At a special ceremony, Vienna Insurance Group CEO Günter
Geyer received an honorary doctorate from the University of
Economics in Bratislava.
Günter Geyer became a member of the Managing Board of
Slovakian insurer Kooperativa when it was founded in 1990,
and has been Chairman of the company's Supervisory Board
since 1998. In those roles he has played a significant part
in establishing Kooperativa as one of the leading insurers
in the Slovakian market.
In his speech, the University's Vice Chancellor, Prof.
Rudolf Sivák, PhD, spoke highly of Mr Geyer's services to
the Slovakian insurance industry. "Günter Geyer is a widely
respected figure in the insurance sector. He played a vital
role in the growth of the industry in Central and Eastern
Europe during the region's transition to a market economy.
I would also like to single out his past and present
contribution to the development of the Slovakian insurance
industry. Mr Geyer has more than two decades of experience
of the Slovak economy, and has been closely involved in
forcing economic links between Slovakia and Austria."
"I am extremely honoured to receive this doctorate.
Following Slovakia's dynamic development over the past 20
years has been a fascinating experience, and I am very
proud to have played my part in it. The dedication with
which the Slovak people have driven forward progress in
their country is remarkable. Our Slovakian partners and the
country's economic success are very important to me
personally," said Mr Geyer.
The University of Economics in Bratislava was founded in
1940 and offers high quality bachelor's, master's and
doctoral qualifications in 64 business and management
degree programmes. It is the leading business and economics
university in Slovakia with currently more than 12,000
students. Its curriculum includes around 100 subjects,
including numerous foreign language courses. The university
has an extensive international network with 68 partner
institutions worldwide and links with 215 universities as
part of the Erasmus programme. Its graduates enjoy
excellent employment prospects both in Slovakia and abroad.
The university has a chair for the insurance industry,
offering a degree programme in insurance.