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Scala Cinema becomes part of MU
In addition to its primary function as a cultural venue, University Cinema Scala hosts academic ceremonies and conferences. It is also the location of a unique university shop opened in 2016.
Thanks to funding obtained primarily from EU Structural Funds and the state budget, Masaryk University is able to complete large-scale renovation projects at a number of its downtown locations: the Faculty of Science complex is renovated, the Faculty of Social Studies is relocated to a renovated building, the Faculty of Economics and Administration remodels a library and an atrium and the Faculty of Law turns basement spaces into a library. The most extensive renovations take place at the Faculty of Arts complex.Although the Jesuit college once housed a pharmacy and a printing press and even served as a military barracks, its primary function has always been educational. Masaryk University students first attended courses at the venue in 2002; two years later the college became university property. Following a period of intensive renovation, the new University Centre Telč now constitutes a major educational centre for the entire Vysočina Region. The centre includes accommodation facilities as well as a library and provides a unique environment for teaching and learning, including in courses held as part of the University of the Third Age, while also serving as an event venue.
In the wake of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the university returns to its original name, a symbol of freedom and independence.
The development of new fields of study leads to the establishment of several new faculties:
Faculty of Economics and Administration established
Faculty of Informatics established as the first Czech faculty of informatics following a split from the Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Studies established following a split of several departments from the Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Sports Studies established following a split from the Faculty of Education
The favourable sixties
Changes in the political situation result in favourable conditions for scientific and educational activities. The Faculty of Education – previously closed in connection with the communist purges of 1948 – is reinstated, as is the Faculty of Law. In 1968, the university's development is blocked once again, this time by the so-called normalization. Purges among teachers significantly impact education for the next two decades.
A new university name
The Faculty of Pharmacy, the only faculty of its kind in the entire country, is closed by government decree after functioning for only eight years. Only three faculties remain operational during this period. The university even loses its original name; until 1989, it is known as Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Brno.
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