Two universities to offer new degrees this fall
A new school year always brings with it a sense of expectation and maybe a little apprehension for students.
This fall, two schools — Prague College and Anglo-American University — will be experiencing some of those same feelings. Both are taking big steps forward in their curriculum: Prague College is introducing an International Business Management degree in English, while Anglo-American will offer a Master’s in Business Administration program.
“The big news is, you can stay in Prague, at Prague College, and get your BA,” says Douglas Hajek, director of Prague College. This wasn’t always the case.
Prague College started in 2004 to provide higher education in business, industrial technology and design. The school currently offers the Higher National Diploma (HND), a two-year British degree in business, computing, graphic design and interactive media. After receiving a HND, students can immediately enter the work force, or choose to study for a final, third year and receive their bachelor of arts degree. Previously, Prague College students choosing this route would need to spend a year at a school in the United Kingdom in order to get their bachelor’s degree.
“Many students think about going to England, and some of them do, but maybe [they actually] either need or want to stay in Prague,” Hajek says. “For family or work reasons, if you are on a career path here, it’s hard to leave even for a year.”
Prague College awards British accredited diplomas and degrees, and its courses are monitored by British education authorities. The school will be offering the International Business Management degree in conjunction with Teesside University.
“The university that was No. 1 on our list is the one we are working with. Their attitude is the same [as ours],” Hajek says.
Prague College students who receive their HND in business are eligible to work toward this new degree, Hajek says, adding that students from other schools may also enroll, depending if the course work they have done is comparable to a HND program. Hajek notes that the International Business Management degree, which focuses on communicative skills, marketing and management, is different from a traditional business management degree.
“We are creating a separate niche of a graduate that is greatly in demand in both international and Czech companies,” he says. “We create students that are more immediately ready for mid-management positions; are more focused on what current employment needs are.”
He says Prague College’s International Business Management degree will be more responsive to the needs of the local and international labor markets than a traditional business degree.
“The key is a high-quality, practical education program for students to enhance their careers,” Hajek says. “Students have the experience of studying in an environment with direct contact with companies and managers.”
Anglo-American University has been offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programs since 1990. Their accredited programs include humanities and social sciences, business, law and international relations and diplomacy. Still, staffers are very excited about the newest educational offering.
“We managed to bring in a world-class MBA program with all the best accreditations and rankings that place it among the top MBA programs offered in the U.S.,” says Alan Krautstengl, an associate professor and president of Anglo-American University.
Anglo-American has partnered with Chapman University in California, and the new master’s program courses will be taught mostly by visiting Chapman University faculty, says Krautstengl, who is also a member of Chapman’s teaching staff.
Two main ideas were behind the strategy.
“We already have a BA in business administration, so it was a logical step to provide our talented students with a master’s program,” Krautstengl says. “Apart from that, we believe in top-quality education, and the fact that people here in the Czech Republic know the importance of such education and its power.”
Krautstengl says they are targeting successful managers who want to improve their professional careers, as well as companies who want to invest in their staff.
“Students who enroll will be “people who want to master creative thinking and apply it to business; those who want to master management skills and also get a jump up in their career,” Krautstengl says. “People who understand that the Czech Republic is part of the global economy, and there is no reason to fall behind.”
Both Prague campuses have international student bodies, which played heavily into the colleges’ decisions to increase their course offerings.
“Our college mirrors the work environment. Half of our students are Czech or Slovak; the other half comes from 45 other countries,” Hajek says. “We felt an international degree would be most helpful in cross-culture work environments.”
The same can be found at Anglo-American University.
“We have more than 50 nationalities studying at our university,” Krautstengl says. “That creates a unique environment that gives our students great advantages [which is] to feel comfortable in an international environment.”