Dietmar Sternad, Professor of International Management and Program Director of the International Business Management Master’s Program at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is the first management professor ever to win the Austrian State Prize for Teaching Excellence “Ars docendi”. Austrian Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy, Reinhold Mitterlehner, awarded the State Prize for Professor Sternad’s innovative challenge-based teaching concept in which a wide variety of student-centered methods are combined to create an engaging integrated learning experience.
Florian Buchner, Professor of Health Economics at CUAS School of Health and Social Sciences received the State Prize in the category “Medicine and Health Sciences” for his teaching concepts “OECD conference” (a research-based learning approach) and “Noricum”, a comprehensive healthcare system simulation.
Two further nominations on the shortlist completed the success of CUAS faculty at the prestigious state awards: Olivia Kada (Healthcare Management) was nominated for her competence-oriented methods courses and Wolfgang Werth (Program Director for Systems Engineering and Systems Design) for his innovative “Project Year” concept.
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences also received international recognition in the production of teaching materials. In this year’s case writing competition of oikos, an international organization promoting the integration of sustainability issues in research and teaching at faculties of management and economics, Professor Dietmar Sternad won the first prize in the Corporate Sustainability Track with his case study “Organic Growth at Sonnentor”, ahead of entries from Università Bocconi, INSEAD and Essec Business School. It has already been the fifth prize in international teaching materials competitions for Dietmar Sternad within four years after winning the Emerald/CEEMAN case writing competition in 2010 and the second place in 2011 (together with Katri Kerem from Estonian Business school), the first prize in the Academy of Management Video Case Competition (2012, together with a team of colleagues and students from the CUAS School of Management) and a recent prize at the 2014 John Molson Case Writing Competition.