Otago Polytechnic
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Johannes Kuhn

Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management

Johannes Kuhn was born and raised in Munich, Germany, a thriving city of 1.5 million people, which holds Oktoberfest each year. Johannes studied Media Management at the Media Design University for Applied Science in Munich, and leapt at the opportunity to come on exchange to Otago Polytechnic. 

“It was a very easy decision. I had only ever heard good things about New Zealand and the Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management at Otago Polytechnic offered the best fit for my existing studies.

“I wanted to challenge myself by going abroad, by getting in touch with a different culture, improving my English, getting new academic input and growing as a person.

“My time at Otago Polytechnic was a blast. I can’t really pinpoint the best thing. The study environment was great…there was a good combination of hands-on projects and academic research. And on the weekends I went out in Dunedin, made new friends, and travelled around New Zealand as much as possible. I got to see Queenstown, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua, Cape Reinga and Kaikoura, went on an amazing train trip, and saw seals and penguins in the wild.”

After graduating, Johannes returned home to Munich and started working at MegaZebra, a social and mobile game development company, founded in 2009. Johannes started as a marketing intern and worked his way up. He is now the Marketing and Business Intelligence Manager and Coordinator.

“I love my job. It is a very vibrant, young and dynamic environment that requires an entrepreneurial mindset. I get to work with people from all over the world and deal with a broad variety of topics including advertising, CRM, HR, strategic marketing, business development, product management etc.

“Besides my full-time job, I also recently completed a Master of Science in Marketing Management. It was stressful and challenging but I am very proud of my accomplishment.”