Masaryk University in Brno ranks among the most important educational and scientific institutions in the Czech Republic as well as the recognized universities of Central Europe. Masaryk University has long been placed in the world's best universities' rankings, QS TopUniversities. Since its establishment in 1919, it has continued to grow and now consists of nine faculties with more than 300 branches and collaborates with leading scientific institutions.
It is also highly engaged in the social and cultural life of the Southern Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It operates the university cinema Scala and the University Center in the town of Telc. Moreover, Masaryk University put into action the development of and owns the Czech Antarctic Station, known as the Johann Gregor Mendel Station, which now serves as a research base for scientists and academics from the University and other institutions.