Director winning economist Martin Gregor: We pay attention to the international character and the quality of teaching Added:12.2. 2013
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Director winning economist Martin Gregor: We pay attention to the international character and the quality of teaching

Economic newspapers published a list of top business schools. The winner was the second consecutive Institute of Economic Studies (IES) of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. The specifics of school we talked with the director of IES Martin Gregor.

According to the results of economic newspapers have defended their first place among business schools. What constitutes success IES, you can develop strengths?

We take care of international character and the quality of teaching, we have a strong mathematical orientation and strive to attract and develop talented students. Overall, helps us even more intimate environment. Much easier to maintain balanced teaching quality, graduate work and also much more comfortable for students studying in an environment where everyone knows and where there is a good atmosphere. I'll give you a specific example, that this concept is successful: last year the Czech economic schools began participating in the international benchmark Bloomberg Assessment Test, where the European average in 2012 was 45.6 in this test. The diameter of Czech students was 43.3 and the average student IES FSV UK was 55.1.

On the contrary, what you see room for improvement in the future? For example, compared the scientific activities are according to HN daily, took second place.

It's ironic, but just in science we have over other schools a huge advantage, which is confirmed by objective international comparison. For example, among the top fifty Czech economists according to IDEAS RePEc, we have fourteen colleagues, Czech National Bank has twenty names and sister CERGE-EI twenty-two economists. In the first fifty they are just two names from the VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and one at the University of Economics in Prague. The problem of assessing the economic newspaper is that it is not suitable for measuring the quality of science, but that is not what today actually goes. Specifically, the problem is outdated methodology of the Government, which is based on the fact that each quotation is equally valuable. When you quotes Nobel Prize winner, it's the same as when you quoted a friend from the office next door. If the quotation begin to appreciate the contrary by importance, the scientific results are based on completely different. IES divided by the quality of research on six zones and in the highest categories A + and we currently six articles. In categories B and C are already dozens of publications. On the contrary, the vast majority of publishing colleagues in other schools, at least as far as I know, is at the penultimate or last category D and E categories such as category B or above never published.

You mention international school environment. Zoom to attract prospective study of what to expect.

We try to make teaching was up in the English language that is the lingua franca of our industry. At the undergraduate level we have 26 Czech and 36 English courses at the graduate level only nine Czech and vice versa 47 English courses. Ever since the first year, students have a choice – they can attend introductory courses in economics in English or in English, both sequences are substantively comparable. The result is that 58 percent of undergraduate and 93 percent of the theses was last written in English. Chance to get a stay abroad is huge, virtually every student at least once in their studies went abroad. Exchange students from abroad last year we had 107 foreign students and in normal programs 96. At school, where 600 students overall, it is not enough. The master's degrees, the ratio of Czechs and Slovaks to foreigners approximately one to one.

IES is often compared with the Faculty of National Economics. What are the main differences in education and access to students?

We are not comparing directly with any school in the country. Each school complies with other types of students and different ambitions. Our school is different in that it seeks to concentrate talents, maintain extraordinary brand and consistently evaluated. In addition, we place a huge emphasis on continuous contact with the progress in the field and to use relevant international literature. Such a concept is not entirely for everyone – some of us may be perceived as too demanding school. To answer but did not come, we do not want to compare with the Faculty of Economics University of Economics and provide a single figure – last year we received students from a combined percentile 85, when 60 percent consisted of SCIO MAT, 40 percent SCIO OSP. Conversely, Faculty of Economics University of Economics received from percentile 73 and without passing the exam in math, 100 percent consisted SCIO OSP.

What have you done lately to improve the quality of learning?

Permanently monitor the assessment of students and the overall mark us grow for undergraduate and master's program for. A maximum of five points, where zero is low, the average undergraduate course 4.16 and 4.26 Master course. Otherwise, in addition to formal and informal assessment carried out evaluation called. Aunt Sally, where students collect notes of various kinds, and then anonymized submitted to the management of IES, which then publishes its response.

Looking for inspiration IES Abroad, or what kind of school is it?

A relatively large group of our graduates continue their studies abroad. Popular destinations include Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Recently I discussed with one of our graduate teaching programs at Master Economics and Economics and Finance at LSE and around this level we would like to be as compatible.

Collect feedback from graduates and employers? How do graduates IES stands in the labor market?

We have an active network of more than 500 graduates. Their application is excellent, the Czech conditions, I would still say that extraordinary. We ask them regularly on their income. According to last year's data median income graduate IES FSV UK amounted to 65,000 crowns. But money is not everything, of course, important for a successful school is able to train students in solving complex tasks and to teach them to have the joy of overcoming them.

Author: Hruška, Jan

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