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Banking Award

Sparkasse Kufstein in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol (FH Kufstein Tirol) provides the Banking Award. The prize is geared toward students of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein who are writing their bachelor and/or master’s thesis in the area of Banking & Finance.



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Submission & requirements

Your bachelor and/or master’s thesis was submitted no later than September 30, 2023 for examination and was evaluated with the grade of Excellent or Good.

The topics covered have a connection to Banking & Finance in the broadest sense.

Possible topic areas:

  • Recent developments in banking including marketing, client communication, personnel management, sales, or also digital transformation
  • SME financing including the rise of modern financing instruments
  • (Credit) risk management for credit institutes and companies
  • Money and capital market (instruments) including commodities and currencies
  • Management accounting for SMEs
  • Family-owned companies (such as corporate succession, digital transformation, internationalization, etc.)

Other topic areas can also be submitted that are demonstrably related to Banking & Finance (including a justification before submission). The experts on the jury decide whether this condition is met.

Submission deadline: 09/30/2023


Finance Award 2023

Prize money

The prize money is distributed to two categories of bachelor and master’s theses.

Bachelor's theses

  • 1st place: EUR 400.00
  • 2nd place: EUR 300.00
  • 3rd place: EUR 100.00

Master's theses

  • 1st place: EUR 600.00 
  • 2nd place: EUR 400.00
  • 3rd place: EUR 200.00 

Required documents

Please submit all documents by e-mail as PDF files. Please note that only applications with complete documents can be considered for further evaluation:

  • Copy of bachelor or master’s thesis
  • Resume and portrait photo of applying student
  • Short summary of thesis – please use the following template for this:

(in German)

Contact information:

Assessment & jury

All submissions are evaluated by an expert jury. The group of experts is selected in such a way that both the practical and scientific claims of the submissions can be thoroughly checked and assessed. The jury consists of two members of FH Kufstein Tirol and Sparkasse Kufstein respectively.

Foto Kristina Kampfer

Prof. (FH) Dr. Kristina Kampfer
Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol - University of Applied Sciences 
Vice Director of Studies Business Management

Foto Mario Situm

Prof. (FH) Dr. Dr. Mario Situm, MBA
Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol - University of Applied Sciences
Director of Studies Bachelor Business Management, Master Corporate Restructuring, Master Corporate Transformation Management

Foto Dir. Klaus Felderer

Dir. Klaus Felderer
Sparkasse Kufstein
Director of the Board

  • Curriculum vitae
Foto Hannes Widmann

Mag. (FH) Hannes Widmann, MSc.
Sparkasse Kufstein
Head of Marketing and Human Resources Development

Further information

Foto Dir. Mag. Reinhard Waltl

Dir. Mag. Reinhard Waltl
Sparkasse Kufstein
Director of the Board

Confirmation of participation & certificate

All participants receive a confirmation of participation. 

Students who win one of the first three places also receive a certificate of participation that shows the place that they achieved.

Looking back

1st Banking Award awarded

Students at FH Kufstein Tirol had until the end of October 2022 to turn in their bachelor and master’s theses for evaluation that were assessed with a grade of Excellent or Good and submitted them for the 1st Banking Award from Sparkasse Kufstein. The expert jury consisting of representatives from Sparkasse Kufstein and FH Kufstein Tirol evaluated the theses by the following criteria:

  • Science 
    Scientific quality of the academic paper and the contribution to further development of the scientific research field
  • Business 
    Business relevance of the topic and elaboration of the practical implications
  • Innovation 
    Novelty of the results and innovation of the implementation

The award ceremony for the 1st Banking Award took place on November 21, 2022 at Sparkasse Kufstein, and the first three award winners were able to be honored.

Image: Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich, Prok. Mag. (FH) Hannes Widmann MSc., Prof. (FH) Dr. Kristina Kampfer, the award winners Kofi Oyoko Mensah, Sabrina Kaiser, Stephan Mair, Tanja Buchauer with Managing Board Director Mag. Reinhard Waltl and Director of Studies Prof. (FH) DDr. Mario Situm. 

1st place: Sabrina Kaiser

Digital central bank money – influence of the price of crypto currencies on interest in CBDC
Degree program: International Business Studies

2nd place: Christoph Oberhuber 

Portfolio management and investments from the risk perspective for private investors
Degree program: Business Management

3rd place: Anna Eisenbichler 

User satisfaction with sustainable buildings
Degree program: Facility & Real Estate Management


1st place: Buchauer, Tanja

Successful corporate succession in family-owned companies by using an interim manager
Degree program: Corporate Restructuring

2nd place: Mensah, Kofi Oyoko

Testing the impact of macroeconomic variables on the Ghana stock exchange: A Granger causality approach
Degree program: International Business Studies

3rd place: Stephan Mair

Risk appetite and risk culture in the Austrian real estate industry
Degree program: Corporate Restructuring



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Prof. (FH) DDr. Mario Situm, MBA
Director of Studies Business Management
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