Cedar Rapids’ National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library National and Palacký University Olomouc, a leading university in the Czech Republic, have formally entered into an agreement to develop and collaborate on joint educational, cultural and research projects, according to news release.

The agreement was signed at the NCSML at the opening of the poster exhibit, “Blindfolded: Europe on the Road to the Great War,” which was prepared by Palacký University Olomouc graduate students. The opening was attended by faculty and administrative representatives from Palacký University Olomouc, as well as by representatives from Mount Mercy University and Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

“This is a significant step forward for the NCSML as we build and strengthen our national and international linkages,” said NCSML President and CEO Cecilia Rokusek in a statement. “Education is the foundation of our NCSML, and this certainly is the beginning of many significant opportunities.”

The two institutions have agreed to explore future cooperation on:
Exchange of scholars and researchers
Joint sponsorship of courses, study tours, conferences and seminars
Joint research projects including those eligible for external grant funding
Exchange of administrative and professional staff
Exchange of various types of information and resources
“We believe that the agreement provides a new and promising situation for the successful collaboration between the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and Palacký University Olomouc, one of the best universities in the Czech Republic,” said Dalibor Mikulás, head of international relations office at Palacký University Olomouc, in the statement.

Ms. Rokusek said the agreement allows for the identification and development of other areas of collaboration and cooperation with Palacký University Olomouc. She also said the NCSML will be seeking opportunities for similar agreements with other top universities in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

“This affiliation is important, too, as we at the NCSML strengthen our ties to our wonderful colleges and universities in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area,” she said. “I can envision outstanding student, faculty and staff opportunities for exchanges, research and new and innovative exhibits.”

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Photo: Dalibor Mikulas, head of international relations office at Palacky University Olomouc and NCSML President and CEO Cecilia Rokusek signed an agreement for the two organizations to collaborate on joint educational, cultural and research projects.