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14/10/2019 - The 50th St. Gallen Symposium

Would you like to share your vision of the future with international leaders such as Dominic Barton, Professor Niall Ferguson, Sigmar Gabriel, Christine Lagarde, or Jack Ma?

Discuss your ideas with the global elite, create an impact and enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland. Apply until 1 February 2020 and seize the opportunity to qualify as one of 300 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 50th St. Gallen Symposium by competing in our global essay competition with a prize money of CHF 20,000. Here some more highlights if you make it to St. Gallen:

§ Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from around the world

§ Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience

§ Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow

§ Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds and become member of a global community

The 50th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 6–8 May 2020 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is devoted to the theme “Freedom Revisited”.

Have a look at competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2020.

11/10/2019 - Solve It - case study competition

Solve It is a two-round case study competition that provides students and young professionals with consulting experience by helping a real organization solve its current strategic and operational challenges. If you’re keen on applying your skills where they matter and broadening your horizons, Solve It is for you! We welcome all applicants irrespective of their education or experience—whatever your background, you will bring a different perspective to the study and give your skills a relevant boost. Please see the details here.

Application deadline: October 24, 2019

First round: October 28–November 2, 2019 (online)

Final round: November 15–16, 2019 at McKinsey Prague office

07/10/2019 - The new round of mentoring has kicked off

The new round of mentoring begins! For the details follow this link. Those interested in mentoring please send an email not later than the 17th of October to Eliška Šerhantová. Add your CV and a motivation letter explaining why you are applying for mentoring, which field(s) you are interested in, and what do you think mentoring will bring to you. 



01/10/2019 - The Alumnus of the Month in September was Michal Soták

The Alumnus of the Month in September is Michal Soták. Since 2012 he has been working at Cushman & Wakefield. We will learn not only about the real estate market in an interview with him here.




03/09/2019 - The Alumnus of the Month in August is Jáchym Hercher

In August we have chosen Jáchym Hercher as the Alumnus of the Month. Jáchym currently works for the European Commission. In an interview, you can read about his current job, motivation for work in the Commission, and his life in Brussels. Read the interview here.



01/09/2019 - Updated internship offers

The list of internship possibilities for our students was updated. Newly to the ECB. Please see the details here.

08/08/2019 - The Alumna of the Month in July: Lenka Bentall

Lenka Bentall (Líšková) was chosen as the Alumna of the Month in July. Shortly after graduating from the IES, Lenka moved to London where she has now been living for 4 years and working at Deloitte. In the interview with Lenka, you can read about her working experience, professional exams in the UK and her plans for the future. You can find her profile and the interview here.





04/08/2019 - Call for Applications for Working Abroad 2019/2020

Erasmus+ practical placements are open to all the students registered in accredited bachelor’s, masters’ or doctoral study programmes, who will be properly registered for the studies at the FSV throughout the entire duration of the stay abroad. A practical placement may amount to 2 months (at the minimum) up to 12 months (at the maximum). It may not be performed in the EU institutions, organizations governing the EU programmes or national diplomatic missions of home country abroad. Please see the details here. The deadline for the submission of all documents at the respective institutes is Friday, 18th October 2019 by the end of office hours.


04/07/2019 - Jan Kraváček the Alumnus of the Month (June 2019)

In June, we have chosen Jan Kraváček as Alumnus of the Month. Honza has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from IES and Master's degree in Finance from LSE. At the moment, he works in investment banking at HSBC. In the interview, you may read about his studies in the UK, work in fin-tech and about his future plans. You may find the interview and his profile here.



15/06/2019 - A Year After

What happens to our students after graduation? Amálka Počarovská currently works as an Advisor to the Deputy Minister for Finance and Audit at the Ministry of Finance. Lenka Röhryová is co-founder of a digital health startup Vitadio, Jan Šíla works at a machine learning startup SmartEE, Jaromír Šimáně currently works at KBC Bank in Brussels and Josef Záhlava is a Scoring and Risk Management Analyst at Moneta. For the details please follow this link.

10/06/2019 - The Alumna of the Month in May is Petra Vokatá

Petra Vokatá is the Alumna of the Month in May. Petra recently accepted an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance at the Ohio State University. Petra's profile and an interview with her can be found here.




01/05/2019 - The Alumna of the Month in April is Barbora Máková

In April, we have chosen Barbora Mákova as the Alumna of the Month. Barbora works in the R&D department at London's fintech start-up Credit Benchmark. She managed to gain three Master degrees and has experienced work at various institutions - global companies, a public institution and a start-up. The interview about all these things can be found here.



29/04/2019 - Meet McKinsey

Studying IES equips you with analytical and soft skills – solid fundaments for a good career! Let us tell you more about how you can make yourself a great candidate for a career in consulting.

This is an open event for all undergraduate students.

The presentation takes place on Thursday May 2nd, 2019, from 6.30pm at the IES, FSV UK (Opletalova 26, Prague 1), room #314. Small refreshment will be served.


02/04/2019 - The Alumnus of the Month in March is Václav Těhle


In March, we choose Václav Těhle as the Alumnus of the Month. Václav works at McKinsey, where he focuses on energy projects, sustainability projects and development projects in Africa. In an interview with him you can read about his life in Africa, but also about studying in Oxford. Vašek's profile as well as the interview with him can be found here. 







01/04/2019 - Invitation to Participate in Decision Experiments

Participate in economic experiments that are regularly organized at the NF VŠE by the Laboratory of Experimental Economics. In those decision experiments, you will make choices in interactive business-like situations, and you will be paid out whatever money you make there (plus a show-up payment). The total payoff varies, but prior experiments have averaged between CKZ 250 - 400 per person for a one-hour session. Enrolling in our subject pool doesn't commit you to anything - it just means that you'll receive invitation emails to our experiments that you may choose to participate.

You can sign up here.

Find more information about it here.

04/03/2019 - The Alumnus of the Month in February is Adam Nedvěd

The Alumnus of the Month in February is Adam Nedvěd. He is currently the financial director of Blahobyty's startup, which he also co-founded. In an interview with him, you can learn, how the company can be started when studying, or what it means to be awarded the "talent of data journalism" prize. You can find the interview here.






05/02/2019 - Alumnus of the Month, January 2019: Jan Říha

This year's first interview with Alumnus of the Month is discussing mainly work and life in China. We have interviewed Jan Říha who works at Home Credit China. His profile and the interview are available here.


03/02/2019 - New Economic Talent 2019 Call for Papers

Have you recently written an economics paper that you would like to share with a wider audience? Submit your paper to the NET competition and present your ideas! Get feedback from leading economic scholars and gain ideas and contacts for your future research. The winner will receive 1,000 USD and tickets to CERGE-EI special events. Register here by March 31, 2019!

The competition is organized by the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) in Prague (a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences).

It is open Bachelor's and Master's students (full-time or part-time) in any field and recent graduates (up to one year after graduation), who are interested in contemporary economic issues and wish to understand better the forces and processes that ‘shape the world’.

Applicants submit a complete paper in English (10-50 pages) and an abstract (1 page) to the first round. Selected finalists present their papers at CERGE-EI, Prague, in the second round. The topic of the paper can be in macroeconomics, microeconomics, applied economics, or finance. Papers will be judged based on originality, substance, analytical nature, and clarity of writing.

Further details can be found at

23/01/2019 - Lamfalussy Fellowships in 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking applications from promising young researchers for up to five Lamfalussy Fellowships in 2019. The Lamfalussy Fellowship programme was launched in 2003 and aims to promote high-quality research on the structure, integration and performance of the European financial system. The programme is named after the late Baron Alexandre Lamfalussy, the first President of the European Monetary Institute. Each fellowship is endowed with an honorarium of €10,000. The selection committee will be composed by, Agnese Leonello (ECB), Simone Manganelli (ECB), Lucrezia Reichlin (London Business School), Rafael Repullo (CEMFI) and Hélène Rey (London Business School).

Possible Research topics:

Successful candidates will be asked to write a research paper over the course of 2019 on one of the following three topics:

(i)                   Completing European EMU:
a.        how the euro area functions as a common currency area
b.        improving productivity and long-term growth in Europe
c.        opportunities and challenges related to the banking union, the capital markets union or other EMU reforms

(ii)                 ECB monetary policy:
a.        conducting and implementing monetary policy in the euro area
b.        optimal size of the ECB’s balance sheet
c.        assessments of conventional and unconventional policies

(iii)                Interactions between single monetary policy and prudential policies in the euro area:
a.        effects of prudential policies on the transmission of monetary policy
b.        effects of monetary policy on the financial system
c.        optimal coordination between monetary policy and prudential policies in the euro area

Lamfalussy Fellows are expected to present their papers at relevant conferences and, ultimately, to have them published in the ECB Working Papers series and in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be no more than 36 years old by the deadline for submission.

We particularly encourage PhD students whose research is at a very advanced stage and researchers at assistant professor level to apply.

Please note that none of the authors involved in the paper may be in an employment relationship with the ECB.

How do I apply?

Please submit your application in English and include:
·         a cover letter
·         your curriculum vitae
·         two letters of recommendation
·         a two-page research proposal falling under one of the topics mentioned above
·         a statement indicating your current sources of funding and date of birth

Send your application by email to before 24:00 CET on 31 January 2019.

To further enhance diversity, the ECB particularly encourages applications from female candidates. The selection committee aims to award five fellowships by April 2019.


22/01/2019 - Fitch Learning Scholarship – Free CFA Exam Preparation

We are pleased to open a new partnership with Fitch Learning who will offer our students preparing for CFA Level I exams free access to the online learning platform that may facilitate the preparation. Find out more at: Fitch Learning. Sign up and access the free online learning portal here: Fitch Learning - Future Leaders.

20/01/2019 - Essay competition for the 49th St. Gallen Symposium

To all master & postgrad students: write down your thoughts on the purpose of capital and get selected to participate at the 49th St. Gallen Symposium (May 2019): 3 days filled with keynotes, discussions and possibilities to speak to inspiring & very influential personalities like Dominic Barton, Niall Ferguson, Jack Ma, Christine Lagarde, Paul Polman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Ratan Tata. + all expenses (incl. ✈️ to Switzerland) paid.


01/01/2019 - The Alumnus of the Month in December is Michal Ježek

The last Alumnus of the Month we chose in 2018 is Michal Ježek. Michal works in London as a credit strategist at Deutsche Bank. In an interview with him you will learn about the studies in Cambridge, Brexit and working in London. You can find the interview and Michal's profile here.




12/12/2018 - Next Generation Women Leaders

Applications for the Next Generation Women Leaders award are now open!

We invite female students of all backgrounds to apply for our scholarship designed to recognize talent and support women who would like to maximize their own potential. This is your opportunity to learn more about McKinsey & Company and our people and to join an exceptional international network of talented women.

Application deadline is January 14, 2019.

For more information about the award and to apply visit this page.

04/11/2018 - Alumnus of the Month in October is Jan Kvaček

In October, we have selected Jan Kvaček as our Alumnus of the Month. Jan is a newly appointed CEO of Hospital Na Bulovce, and hence we interviewed him mainly about healthcare. His profile and the interview are available here.






04/10/2018 - Alumnus of the Month in September is Tomáš Brzobohatý

In September, we chose Tomas Brzobohatý as the Alumnus of the Month. Tomáš works at Creative Dock and in the interview with him you can learn about his studies in Frankfurt, his life and work in Paraguay, or the project he is currently working on. Tomáš's profile and an interview with him can be found here.



04/09/2018 - ERASMUS+ Practical Placement

Practical placements provide students another opportunity to travel abroad within Erasmus+ programme. Selection proceedings will be held in October. The deadline for the submission of all documents to the IES's office is the 18th October 2018 by the end of office hours. Please see the details here. In the case of questions, please contact Eliška Šerhantová.

02/09/2018 - Alumnus of the Month in August is Tomáš Jandík

In August we chose as the Alumnus of the Month Tomáš Jandík. Tomáš is a member of the Board of Directors of REICO IS ČS and has extensive experience in real estate. You can read about his work, studies abroad or his practice in counseling positions in the interview with him here.






31/07/2018 - The Alumna of the Month in July is Stela Rubínová

In July we chose Stela Rubínová as the Alumna of the Month. She comes from Prague and currently works in Switzerland, Geneva, at the World Trade Organization. In the interview with her you will learn about what helped her the most with her further studies abroad, her job at the WTO or how she enjoys living in Geneva. For an interview with her, please follow this link.



25/07/2018 - A Year After - The Cohort of June 2017

We regularly ask our graduates what do they do a year after finishing their studies at the IES. We chose several profiles for your inspiration and also to show the possible ways IES graduates can go. Edita Ďurovčíková joined KPMG several months after her IES graduation, Václav Brož works at the CNB, Aleksa Radosavčević is just starting at the London-based start-up causaLens as a Quantitative Researcher, Tomáš Václavíček lives in Brussels and works for the European Commission and Petr Kupka acts at this moment as an assistant in the audit department at the PwC in Canton Zug, Switzerland. Their profiles can be found in the Year After section here.

01/07/2018 - Alumna of the Month Tereza Koudelková

The Alumna of the Month in June is Tereza Koudelková. She currently studies the MBA program at Harvard Business School and works for Danish food and beverage company Joe & The Juice as a Strategy and Business Development Intern. You can read the interview with her and her profile here.




02/06/2018 - Alumna of the Month in May is Martina Jašová

The Alumna of the Month in May is Martina Jašová. Martina is starting a new position this summer as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York. In the interview with her you can learn about her studies in South Korea, Japan and in the USA, and also about work at the ECB. The interview as well as her profile can be found here.



10/05/2018 - ASA Valuation Award

Student competition - please submit your papers on a valuation topic. Authors of the best papers will receive an ASA Award and a ticket to the ASA European Valuation Conference on 15 June 2018, where the award will be presented during a ceremony. The award also includes an entry to the evening banquet on 14 June 2018 in the Lobkowicz palace. Please see the details here.

09/05/2018 - McKinsey presentation for the first-year students at IES

Studying at IES equips you with analytical and soft skills – solid fundaments for a good career! Let us tell you more about how you can make yourself a great candidate for a career in consulting.

This is an open event for all first-year students.

The presentation takes place on Thursday May 17th 2018 from 5 pm at the IES FSV UK (Opletalova 26, Prague 1), room #109.

01/05/2018 - The Alumnus of the Month in April is Michal Horný

In April we have chosen Michal Horný as the Alumnus of the Month. Michal is Assistant Professor at Emory University in the USA. In an interview with him you can learn about his research, why he likes to live in the US, but also about a comparison of work in the academic sphere and business. Michal's profile together with the interview can be found here.




03/04/2018 - The Alumnus of the Month in March is Jan Šmejkal

In March we have chosen Jan Šmejkal as the Alumnus of the Month. Honza lives and works in China, where he finished his Masters at the Peking University HSBC Business School. Honza lives and works in China, where he previously finished his Masters at Peking University HSBC Business School. To read his profile and the interview about Honza´s projects or how it is like to live in China follow this link.



16/03/2018 - A Year After

What happens to our students after graduation? We asked some alumni about their career steps in the first year after finishing their studies. Valeri Covalenco currently works at UPS, Karel Pfeffer is a Corporate Sales Finance Manager for the Central Europe at Procter & Gamble, Petr Pařízek works at the Boston Consulting Group as an Associate, Michal Palas continues with his studies at the Vienna Graduate School of Economics and Jana Urbankova works at the Czech National Bank. You can read their profiles here.

03/03/2018 - The Alumnus of the Month in February is Martin Chuděj

In February, we asked Martin Chuděj to become our Alumnus of the Month. Martin currently works in Brussels at the Single Resolution Board agency. In an interview, you may learn about his work for the EU, which studies were his  memorable ones, and what number of countries he has lived so far. You may find everything, including his profile, in the interview here.




14/02/2018 - McKinsey dinner for the IES students

The dinner is intended exclusively for selected students from the Institute of Economic Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, who are considering a career in management consulting. Your application should reach us by Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Selected students will be informed by Thursday, February 22.

Should you have any questions, contact


02/02/2018 - Research seminar by Eddie Gerba (Bank of Spain and LSE)

We would like to cordially invite you to a research seminar by Eddie Gerba from the Financial Stability Department, Bank of Spain, and London School of Economics and Political Science.

Paper: "How effective are capital-based macroprudential measures in taming the macro-financial cycles? Evidence from structural models for Spain".

When: Friday, February 9, 2018, 12:00 - 13:30

Where: Institute of Economic Studies, FSV UK, Opletalova 26, Prague 1, room 206

Title of the paper: "How effective are capital-based macroprudential measures in taming the macro-financial cycles? Evidence from structural models for Spain"

Abstract: Analyses from a structural time-series model show that a 1p.p. increase in bank capital ratio reduces credit to firms by 1,1p.p., credit to households by 1p.p.,excess return of bank shares by 2p.p., and GDP by 0,35p.p.. During crises periods, such as the sovereign debt one, the macroeconomic impact was heavier. We also find that banks, while more prone to reduce firm lending in normal times, they tend to reduce both credit lines equally sharp during more turbulent periods. Taking into account these responses, we use a financial frictions DSGE model to find that an optimal CCyB rule is one that responds to credit to households and firms separately followed by one that, in addition, responds to house price growth. To conclude, our conditional projection exercises show that there are major economic benefits from holding higher ex-ante system-wide capital ratios and implement capital increases in a more gradual fashion. That allows policy-maker to align agents' expectations to policy objectives, and minimize costs created by policy surprises. Our findings empirically corroborate the results from DSGE models regarding optimal policy implementation.

01/02/2018 - The Alumna of the Month in January is Jana Gutierrez Chvalkovska

In January 2018, we chose Jana Gutierrez Chvalkovska as the Alumna of the Month. In an interview with her, you will learn how the IES graduate becomes HR Director, about the studies of law and economics together, or why she may once move to Peru. You can find the profile and the interview here.



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