Testimonial from Aarhus University

Read about the university's experiences with using JTI

Linda Greve - Aarhus University

Aarhus University uses Jungian Type index for the education of students in our courses in entrepreneurship and innovation and we use it on all four faculty’s and thus for students of medicine, humanities, business and social sciences, engineering and science. Jungian Type Index is used because it gives our students an insight into their preferences and where they have their strengths and weaknesses in an entrepreneurial process. We also use JTI to provide students with a common language on preferences, collaboration and process work / group dynamics in combination with other literature. The students become more aware of where their strengths lie in a team setting, how to learn and what to leave to others in a group. They become better at working together and have insight into how diversity can be handled and finally they get a common language and make it more acceptable to talk about what is good and less good. We normally hold a workshop at the beginning of the semester, where we do exercises to suit the particular group of students. The first workshop is designed to help students to answer the question "Who am I?" - in the context of starting a driven process in which the basis of their own resources shall go from question mark to knowledge. Also they work with, "What can I do?" And "Who are the others?". In addition, we conduct a "Who we are" - workshop where the focusing on cooperation in the group using the Z-model and a variety of other customized exercises. The students benefit greatly from gaining insight into who they are and how they work alone and with others. They feel seen, heard and understood, and it is a good starting point to send them through a very personal and challenging process as our courses always are. A student wrote last year in her project that she now understood that when other people did something different than she would have done, perhaps it is more because they had other preferences than intentionally to annoy her. It is a simple but central insight of every human being. They like to work with the JTI and their personal type code. Some are skeptical, and they also have every right to be. So they get additional literature and we use it not as the truth about them as people, but as a tool to understand themselves and their own role in creating entrepreneurial opportunities. They use it much in projects and the JTI-booklet is curriculum.

Linda Greve, Aarhus University