Anniversary Wishes: Štěpán Jurajda, Filip Matějka, Jakub Steiner

20 December, 2021

CERGE-EI celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. What do Štěpán Jurajda, Filip Matějka, and Jakub Steiner wish for CERGE-EI in the years to come?

Štěpán Jurajda, Mellon Endowment Professor with Tenure, former Director of CERGE-EI

"Imagining the region without CERGE-EI, without its impact, makes me thankful for how resilient and successful it has been. Social sciences have an immense task to help societies deal with major challenges ahead. I trust CERGE-EI will provide as much of a role model in this regard as it has in its first 30 years."

Filip Matějka, Associate Professor with Tenure, CERGE-EI

"I want to thank CERGE-EI for making it possible for me to do research in economics and to live in my home country at the same time. If it were not for this institution, I would probably either be a professor somewhere far away, or academia would be a closed chapter for me.

Thanks again.

I hope CERGE-EI prospers, continues to find new avenues where it can be useful, and strengthens those students that it is nurturing now.

I also hope that the institution will find even more people who see CERGE-EI not as an end in itself but as an extremely helpful vehicle that can in the long run, help to make our society healthier for all of us.

CERGE-EI deserves the energy and means to continue to flourish."

Jakub Steiner, Associate Professor with Tenure, CERGE-EI

"CERGE-EI has scientifically redefined itself over the past ten years.

Research contributions that used to be exceptional for CERGE-EI are now our daily bread. Breakthrough research that seemed infeasible for us is now being achieved by a growing number of faculty members. We have claimed our place on the map of international science. I hope that CERGE-EI will reach a similar level of maturity in all other aspects of its mission and functions.

Like other thirty-year-olds, our institution may benefit from "settling down'' and redefining its goals.

Fingers crossed for ongoing fruitful outcomes of this soul-searching!"

Read more about CERGE-EI's history, achievements, and wishes on its 30th anniversary website.