published: 25.10.2013, 14:59 | updated: 25.10.2013 15:03:20
Prague - Tomas Zima, former dean of the 1st faculty of medicine, was elected the new, 508th rector of Charles University (UK) in Prague in the third round of the vote today, UK spokesman Vaclav Hajek has said.
Zima received 42 out of the total 70 votes in the academic senate.
He will take up the post in February 2014.
Zima will manage the school until 2018, but he is yet to be confirmed in the post by President Milos Zeman.
Zima will replace Vaclav Hampl, elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009.
The post of UK rector can only be held for two terms.
In the first round, the post was also contested by prorector Stanislav Stech and dean of the faculty of arts Michal Stehlik.
Stech advanced to the second round along with Zima in which he won more votes and advanced, as the only candidate, to the third round.
Zima, 47, headed the 1st faculty of medicine until last year.
Now he works as head of the Institute of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Diagnostics.
He deals with clinic biochemistry, internal diseases and nephrology.
The new rector is supposed to take part in the drafting of the university law.
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