A coffee with Tino Jung

Today, we want to introduce you to Tino Jung. Tino is 24 years old and spent the last two months as an intern at StGIS to support our marketing team and conduct research for his master thesis which is about the public value of our school. Tino is originally from the Palatinate region in southwest Germany. After graduating from high school, he completed a dual Bachelor’s degree in cooperation with BASF SE, a leading chemical company, through which he gained work experience in Germany and Costa Rica. He is currently doing a Master’s in Management at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and spent a semester abroad in Nice, France, last fall. His hobbies include playing football, running, reading, and playing the keyboard.

Tino, what are your impressions during your two-month master thesis/marketing internship at StGIS?
From the very first day of my internship, I have noticed not only a strong commitment from all members of the community to the school but also an openness to suggestions and new ideas that I try to bring to the table. Everyone was eager to support me in either creating content for our marketing or gaining insights for my research. In the past two months, I have had many exciting encounters with great people of the community and the village, which I definitely won’t forget.

Please give us some insights, into what the StGIS Public Value research study is about?
The guiding question of my research is ‘What makes StGIS valuable for the region?’. In other words, I want to find out in which areas the school contributes to the region, and where there is potential for improvement. To do so, I apply the public value approach of my professor Timo Meynhardt. Based on a customized questionnaire, I’ve interviewed 30 people from different stakeholder groups: media, politics, local businesses and clubs, neighbors, other schools in St. Gilgen, and people from StGIS itself. Mapping their answers, allows me to come up with an evaluation of the public value of StGIS. Finally, I want to derive recommendations for the school’s leadership team to foster its societal contributions in the long run.

Are there already initial perceptions about your study and when will the thesis be published?
In the coming weeks, I will start with a detailed evaluation of the interviews and do additional research in order to be able to present a comprehensive evaluation. The results will probably be published in late summer. According to my first impressions, the school revitalises the community of St. Gilgen and there is no one who would want to miss the school. However, I already have many ideas on how the school and the village can grow together even better. Stay tuned!

Do you have a life motto?
We should always make the best out of ourselves and help others to do the same!

What is your favorite place at StGIS and why?
My favorite place is the balcony of the teacher’s lounge where I spent most of the breaks with my colleagues, having tea, good conversations, and a great view of the lake.
What makes StGIS special for you?
The embeddedness of its international, open-minded community in its traditional, regional surroundings makes StGIS special for me. This interplay of internationality and regionality creates mutual benefits for the school as well as the community of St. Gilgen.

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