本文作者Jan Machac為捷克姊妹校西波希米亞大學(University of West Bohemia)博士班學生，本學期在建國交換就讀。他熱愛旅遊，曾去西班牙讀書，在美國工作過，這是他第一次來台灣。文中簡短介紹了他個人、捷克共和國、西波希米亞大學及Pilsen這個城市。學生總數約19,900人的西波希米亞大學位於捷克西部最大城市Pilsen，它設立於西元1295年，以生產啤酒聞名。Jan熱忱歡迎你來他的母校就讀，體驗當地著名的啤酒文化!
Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Jan Machač. I am a Ph.D. student from the Czech Republic who has come to study and experience Taiwan at the Chienkuo Technology University. I live in the city of Pilsen that is well-known for brewing the best beer. I teach and study at the University of West Bohemia. My major at the University is concerned with engineering. My biggest hobby is traveling. I spent a lot of time traveling around the world. I studied in Spain and worked in the USA. I also like sport, especially boxing and football. As I already mentioned, I really like traveling and had been missing any Asian experience, therefore Taiwan was the clear option for me. Firstly, I didn't know much about Taiwan. I just read a few articles about Taiwan but they don't say much. Now, everything is about to change and I can say I have experienced Taiwan and its people. It is always better to try it personally and get your own feelings and expressions :-).
Now I would like to introduce my country, my university and my city.......
The Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a land locked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the north. The capital and largest city is Prague that is more than 1,000 years old and has a wealth of historic architecture of different styles. Because of this, the city has become a favorite location for many international film makers.
The Czech Republic became an independent state in January 1993 after Czechoslovakia split into its two constituent parts. Before World War II, Czechoslovakia was one of the 10 most industrialized states in the world, and the only central European country to remain a democracy until 1938. Manufacturing is still a major economic activity, especially the production of automobiles, machine tools, and engineering products. Iron and steel industries are important in Moravia in the east of the country. The chief crops are maize, sugar beet, potatoes, wheat, barley, and rye. The Czech Republic is a stable and prosperous market economy closely integrated with the EU, especially since the country's EU accession in 2004.
The Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate, with relatively hot summers and cold, cloudy and snowy winters. Hills and mountains cover about 95% of the country – ideal for skiing, mountain biking and hill walking. Wild boar and foxes are found in the abundant woodlands. The Czech Republic produces world-famous beer, including Pilsner. Wine is produced in the southern regions of Moravia and in part of Bohemia. A record 900 natural springs have also ensured that the country produces plenty of mineral water. Traditional dishes include “ knedlíky ”, a type of dumpling made from potatoes or bread. Famous Czechs include the Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha, composers Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana, marathon runner Emil Zatopek and the writers Franz Kafka and Milan Kundera.
The University of West Bohemia
The University of West Bohemia is a university in Pilsen, Czech Republic. It was founded in 1991 and consists of eight faculties. The University of West Bohemia (UWB) is located in Pilsen, the largest city in West Bohemia and the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. It is the only institution of higher education in West Bohemia which prepares students for careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer science, applied mathematics, physics, mechanics), education (for both primary and secondary school teachers in a wide range of subjects), fine arts, economics, humanities (philosophy, sociology, foreign languages, social and cultural anthropology, archaeology), law, public administration and health care. There are about 19,000 students at the University. The University of West Bohemia has significant position in the field of high education either among the universities in the Czech Republic and in the European space. All faculties offer courses available for exchange students. Do not hesitate and apply for an internship and experience a taste of genuine beer and life in the heart of Europe.
The city of Pilsen
Pilsen is the metropolis of West Bohemia. Since its foundation in 1295, City of Pilsen has naturally become a cultural and economic centre of the West Bohemia. Nowadays, Pilsen with its 170,000 inhabitants covers an area of 138 square kilometres and it is easily accessible by the D5 motorway that leads to Prague. The city came to prominence in the middle of the 19th century when the Škoda Works Company and the Pilsner Urquell brewery were founded. Nowadays, the industrial potential of the city concentrates on value added production and the so called knowledge economy projects. The Municipal Industrial Park Borská Pole (Bory Fields) is a major attractive locality for this type of investments. Many district and regional institutions reside in the city, among them about forty secondary schools and apprenticeship training colleges, the University of West Bohemia and the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. The city centre with its many historical landmarks has been declared a protected historic area. Many of the buildings rank among true gems of architecture, namely the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (a listed building), the Renaissance City Hall, the Great Synagogue or the sgrafitti by Mikoláš Aleš on the front facades of burgher houses. Favorite tourist destinations include, apart from the world renowned Pilsner Urquell brewery, also the ZOO and Botanical Gardens and the adjacent DinoPark. The J. K. Tyl Theatre as well as the Alfa Theatre feature prominently among the highlights of Pilsen cultural life, together with about twenty galleries and various multigenre and alternative cultural projects. Pilsen clubs can offer a range of concerts and other entertainment. Its quality accommodation, new conference facilities and unique cultural scene make the City of Pilsen a sought after destination for conference tourism. The city is known worldwide for Pilsner beer. Plzeň was in September 2010 selected by an official jury to be put forward to join the Belgian city of Mons as the European capital of culture in 2015.