published: 21.01.2014, 16:22 | updated: 21.01.2014 16:23:39
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed 12 rectors and said he praises their expert level "with respect and admiration," referring to the documents that he received from the Education Ministry that he said he studied before today´s ceremony.
The rectors will assume the posts as from February 1. Five of them will start their second term, the remaining seven are new ones.
They were elected last autumn. The rector´s term lasts four years.
Rectors were in dispute with Zeman over the naming of literary scientist Martin C. Putna professor last year. Zeman originally refused to name Putna over his public appearances that Zeman said were unsuitable.
Experts criticised this as wilfulness because the valid law does not reckon with the president not appointing the candidates proposed to him.
Zeman later did not invite two rectors to the celebrations of the national holiday on October 28 over a dispute he had with them. The other rectors reacted with not coming either.
Today all invited future rectors arrived at Prague Castle even though the decree can be sent by post.
Originally 13 rectors were to be appointed today, but the academic senate of he Prague University of Economics has failed to elect a successor to rector Richard Hindls whose mandate expires at end-January.
The president appoints the rectors of public and state universities. The rectors of private schools are appointed by the owners.
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