On 7 December 2016 the Faculty of Education at Comenius University celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding at a special gathering in the Comenius University Auditorium attended by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Professor Peter Plavčan.

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“‘Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers’. No, I am not talking about our youth. These words were actually said by Socrates around 2500 years ago, and show that teachers did not have it easy then and do not have it easy now,” said Comenius University Rector, Professor Karol Mičieta in his opening remarks to those gathered. “As our university carries the name of our patron saint of teaching, John Amos Comenius, then perhaps the Faculty of Education is the faculty which not only in name but in the very character of its portfolio most prominently represents the university’s educational profile,” the rector added.

The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Alica Vančová, outlined the history of the faculty and its important milestones. “The faculties of education are now an inseparable part of the Slovak university environment. They are also the result of generations of effort by teachers for a better, higher quality and more humane school system and for a better world,” Professor Vančová said.

The event included the presentation of awards and letters of thanks to teachers, students, and graduates of the faculty. A Comenius University gold medal was presented by the rector to Associate Professor Stanislav Harangozó in recognition of his work and exceptional success on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The Faculty of Education was founded in 1946, making it the oldest and first faculty of education in Slovakia. It provides tertiary education in pedagogy, art disciplines, humanities, and the social sciences.