Academic year 2017/18
During the academic year 2017/18, the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) has continued doing its various successful projects. At the same time new partnerships with universities abroad were established and VŠE or its faculties placed in several international rankings. It has strengthened its name in the international academic environment. Moreover, VŠE has made another important step to getting AACSB International accreditation.
Number of students
There were 2169 students studying in 2017 at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, 3124 students at the Faculty of International Relations, 3081 students at the Faculty of Business Administration, 2470 students at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, 1519 students at the Faculty of Economics and 1 021 students at the Faculty of Management. Overall, 8396 applicants applied for bachelor programmes in 2017, and 3537 became students at VŠE.
Important changes proceeded this spring. The Rector of the University of Economics, Prague, Prof. Hana Machková, began her second term of office. Jakub Fischer was elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics for a four-year term of office, starting in March 2018. The Academic Senate of the Faculty of Business Administration has elected Prof. Ivan Nový as the Dean for the next term of office, starting in July 2018 and finishing in June 2022. The Academic Senate of the Faculty of Economics has elected Prof. Zdeněk Chytil as the new Dean. He will succeed Miroslav Ševčík in the role, who’s acting period finished after June 30. Ladislav Mejzlík was elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Finance and Accounting for 2018-2022. He started his second term on April 1.
Tomáš Zouhar has become a new bursar and Ludmila Štěrbová became the new Vice-Rector for strategy in spring 2018.
Members of the Academic Senate have also changed. Marek Stříteský, from the Faculty of Business Administration, was elected as the chairman, Jan Vondřáček, from the Faculty of Economics, and Vojtěch Prchal, from the Faculty of Management, were elected as vice-chairmen. This Academic Senate finishes its term in June 2021.
Awards and anniversary
VŠE was placed first in the 10th annual international ranking Eduniversal 2017, thus being awarded the best business university in Eastern Europe.
The ranking, issued by the Financial Times, placed the Faculty of Business Administration on 86th place, two places better than the year before.
VŠE succeeded as well in the special international Business Masters Ranking, focusing on the finance, management and business analytics branches. The masters study programmes of the Faculty of Finance and Accounting and the Faculty of Business Administration are among the best in the world.
The Faculty of International Relations successfully defended its international accreditation, EPAS, for two masters degree programmes. This time for the maximum period of 5 years.
The winner of the National Czech Republic Award for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development 2017 was the Faculty of Business Administration.
VŠE continued in its successful internationalization. That is confirmed by the number of students and teachers outcoming in 2017. 1067 students and teachers stayed in 50 countries worldwide, with the majority of them visiting France (105), the USA (83), Austria (64) and Germany (136). VŠE welcomed incoming students too, mostly from the USA (431), France (97), Germany (79) and Canada (70).
The International Office organized the 8th International Week, a meeting for partner universities’ international offices, and the International & Study Abroad Fair, an event for students applying for study abroad.
Faculties organized 27 international conferences.
VŠE also signed another double degree contract with Louvain School of Management and Lappeenranta University of Technology.
Scientific Research Activities and Cooperation with the Professional Sector
VSE has been involved in research projects and grants as well as having played a supporting role in the publication activities of its academics and students. Moreover, VŠE itself publishes many scientific journals. Two of these journals, Politická Ekonomie and Prague Economics Papers, are well respected journals with a significant increase in their impact factors.
Very successful cooperation between VŠE and its corporate partners has also continued through the academic year 2017/18. Česká Spořitelna has been VŠE’s general partner for many years. VŠE’s main corporate partners are: ČSOB, Deloitte, EY, Komerční banka, KPMG and PWC. The following companies were partners during this academic year: 3M, Accenture, ADP, Axa, Amazon, Decathlon, E.ON, Hewlett Packard, the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic, L´Oréal, Microsoft, MSD, McKinsey & Company, Business Development Advisory, BDO Appraisal services, T-Mobile, Bel Cheese, CR, Pilsener Urquelle, Škoda Auto and HILTI. In addition, the three latter companies are CEMS International Partners.
Moreover, the companies (over 120) have a chance of presenting themselves at the VŠE job fair, called Šance, which is organized by the Development and Counselling Centre. Experts from these companies are also involved in teaching courses at VŠE.
xPORT, a start up accelerator, helps VŠE students and graduates to start their own business. xPORT also organizes some events for students and the public, e.g. Data Festival or Startup Festival.
Sports Achievements by Students and Social Events
There are 43 student organizations which participate in social life at VŠE. These organizations bring together students with the same interests in one of the fields of economy, or in cultural or sports activities. VŠE also organizes the “Rector´s Sports Day” in April. Students who are talented in sports represent VŠE at such sports events as the Hockey Battle, University Eights, or volleyball tournaments.
Among VŠE’s most successful social events was the VŠE Representative Ball, which took place in November, 2017. During this ball, the winners of the “VŠE’s Got Talent” competition, and the best sportsmen at VŠE were announced. In spring 2018, the VŠE Band Contest took place.
Alumni Day with VŠE also took place in November 2017. The Alumni Wednesdays project was also held at VŠE for the fourth year.