The Penta Foundation Awarded the Best Student Essays

Within the 4th year of the competition "VIZE 2025" (Vision 2025), the Penta Foundation distributed 205 thousand Slovak Crowns among 13 university students, whose essays were evaluated by a selection committee as the best.

The Vision 2025 project is intended for students of a daily university study. Its objective is to provide space for the creation and presentation of creative and original views on certain topics; it focuses on and strengthens creativity, ability to find and process information.

The fourth year was announced in March 2007 and students from both Czech and Slovak Republic could participate therein. The committee composed of academicians and experts of the private equity group Penta was selecting from 65 registered essays. “The students’ results are not important, only their way of thinking. We were predominantly interested in their perception of world and particular conception of future,” explained the chairman of the committee Ivan Klinec of Prognostic Institute of SAV.

The first place in each category is awarded 35,000 SKK, the second place 20,000 SKK, and the third place 10,000 SKK. The committee agreed on the following:

1st TOPIC – PRODUCT / SERVICE / INDUSTRY 2025:

1st place: not granted
2nd place: František Lipták, University of Technology in Košice – Faculty of Economics
Petra Kolouchová, Institute of Economic Studies of the Charles University in Prague
3rd place: Tomáš Makatúra, University of International Business ISM Slovakia in Prešov
Jakub Sokol, Institute of Economic Studies of the Charles University in Prague

2nd TOPIC – MAN AND HIS SOCIAL NEEDS IN 2025:

1st place: not granted
2nd place: Eva Žáčková, West Bohemian University in Plzeň – Faculty of Philosophy
3rd place: Lucie Kavanová, Masaryk University in Brno – Faculty of Social Studies
Vladimír Janošek, Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno – Faculty of Business and Economics

3rd TOPIC – BOHEMIA AND SLOVAKIA 2025:

1st place: not granted
2nd place: Viktor Hanzlík, Institute of Economic Studies of the Charles University in Prague
3rd place: Ivana Hanzesová, Prešov University in Prešov – Faculty of Management

4th TOPIC – MARKET VERSUS STATE 2025:

1st place: Sandra Sitárová, University of Economics in Bratislava – Business Faculty
2nd place: František Lipták, University of Technology in Košice – Faculty of Economics
3rd place: Barbora Pincová, Charles University in Prague – Faculty of Social Studies
Ivana Hanzesová, Prešov University in Prešov – Faculty of Management

In total 242 essays have been registered in all years of the competition VISION 2025, out of which 44 essays have been awarded. The Penta Foundation has already distributed 870,000 SKK among the students. Detailed information about the competition is published on the Internet site www.nadacepenta.cz, where also winning essays are published.

Review of announced topics

1. “PRODUCT / SERVICE / INDUSTRY 2025” – What product or service will belong to the fastest growing and the most successful in 2025? What will be a hit in 2025? What will be trends in the development and sale of products? What technologies and materials will have the best application?

2. “MAN AND HIS SOCIAL NEEDS IN 2025” – The Internet, online communication, and online trading have significantly extended offer in the field of entertainment, media, and spreading of information. What will be the social and cultural effect of the development of networks and globalization on an individual? How will his needs change? How will he spend his time, what will be his interests, list of values? What will address such a man?

3. “CZECH AND SLOVAK REPUBLICS 2025” – What industry will pull the Czech and/or Slovak economics in twenty years? What will be our position in the EU and in a worldwide context? (An essay can be either about the CR or the SR, or about both countries.)

4. “MARKET vs. STATE 2025” – What will be a market-state relation like? Will democracy survive the 2025 year? What will the state’s role and role of a private sector be? Will a privatization continue even in sectors currently controlled exclusively by the state? What impact will potential weakening of the state’s position have on democracy – will it benefit or endanger the democracy?

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