School of International Relations, University of Economics in Prague
The Faculty of International Relations (FIR) is one of six faculties at the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) – the leading public university in the field of Economics in the Czech Republic. The FIR, on the basis of the unified economic standard of the VŠE, develops its study and research mainly in fields related to the international economic relations, tourism, international politics and diplomacy, political science and business and international law.
The school is located within the main university campus in Prague, Czech Republic.
The FIR was established on July 1, 1991, as the successor of the Faculty of Business, University of Economics, Prague. Its aim was to educate the new professionals in the field of international relations, foreign trade, domestic market, tourism and diplomacy. Among its alumni, there are many successful Czech economists, politicians, businessmen and diplomats.
The FIR is led by the Dean, the Academic Senate, the Scientific Council and the Council for Strategic Management and Cooperation with Practice. Four vice deans and the school secretary also belong to the faculty management. The FIR consists of departments and institutes. There are seven scientific departments, four language departments and three institutes. The Academic Senate has 18 members in total, 12 school members and six students. There are internal, external and honourable members within the Scientific Council.
The FIR offers a wide range of study fields in bachelor´s, master´s and doctoral study programs to Czech as well as foreign applicants. The tuition is free of charge for the Czech taught programmes while it is compulsory for the English ones.
Study programs meet the standards and guidelines of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Due to the proper implementation of the credit system, VŠE was awarded with the right to use the ECTS Label and DS Label certificates by the European Commission.
Each programme has its own specific admission requirements that you can find on its specific website.
- Economics of Globalisation and European Integration
- International Business – Central European and Business Realities
- International and Diplomatic Studies
- Master Management et Administration des Entreprises (MBA)
- Commercial and International Economic Law
- European Studies
- International Business
- International Political Relations
- Political Science
- Department of Tourism,
- Department of International Trade,
- Department of Retailing and Business Communication,
- Department of Political Sciences,
- Department of Business and European Law,
- Department of World Economy,
- Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies
- Department of the English language
- Department of the German language
- Department of Romance languages
- Department of the Russian language
Institutes and Centres
Research activities follow the long-term research priorities of the FIR as stated in the “Strategic Plan for Research Activities for the 2011–2015 Period”. The main research areas cover different fields of International Relations in order to maximize the research potential of the school and to achieve the synergy in interdisciplinary research:
- Global Economic and Institutional Environment and its Changes in Response to the Financial and Economic Crisis
- Governance in the Context of a Globalized Economy and Society
- Institutional and Economic Circumstances of European Integration
- Strategic and Operating Management of the Companies in Retail Business and Tourism in the Context of Sustainable Development and Consumption and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Didactics and Sociolinguistics of Commercial Languages
- Research plan “Governance in the Context of a Globalized Economy and Society”
- International projects financed by the international funds and institutions
- National projects financed by the ministries or government agencies
Reviewed research projects
- Annual Conference of the Czech Association for European Studies
- Czech Republic and Slovakia in International Trade and Business (in collaboration with the University of Economics, Bratislava)
- International Conference of Young Scholars
- Trends in International Business (in collaboration with the MAGELLAN Research Center, IAE Lyon, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)
- Doctoral Thesis Awards (sponsored by Komer?ní banka)
- Master’s Thesis Awards (sponsored by Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation)
- Regular student competitions of the best seminar projects and theses
The FIR develops the partnerships with universities in Europe, Asia, on the American continent and is a member of many international organizations:
- Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
- Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS)
- European Institute for Commercial Communications Education (EDCOM)
- European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
- European Retail Academy (ERA)
- International Chamber of Commerce
The FIR is also involved in the international programmes such as Erasmus-Mundus or Consortium for International Double Degree. The school cooperates with four Czech ministries: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Defence, with each in conference activities and education.
Among the partners of the FIR are, for example: Komer?ní banka, Kondrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, KPMG ?eská republika, Nadace Milana Jur?eky etc.
There are several student clubs and organizations at the FIR. Among them ranks for instance:
- Junior Diplomat Initiative – an organization introducing students to the world of diplomacy.
- Club of Young Political Scientists – an association of young people with the interest in politics and society.
- Business club – for students interested in business.
- Prague MUN – simulation session of the United Nations.
The School supports a number of student projects and initiatives, the most significant of which is the Prague Student Summit (the largest Model United Nations in Central Europe). It is organized by the think-tank Association for International Affairs and during the academic year, the diplomatic project simulates the UN, the EU and the NATO. Annually, it is attended by nearly 400 students from all over the Czech Republic.
Since its foundation, FIR has been educating the professionals for the fields of local and international business, many areas of the private sector and government. According to the study of Lidové noviny (2011), the alumni of the FIR (4-5 years after entering the labor market) receive the highest income among the other recent graduates in the Czech Republic. According to the survey, the average income of the FIR graduates is higher than 57 000 CZK per month and 10% of them are guaranteed a job position abroad at the time of their graduation. The analysis of TÝDEN magazine (2012) has compared 16 economic faculties according to 7 chosen criteria, among which are for example the chances of a student for admission, the scientific background, or the cooperation with the universities abroad. The FIR has placed first. The study of two foreign languages is mandatory for the students of all bachelor programs (starting at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) while many students gain a good knowledge of a third language as well. This represents an advantage for the faculty students when it comes to their scholarship applications, especially in the projects such as Erasmus Mundus (semester programs), DAAD (summer and semester programs), Fulbright Scholarship (master programs) etc.
Cooperation with Corporate Partners
The Faculty of International Relations aims to have close cooperation and mutual relations with corporate partners. Each field of study has its Strategic Review and Corporate Advisory Board that involves top managers and representatives of governmental and other institutions. In most cases, the board members are FIR alumni. Corporate partners support the development of the faculty by involving experts in teaching, providing consultations for theses and seminar papers, offering internships and specialized practices as well as by providing financial support to projects. The faculty’s partners include e.g. Globus, EGAP, Komer?ní banka, L´Oréal, Procter & Gamble, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Milan Jur?eka Foundation
The School of International Relations is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce.
The School supports a number of student projects and initiaves, of which the most significant is the Prague Student Summit (the largest Model United Nations in Central Europe).<ref>Association for International Affairs, Prague</ref>Junior Diplomat Initiative is among the most active student organizations. The aim of JDI is to provide a platform for students to interact with Czech and foreign diplomats.
- Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic
- Martin Jahn, former Vice-Premier of the Czech Republic
- Zden?k T?ma, former Czech National Bank Governor
- Zden?k Jura?ka, President of the Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism
- Tomáš Dub, Deputy-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
- Daniel Braun, Deputy-Minister of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic
- Milan Hovorka, Deputy-Minister of the of Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
- Pavel Turek, Manager, Formula 1
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