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27th September 2018 / Competitiveness / Education


Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019: 14 Czech Universities Made It to the Top List

A record number of 14 institutions is ranked among top universities globally this year, according to THE latest ranking. Charles University in Prague ranks 401st - 500th and continues to achieve the top position in Times Higher Education (THE) latest ranking among Czech universities. Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech second largest city, ranked 601st - 800th, followed by the Palacky University in Olomouc in Eastern Moravia.

26th September 2018 / Competitiveness / Education


Eurostat: 65% in the EU, 45% in the Czech Republic Know at Least One Foreign Language | Hays on Rising Demand for Multilingual Candidates

On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, figures on self-reported language skills show that in 2016, 65 % of working-age adults in the European Union (EU) knew at least one foreign language. In some Member States, knowledge of foreign languages was particularly high. For example, more than 90 % of respondents knew at least one foreign language in these countries: Sweden (97 %), Latvia, Denmark and Lithuania (all 96%), Luxembourg (95 %), Finland and Malta (both 92 %) and Estonia (91 %).

26th September 2018 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism


The Independent: Brno Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay in the Czech Republic's Second City

The Czech Republic’s second largest city offers a welcome respite from the constant crowds of Prague. A renowned university town, locals and students are extremely well catered for in this burgeoning gastronomic and cultural hub. Brno’s history of nurturing young talent dates back to 1769, when an 11-year-old Mozart conducted at the Reduta, Central Europe’s oldest theatre. 

26th September 2018 / Competitiveness / Health Care


HN Roundtable on the Future of Medicine

The use of artificial intelligence and big data in health care was debated at the HN (Hospodarske noviny daily) Roundtable.

26th September 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


ING Bank: Czech National Bank in Hiking Mode

As expected, the CNB delivered a 25bp hike on 26 September. However, the market already had high expectations (one additional hike this year and two more next year). As such, today’s press conference in which Governor Rusnok was non-committal disappointed slightly.

Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. 3) Health Care as an export industry
  4. 4) Government as a competitive advantage

Advocacy Priorities for 2018-2020 
 
People 

1. Setting a predictable policy for economic immigration based on the goal of maintaining current levels of employment for Czech citizens and wage growth that corresponds to productivity growth.  

2. Establishing incentives for companies and individuals to provide the qualifications and skills necessary for the automation of production and service industries.  

3. Introducing machine and computer programming as a required language in elementary and high schools.  

4. Improving the Healthy Life Years of the workforce and overall population through better prevention programs, better diagnostics, and better treatment.  
 
Infrastructure 

1. Develop a plan for developing and maintaining an integrated rail, road and air commercial logistics systems.  

2. Integrate the Prague airport into the national commuter network.  

3. Increase digital infrastructure capacity throughout country. 

4. Develop a housing plan that will create more entry-level housing in Prague and Brno for purchase or rent.  
 
Technology 

1. Reform investment incentives to concentrate on product research, development and production.  

2. Establish policy objectives in the area of health, energy, transport, environment and other areas and use these objectives for allocating public research funds. 

3. Require major public procurements to use objective and measurable criteria for innovation. 

 

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