At INEV, we build the foundation for economic study and instruction at the high school level.
We connect high schools, universities and businesses.
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]
Karina Kratochvílová is responsible for the spread of the Economics Olympiad into other countries. She also contributes to the long-term development of INEV and its projects under the slogan, 'The sky's the limit.'
After her studies at the CEVRO Institute, she worked as an editor of the Forbes magazine. Due to her interest in economics, she has completed Mises University and numerous Foundation for Economic Education seminars in the US. She is a member of the Liberal Institute and the Mont Pelerin Society.
Karina takes photographs on analog, collects books by Karel Čapek, and interviews witnesses of the events of the last century in her village.
Markéta Malá is responsible for communication with partners of INEV. She also drives and develops launched projects and gives concrete shape to newly conceived initiatives.
Currently, she studies at the Institute of Economic Studies at Charles University. She has completed a fellowship in the Czech Parliament, and she worked as Strategic Planning Associate in Amgen.
Markéta plays saxophone, is engaged in an amateur theatre, reads, and organizes an educational project focused on increasing youth political literacy.
Marek Petruš determines the overall setting of INEV's external relations and contributes to the expansion of the Economics Olympiad into other countries in Europe and beyond.
Marek directed the Department of Communication in the Czech National Bank, where he led several projects aiming at the support of economic and financial education of students and the general public. Lately, he has worked as a consultant for communication in dozens of central banks in East Europe, Central Asia and Africa.
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.
Štěpán Vácha manages the Facebook pages of INEV and the Economics Olympiad, for which he prepares posts, writes texts and creates graphics. He also writes various articles about our work.
In September, he begins his studies at the University of Warwick, not surprisingly in Economics. Apart from INEV he also works in the HR department of a big firm. He devotes his free time to watching television and adventurous unplanned traveling. His life motto is simply, "carpe diem!"
Josef Bacík contributes to the organization of our big events and projects, with a focus on the Economics Olympiad. He is always willing to help when INEV is swamped with work.
In September, he begins his studies in electrical engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He graduated from Gymnasium Nad Kavalírkou in Prague and is an active member of Students for Liberty. Josef enjoys learning outside of school, where he discovers a great many ideas not found in most classrooms.
"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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