University of Hradec Králové was founded on June 21, 2000 by renaming the University College of Education (Vysoká škola pedagogická), which itself traces its roots back to 1959. It is attended by around 8,500 students.
It belongs to one of the most important education and research institutions in the Eastern Bohemia.
The current rector of the university is prof. Ing. Kamil Kuča, Ph.D.
Currently the university consists of the following 5 units:
- Faculty of Education (Pedagogická fakulta, PdF) , around 5,300 students
- Faculty of Informatics and Management (Fakulta informatiky a managementu, FIM), around 2,400 students
- Philosophical Faculty (Filozofická fakulta, FF), around 1,000 students
- Faculty of Science (Přírodovědecká fakulta, PřF) , establıshed in 2010
The long-term strategic mission of the university is not only to enhance its internal structure, but also to focus on investment projects which are efficiently carried out by a gradual construction of the university campus in the Na Soutoku area. The upcoming plans include a construction of a building for natural and social science specialization with laboratories that will complete and close up the center of a newly emerging campus.
In 2010 a brand new unified professional visual style has been introduced that presents the university as a modern, dynamic institution.
Two student dormitories, Palach Halls of Residence (Palachovy koleje) and Vít Nejedlý Halls of Residence (Koleje Víta Nejedlého) have capacity over 900 beds.