This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

3rd August 2020 / Competitiveness / Education

UNYP partners with Perlego to bring free digital textbooks to its students

  From September 2020, UNYP will be subscribing to the Perlego textbook platform. This partnership between UNYP and Perlego provides unlimited free digital textbooks to students that allows everyone to continue learning safely anywhere and at any time. Students and faculty will have free access to over 300k book titles, with the goal of 100% access to diverse course readings for graduate and undergraduate programs. While it is a considerable investment, we feel that the ensuring access and diversity will revolutionize the learning process. Free online access to a library of this size means that our students won't be confined to a single mandatory book per class, but can work with dozens of excerpts from different books while saving significant amounts of money on buying new books each semester. The free use of digital textbooks will prove to be part of a broader change in how the University of New York in Prague supports its students. The adoption and provision of technologies such as Perlego is a significant international trend for universities and colleges, and UNYP is proud to go with the times.  
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29th July 2020 / Competitiveness / Health Care

How Pfizer and BioNTech are moving with safety and speed to develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine

Since Pfizer and our collaboration partner, BioNTech, begun our mission to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, safety has been our guiding principle every step of the way. At the same time, given the urgency of the global pandemic, we continue to move at record-breaking speed. We recently started the phase 2/3 safety and efficacy trial for our lead vaccine candidate, approximately three months after we started the phase 1/2 safety and immunogenicity trials in Germany and the United States for our four initial vaccine candidates.  Progressing from the start of clinical testing for a vaccine candidate in small numbers of trial participants to a large-scale efficacy trial is a process that can usually take years, sometimes even a decade.
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29th July 2020 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

Evolving location strategies in the era of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to change lives across the globe, many employers are wondering what effects the pandemic will have on industries, jobs and the workforce over the near and long term. The severity of these impacts will depend on the duration of the pandemic and the effectiveness of the solutions and government actions taken to handle the crisis. Initial data already indicates which industries are being impacted most and how the pandemic is set to potentially alter the labor landscape over the long term. Corporations should be mindful of these impacts and thoughtful about how the shifting labor landscape informs their short- and long-term location strategies.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic