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One of the ways students can tell that their school functions well is when they notice next to no changes as the leadership is replaced. I hope this will be the case in June with Karolína Kyselová becoming the Vice-Dean for Study Affairs, Jakub Korda the Vice-Dean for Science and Research, and Vít Schmarc the Vice-Dean for Public Relations and Development, resulting in a complete overhaul of our Faculty’s leadership.

I assumed the position of the Dean of FAMU for the 2024–2028 period on 20 May. I see my role as a great honour combined with exceptional responsibility. I outlined some of my goals in my concept document, but I am acutely aware of additional tasks awaiting me inevitably. I perceive the position of the Dean primarily as that of a mediator who represents, promotes and defends the opinions and positions of the Faculty’s academic community. While it may seem that the Dean mostly makes decisions, this power is quite limited and, in reality, the Dean is more of a person who turns decisions into reality, with their agenda involving many actions actually verifying and confirming others’ decisions.

My objective is not for FAMU to grow by adding more programmes and activities. I think we have already reached the limit of our human and financial resources. We have been struggling with a shortage of space for a long time. Therefore, I will focus on using the opportunities available to us and ensuring the current status quo is sustainable.

FAMU has a long and glorious history in the fields of cinema, television, photography and audiovisual art. We have been witnessing the continuous development and change in the world of art and media together, and have been honoured to shape next generations of artists who will go on to shape the future. Our mission remains the same: foster talent, innovation and excellence in all areas of cinematic and media art. We strive to create an environment where students can not only learn but also draw inspiration and develop their talents. Educational freedom is of equal importance.

The preceding paragraph may seem clichéd, but to me it sums up the essence of the never-ending quest for the right form of art education. As a Vice-Dean for International Affairs, I had ample opportunity to witness a broad range of approaches to filmmaking education: not one of them was perfect, and each had its strengths and weaknesses. While we could use inspiration in various respects, our Faculty can hold its own in comparison with international schools without any problems. All we need to do is use the resources we have in an appropriate and sensible way.

I decided to offer the Vice-Deans space in the forewords to this newsletter so that they can communicate with the academic community and the entire Faculty. Accordingly, we will take turns writing these forewords.

I wish us all a beautiful start of the summer.

Yours sincerely,

David Čeněk