The University of Economics, Prague is an economics and business-oriented public university located in Prague, Czech Republic. It is the largest university in the field of economics, business and information technology in the Czech Republic, with almost 20,000 students across its bachelor, masters and doctoral programmes. Vysoká škola obchodní was established in 1919 as a department of the Czech Technical University in Prague, specialising in trade, banking. In 1949 the Vysoká škola politických a hospodářských věd was established, the University underwent a significant reform in 1989 after the Velvet Revolution. The university is composed of six faculties, spread over three campuses, the main campus is in Žižkov, in Prague. A secondary campus is found in Jižní město on the outskirts of the city, the Faculty of Management is located separately from the others at its own campus in Jindřichův Hradec,110 kilometres away from Prague. The majority of VŠE graduates follow a career in the private sector, 79% of graduates remain in Prague after graduation. Of graduates of the Faculty of International Relations, 10% of the students are offered international placements upon graduation, according to a 2011 study, VŠE graduates are the most sought after in the Central European region. Admission to the University and most of its programmes is highly competitive, for example, graduate students typically receive their MSc. degree after further 4 semesters of completed coursework and a successful defense of their masters thesis. PhD. candidates have to hold a masters degree upon enrollment into the program anywhere in the Czech Republic, since 2000, the university has invested heavily into research and research facilities, with its new main research facility completed in 2005. The university is the venue for the largest educational project in the country. In 2010, The Financial Times ranked VŠE #73 among business schools, at the Eduniversal awards in 2008, VŠE was named 1st Business School in Eastern Europe, and in the top 27 business schools in the world. The ranking was based on a survey of deans of business schools around the world, in an informal ranking of best business school websites by the Cybermetrics Lab, VŠEs website was ranked in sixth place. The Faculty of Business Administration has been accredited by the European Quality Improvement System, over 400 students spend a semester abroad every year, at institutions including Duke University, Copenhagen Business School, University of St. Gallen, and Vienna University. 14% of students are foreign nationals, typically from other European Union member states, the school issues a number of international degrees, including joint and double degrees. Each year, around 60 visiting professors come to teach at the university, the university is a member of the Global Alliance in Management Education, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and Partnership in International Management networks. In addition, over 430 students from overseas come to VŠE each semester. In 2005, a new International Learning Center was established as part of expansion of university premises, courses for these students are run in Czech, English, German, French and Russian languages
Seal of VŠE
Main entrance to the old building of the University in Žižkov.
Main entrance to the new building of the University in Žižkov.