FIU students are accustomed to having accomplished international professors in their classrooms. But in the case of Stanislav Jansta, clinical instructor in the College of Business’s School of Accounting, they have something more: an honorary consul.
In April of 2017, Jansta was notified that the Czech Republic had officially approved his appointment. And on May 11, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S. Hynek Kmonicek inducted him into the office of the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in South Florida.
Jansta’s position covers the southeast and southwest areas of the state. In this newly-opened office, Jansta becomes the 24th Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in the United States.
“The main reason was to give back to people in business in the Czech Republic who need an introduction to the United States,” he said. The role is diplomatic as well, he said, and involves establishing cultural exchanges across business, the arts and sciences.
Jansta hopes to enrich the university by fostering academic and student connections. At the same time, Jansta serves as a resource, becoming the go-to guy for Czechs in South Florida who run into problems, such as lost passports. “It’s like an extended hand from the embassy,” he said.
Jansta’s new position also reflects well on the university, said Ruth Ann Mc Ewen, director of the School of Accounting and senior associate dean of the college. “Stan’s activities support the mission of the college and the university: to foster global relationships. We are honored to have him on faculty,” she said.
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