Czechs acknowledge long-term link

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:03:00 BST

John wins sixth ʽmedalʼ

John Anchor Dr John Anchor, Head of the Department of Strategy and Marketing at the University of Huddersfield Business School (pictured), wins another consecutive award for his contribution to the development of Faculties of Economics in Central Europe.

Dr Anchor’s award – for “long term and significant support of the Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic on its 20th anniversary” – is the sixth which he has received from Czech and Polish universities during the last six years.

The citation states that “The Faculty of Economics at Liberec would not have achieved its current position – a stable institution with a firm place in the educational system of the Czech Republic – were it not for people like John”.

Dr Anchor, the only non-Czech present at the twentieth anniversary celebrations, held at Liberec on 14 September said: “Huddersfield and Liberec have much in common – they are similar in size and both are former textile towns.  A colleague in our former Department of Textiles went to Liberec in 1991.  This led to a successful bid for a TEMPUS grant for institutional development.ˮ

He goes onto recall the development of infrastructure at Liberec and the training of Czech Staff in Huddersfield.  “I gave a talk on privatisation to a group of visiting Czech colleagues during the 1990s, for instance.  Colleagues from Huddersfield have visited Liberec many times in the intervening years.  Since the Czech Republicʼs EU accession in 2004, students from Liberec have come to Huddersfield – mainly on the Bachelor programme in European Business – in significant numbers.”

Since this period there has also been more cooperation within research and John explains why the next five years are so important. “At the time of the 25th anniversary, I look forward to being able to highlight other areas in which our collaboration has developed”.

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