 and 1992 he was a member of the Legal Committee of the European Olympics Association. In 1990, he passed the bar exam and became an advocate and opened his private practice. In 2006 he was registered as arbitrator with the Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic for commercial cases.

As the name partner of the legal firm HOLEC, ZUSKA & Partners he is responsible mainly for legal services being provided to the public administration and government bodies and specializes in R&D&I, state aid, public procurement and public infrastructure projects.

E-mail: karel.zuska (at) teri-institute.eu


Otakar received Biomedical Engineering Masters (1994) and PhD (1997) at the Brno University of Technology. He was on a Chevening scholarship programme at the University of Oxford in 1996 and 1997. Otakar then worked for four years as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Mathematics at the University of York and as a visiting scholar at the Fields Institute in Toronto. In 2001 and 2002, he was a Managing Director of a small technology company operating in Central Europe.

Recently Otakar works as a Senior Science & Innovation Adviser at the British Embassy in Prague. He is a part of the Science and Innovation Network of the UK Government, a group of 90 Science diplomacy professionals based at the British Embassies in 30 countries across the globe. In 2003, he took up the newly created post in Prague and developed it to its current, well-performing state. He has organised and participated at many international conferences covering various science and science policy areas from innovation, technology transfer, intellectual property rights, biomedical research, and Horizon2020 to open access publication policies, nanotechnology safety, global risks and millennium challenges. He also popularises British science.

E-mail: otakar.fojt (at) teri-institute.eu


Jan obtained his master degree in economics at the South Bohemian University in České Budějovice. In the following years, he worked as a project manager at South Bohemian Chamber of Commerce being responsible for the design and implementation of regional innovation strategy. He also participated in the foundation the South Bohemian Agency for Support of Innovative Entrepreneurship and South Bohemian Science and Technology Park.

In 2002, he founded his own company PS inovace, where he works as a manager. The company has been providing services to many universities as well as other research organizations in the Czech Republic. The main focus of the company is the preparation and implementation of projects in the area of infrastructure for education, research and development, and innovative entrepreneurship.

Jan is responsible for providing services in the field of implementation of projects, sustainability of research capacities, state aid as well as for preparation of the European Structural and Investment Funds related to R&D&I.

E-mail: psinovace (at) gmail.com


Šimon graduated from public and social policy master’s at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences. He served as a policy officer at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, department of higher education, where he was responsible for analyses, strategic agendas and policy document drafting. Since 2014, he works as an analyst in CHE Consult, Berlin-based company providing strategic consulting to higher education institutions and conducting research studies in the field. There he contributes in particular to Europe-wide large-scale survey-based studies on international mobility in higher education and volunteering.

Between 2016-2017 he participated in a research project at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague with a particular focus on student success and dropout policies. In TERI Šimon takes part in projects related to student success, higher education relevance and higher education in general.

E-mail: simon.stiburek (at) teri-institute.eu


Martin graduated in ethnology and theory of culture at the Charles University in Prague where he also received his PhD. He spent several months at the University of Tokio studying science communication. His professional career started at the Czech Press Office followed by EURO magazine, portal Česká pozice and Lidové noviny press.

Recently he works as an editor at the Charles University on-line journals. In TERI his main area of interest is science communication – lecturing as well as conducting various research activities.

E-mail: martin.rychlik (at) ceskapozice.cz


After graduation at the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague Lukáš worked as a consultant at Ernst & Young between 2006 and 2013. Then he served as a program director at the Technology agency of the Czech Republic.

Recently he works as an independent expert and lecturer in the field of research and development and public sector. In TERI his area of expertise includes science policy, R&D impact as well as research infrastructure.

E-mail: lukas.kacena (at) gmail.com


Jiří graduated in public policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague in 2016. He has been working in alevia, a consulting and training company focused on academic sector. He has been team member of several projects on higher education and R&D evaluation. He has been also a project manager of an on-line portal focusing on science policy and research & development.

In TERI Jiří has been working on projects in higher education (social relevance and drop-out) as well as science policy and its impact.  

E-mail: jiri.stanzel (at) vedavyzkum.cz


TERI is offering an internship for university students with a special interest in higher education and science policy. The following students have been undertaking their internships in TERI:

Jiří Stanzel, Czech Republic (2015-2016)

Eliška Dubovská, Slovakia (2017)

Nikolas Soumar, Czech Republic (2018)

Barbora Buřičová, Czech Republic (2019)


Vlk, A. & Stiburek, Š. (2018). Study Success at the Clash Point of Excellence and Social Dimension. In A. Curaj, L. Deca & R. Princiope (Eds.). European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies, Springer, Cham, pp. 189-202 

Stiburek, S., Vlk, A. & Švec, V. (2017). Study of the success and dropout in the higher education policy in Europe and V4 countries. In Hungarian Educational Research Journal, 7 (1), pp. 43-56.

Vlk, A., Stiburek, S. & Švec, V. (2016). Dropout Calculation and related policies in Czech Higher Education. In Efficiency and Responsibility in Education 13th International Conference Proceedings, 650-657, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

Švec, V., Vlk, A., & Stiburek, S. (2015). Dropout Policy in Czech Higher Education: Can Universities Serve Several Masters? In Central European Journal of Public Policy, 9 (1), pp. 126-147.

Vlk, A. (2015). Challenges for Modern Universities: Finding the Balance Between Teaching, Research and Third Role. In Central European Higher Education Cooperation Conference Proceedings, 49-59, Budapest, Corvinus University of Budapest Digital Press.

Vlk, A. & Nantl, J. (2010). A Decade of Higher Education Reforms in the Czech Republic: The Good Times and the Bad Times. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal.

Vlk, A. (2010). Can We Accelerate the Knowledge Transfer between R&D and Business? Case Study of the EU-funded Systematic Projects on the National Level in the Czech Republic. In A. Klucznik-Toro, K. Bódis & I. K. Páll (Eds.). From Higher Education to Innovation, Publikon Publishers / ID Research, Budapest.

Vlk, A. (2009). The good times and the bad times – case study on a tertiary education reform in the Czech Republic. In A. Klucznik-Toro, A. Csepe & D. Kwiatkowska-Ciotucha (Eds.) Higher Education, partnership, innovation, Publikon Publishers / ID Research, Budapest.

Vossensteyn, J.J., A. Vlk & J. File (Eds.) (2008). From the North West, Case studies on strategic management and quality assurance in Russian higher education, Novgorod: Novgorod State University Press.

Vlk, A, Westerheijden, D., & Wende, M.C. van der. (2008). GATS and the steering capacity of a nation state in higher education: case studies of the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. In Globalisation, Societies and Education, vol. 6, num. 1, pp. 33-54.

Vlk, A. (2007). Current issues in Tertiary Education in the Czech Republic. In J. Kalous, J. Štoček & A. Veselý (Eds.) Education Policy Studies in the Czech Republic, Aleš Čeněk, Plzeň.

Vlk, A. (2006). Higher Education and GATS, UT/CHEPS, Enschede.

Svatoň, O. & Vlk, A. (2004). Academic staff: The extraordinary species Homo Academicus. In J. Enders & E. de Weert (Eds.) The International Attractiveness of the Academic Workplace in Europe, GWE, Frankfurt/Main.

Münsterová E, J. Baštová J. & A. Vlk (2002). A Case Study of the Students’ View on the Educational Process and on University Management. In Responding to Student Expectations, Paris: OECD.



TERI is a strategic partner to the portal which is monitoring developments in science, research, development and innovation (in the Czech language only). TERI members have been regularly publishing their blogs and articles on the portal as a part of their dissemination activities.


In 2016 and 2017 a Conference on university & business cooperation in Central Europe (CUBCCE) was organized in Budapest. Aleš Vlk was invited to present the case study of the Czech Republic each year.


At the beginning of 2017 the European Commision initiated an external study entitled Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education: Trends, Approaches and Policy levers. The objective of this research, being undertaken by a team lead by Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, was to explore the design and effects of different government and sectoral policies designed to improve the relevance of higher education. This study should not be viewed as an evaluation of individual higher education systems or institutions. The sole purpose is to exchange information on policy approaches and to learn from these as an input for future policy cooperation in Europe.

TERI conducted a country case study in the Czech Republic based on the views of people involved in the design, implementation and analysis of policies and practices aimed to enhancing the relevance of higher education.


TERI conducted a country case study in the Czech Republic at the end of 2014. The case study was carried out within the framework of the pan-European study on dropout and completion in higher education (HEDOCE) assigned by the European Commission to Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), the Netherlands, and The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) Two major deliverables of the study were:

  • A country comparative overview of the main policies and measures related to reducing dropout rates and increasing completion rates in each of the 36 countries covered by the study;
  • Eight national case studies analyzing the relationship between the national policies and measures in place and system performance.

Czech case study included a desk research (various documents on national as well as institutional level), expert interviews and focus groups with various stakeholders. On the national level, actors from the following institutions were approached: Ministry of Education, Accreditation Commission (at the same time acting as an external quality assurance agency), Higher Education Council and its Students Chamber, Czech Rectors’ Conference, Parliament and selected experts in the field of higher education.

Furthermore, two Czech public universities were selected in order to gain more insight into institutional policies on study success, and how national policies affect institutional behavior and policy implementation. Expert interviews and focus groups were conducted with the university and faculty management, student support units, teachers and students. Both of the institutions selected are medium-sized (10 000 to 25 000 students) with multiple faculties, offering study programs in a broad range of disciplines. One of them is located in Prague, the second, with a clear regional profile, is located in a smaller city.


TERI is a member of the Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) project together with other partners from Central Europe.

The first event of the CEHES project was the conference on Main challenges to universities in Central and Eastern Europe held in Budapest 28th and 29th January 2015 organized by the Center of International Higher Education Studies (CIHES) at the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Central European University (CEU).

Members of the TERI team has been actively participating and contributing at all the conferences that have taken part so far.


Registered office & Contact address:
Plzeňská 112, Praha 5 – Smíchov, 150 00, Czech Republic
© TERI 2018 // All rights reserved