For our faculty, meeting with key business leaders allows them to hear first-hand the opportunities and challenges that businesses and their employees are facing. As a result, faculty understand businesses needs and can develop relevant programme syllabus, shaping graduates that are ready for contemporary business environments.
Relevant partner event invitations are extended to motivated students who are selected to attend business briefings, seminars and lectures, giving them valuable insight into issues that businesses are facing and the chance to meet influential leaders.
The Nine Chambers evening was an amazing opportunity to meet with business leaders and chamber of commerce representatives at the beautiful Zofin Palace. The event offered a wonderful friendly atmosphere, in which I was able to meet representatives from numerous international companies as well as local ones from various industries such as technology, software and food and beverage. It was a wonderful place to discover new business opportunities and expand my network of contacts.
Adam Vilimovský, MSc International Management student
British Chamber of Commerce
Since its inception, PCU has been a member of the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and has participated in, and hosted a number of collaborative events. Our lecturers have presented at seminars and conferences and a number have recently joined BCC’s Sustainability committee along with a selected student representative from PCU. Master's students have also taken part in BCC's round table Innovation Forum that examined current challenges in sales channels through the eyes of consultants, tech companies and customers.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce operates as a platform for members to directly meet corporate and government leaders and senior experts, through numerous business, social, and sporting events. The chamber welcomes PCU students who share an interest in topical business briefings and seminars. PCU has been a long-time member of the chamber and have sponsored their talks and events over the past years.
International Business Forum
The International Business Forum (IBF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides a forum for senior members of international companies to meet, share experiences, and actively look for opportunities to do business together. IBF has attracted some of the Czech Republic’s biggest foreign investors to its Patronage, and includes many of the most respected business people. Attendees are typically senior management level representatives, ensuring that topics for seminars and speakers are chosen accordingly. Small round table discussions and lunches for 'members only' give our lecturers and students a unique opportunity to witness first-hand prominent business leaders discussing critical issues facing Czech business. Two examples from the past year was the IBF Real Estate Seminar which analysed the Czech Real Estate residential and commercial market where Stefano Cavagnetto, Dean of the School of Business gave the keynote address. This was followed by the IBF Hospitality Seminar that brought together Prague's restauranteurs, bar owners, caterers and hoteliers to problem-solve the many issues that have affected the sector due to the pandemic.
Italian Czech Chamber of Commerce (Italsko-česká obchodní a průmyslová komora)
ICOPK partner with local and international businesses with links to Italy. They offer regular seminars in technology, law, industrial and services sectors. Students who speak Italian or Czech are invited to join briefing luncheons and webinars to connect their theoretical knowledge with practical information.
In turn, PCU has invited Matteo Mariani, Secretary-General of the chamber deliver a keynote address for the School of Business Master Speaker Series where he presented his research on smart working and organisational change within Czech SMEs. ICOPK plan to initiate a chambers programme in English for young business people and will partner with PCU by bringing these young professionals to the university for several lectures per year that would focus on skills and training.
Nordic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1995, the Nordic Chamber of Commerce serves as a Nordic Platform for people and businesses connected to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. It provides information, education and promotes business opportunities for its members through its partnership with embassies, local government and professional organisations in the Czech Republic. NORCHAM's agenda to promote sustainable, gender-equal and transparent business, as well as other core values of the Nordic Countries strongly align with PCU. Each year they offer an exclusive mentoring programme to motivated young professionals which includes PCU's student talent pool. Through events, workshops, seminars and business meetings they share best practices from both the Nordic region and the Czech Republic, thus contributing to the development of the local business environment.