Members of the Executive Board

Chairman of the Executive Board

Vice-chairman od the Executive Board

prof. Ing. Robert Redhammer, CSc.
He was engaged in research and teaching in nanoelectronics, ultra-vacuum technologies, physics of semiconductor structures and quantum heterostructures. He held the positions of vice-dean (1997-2003), vice-rector
(2003-2011) and rector of the Slovak Technical University (2011-2019).
His priority was mainly the creation of better conditions for the work of colleagues, the appreciation of the achievements of students, teachers and scientists and the support of technology transfer. During his tenure, he contributed to the establishment of the STU University Business Incubator, to obtaining investments in the university’s infrastructure through the projects of competence centers and centers of excellence, the University Science Park, and the ACCORD investment project. He graduated from the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program focused on current problems of higher education in the USA (2006). He also worked in the Council for Research, Development and Innovation of the Government of the Slovak Republic, in the Council of the State Research and Development Program, in the presidency of the Research and Development Support Agency, he was the chairman of the Council for Science and Technology of the Council of Universities, the president of the Slovak Vacuum Society, as well as a member of the executive of the International Union for Vacuum Physics, Technology and Applications IUVSTA.
Prof. RNDr. René Matlovič, PhD., LL.M.
Geographer with pedagogical-research focus on human geography and the development of geographic thought. He works as the Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in Bratislava and as an senior researcher at the Geographical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.
Author and co-author of 330 outputs of creative activity, for which 1400 citations and references are registered. Member of the Steering Committee of the IGU Commission on “The Dynamics of Economic Spaces”, editor-in-chief of the international scientific journal Folia Geographica, member of the editorial boards of several international scientific journals. Holder of several awards – in 2018 he was awarded honorary membership of the Polish Geographical Society. Until 2019 he was a professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences of the University of Prešov, where he also held several managerial positions – dean (2015-2019), rector (2007-2015), vice-dean (2000-2007). He has supervised 9 PhD students. He was the principal investigator of 6 domestic and 3 international research grant projects. He worked as an extraordinary and visiting professor at foreign universities in Poland and France – Uniwersytet Rzeszowski (2005-2007, 2008-2018), Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (2006). He was Vice-Chairman of the Cultural and Educational Grants Agency KEGA (2016-2019), Vice-Chairman of the KEGA Commission no. 3 for content integration and diversification of higher education studies (2016-2019), Vice President of ACEU – Alliance of Central-Eastern European Universities (2011-2016), President of the Slovak Geographical Society at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2006-2014), member of the evaluation commission of the programme “Supporting Individuality” of the Intenda Foundation (2009-2014), Member of the Working Group for Physics and Earth Sciences of the Accreditation Commission – Advisory Body of the Slovak Government (2003-2011), Member of the VEGA Commission for Earth and Space Sciences (2005-2008) and Member of the Scientific Councils of Universities and Faculties in Slovakia, Czechia and Poland. He graduated from the Leadership in Higher Education: A Senior Executive Programme at the Oxford Academy for Education and Development (2013). He graduated from the Faculty of Science of Comenius University in Bratislava (1990 – RNDr./MSc.) and Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź, Poland (1997- PhD.).

Members of the Executive Board

Prof. RNDr. František Kačík, DrSc.
A chemist with a pedagogical and research focus on wood chemistry, thermal modification, and fire protection of lignocellulosic materials. He works as the member of the Executive Board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in Bratislava and professor at the Technical University in Zvolen, where he also held several managerial positions.
Vice dean (1991-1995), head of the department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies (1997-2010), he was a member of several scientific boards in the Slovak Republic, he is currently a member of the scientific board of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, where he worked as a professor (2016-2020). He has supervised 13 PhD students. He was the principal investigator and investigator of several domestic and international research grant projects (APVV, VEGA, KEGA, EVA 4.0, Centre of excellence, etc.). He was a member of the Grant Agency for Technics – Commission for Petrochemical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (1995-1998), the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences VEGA – Commission for Chemical and Chemical Technological Sciences (2002-2005) and the Slovak Research and Development Agency APVV – Working group 3 – Construction, transport and communications, wood, water management sciences, chemical engineering (2011-2014). He was a member of working groups No. 10 Ecology and Ecology and Environmental Sciences (2010-2019) and No. 23 Security services (2013-2019) of the Accreditation Commission – Advisory Body of the Slovak Government. Author and co-author of 115 publications on the Web of Science Core Collection, for which more than 1400 WoS citations are recorded, H-index = 21. He is member of the editorial boards of several international scientific journals. He graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice (1982), inaugurated at the Technical University in Zvolen (2000) and obtained the scientific rank of DrSc. at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (2021).
Ing. Viliam Kupec, PhD., MBA
Member of the Accreditation Commission of the Slovak Republic and member of the executive board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education. He works as a senior manager of TAX - AUDIT Slovensko, spol. Ltd.,
Education and qualifications
• University of Economics in Bratislava, major: finance, engineering studies, completed in 1978
• Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra, department: sectoral and cross-sectional economies, doctoral studies, completed in 2004
• MBA (Master of Business Administration) study since 2014 at LIGS University, field: strategic management, completed in 2015

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION:
• 1992 – tax advisor exams, certificate number 59/92
• 1993 – expert in the field of Economics and Management, branch: Accounting and taxation
• 1994 – audit exams, SKAU license number 395
• 2002 – certified expert accountant
• 2005 – exam in international financial reporting IAS/IFRS

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
• Slovak Chamber of Tax Advisors – since 1992
• Slovak Chamber of Auditors – since 1994
• Slovak Chamber of Certified Accountants – since 2002
• Slovak Chamber of Experts – since 2003

ADDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP:
• Vice President for Economics of the Slovak Chamber of Auditors in Bratislava from 2000 to 2008
• Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Office for Supervision of Audit Performance in Bratislava from 2008 to 2012
• member of the Accreditation Commission of the Slovak Republic since 2014
• member of the executive board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education since 2019

Work experience

• EKOPRAKTIK, spol. s r.o., Trnava – manager, partner, since 1994 – present
provision of audit and expert services, economic consulting and bookkeeping, management of the auditors’ team, company management, responsible for the complex management of the audit company, including project management of the teams performing the audit
• TAX – AUDIT Slovensko, spol. s r.o., Trnava – partner, senior manager, since 1997 – present
provision of audit services, economic and tax consultancy, responsible for complex management of the audit company, including management of audit teams for public and private sector clients

Prof. JUDr. Ivan Šimovček, CSc.
A lawyer with a pedagogical and research focus on criminal law, criminology and criminology. He works as a member of the executive board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in Bratislava and a university teacher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trnava in Trnava.
Author and co-author of 232 outputs of creative activity, for which 504 citations and responses are recorded. Member of the National Selection Committee of the CEEPUS program in the field of social sciences (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies) since July 2015. Member of the Board of the Agency for Research and Development Support for Social Sciences since 2015. He was a member of the Accreditation Commission, an advisory body of the Slovak government (2016 – 2019). ). Head of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Faculty of Law of the University of Trnava (2000-2019), vice-dean for faculty development and foreign relations (2000-2007), vice-rector for scientific research and artistic activity and the University of Trnava in Trnava (2007-2011). Until 2019, a member of several scientific councils of universities and faculties in Slovakia. He participated in 34 habilitation proceedings or inaugural proceedings and two proceedings for the award of the scientific rank of DrSc. He educated 30 doctoral students. He was the lead investigator and co-investigator of nineteen research projects (VEGA and APVV). Member of the editorial board of the journal Forum iuris europeum (FIE), member of the editorial board of the international internet scientific journal Societas et iuriprudentia (SEI). He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Comenius University in Bratislava (1983 -JUDr.) and the Higher School od National Security Corps in Prague (1987- CSc.)

Prof. Július Horváth, Ph.D.
He is a member of the Executive Board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in Bratislava. He is a graduate of Vysoká škola ekonomická, and Southern Illinois University.
He is the former Department Head at Central European University (CEU), Department of Economics and Business, and the former Acting Dean of CEU Business School, and the former Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies. He is full Professor at CEU from 2005 and Hungarian University Professor, Egyetemi Tanár, from 2009. He is a member of Academia Europea from 2016. He is also member of the Council of the European Society of History of Economic Thought. He supervised eleven doctoral students. His main interest lies in international economic policy issues, political economy of monetary relations, and history of economic thought. He has published in journals as Journal of Comparative Economics, History of Economic Ideas, History of Economic Thought and Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Applied Economics, Economic Systems, Journal of Economic Development, Journal of Economic Integration, Nationalities Papers. He has also published book chapters at publishing houses as Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, Palgrave MacMillan, Edgar Elgar, Kluwer Academic, Duncker and Humblot, and others. He was a Member of the Slovak and Czech Accreditation Committees, and the Chair of the Slovak Economic Association. In 2020 he published Introduction to the History of Economic Thought in Central Europe, by Palgrave Macmillan, and in 2022 he published History of Slovak Economic Thought by Routledge.
Prof. PaedDr. Vladimír Patráš, CSc.
Linguist, university professor of general linguistics, university teacher, co-founder and member of the Banská Bystrica Sociolinguistic School.
In scientific research, teaching and publishing activities at home and abroad, he pays attention to the issue of human communication through the lens of general linguistics, comparative, systemic and applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmalinguistics, communication theory, mediology and axiology. The supporting and permanent sphere of interest is formed by interdisciplinary research into understanding in society with a focus on natural language: the area of ​​the spoken (oral) form of the language and colloquial Slovak, communication in interest and professional micro-communities, in the media and political communication sphere and in the electronic environment. It focuses on the language, style and stylistics of the text, on modern rhetoric, language contacts and the culture of expression, on managerial and pedagogical communication, Slovak as a foreign language and on the linguistic-communicative nature and socio-cultural mission of information and communication technologies.
He lectures at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica (his home workplace since 1985), at the faculties of universities in Košice, Trnava, Karvina, Olomouc and Prague. It cultivates and maintains professional contacts with several scientific schools and academic institutions and presents its scientific research results in the form of conference papers and publications at domestic and foreign scientific events (Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Russia, Serbia). During his teaching career, he supervised 130 graduates (of which 5 abroad) and within the professor’s school he supervised 12 successful doctoral students.
Author and/or co-author of 7 book publications, 17 textbooks and exercise books of Slovak for elementary schools, author of 110 scientific studies, 120 professional articles, 28 reviews, 200 expertises and opinions, compiler, or co-author of 38 scientific, professional and artistic publications. Active participant in 96 domestic and international scientific events. Head of the organizational team and co-organizer of 16 international scientific conferences (of which 5 in foreign co-partnership). Responsible researcher and co-researcher of 12 scientific projects. Creator and/or co-author of 8 university study programs. In the database of responses to his scientific research and publication activity, there are 560 identified citation units and responses, of which 170 are abroad.
Memberships in professional societies (selection): international editorial board of the linguistic journal Glottotheory – Akademie Verlag – De Gruyter Berlin, Germany; editorial board of the linguistic periodical Jazykovedný časopis – Jazykovedný ústav Ľ. Štúr SAV in Bratislava (since 1998); Commission for Sociolinguistics accredited to the International Committee of Slavists – Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (since 2010); Accreditation Commission, advisory body of the Government of the Slovak Republic – Government of the Slovak Republic (2014 – 2019; in the years 2018 – 2019 vice-chairman); Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education – member of the executive SAAVŠ in Bratislava: 2019 – 2021 (1st period), 2021 – 2026 (2nd period).
From publishing activities: author of book publications Interdisciplinary cooperation (Banská Bystrica 2002); Sociolinguistic Aspects of Electronically Determined Communication (Karviná 2009); Rapid reading and thought processing of the text (Banská Bystrica 2011); Theoretical and Applicative Insights into the Dynamics of Spoken Communication / Dynamics of spoken communication in theoretical and application insights (Banská Bystrica 2016); co-author of book publications Language – communication – society (Banská Bystrica 1997); Language in the communication of selected social environments (Banská Bystrica 1999); Language, media, politics (Ed. S. Čmejrková – J. Hoffmannová; Prague 2003); Manipulation-communication and persuasive-communication concepts and others.
Acknowledgments of results and awards (selection): 1985 Prize of the Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic for excellent results in studies at university; 1993 Laureate of Chalupka Brezno ’93 for extraordinary artistic performance; 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009 UMB Rector’s Award in the field of science and research; 2000 Great UMB Gold Medal and others; 2013 nomination for XV. the international congress of Slavists in Minsk (Belarus) and active participation in the event; 2018 nomination for XVI. international congress of Slavists in Belgrade (Serbia) and active participation in the event and others.
Prof. MUDr. Iveta Šimková, CSc., FESC, FACC
Doctor and university professor in the field of internal medicine with a focus on cardiovascular medicine.
She has been a member of the executive board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in Bratislava since its inception, and at the Clinic of Cardiology and Angiology of the Faculty of Medicine of the Slovak Health University and the National Institute of Heart and Vascular Diseases in Bratislava as a primary care physician.
Bálint Lovász
Former chairman of the Student Council for Higher Education (2016-2019), member of the Executive Board of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education. He is the co-creator and, on behalf of the SAAVŠ executive board, the coordinator of the “Quarter to Quality Education” project, the largest survey to date on the perception of the quality of higher education institutions among university students in Slovakia.
In 2019, under his leadership, ŠRVŠ received the Erasmus + KA2 “QA Student experts” project, within which he participated both professionally and managerially in the training of student experts on the quality of higher education institutions in Slovakia. He gained experience in the field of quality assurance as an active participant in international conferences, in 2019-2020 he completed trainer´s training in Brussels with experts from ENQA, EQAR, NVAO, ECA, and ESU and short-term stays in agencies and quality departments of universities in Romania, Ireland, and Great Britain. He himself was the organizer of international student trainings between 2018-2022 and the first quality assurance summer school in Slovakia in 2019. He was a member of the working group of the Minister of Education for the National Program for the Development of Education and Training (2016-2017) and a member of the working group for the creation of the law on quality assurance of higher education. Former member of the Council for Education and Training at Higher education council, member of the interdepartmental working group for youth, and the working group for EU youth dialogue. He was a student representative in temporary working groups of the Accreditation Commission, an advisory body of the Slovak government (2015-2018). He was a member of the university’s and faculty’s academic senate and a member of the university’s disciplinary committee. He briefly worked in the communications department of the Ministry of the Environment. He completed an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels. He is still actively engaged in teaching.
He is the recipient of the Harmónia award, the plaque of the “Honorable Civic Order in Slovakia”, laureate of Talents of New Europe of the CEF Foundation, he was included in the list of young artistic talents EMCY Prize winners. Holder of the plaque St. Gorazda, awards of the Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic.
He studied performing arts and theater management and received a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Music and Dance of the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava.