Ronald Coase Institute, named in honour of the Nobel Prize winner for economics and the protagonist of the new institutional economy, was founded in 2000 in the US to better understand formal and informal institutions—laws, rules and standards—that drive the economy and affect transaction costs. Their thorough analysis helps to increase economic efficiency and overall well-being. Several members of the Nobel Prize (in addition to Ronald Coase, Douglass North, Ken Arrow, Elinor Ostrom and currently Roger Myerson) and leading global economists and protagonists of institutional economics have served in the Institute’s Board of Directors.

On 16 May 2019, rector of the University of Economics in Bratislava, Prof Ferdinand Daňo, welcomed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia to Slovakia, H.E. Ms Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady. The Ambassador was accompanied by Ms Lely Meiliani, Counselor of the Indonesian Embassy for Economic and Cultural Affairs.

Student of the Department of Statistics of the Faculty of Economic Informatics of the University of Economics in Bratislava, Romana Šipoldová, BSc made it into Top 10 students from all over the world in the SAS Student Ambassadors category and actively participated in the largest analytical event of SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

As a result of successful negotiations of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA) with the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) on 14 May 2019, during their visit at the partner institution, the EUBA’s rector, Mr Ferdinand Daňo and the dean of the EUBA’s Faculty of Commerce, Mr Peter Drábik signed together with the rector of VŠE, Ms Hana Machková and the dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of VŠE an “Agreement on Provision of a Double Degree Programme”. This is the first double degree programme at the EUBA’s Faculty of Commerce.

On 9 May 2019, a delegation from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SIUBE) led by the dean of International Business School (IBS), Mr Jianzhong Huanga visited the University of Economics in Bratislava. The meeting was attended by Ms Quan Jin, vice-dean for international cooperation, Mr Yuhong Shang, director of the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and Ms Chunchli Che, coordinator of cooperation with EUBA. The University of Economics in Bratislava was represented by Mr Boris Mattoš, vice-rector for international relations, Mr Peter Drábik, dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Ms Paulína Krnáčová, vice-dean for international and public relations of the Faculty of Commerce, and Mr Jozef Orgonáš, vice-dean for development and quality assurance of the same faculty.

On 30 April 2019, the Mayor of Bratislava, Mr Matúš Vallo, met with the rectors of the largest universities in Bratislava—Mr Ferdinand Daňo representing the University of Economics in Bratislava, Mr Marek Števček from Comenius University, Mr Miroslav Fikar, the rector of the Slovak Technical University and Mr Pavol Šajgalík representing the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

The lecture of the ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, at the University of Economics in Bratislava took place on 16 April 2016 as a part of the Diplomacy in Practice lecture series. H.E. Mr Alexander Hoffet presented to students Swiss foreign policy with a specific focus on political and economic relations and relations towards the European Union which is Switzerland’s strategic partner largely due to its cultural and geographical proximity. It was indeed enriching to get acquainted with projects which run in Slovakia with a support from the Swiss financial mechanism. These projects focus mostly on the environmental and cultural heritage protection, strengthening of democracy and social protection. Important part of the lecture was also an outline of the current challenges influenced by United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and growing populism in European countries. Questions of participating students at the end of the lecture touched upon functioning of direct democracy which is an integral part of the Swiss political system for decades, growing populism, migration flows from third countries, cooperation with other countries of the international community and a debate on how to integrate cultural aspects of minorities into dominant culture.

On 31 March 2019, the University of Economics launched for the first time project Central Europe Connect. The project is organized in cooperation with renowned partner universities—WU (Vienna University of Economics) and SGH (Warsaw School of Economics). Students from these universities along with the EUBA students will get—during three weeks of concentrated study and group projects—an overview of functioning of economies in Central European countries.

EUBA’s rector, Prof Ferdinand Daňo signed on 4 April 2019 in Mexico City a Cooperation Agreement with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). ITAM is the best economic university in Mexico with excellent position in world university rankings and a triple international accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA). The main topic of a negotiation between the ITAM management and EUBA delegation—composed of Mr Boris Mattoš, vice-rector for international relations, Ms Jana Péliová, vice-rector for management of academic projects, Mr Peter Drábik, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Ms Danka Paštéková, Department of International Cooperation—were possibilities for mutual cooperation. Both parties stressed the fact that there is a significant potential for cooperation, since the structure of both institutions is very similar and the educational and research goals are identical.