Int. Summer School meets Swarovski

The participants of the UNO Summer School together with Rector Tilmann Märk, the teacher of the UNO International Management course Alexander Plaikner and Programme Manager of the Swarovski Waterschool, Simon Kolb. ⁠

Summer School_ Swarowski

The week started with a presentation from Simon Kolb, Program Manager of the Swarovski Waterschool, where he explained the function and benefits of a sustainable and socially responsible initiative from an international company. The following day, about 48 students had the opportunity to visit the most popular tourist attraction in Austria after Schönbrunn Palace - the Swarovski Crystal Worlds - to gain a first-hand experience of the company.
The highlight for the students was on day three when they were given an exclusive insight into Manufaktur, Swarovski's new creative workshop. During the visit, the students had the opportunity to talk to Swarovski employees from different departments like Trade Marketing or Sustainability, but also to employees from the Swarovski Foundation and Swarovski Waterschool. 
"For our students, this visit offered a unique insight into the international world of a leading global brand," says Alexander Plaikner, who teaches the UNO International Management course. For him, the exchange with the Swarovski Waterschool represents a sustainable cooperation from which the students can benefit greatly. "A teaching partnership or the practical transfer in university teaching is always measured by the added value that such an exchange offers to the companies and, above all, to the students. In our specific case, we succeeded in creating added value for both sides," says Plaikner.
credit: UIBK Newsroom 09.08.2022
Congratulations to Mag. Christian Stenico for receiving the Nick Müller Fellowship from the City of Innsbruck and Tyrol.


from right to left: City Coucillor Mag.a Ursula Schwarzl, Fellowship recipiant Mag. Christian Stenico and Friendship Treaty Coordinator Dr Gerhard Rampl 


As part of his doctoral thesis in the field of literature and cultural studies with a focus on American Studies and
media, Christian Stenico received this year's Nick Müller Fellowship. The scholarship, which is provided by the state of Tyrol and
the city of Innsbruck, is awarded annually as a research grant for a year-long study visit at the University of New Orleans to complete a master's or doctoral thesis.

It is named after Gordon "Nick" Müller, who was significantly involved in the founding and development of the University Partnership UIBK-UNO. Christian Stenico is writing his dissertation entitled “Teller-Vision: Narrators in Recent American Television Series” with Prof. Christian Quendler at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Innsbruck. In New Orleans he works closely with the historian and head of the Center Austria, Dr Günter Bischof.

The scholarship is usually awarded during the opening ceremony of the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. Unfortunately, due to the travel restrictions caused by Covid-19, this could not take place in the last two years. City councillor Mag.a Ursula Schwarzl, therefore, presented the award certificate this year in the course of an informal handover in the Innsbruck town hall.

 The Center New Orleans congratulates Christian Stenico and looks forward to further good cooperation between the
partnership offices

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