Štěpán Müller Appointed President of AAU
Štěpán Müller has been appointed Acting President of Anglo-American University, the private university with the longest history in the Czech Republic, at the start of January. The previous president Lubomír Lízal now holds the position of the Chairman of the Board of Expobank.
Doc. Ing. Štěpán Müller, CSc., MBA, has vast international experience in both the economic and academic fields. “I would like to follow on from my predecessor and support the growth in our student numbers as well as a further improvement in academic quality,” he said when accepting the new challenge.
The newly appointed president also holds the positions of Vice-Chairman of the EFMD Accreditation Committee in Brussels, which grants worldwide accreditation for MBA programs, and works as Chairman of the Accreditation Board of the Czech Association of MBA Schools. Dr. Müller intends to benefit from his experience in the field.
“I will further support maximizing on the potential offered by full Czech and US accreditations, the latter received from the prestigious WASC Senior College and University Commission,” he stated.
Anglo-American University (AAU) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With more than four fifths of students coming from abroad, representing 80 countries, AAU is one of the most international higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. Czech and Slovak students make up about 20% of students. Programs are taught in English.
Doc. Ing. Štěpán Müller, CSc., MBA, studied at the University of Economics (Vysoká škola ekonomická, VŠE) in Prague (1968) and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Massachusetts in the USA (1970). He has worked in the academic sphere since 1979 at the Department of Foreign Trade of the University of Economics, as the Rector of the University of Economics in Prague (1991-1994), as the Dean of the Czech Management Centre in Čelákovice (1998-1999), and as the Rector of the Institute of Hospitality Management (Vysoká škola hotelová), a private university in Prague, from 2006 to 2011. Since 2011 he has worked at the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague, where he has also served as Dean from 2012 to 2016. Outside the academic field, Dr. Müller has worked in the financial sector, mainly in investment banking. He has held managerial positions at IB Austria Securities (1994-1998) and CAIB Securities (2000-2005).
Anglo-American University was founded in 1990 and offers study programs in Business Administration, Law, International Relations, Humanities, Journalism and others. Courses are taught in line with U.S. educational standards in small, interactive classes with an average of just 15 students per class.
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In 2016, AAU received accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the American agency, which also accredits such renowned institutions of higher education as Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and Chapman University, with which AAU offers a dual MBA program. AAU was the first institution in Europe to receive WSCUC accreditation.