Since 1989, he has taken part in founding numerous joint international degrees (such as Joint Master Degree with K. Adamiecki University in Katowice, Poland, and Nottingham Trent University in Great Britain). He co-founded LLM and MPA degrees at Masaryk University in Brno, the Joint MBA degree at Brno Institute of Technology and Dominican University in Chicago, MSc and BA Hons degrees at Brno Institute of Technology etc. He teaches at several universities around the world, such as in Great Britain (e.g. Nottingham), Italy (Florence, Trento), Spain (Sevilla), Poland (Torun) etc.
He worked as Rector of Brno University of Technology from 2006 to 2014, 2003-2006 as Vice-Rector of Brno University of Technology for Strategic Development, 1996-2002 as Dean of Business Faculty of Brno University of Technology, and he served in other academic positions since 1989. In early and mid-1990s, Karel Rais has achieved great success in Macroeconomics when he and his team from the faculty developed a unique IT system for the Ministry of Industry and Trade that caused a significant decrease in cases of secondary insolvency.
He has had more than 120 academic articles published, both home and abroad. He has collaborated with dozens of Czech and Slovak companies and firms on dealing with specific strategic and economic issues. In 2012 he was in the final of the Czech Manager Association’s Manager of the Year 2012 contest.
Karel Rais was elected Member of the Parliament for ANO Movement in 2013 and became member of the Budget and Foreign committees of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. He also works in several subcommittees (Business Environment and others), serves as Deputy President of the Permanent Committee for the monitoring of the Financial Analytical Unit of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic and President of the Subcommittee for International Development, etc.