February 09, 2023

Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague Hosts Meeting of Regional Ombuds

On January 27, 2022, FAMU's first Ombuds Šimáčková Laurenčíková hosted a a colloquium of the School Ombuds Platform in Prague. The conference was attended by more than 80 representatives from educational, non-profit, and human rights organizations sectors. Participating Ombuds included:

  • Current FAMU Ombuds, Pavlína Junová;
  • Department of Dramatic Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) Ombuds, Petr Polák;
  • Ombuds of the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc, Jaroslav Šotola [also Chair of the Czech Network of University Ombuds Offices] and his deputy Michaela Antonín Malaníková [also an ENOHE Board Member]; and 
  • Ombuds of Charles University’s Faculty of Law, Pavla Špondrová [who will be co-hosting the next ENOHE conference].
According to a news release about the event:
The meeting focused on several topics: the ombuds’ professional identity and operating principles, addressing individual suggestions in real life, and introduction of the School Ombuds Platform. The participants discussed, for example, the issues of legislative definition of ombuds in the Czech Republic, which could define the scope of their activity and authority and the conditions for their work. A definition of the aforementioned factors would streamline and accelerate the solutions that ombuds help to seek further to suggestions submitted by individuals. Another topic was adequate education in the field of ombud service, in particular in terms of legal and psychological skills as well as defining and sharing fixed terminology. Topics also included the scope of activity and the definition of the ombuds’ role, handling the anonymity of the parties involved, and the selection of the right person for each institution. Functioning principles were defined as impartiality, confidentiality, and informality. The discussion also covered the options for increasing the relevance of the ombud topic for university leaders, senior authorities, and the general public. Jean Grier, the Vice-President of the European Network of Ombuds in Higher Education (ENOHE), delivered a speech during the event.

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