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Pavel Králík, the student of the IV. year of the Business academy in Brno has won the III. year of Economics Olympiad, the biggest national competition focusing on economics and finances knowledge for high school students in Czech Republic. The price for a winner – visit of the headquarters of Komerční banka, visit of the In Business Forum from PwC, voucher for educational seminars worth 8000 Kč from VŠFS and acceptance from universities without entrance exams. Pavel Králík had received those prices today in Kongresový sál ČNB, which had co-organized this event with INEV.
“The biggest benefit is that this competition motivated me to focus more on this science and I also started to study some economic literature by myself. What I appreciated most is that the governor from ČNB and the teaching staff from VŠE had participated in this project and thanks to them this project is approaching such a high level,” said Pavel Králík, who has also won tickets for Rock for People as a gift from Komerční banka.
Jan Pytela from Gymnázium Matyáše Lercha took a second place, and the third was Emil Javůrek from Gymnázium Jana Keplera in Prague.
The other competition which was organized was under the auspices of ČNB and governor ČNB. It had taken place as a part of the finale round of the third year of Economics Olympiad. The winner is Davis Frau, student of the third year at Střední průmyslová škola elektrotechnická a Vyšší odborné škola Pardubice. The participants had to record a video concerning the topic “Why the biggest risks appear when we are living in the best period of financial stability?” The winner’s video can be seen on web ČNB or the social networks.
For support in organizing this event we would like to thank our partners!
General partner: Komerční banka
Main partners: Česká asociace pojišťoven, PwC, VŠFS
Partners: Berlitz, AbInBev, ESF MUNI, Čtení pomáhá
Media partners: ČTK, Forbes, Investiční web, Bankovnictví, Roklen24
Under the auspices of: MŠMT, ČNB
The Economics Olympiad is not merely a Czech competition. Its first year was this year organized by a renown think tank in Slovakia. The final ceremony took place in Bratislava on the 26th of April.
We are pleased to observe the spread of this educational project behind the borders of the Czech Republic.
On the 19th of April, the conference “Education 4.0” took place in Czech Technical University in Prague. The conference was organized by the association AFEUS (Alliance for European Success). Apart from economists Tomáš Sedláček, Michal Mejstřík and others, also the founder and director of INEV, Martina Bacíkova, was a speaker of the panel discussions.
The experts were discussing not only changes in education related to digitalization but also about the transformation of a job market.
The final ceremony of the Economics Olympiad’s second year took place in the Czech National Bank on 21st of June. 50 finalists, priory chosen in exceptional concurrence of 10 thousands high school students, were fighting there for the post of the absolute winner.
The program consisted not only of a written test and oral examination of the finalists but there was also prepared remarkable program for them, their teachers and all the special guests. Photos from the day can be found on our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ekonomickaolympiada/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1313512008778856).
Martina Bacíková leads INEV and sets its long-term strategy. She orchestrates project development, oversees the course of the Economics Olympiad, and steers other INEV initiatives. She is also the organization's main media contact.
Before establishing INEV, Martina worked as the chairwoman of Students for Liberty CZ. She is a co-founder of the start-up Dáme Zkoušku and worked as economic journalist and moderator in Roklen24 and Forum24. During her time with the financial group Roklem Fin, she gained experience as project manager in equity and forex trading. She enjoys reading and acquiring new skills and alternative attitudes.
Martina also loves spending time in nature and participating in athletics.
Mojmír Hampl provides personal input and expert guidance for the Economics Olympiad. He is one of the founding members of the INEV Board.
Pavel Potužák verifies the accuracy of the Economics Olympiad. The questions for the EO are created under his expert leadership. He is one of the founding members of the INEV Board.E-mail: [email protected]
She is providing an organization of Economics Olympiad and smooth running of the whole competition. She is currently a teacher at Gymnázium třída Kpt. Jaroše in Brno.
Miroslav Svoboda is a professional and methodical coordinator of the training courses in INEV. He is a significant promotor of educating the economic style of thinking. He works as a vice-rector of English – american university in Prague.E-mail: [email protected]
Tomáš Nikodym is responsible for grants. His task is to search for new financing possibilities and the subsequent preparation of grant requests.
Apart from grants, he invests time into his own research, especially in the area of economic history and the history of economic thought. Tomáš is also a lecturer at the University of Economics in Prague.
"The first year of the unique project Economics Olympiad for high school students was for me, personally, encouragement, warning and adventure in the same time. Encouragement because so many talented students and their amazing teachers got involved in completely volunteer learning mysteries of the economic science. Warning because the results has shown how much we need to work on financial and economic education at our high schools, so that the economic myths around us will wane. Adventure because it was for the first time and it was successful. I am looking forward to next years!"
"We appreciate especially the approach of the Economics Olympiad that evaluates not only knowledge of students but at the first place the ability to think."
"Economics Olympiad was definitely missed by students and it deserves to become so common at high schools as e.g. Olympiad in Mathematics. I am really happy to have participated in the first year of the EO because I have finally excelled in what I truly like and I confirmed to myself that I can aim higher in this field."
"Economic literacy is inherent part of the complex education of these days. Without regards to professions and specialization, everybody should have solid basics in economics enabling responsible personal financial management. The knowledge of macroeconomic principles and realms is important for ability to decide reasonably in political elections. The Economics Olympiad plays significant role in building the civic society. Its results point out at the questionable preparation of the high school students. Isn't that paradox when economic fields are the most popular fields to study in Czech universities?"
"The Economic Club of INEV helped me to find my interest in macroeconomics. I appreciate especially the possibility to meet various important people who I could talk with about anything what came to my mind."
"Economics Olympiad is a unique competition that fosters students with interests in economics and finance. For students, it is great way how to informally get to know people from the business. For employers, it is extraordinary channel how to introduce themselves to future motivated analysts, economists and IT experts. For me personally, the EO meant a bridge into a fellowship and subsequently a job in one financial institution."
"I do not usually evaluate competitions with such enthusiasm as in the case of the Economics Olympiad. The way of asking questions and their topics finally give us advice on how we should teach our students economics, what they need for their future students' life and it moves us forward in our knowledge. We are looking forward to measuring of our skills and knowledge in the next year of the EO!"
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