As always, the IMC Alumni Awards ceremony was one of the weekend’s highlights.
IMC Krems Rector Prof. Eva Werner was joined by CEO Dr. Karl Ennsfellner, Vice Rector Dr. Harald Hundsberger and Deputy Head of the International Department Dr. Maximilian Schachner to present four awards to former students in recognition of outstanding professional or academic careers, or service to IMC Krems.
The 2018 Alumni Awards
This year, the IMC Alumni Awards were presented in honour of graduates’ outstanding achievements for the fifth time. The awards were divided into three categories and the ceremony served as a curtain raiser for the Campus Ball. The awards are intended to acknowledge and spotlight remarkable professional accomplishments or exceptional commitment, as well as emphasising the important role that the winners play as stakeholders of the university.
Winner in the Achievements in academic careers category
- Tamara Zmölnig
Tamara is a graduate of the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology degree programme. She won a place on Sandoz’s Talent Excellence trainee programme, which attracted over 1,000 applications. This is a global programme which gives participants the opportunity to take part in a range of different projects, including ones they manage themselves, at various Sandoz locations worldwide. She is currently a career planning mentor for students in the Department of Life Sciences, and works closely with Head of Institute Dr. Harald Hundsberger.
Winners in the Outstanding service to IMC Krems category
- Christoph Gschier
After studying at IMC Krems, Christoph joined NetHotels , where he was responsible for international development, before becoming managing director at the Raurisertal regional tourist board in 2002. He moved to Costa Rica for two years in autumn 2005, where he provided marketing consulting services for companies with international customers and spent 12 months managing a four-star hotel on the South Pacific coast. After returning to Austria, Christoph and his business partner Jakob Hager founded IXSOL innovative solutions gmbh in July 2007. He founded the IMC Alumni Network in 2001, and created the first alumni website. He has maintained close ties with IMC Krems and provided the university with valuable input ever since.
- Thomas Tuschek
Thomas is a Tourism and Leisure Management graduate. In 2014 he moved to London, where he set up his own project management and consulting company. Prior to this he had forged an international career working for marketing agencies in Chicago, Berlin, San Francisco and London. He manages the London IMC Alumni Chapter with great enthusiasm and dedication.
Winner in the Achievements in professional careers category
- Julia Flunger-Schulz
Julia studied Tourism and Leisure Management at IMC Krems under the old Diplomstudium system. Her career has taken her to organisations including WIFI, Swarovski, the Albertina, Belvedere Palace, Grafenegg Kulturbetriebsges.m.b.H. and now Kunstmeile Krems Betriebsges.m.b.H., where she has been CEO since 2017. Her wide-ranging experience helped her to fight off the 59 other applicants for the job.
Extensive global network
The university’s voluntary IMC Alumni Ambassadors play an invaluable role in bringing together former IMC Krems students all over the world. In recent years, the university has been steadily driving forward the expansion of the international alumni network in order to help build closer ties between graduates based abroad. There are now over 20 highly dedicated IMC Alumni Ambassadors, in cities including Sydney, Shanghai, Chicago, Dublin, London, Moscow and Frankfurt, who organise regular informal get-togethers where alumni can network and socialise. As well as bringing graduates closer together, the resulting IMC Krems Hubs also provide new alumni and current students with valuable support.