Former prime minister speaks on the Hill

June 4, 2014

11.7_PrimeMinisterBryan College had the honor of hosting Dr. Iveta Radičová, former prime minister of Slovakia, on Nov. 4.

Dr. Iveta Radičová and Dr. Eva Havelkova Having launched her political career in 1990-1992 with the Public Against Violence movement, Radičová went on in 2005 to serve under the government of Prime Minister Dzurinda as minister of labour, social affairs, and family. She was elected into the Slovakian parliament in 2006 and in 2010-2012 led the coalition government, also serving as minister of defense for the last five months of her time there.

The former prime minister spoke on the topic of “A Look at Politics and Economics Inside of Europe with Comparisons to the United States,” noting the importance of America taking into account that it is only one part of a larger global community. The current “information revolution” has opened frontiers of positive possibility all over the planet. Her advice to current students is to become an expert not only on their native country, but on other parts of the world, as well.

She also discussed the current state of European Union (EU) politics and economic development, along with her personal views on the debt crisis in Europe, a crisis that will necessitate a widespread job training shift from manual labor to familiarity with information technology if the EU is to continue competing on a global scale.

The best way to involve the upcoming generation to make a difference is to “show them on concrete cases that one person can change the world, and in positive ways,” Radičová pointed out in a later interview. “Each attempt to act and strong motivation, together with quality education, should help others – and yourself – with a more quality life.”

Radičová continued the Decosimo Lecture Series on Global Business. This series is sponsored by accounting and business advisory firm Decosimo and is held yearly with Bryan College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In attendance of the lecture were over 70 students, faculty, staff, and community members, in addition to Dr. Eva Havelkova, the head of the Department for Development Programs and Foreign Affairs at the National Emergency Center in Bratislava.