MCI Community Service

Projects for the common good

At MCI, we support and encourage our students' sense of social responsibility and voluntary commitment. As a long-standing signatory of UN PRME and co-founder of the PRME Chapter DACH, it is particularly important to us to prepare students for their professional lives as responsible managers and specialists with a pronounced understanding of values and a solid ethical basis.

In addition to other initiatives, we offer a range of opportunities to get involved with the community, which students can take advantage of both as part of their regular studies and through extracurricular activities.

MCI Community Projects

What opportunities do students have?

The MCI offers a range of opportunities to get involved in community activities and projects. These include:

  • Researching a relevant topic within the framework of the Bachelor's or Master's thesis
    Working on topics and questions for the direct benefit of non-profit organisations or other organisations working for the common good within the framework of the Bachelor's or Master's thesis.
  • Internship with a non-profit organization or other charitable organization.
    Students can complete their internship with a non-profit organization or other charitable organization.
  • Voluntary work (with credits)
    Voluntary involvement in associations or networks that serve the common good can be a decisive advantage in the job application process. MCI students can have at least 20 hours of volunteer work (unpaid work in which they help a charity or nonprofit organization) credited as an elective subject in the badge "Responsible Management".

 

Why Community Service?

Through their involvement in projects and activities for the common good, students have the opportunity to:

  • transfer and apply the knowledge acquired in class to specific work situations, and to acquire additional skills in the process
  • learn more about their community
  • connect with a meaningful network of people and organizations
  • develop their communication, team and leadership skills
  • gain work experience & develop a career advantage
  • give something back to the community.

Social Entrepreneurship

As the "Entrepreneurial School", the MCI also supports entrepreneurial activities of our students which aim to find innovative, sustainable and pragmatic solutions to social problems or to create social advantages by means of innovative services or products. We work together with relevant organizations to motivate aspiring social entrepreneurs and to provide them with the necessary knowledge to excel.

 

Supporting organizations & measures

SETup helps people to solve social problems in an entrepreneurial way.

The Social Impact Award supports prospective social entrepreneurs in the development and implementation of their innovative ideas.

The MCI Creativity Award selects and awards outstanding and innovative business ideas submitted by MCI students – why not pitch for a business idea that serves a good cause?

MCI Community Projects

MCI Community Projects are projects in which students from all MCI degree programs work for and with external partners from the non-profit/community sector on projects for the common good, e.g. in the following areas

  • society
  • environment
  • contribution to the SDGs
  • social entrepreneurship.


The projects are conducted as part of regular, curricular courses and students are guided and supported methodically and content-wise by the respective course supervisors.

As with other practice projects, the aim of community projects is to give students the opportunity to apply and further develop their knowledge and skills based on a concrete and practical question posed by a partner organisation - and thus make a contribution to society.

THE CHALLENGE
This project was aimed at developing a proof of concept for the realisation of a “House of Grains” in Mals (South Tyrol) with the purpose to re-invigorate the cultivation of grains in the Upper Venosta Valley by creating a space where visitors can experience and explore both the history and the future potential of grain farming in this region.

OUTCOMES
After an in-depth analysis, the students conducted expert interviews and then designed and organised a focus group workshop on site in Mals with representatives of key stakeholder groups. They then formulated the cornerstones of a marketing concept and concrete implementation recommendations. The project results were presented to the mayor and journalists from Vinschgau, and a continuation of the project is planned.

Partner Statement
Konrad Meßner, Project Manager, Kulturverein arcus raetiae
“The students were well prepared, professionally supported, and their very structured and enthusiastic approach has surprised us. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed.”

Strategy and concept development for the SOS Children’s Village Seminar House

THE CHALLENGE
The aim of this project was to develop a strategy for an SOS Children's Village seminar house dating from the 1970s. The seminar house is used for internal seminars of the SOS Children's Village headquarters and clearly bears the signs of its time of origin. In order to survive in the long term, new ideas and concepts are necessary.

OUTCOMES
The MCI students developed sustainable concepts and underpinned them with business plans as part of a "Entrepreneurship Case Studies" course. It was essential that the concepts fit the social character of the project partner SOS Children’s Village, but at the same time could have existed independently on the market. This task was excellently solved by the students, who developed a range of ideas and strategies, some of which have already been put into practice.

PARTNER STATEMENT
Dr. Christian Honold (SOS Childrens’ Village)
„An excellent project that has provided us with valuable input for our future planning. We have already implemented some ideas“.

Stop Bullying - School social work against bullying!

THE CHALLENGE
The aim of this project was to develop a fast, simple, intuitive and interactive tool for pupils to create awareness for bullying in the school context.

OUTCOMES
The student team developed creative and innovative methods for the prevention of bullying at schools and tested these in practice. Supported by the project supervisors and school social workers, the students designed an interactive workshop for pupils, which aims at developing awareness of mobbing dynamics in schools and at supporting pupils in developing problemsolving competences for this issue. The also tested the workshop and developed a corresponding website which is regularly used by schools.

Statement Patrick Haase
former student and now school social worker
“We are glad that ww.stopmobbing.at is regularly used by the SCHUSO - Schulsozialarbeit Tirol and that we can contribute our part to take preventive action against mobbing."

Projektitel

 
THE CHALLENGE
This project was aimed at developing a proof of concept for the realisation of a “House of Grains” in Mals (South Tyrol). The idea behind the “House of Grains” is to re-invigorate the cultivation of grains in the Upper Venosta Valley by creating a space where visitors can experience and explore both the history and the future potential of grain farming in this region.

OUTCOMES
After an in-depth literature analysis and Internet research on the topic, the team of students identified comparable benchmark projects in Austria within the framework of the situation analysis. The students conducted guided expert interviews with the responsible persons on selected topics (e.g. concept, financing, success factors), transcribed them and analysed them. On the basis of the analysis results, the students designed and organised a focus group workshop on site in Mals with representatives of key stakeholder groups. Taking into account the information gained from literature and empirical research, the project team formulated the cornerstones of a marketing concept (including stakeholder analysis, vision and mission, market segments, product-market combinations, brand positioning) and concrete implementation recommendations (action plan with regard to legal form, financing, success factors). The project results were presented to the mayor and journalists from Vinschgau (December 2018) at the end of the course "Project Management & Practice Project" at the MCI (July 2019) and during a press conference in the town hall of Mals. It is planned to continue the project in 2020 with a new team of students.

Fact Box
  • Study Program - Management & Law
  • Team - Maja Blaser, Maria Greil, Victoria Happ, Teresa Holzner, Julia Lechner, Barbara Oberhofer, Tanja Scheuer, Fabian Spies, Michelle Steiner, Daniel Walch, Egon Veit
  • Supervisor(s) - FH-Prof. Dr. Johannes Dickel (MCI), Konrad Meßner
  • Partner Organisation - Kulturverein arcus raetiae


PARTNER STATEMENT

“The students were well prepared, professionally supported, and their very structured and enthusiastic approach has surprised us … Their presentation in the town hall of Mals, in front of the mayor, various stakeholders, and the press, was the ultimate proof of their excellent work and their very professional presentation. The foundational work carried out by MCI makes it possible to continue the project “House of Grains”. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed.” - Konrad Meßner, Project Manager, Kulturverein arcus raetiae


Further Information


Project Presentation “House of Grains”

Strategy and concept development for a seminar house


THE CHALLENGE

The aim was to develop a strategy for a seminar house dating from the 1970s. The seminar house is located next to the headquarters of the SOS Children's Villages in Innsbruck and is mainly used for internal seminars of the SOS Children's Village headquarters. It still clearly bears the signature of its time of origin, even though some of the interior has already been modernised. In order to survive in the long term, new ideas and concepts are necessary.

OUTCOMES
The MCI students developed sustainable concepts and underpinned them with business plans as part of a "Entrepreneurship Case Studies" course. For the two supervisors, Dr. Christian Honold for SOS Children’s Village and Prof. Dr. Engl for MCI, it was particularly important that the concepts fit the social character of the sponsor and at the same time could have existed independently on the market. This was not an easy task, but one that was excellently solved by the students.
The ideas and strategies were presented to the partner organisation, who was thrilled to receive the many suggestions. The fact that some of the suggestions have already been put into practice speaks for the quality of the project.

Fact Box
  • Study Program - Master in Entrepreneurship & Tourism
  • Team - Anna-Lena Pfister, Alexander Van Stipelen, Beatrice Caprini, Benedikt de Wet, Tessa van Duuren
  • Supervisor(s) - Prof. Dr. Engl (MCI), Dr. Christian Honold (SOS Children’s Village)
  • Partner Organisation - SOS Children’s Village Hermann-Gmeiner-Akademie


PARTNER STATEMENT

“„An excellent project that has provided us with valuable input for our future planning. We have already implemented some ideas“ - Dr. Christian Honold (SOS Childrens’ Village)


Further Information

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Project Presentation

Stop Bullying - School social work against bullying!


THE CHALLENGE

The aim of this project was to develop a tool for the SCHUSO – School Social Work Tirol which is fast, simple, intuitive and interactively applicable for pupils when it comes to creating awareness for bullying in the school context.

OUTCOMES
In this three-semester project seminar "Stop Bullying - School Social Work Against Mobbing" of the MCI study program Social Work, the student team developed creative and innovative methods for the prevention of bullying at schools and tested these in practice. The student team, supported by the project supervisors and school social workers designed an interactive workshop for pupils, which aims at developing awareness of mobbing dynamics in schools and at supporting pupils in developing problem solving competences for this issue.

Pupils have the opportunity to use their smartphone as a resource and research tool, to reflect on the collected knowledge in small groups and thus become "experts" in this field themselves.
For the project team, the development of the workshop was a challenge that allowed them to grow, generate knowledge and gain practical experience.

Fact Box
  • Study Program - Social Work
  • Team - Patrick Haase, Stefan Müller, Sebastian Dörr, Anne Posbrig und Verena Prantl (Jahrgang 2014)
  • Supervisor(s) - Mag. (FH) Philipp Bechter, Mag.a (FH) Christina Steixner-Buisson
  • Partner Organisation - SCHUSO Tirol


PARTNER STATEMENT

“We are glad that ww.stopmobbing.at is regularly used by the SCHUSO - Schulsozialarbeit Tirol and that we can contribute our part to take preventive action against mobbing." - Patrick Haase (former student and now school social worker)


Further Information


This project was awarded the MYKI österreichischer Kinderschutzpreis (Austrian Award for child protection) in 2017.

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