Poznań University of Economics and Business

The University of Economics and Business, Poznań (PUEB), founded in 1926, belongs to the top public universities in the field of economics and business in Poland. PUEB has nine Institutes offering applicants a broad spectrum of bachelor, master, PhD and MBA study programs. Studies at PUEB meet the requirements of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The University’s strength is its scientific potential, educational conditions and orientation towards cooperation with business. The university has numerous accreditations i.e. CEEMAN IQA, AMBA, CFA Institute and AACSB (more information).

The didactic offer of the Poznań University of Economics includes global models of managerial education and the latest solutions in the field of development of economic thought and business. As one of the oldest universities with this profile in Poland, PUEB specializes in educating business leaders, highly qualified managerial staff, economic experts and employees of government and self-government administration services. A wide range of studies includes 18 fields of study and over 50 specialties. The teaching programs implemented by the University are characterized by in-depth practical orientation, since for over 10 years the University has been cooperating with the most prestigious companies from all over Poland as part of the UEP Partner Club. Experts and business practitioners signal the needs of the labor market in connection with economic changes. In addition, they run classes for students during which they share their knowledge and experience. A distinguishing feature of the curricula offered by the Poznań University of Economics is also the linking of management and economics with the most modern solutions in the field of information technologies as well as law and social sciences. The broader teaching context gives PUE students reliable academic education, the ability to navigate in modern business and the competencies required of a professional manager.

The university is also an important center of applied research, expertise, analysis and consultation for the business area, government and local government units. Scientific research as well as expert and advisory projects conducted by PUE cover all fields of economics and economic practice. The university is equipped with the latest research infrastructure. The UEP Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory – InnoUEP consists of several specialized, thematic research laboratories (for example ShopLab and ConsumerLab within Department of Commerce and Marketing) with a common database for calculating and storing data. The laboratories, equipped with the latest equipment and software in the world, constitute an environment in which interdisciplinary scientific research is conducted.

Project coordinator: Prof. Barbara Borusiak

Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague

The University has 6 different faculties, 1,200 employees, including 895 related tp research and teaching, over 18,000 students and for 20 years, it has been focused on intensive international cooperation. Currently, the study offer includes 40 fields of study in English, of which around 15 are at the bachelor’s level and 25 at master’s level. Full doctoral programmes in English are also offered. CULS has almost 2,000 international students from over 80 countries. Over 170 international agreements have been signed. Currently, the University of CULS Prague is included in 8 different CEEPUS networks, many of them are concentrated on the environment, innovation, renewable energy sources. At present, CULS is a part of the university network, which includes the best European universities in natural sciences (Euroleague for Life Sciences, ELLS). The University is involved in several research projects under HORIZON 2020. In the past, the University participated in a project implemented under the 6th and 7th Framework Programs and other European and international research programmes as well as networks (including Visegrad and Erasmus + cooperation projects).

Local coordinator: Prof. Ing. Luboš Smutka, Ph.D.

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

The Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra has attained the position of one of Slovakia’s leading universities since it was founded in 1952. The University is consistently rated in the top group for the high quality of its teaching and research in the Slovak Republic. The University cultivates close and productive links with its local and regional community and will continue to expand its work at an international level in both teaching and scientific research. We have a strong tradition of working in collaboration with businesses and industries, while playing an active role in economic regeneration. Finally, we recognise that our future success and direction will be dependent upon how we embrace and respond to new information and communication technologies.

The University provides education in the field of agriculture and related research areas such as: agro biology, food resources, sustainable agriculture, agricultural production, biotechnology, food technology, engineering of agricultural machinery and equipment, computerisation and automation of agricultural equipment, operation of energy facilities on agricultural production, gardening and landscape design, economics and management, international trade in agricultural commodities, marketing, development of rural tourism, project management for rural development, ,lifelong learning.

D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics

A. Tsenov Academy of Economics is a leading economics and business higher education institution in Bulgaria with more than 80 years of history, 145,000 alumni and a well-established reputation in education, science and project management. It is composed of 4 faculties, 18 departments, a Scientific Research Institute, various academic centres and auxiliary units.

A. Tsenov Academy of Economics employs more than 180 professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, annually teaching more than 7,000 Bulgarian and foreign undergraduate and postgraduate students in full-time, part-time and distance learning programmes.

The vision of the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics is to develop its leadership positions on the market of education, scientific and consulting services and products in the field of economics, administration, management and tourism, establishing itself as one of the best higher education institutions in Bulgaria, which successfully combines traditions with innovative methods and approaches for management, education and science.

Local coordinator: Prof. Anelia Radulova

University of Economics, Prague (VŠE)

The University of Economics, Prague (VŠE), founded in 1953, is the biggest public university in the field of economics and business in the Czech Republic. VŠE has 6 faculties offering applicants a broad spectrum of bachelor, master, Ph,D, and MBA study programmes. Five faculties are located in the centre of Prague – the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, the Faculty of International Relations, the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics and the Faculty of Economics. The Faculty of Management is located in the town of Jindřichův Hradec. Studies at VŠE meet the requirements of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Currently, there are about 14,000 students at VŠE. VŠE offers bachelor’s degree study programmes in Czech, English and Russian; master’s degree study programmes are offered in Czech and English. Since 2007, there has been a Centre for Disabled Students at VŠE.

VŠE is ranked by the Financial Times is annually ranked and has already been appraised for several years by the Eduniversal Ranking project as one of the best “business schools” in Central and Eastern Europe. The University is highly appraised both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The Faculty of Business Administration is EQUIS accredited, which ranks the faculty among the top 1% of business schools in the world.

Local coordinator: Prof. David Procházka

University of Szeged

The University of Szeged is a prestigious higher education institution rich in traditions (first established in Cluj in 1581 and moved to Szeged in 1921), committed to maintaining quality education at all levels including bachelor, master and doctoral programmes, higher education specialisations, advanced specific training, providing quality health care, basic and applied research, research & development, fine arts and music. Following the traditions of the University of Szeged, it unites the high level theoretical foundation with practice based on partnering. It considers its main objective to keep up with scientific progress, development of information technology and social demand in order to constantly develop the educational material in the field of multi-level, multi language education.

The purpose of the University of Szeged is to issue quality degrees meeting labour market demands and that its graduate students would be sought both by national and international employers. It creates such educational requirements for earning its high prestige diplomas that at the same time, facilitate the scientific development of its students. The University of Szeged plays an important role in the life of students, it provides equal opportunities and enhances the procedure of becoming intellectuals.

It is a research university with 12 faculties, covering 700 research areas at 19 doctoral schools. The number of students is about 21000, in which the number of international students exceeds 4,000 coming from 115 countries. Outstanding professors have worked at the university, including the Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi (1937), who was the first to isolate Vitamin C, extracting it from Szeged paprika.

Local coordinator: Dr. Kis Krisztián

University of Zagreb

The University of Zagreb was officially founded in 1669 as one of the first universities in Europe. It is the largest and most significant university in Croatia with about 31 faculties and 70,000 students at all degree studies, which is half the number of students at all public universities in Croatia. It employs 7,700 people. Doctoral students of the University of Zagreb constitute about 70% of all doctoral students in Croatia.

The Faculty of Economics and Business Zagreb was founded in 1920 and is the oldest institution of higher education in economics in this part of Europe. Currently, the Faculty of Economics and Business Zagreb is the leading and largest institution of higher education, teaching entrepreneurship, business, management and economics in the region. It has EPAS accreditation. The research and teaching staff consists of 247 members. The Faculty places great emphasis on internationalisation through student and staff mobility, participation in international projects and strives to obtain international accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS). It is ISO 9001:2000 certified in quality management and ISO 9001:2015.

Currently, about 10,000 students study at the Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business, 1,500  graduating from the Faculty of Economics and Business each year.

Local coordinator: Prof. Blaženka Knežević

International Innovation Center in Kiev

The International Innovation Center in Kiev (IICK) was established on the initiative of academic staff of Kiev universities. It is an organisation that was founded on demand reported by enterprises, scientific universities and local government institutions. The main area of IICK activity is related to research in the field of social sciences. In particular, the Institution focuses on scientific research and analysis to determine the factors affecting the development and improvement of the competitive position of both rural areas and industrial enterprises, including micro, small and medium ones. IICK also deals with the developing methods and tools for communication and exchange of information between various research centres, enterprises and institutions in the business environment. The priority directions of activity include the transfer of innovations towards education, economy and business, including ecological, social and economic safety. The mission of the International Innovation Center is to “create appropriate research infrastructure (tools, resources, services) that will enable the scientific community to increase the efficiency of theoretical research and its economic implementation, both in the Ukraine and abroad.” The aim of such an approach is to obtain a positive, synergistic effect resulting from the integration of scientists from various scientific centres, including foreign ones, entrepreneurs, officials and NGOs for the sustainable development of the national economy. The Center consists of 14 research institutes, including the Scientific Institute of Economic and Ecological Security, Institute of Finance, Institute of Agrarian Development, Institute of Innovative Development, Institute of Blue Ocean Strategy, etc. In addition, the structure of the International Innovation Center includes 4 platforms, including: agrarian, innovative, scientific and public, enabling the exchange of thoughts, ideas and views. About 70 well-known scientists are working or cooperating with IICK.

Local coordinator: Prof. Vasyl Zalizko