Empire State College Students Take Top Honor in Czech National Competition for Second Time; Advance to Next Round

By Francesca Cichello, director of student services, Center for International Programs

February 5, 2014

Students Filip Kun?ar, Renata Durcova, Martin Kotchera and Sofia Khaydari at Czech National Competition Once again this year, a team made up of Empire State College and University of New York Prague students has taken the top honor in the CFA Institute Research Challenge. The successful team worked with Jan Hajek, a mentor from the local Prague business community. Under Hajek's tutelage, and with Professor Tanweer Ali's support and guidance, the team advances to the next round of regional competition in Milan, Italy this April. (Pictured at left are Filip Kun?ar, Renata Durcova, Martin Kotchera and Sofia Khaydari. Team member Martina Tamchynova was not present for the photo.)

The CFA Institute Research Challenge offers students the unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts and compete with peers from the world’s top finance programs. This annual educational initiative promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills.

The Challenge gathers students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally and globally for a real-world competition. Additionally, all participants are introduced to and held to the standard of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

Last year, the competition featured more than 3,500 students from over 775 universities worldwide.

For more information about the competition, go to http://www.cfasociety.org/czechrepublic/Pages/ResearchChallenge.aspx

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