Since its establishment, the University of Economics in Bratislava has gone through various changes, concerning name, focus, content of study, as well as organizational structure.
The beginnings of the university date back to October 1940, when chambers of commerce and industry in the towns of Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Prešov established a private College of Commerce in Bratislava (VOŠ) which was given a status of a public school by the government.
The fact that in 1939 Czech colleges – among them The Commercial College in Prague as well, at which, besides other, also Slovak students had been obtaining economic education – were closed, contributed to the necessity of establishing a school with an economic focus in Slovakia. The College of Commerce in Bratislava used its name until the end of the academic year 1944/45. The school was nationalized and renamed to the Slovak College of Commerce by the Decree of the Slovak National Council Nr. 34/1945. Since 1949, it was called the College of Economic Sciences. Decree of the government Nr. 40/1952 modified the name to the College of Economics (VŠE). Pursuant to the Act of the Slovak National Council Nr. 292/1992 of the April 28, 1992 the name was changed to the University of Economics in Bratislava.
The beginnings of the school have been connected with names of significant personalities, such as prof. Dr. Jur Hronec, prof. Július Pázman, prof. Vladimír Králiček, prof. Dr. Ladislav Cicvárek and others. Thanks to exactly these enthusiasts, foundations of the Slovak economic education were laid in 1940.
The College of Commerce began the activity without its own premises. The pedagogical process took place in rented premises in different parts of Bratislava. With the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bratislava, it was possible to buy two buildings in Palisády street for The College of Commerce.
Substantial improvements regarding premises came in 1960 when the College of Economics moved to a new building owned by the Comenius University in Bratislava in Odbojárov street. However, some workplaces stayed in the former college premises in Palisády and Konventná street. The question of premises had remained the principal problem, therefore the college was forced to make multiple changes in the placement of its workplaces or build new premises within the campus in Odbojárov street
The inconvenient situation was supposed to be solved by building a new campus for the College of Economics in Bratislava-Petržalka in Dolnozemská cesta that would meet all demands placed on teaching, science and research, accommodation and catering within a single complex. The construction began in 1983. The Faculty of National Economy and the Faculty of Commerce moved to the first building, called Výučba 1 (Teaching 1), after it was finished in 1991. The Faculty of Economic Informatics, The Faculty of Business Management and other college workplaces moved to the other building, Výučba 2 (Teaching 2) in 1996. Construction of the new college campus in Petržalka provided the University of Economics in Bratislava a respectable seat which it as an institution of Slovak importance rightly deserves
Since its establishment, the University of Economics in Bratislava has educated more than 100 thousand graduates for the sake of economic science, business praxis and public administration development. They work in all fields of national economy at all levels of economic management, many of them representing our country holding different work positions abroad.
Over 8 thousand students have currently been studying at seven Faculties of the UE in Bratislava in various types of study. Many of them have gained foreign scholarships, what proves good level of their preparation at the University of Economics in Bratislava. A graduate of the university is an economist who commands general economic theories, masters the knowledge of the policy of national economy, business administration, management, marketing, finances, quantitative methods in economy, informatics, law and other disciplines used in economic praxis and is able to communicate in at least two world languages. A graduate of the university is a person who, after joining the labour market, is a flexible and constant learner continuing to acquire necessary working habits, as well as new theoretical knowledge of the subject of work in the first place.
The basic document determining the functioning and legal status of the University of Economics since 1990 has been the Statute of the University of Economics in Bratislava. It was updated after adopting the amendment of the Higher Education Act in 1996. According to the Statute, the mission of the University of Economics is to provide university education and develop knowledge on basis of creative scientific research in the field of economics, humanities and social sciences. The university's highest self-governing body is the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate comprises elected members who account to the academic community of the UEBA which they represent. The academic community of the UEBA, consisting of teachers, scientific and research workers, specialists with a university degree and students, elects the academic senate. The academic body headed by the rector as the chairman is called the Scientific Board. The mission and competences of the Scientific Board are determined by the Statute of the University of Economics in Bratislava. The highest representative of the university and its statutory deputy is the rector. The collegium of the rector and the management of the UEBA are advisory bodies of the rector.
The UEBA is the part of the European Higher Education Area and the common European Research Area (ERA). As part of this integration its mission is to provide a quality higher education in all three levels of university studies in the complex of economic and management curricula and selected study programs in the humanities and the informatics, to develop the knowledge based on the freedom of creative scientific research in economics, informatics, humanities and social sciences, and thus contributing to development of the knowledge society in Slovakia and in the European area.
Vision of the University
The UEBA which has already confirmed and strengthened its position as a leader in higher education and research in economics and management in Slovakia, will be in the year of 2019 based on the proven level and the quality of education, the intensity and the quality of research, the success of its graduates in the labour market especially in Slovakia and the EU, on the active cooperation with the socio-economic practice in promoting mutually advantageous transfer of knowledge, by the creation of a quality and effective network of international relations, by the achievement of prestigious signs of quality based on the results of the national complex accreditation, by its activities and the interim results of the international accreditation in the system AACSB as well as appearance and effective communication of the results achieved in an environment of relevant community, perceived and recognized as a modern and dynamic university comparable to major and generally respected institutions of high education and of similar professional orientation at least in the region of Central Europe, with a high professional and scientific level, reflecting the social responsibility, which manifests in the concrete projects of cooperation with institutions and organizations in Slovakia and abroad.
Principles and Values
In pursuing its mission, the University is applying the following principles of functioning:
- Social responsibility in relation to Slovakia and to foreign countries
- Academic excellence and quality in all areas
- Internationalisation of the activities
The UEBA proclaims the values and principles of the Magna Charta Universitatum. In addition the University supports and appreciates:
- moral integrity,
- awareness of social responsibility and its active implementation,
- applying the sense of duty, performance and quality at work and study,
- loyal attitude towards the University, institutional fellowship and public defence of its interests,
- the pursuit of continuous personal development and lifelong learning without distinction of position held at the University,
- innovation and creativity, a sense of teamwork,
- observance of the principles of professional ethics in relation to the University as well as to the external environment,
- interpersonal empathy, mutual respect and tolerance, willingness to lead constructive dialogue and discussion.
- at national level, to promote the University as a university promoting its research character,
- to internationalize the University as an institution that meets international standards in all areas of its activities.
- continuous improvement of quality in all activities in line with international standards,
- internationalization of education, science, research and other activities of the university by activating partnerships and networking,
- to intensify relations with national and international bodies, institutions and organizations of the state and public sector, economic and social practices,
- to create and promote a creative work environment and atmosphere, to build, encourage and deepen peer-to-peer relationships between employees and between the University staff and students,
- to improve internal and external communication of the University and relay on feedback from the relevant groups.
This school offers programs in: