The Catholic University in Ružomberok is a public university with religious character. The Conference of Slovak Bishops and National Council of the Slovak Republic took part in its foundation.
CU performs its activities especially in the areas of the humanities, historical, pedagogical, and social and health sciences, as well as in the areas of art, economics, management, and law.
It was after the Velvet Revolution in the year 1989 when possibilities arose for the creation of CU in Slovakia. The Slovak bishops endeavoured to form a Faculty of Pedagogy which would educate Catholic teachers. The charter of the Pedagogical Institute of St. Andrew in Ružomberok was signed on 29 June 1995, in Dolná Krupá, and the first director was prof. RNDr. Jozef Ďurček, CSc.
The Law of the National Council of the Slovak Republic from 10 May 2000 about the establishment of the Catholic University in Ružomberok (CU) established the creation of CU from the 1 April 2000. CU became a public university with religious character from 1 April 2002.
- Truth -To search for truth and to be willing to share it.
- Unity -To work for the common aim and apply the principle of subsidiarity.
- Professionalism – With the quality education process, science and research, work toward the progress of individuals.
- Responsibility – To do good deeds with the best intentions, and respect the principle of solidarity.
The Catholic University in Ružomberok consists of four faculties (Faculty of Arts and Letters, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Public Health). There are 7,700 students – 4,100 internal and 3,600 external – including 430 doctoral students, in academic year 2010/2011. University has been the associate since 2004 and in 2010 it became the member of International Federation of Catholic Universities. University has also been the member of Fédération des Universités Catholiques Européennes since 2007.
According to the latest Report of the Academic Ranking and Rating Agency (ARRA), the Catholic University gained the fourfold numbers compared to the Slovak national average of progress based on quality indicators of the Slovak universities. It reached the evaluation of 41,5 points. That means the progress by 5,3 points compared to the last year’s results. There was no Slovak higher institution with comparable continuous progress based on quality indicators during the evaluated period.
Divisions of the Catholic University
- Faculty of Arts and Letters
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Theology
- Faculty of Health Care
Facilieties and Departments
- Publishing House
- Deparment of Information and Communication Technologies
- Accommodation and Catering Facilities
- Administration of the Buildings
- Foundation For Support of the CU
- University Pastoral Care Centre