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Innovation Lab I: kickoff with regional companies

27 students – 16 nations – 7 companies from the region: it all adds up to a recipe for success. Now for the second time the Innovation Lab I project seminar brings together the theoretical knowledge of a young generation of students with the concrete challenges of practice, for the development of innovative solutions to practical problems.

The Master’s degree programme in Information Systems, with specializations in Business Process Management and Data Science, is organised under the auspices of the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management. It was developed in close cooperation with regional and international partners from industry and administration. Students particularly learn how to apply scientific methods and theories to the resolution of practical problems.

This linkage of theory and practice is realised in exemplary style by the Innovation Lab I project seminar, being held this semester for the second time. This time six companies are taking part – among them, ALPLA, Gebrüder Weiss, Ivoclar Vivadent, SoftwareONE and Wolford, as well as the Liechtenstein National Museum. Coordinator of the module is Dr Alexander Simons, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Systems.

Students from all over the world

A total of 27 students from 16 nations (including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Greece, Portugal, Russia, and Serbia) will tackle innovative challenges during the seminar and present their results to the project partners at the University of Liechtenstein. The partner companies stand to benefit in particular from the innovative ideas and methodological skills of the students. 

Practical network right from the start

At the kickoff event on 29 September, the students introduced themselves to the companies in small groups, and the companies presented their practical projects. The aperitif party that followed gave all participants the opportunity of getting to know each other better and exchanging views on the project ideas.   

This practically relevant form of education is valued by industry – as may be seen from the great demand for these graduates on the employment market. ‘Most of the students get in touch with companies before completion of their Master’s project, and then get their foot on the first rung of the career ladder in the region,’ said a satisfied Dr Bernd Schenk, Deputy Head of the Institute of Information Systems.