“Exciting, interesting, challenging….I’m in for the next event!”, said Louise Nebelsztein, Datathon participant, and thus summed up the feelings of the majority of participants after the event. The weekend of 11-13 November was full of data analysis, hard work, late nights and interesting insights. Continue reading Data-Driven Changemakers Datathon – looking back at the event
19 of the 22 students on the MA in Applied Economics program gathered at CERGE-EI one week before the new academic year officially began to take part in the Discovery Week. The principal goal of this event was to provide fresh ideas to an organization working with marginalized communities – such as prisoners – who weave hammocks for public spaces.
Ten years ago, the Czech Academy of Sciences initiated a project whose principal goal was to popularize science among the general public. Besides educating high school teachers, the Open Science project was aimed at talented high school students by offering internships at selected scientific institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Jan Kmenta started and finished his life in Prague.
Still, his life was everything but provincial – shortly before his final days, in one interview he confessed: I spend one third of each year in Australia, one third in Michigan and one third in Prague. I am very lucky.
Taking a bit of time out of Veronika Jelínková’s busy lifestyle in global innovation hub, San Francisco Bay Area, we caught up with the Czech economist on launching Procrastination.com and studying at CERGE-EI.
Veronika, who studied the MA in Applied Economics at CERGE-EI after graduating from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, recently co-founded Procrastination.com, an organization focused on using science to improve independent efficiency. As a past Area Manager for GrowJOB Institute and CEO for non-profit, Project 141, she is an expert in professional and personal development. Continue reading Interview with Veronika Jelínková on co-founding Procrastination.com and studying MA in Applied Economics at CERGE-EI
The role of a CERGE-EI student is not just to study, attend lectures, and work on research. An important part of his participation in the CERGE-EI community is also to help recruit new students. Every ‘senior’ student has the opportunity to embark on such a quest. In fact this is not just an opportunity, but also a responsibility, because bringing new talented students to CERGE-EI adds an enormous value to the entire organization.
As a Croatian, I realized that my best opportunity to promote CERGE-EI would be while spending time in my home country. Thus my journey began at my alma mater, the Faculty of Mathematics, Zagreb University. I arrived there with a prepared presentation and lots of enthusiasm. I also had the honor to be presented to my audience by Professor Boris Cota, who currently serves as the Head Economic Advisor to the president of Croatia.
After a short introduction, the audience had an opportunity to get acquainted with not just the programs but also with everyday life at CERGE-EI. Most of the prospective students were interested in the academic part of the program and I was happy to answer all of their questions. Admittedly, there were some who were only interested in empirical research on the volatility of beer prices in Prague (in a less rigorous way)!
The recruitment trip did not stop there. I visited two more universities in Croatia where I had equally successful presentations of CERGE-EI. I’ve been corresponding for months after the recruitment trip with many of the attendees. It was a very rewarding experience and I warmly recommend it to all students.
When some of the students I reached out to have come to complete their studies at CERGE-EI, I am sure they will thank me for enlightening them about this life-changing opportunity. I will for sure do that to the recruiter who convinced me!
By Dejan Kovac 2nd year student
The spring tournament of Heavy Hitters raised its curtains on 5th of May, 2013. Together with another 15 international teams, the CERGE-EI Softball team played on the stage of this long-lasting charity tournament in Prague. The tournament had a rainy start and a shiny finish, which is also a perfect metaphor of CERGE-EI’s performance this year.
Facing injuries, unexpected quits and bad weather, CERGE-EI softball team seemed to have a gloomy journey at the beginning. However, our team fought through its way and ended up with a 10th place among 16 teams. It is not as easy a task as it looks – two opponent teams in our divisional pool approached to the final four and one of them won the title of the tournament. Away from the champion trophy, the spirit of sports, team work, and joy of the games are equally precious gains from the tournament. And here I would like to record all my wonderful teammates: Krajcovicova Zuzana, Kuan-Heng Lin, Dejan Kovac, Georgi Burlakov, Ilir maci, Ulianiuk Pavlo, Richard Stock (DNP, injury), Tomas Fiala (DNP, injury). I have reason to believe that we will have an even more successful tournament in the fall of 2013.
Written by Ba Lei
Read more about the event in an article from the Prague Post
“If you have a goal in life, then go for it. Perseverance is the ideal. This is what my mother taught me and what I tell my students,” says Jan Kmenta, emeritus professor of economics and statistics at the University of Michigan, and one of the world’s most respected econometricians.
Prof. Jan Kmenta has received the 2011 Neuron award for lifetime achievements in the field of economics. The annual Neutron awards were established by Nadacni fond Karla Janecka (NFKJ, Karel Janecek’s Endowment Fund) in 2010. There are two awards given annually – one to celebrate lifetime achievements and the other to for young researchers who decide to return from abroad to pursue their academic/research careers in the Czech Republic.
CERGE-EI has been extremely fortunate to have him as a visiting professor since 1992, an experience that has brought him full circle back to the country of his birth and the aspirations of his youth.
It began at the end of December 2009 when a CERGE-EI student came back to Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine – his hometown and mine – to give a presentation about CERGE-EI. I was intrigued by the opportunities that CERGE-EI was offering. I wanted to get an MA degree in economics from a foreign school, and then maybe a PhD. At my home university, Zaporizhzhya National Technical University, I would be receiving only a Specialist degree in International Economic Relations.
It’s amazing to realize all the changes that I went through over the last six years at CERGE-EI. Orange color is no longer dominant in my wardrobe, even though I still have the short orange skirt I was wearing in the preparatory semester of summer 2005. But this series is not about such changes. Its main purpose is to share the practical information about life at CERGE-EI and in Prague that I have accumulated over these years.
My first post is about the preparatory semester.