Financier Tomáš Kubica participated in the sale of Ceske radiokomunikace to Macquarie Group Funds in 2010, while working at Goldman Sachs. The Zizkov Tower in Prague formed part of the transaction.
“One of the biggest advantages of studying at the University of New York in Prague is that the top 20% of students are far more skilled in teamwork and presentation, and possess more confidence and drive than their counterparts at state universities. Many want to go abroad and are aware they have to work very hard to achieve this. You must decide if you wish to join them.”
Tomáš Kubica obtained the classic American dream. He was raised in a small town beneath the Tatra Mountains and did not speak a word of English. One day he met Jim Fleming, an American, who significantly changed his life. Fleming, who was 70 years old at the time, became his mentor and, among other things, helped him to learn English. When he turned 18, Tomáš acquired a scholarship to study at the University of New York in Prague for a year. Today, at 27, Tomáš lives in London and works for one of the world’s leading investment companies, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, managing assets worth more than USD 66.3 billion (as at 2012).
At UNYP, Tomáš studied business administration and international economics simultaneously and received bachelor’s degrees in both disciplines. “When I first started attending UNYP, I thought that I would find a way to finance my studies or switch to a state school. Neither I, nor my parents had the money to pay the tuition,” Tomáš explained. “However, after my first year, I realized that I was earning more than just an academic education, so I borrowed the money to pay for school. I understood that with this type of education and internships the school allowed us to participate in during our studies, I would be able to find a job and pay my debt.”
Tomáš took full advantage of what UNYP offers, including support from professors and access to their wide network of contacts. Thanks to this experience, he was able to secure jobs in consulting and finance companies, such as McKinsey&Co in Prague and Goldman Sachs in London. In the interim, he completed an MBA at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, INSEAD in France and Singapore. He currently holds the title of Principal at KKR.
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