Alumni of the Year

The achievements of UNYP Alumni deserve recognition

An extraordinary achievement cannot go unnoticed. We believe that rewarding one alumnus or alumna every year is an important part of keeping our alumni network engaged and connected to the UNYP community. The award itself is not only a means of acknowledging the success of one alumnus or alumna, it is a way of drawing attention to the fact that our talented alumni have the power to make a difference. The ambition, enthusiasm and hard work our alumni put into their projects are changing the world in many areas on local and global scale alike.

Do you know a UNYP alumnus or an alumna who would deserve to be considered for the Alumni of the Year Award? Go ahead and submit your nomination!

There are only two criteria:

1) the alumni must have graduated from a UNYP or a partner university program taught at UNYP

2) he or she must have their tuition paid off

 

  • Nominations

    The nomination period for the Alumni of the Year 2021 is now OPEN!

     

    Alumni of the year - nomination

  • Award Committee

    The Award Committee consists of:

    • General Manager of the University of New York in Prague
    • Rector of the University of New York in Prague
    • UNYP Marketing Director
    • UNYP Student Affairs Director
    • Two representatives of UNYP Alumni Association
    • One representative of UNYP Student Council
    • One representative of UNYP Faculty
    • One representative of UNYP School Deans
  • Rules
    1. Introduction
      1. The Alumni of the Year Award was established by Mr. Sotiris Foutsis, the General Manager of the University of New York in Prague on 15 February 2018.
      2. The award is administered by the UNYP Alumni Office.
    2. Purpose
      1. The purpose of the Alumni of the Year Award is to recognize an alumnus or an alumna with an outstanding achievement in one or more of the following:
        1. service to the community
        2. contribution in their chosen field
        3. service to the university
    3. Eligibility
      1. A candidate will be considered for The Alumni of the Year Award only if they meet all the following criteria:
        1. He or she must have graduated from the University of New York in Prague or one of the partner university programs taught at the University of New York in Prague
        2. He or she has no unpaid tuition or any other debt towards the University of New York in Prague
    4. Nominations
      1. There is no limitation on who can submit a nomination.
      2. There is no limitation on the number of nominations a single nominator can submit.  
      3. Self-nominations are allowed and accepted.
      4. A nomination will only be accepted if submitted through an online form, which can be found above these rules.
      5. A nomination will only be accepted if submitted within a given timeframe, which is specific for each year of the competition.
      6. A nomination becomes valid only if the nominee has met the eligibility criteria and has accepted the nomination.
      7. The acceptance of a nomination consists of the following:
        1. Written confirmation of nomination acceptance
        2. Delivering a CV or a resume
        3. Optional letter of motivation stating the reasons why the nominee should be chosen as the recipient of the Award
      8. All nominators and their personal data are confidential and are collected for the sole purpose of follow-up inquiries raised by the Award Committee.
    5. Selection
      1. The selection process is carried out by the Award Committee, which consists of:
        1. General Manager of the University of New York in Prague
        2. Rector of the University of New York in Prague
        3. UNYP Marketing Director
        4. UNYP Student Affairs Director
        5. Two representatives of UNYP Alumni Association
        6. One representative of UNYP Student Council
        7. One representative of UNYP Faculty
        8. One representative of UNYP Department Chairs
      2. The selection process is up to the discretion of the Award Committee.
      3. The selection process must yield top 3 candidates to be shared with the community, one of which will be chosen as the recipient of the Award.
    6. Presentation of the Award
      1. The Award is to be presented by a representative of the Award Committee or a representative appointed by the award Committee.
      2. The Award is to be presented at an event specified by the Award Committee.
      3. The Award is presented to the recipient in person or to a representative acting on the recipient’s behalf.
      4. The form of the Award is decided by the Award Committee.
    7. Additional Provisions
      1. An exception can be made to these rules if deemed appropriate by the Award Committee and decided by a majority vote.
      2. A recipient may not be selected to win the Award more than once.
      3. All the other candidates who were nominated in 2020 can be re-nominated in 2021.
      4. Any case not described by these rules is to be discussed by the Award Committee and decided by a majority vote (if applicable).
  • Award winners

    TOMÁŠ  KUBICA - WINNER 2018

    Class of 2007 – Business Administration; International & Economic Relations

    Tomáš has had an inspirational career path since leaving UNYP with positions at McKinsey & Co, Goldman Sachs and currently KKR, across Prague, London, and now Silicon Valley. Tomáš has been an active member of several prestigious groups such as: World Economic Forum Global Shapers (class of 2012), UK CFA Society, Mensa International. Furthermore, he is a holder of professional certifications from CFA Institute and CAIA Association. After completing his Bachelor´s degree program from SUNY/ESC in Prague (contributing to the curriculum as a teaching assistant for the Business Ethics class), Tomáš pursued to MBA at INSEAD, where he also became a Committee member of the INSEAD Private Equity club. In addition, Tomáš became a generous donator of about hundred books of leading authors to the UNYP Library in 2019. 

    He has continued to stay part of the UNYP community by serving on the UNYP External Business Advisory Board, preparing a comprehensive report with recommendations for growth and improvement at UNYP, and mentoring a number of students and graduates over the years.

    More about the winner: 

    https://www.unyp.cz/news/alumni-year-continue-important-unyp-tradition

     

    JUWANA JENKINS - WINNER 2019

    Class of 2013 – MA in Professional and Business Communication

    With over 25 years’ experience, Juwana Jenkins is frequently requested to speak in, facilitate and design programs and customized trainings for teams and individuals in the areas of communication, leadership development and personal growth. She has equally profound knowledge in program management (as a creator of professional development courses) and project/team management. Juwana has a strong track record in coaching people to achieve their personal and career goals (holder of a Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management), teaching at numerous universities and working in executive positions with companies and non-profit organizations in Europe, North America and Asia. Throughout her career, Juwana has supported students, not only as an instructor, but also as a manager for an international M.A. in Second Language Learning and Teaching program.

    More about the winner: 

    https://www.unyp.cz/news/unyp-awards-its-second-alumni-year

     

    DANAI BAOURAKI - WINNER 2020

    Class of 2016 – B.A. and Bc. Communication & Mass Media and Psychology

    Class of 2019 – M.A. Strategic Communication

    Danai has maintained a close relationship with UNYP since graduating with a double Bachelor degree in 2016 (B.A. and Bc. Communication and Mass Media) and with a Master degree in Strategic Communication in 2019. She has consistently represented UNYP at university fairs, participated as a member of Student Council (Vice-President position) and organized and hosted MUNYP conferences, as well as the 4th International High School Model United Nations Conference 2020 in Prague for more than 100 students from various countries around the world. In 2018, Danai began a very successful brand campaign at Unilever where she also organized the Unilever CRSR Internal Conference for 350 people. Nowadays, she is building up a career as a Brand manager at Maspex. Danai is a prime example of a proud, smart and hard-working alumna.

 

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