Alumni Meeting 2014

Gruppenfoto alumni 250x157 On Saturday, November 8, 2014, the UAS7 NY Office hosted its 4th annual Alumni Meeting at the German Consulate General in New York.

The UAS7 Alumni Network North America has been growing to more than 200 students over the last couple of years, most of whom previously studied at one of the UAS7 member universities through the Study and Internship Program (SIP).  
For this year’s meeting, UAS7 NY was delighted to welcome an interesting group of ten UAS7 Alumni most of whom are currently working as young professionals in the fields of business, engineering, and the sciences.

Along with the alumni group, UAS7 NY also welcomed a fantastic group of presenters from the US and Germany:  The first speaker, Mr. Tobias Eckart from Munich University of Applied Sciences, kicked off the presentations by discussing the ambiguous relationship between “German Angst and German Engineering”. Mr. Eckart’s cultural analysis was followed by Prof. Ingo Stadler’s presentation about Germany’s goal of achieving 100 percent reliance on renewable energy. Prof. Stadler, joined the alumni meeting from the Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, and specifically focused on the systemic challenges facing the German “Energiewende”. The third speaker, Mr. Andreas Heidenreich, is the Master Brewer from Paulaner Brewery in NYC. Mr. Heidenreich shared insights into the “Science and Practice of German Beer Brewing” where he not only explained the brewing processes, but also highlighted what’s involved in introducing a German beer onto the international market. Each of the presentations were followed by interesting discussions where all participants were able to share their own professional perspectives.

The day concluded with a tour and dinner at Paulaner Brewery in New York City’s East Village. All participants agreed that this meeting was a wonderful opportunity to meet old and new friends, and to reconnect to Germany.


Students from University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück in New York

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In the beginning of November 2014, 28 students from the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück visited New York City for one week.

During their trip which was initiated by their professors Prof. Dr. Rainer Strauß and Prof. Dr. Holger Sutschet, they visited the United Nations Headquarters, the German Mission to the UN, the German American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the UAS7 New York Office.

The students who major in the fields of Business Administration and Economic Law were previously researching about these organizations in class, and came to New York well prepared.

Claus Lange (Executive Director of UAS7), Britta Schumacher (Director of the UAS7 New York Office), and Gabrielle Swanka (Program Officer at DAAD New York) welcomed the students to the German House in New York City to talk about differences in Higher Education in the U.S. and Germany. Gabrielle Swanka highlighted DAAD’s work in North America, and presented various scholarship opportunities for German students to study in Canada or in the USA. Claus Lange discussed the goals and operations of the University Alliance UAS7 (which Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is a member of), and Britta Schumacher highlighted the role and responsibilities of the UAS7 office in New York as well as scholarship and studyabroad opportunities within the UAS7 network.

For more information also visit the UAS7 Blog!

© Picture: Fachhochschule Osnabrück

 


Focus: Smart Grid 2014 - UAS7 & GCRI

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On November 5th, 2014 the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York hosted a panel discussion under the title „Focus: Smart Grid 2014“.

The UAS7 New York Office co-sponsored the event, and was delighted to be able to invite Prof. Dr. Ingo Stadler who has been Professor for Renewable Energies and Energy Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne since 2006. 

Next to Prof. Stadler, the GCRI also welcomed Ms. Margarett Jolly on the panel. Ms. Jolly is Director of Research & Development at Consolidated Edison, a U.S. energy company based in New York City. The event was moderated by Mr. Jeremiah Miller who is a Senior Analyst at Smarter Grid Solutions in NY. After highlighting general viewpoints about the definition of “Smart Grid” as well as the current research state of “Smart Grid” in Germany and the U.S., the panelists discussed how new technologies could be applied to everyday life practices, and what effects this could have for consumers. 

The panelists also discussed how electricity grids might be able to become more resilient in the future. This is especially important with regard to natural disasters like the ones New Yorkers experienced with a series of hurricanes in 2011 and 2012. The panel discussion was followed by a reception which offered a great networking opportunity for the panelists as well as about 90 guests who were in attendance for the event.

For more information also visit the GCRI's website!

© Picture: Nathalie Schueller

 


UAS7 at Study Abroad Fairs

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The UAS7 NY Office participated in several Study Abroad Fairs held by our partner universities this fall.

In early September, Britta Schumacher (Director of UAS7 NY Office), visited several SUNY campuses and promoted the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP). Among the SUNY campuses she visited were Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College,

University at Albany, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Oneonta. All campuses are located in the greater New York area and are only a train ride away from New York City. Our NY Office was very satisfied with the outcome of the SUNY Fairs since we were able to represent UAS7 directly on campus and motivate almost 100 students to sign up for more information materials about the Study and Internship Program.

Further, Jan-Philipp Boelinger, the current intern at the UAS7 New York Office, attended the “International Opportunities Fair” at Drexel University on October, 23rd, 2014. Almost 500 interested students attended the event and many students signed up for more information regarding the UAS7 Study and Internship Program. Drexel students  were especially interested in the Internship Program (IP), and requested more information about the prospective to be able to work at a UAS7 university lab. Considering the great outcome of both fairs, at SUNY and at Drexel, the UAS7 NY Office is planning to attend similar events at our partner universities in the future.

 


German Academic International Network (GAIN)

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From September 5th – September 7th, 2014, the UAS7 New York Office participated in the Annual Meeting of GAIN (German Academic International Network).

This year's meeting took place in Boston, and gave almost 500 attendees (most of whom are academics, researchers, and scientists currently located in North America), an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the German

Higher Education System as well as German Industries. UAS7 was represented by Prof. Dr. Andreas Bertram (President of UAS Osnabrück), Jan Lukaßen (UAS Osnabrück), and Britta Schumacher (Director UAS7 New York Office) who were able to talk to over 100 participants about career opportunities at German Universities of Applied Sciences. In addition to the UAS7 info booth at the GAIN Talent Fair, Prof. Dr. Bertram was running a workshop with over 50 participants in which he presented and discussed career opportunities for academics within the UAS7 alliance. Both, the Talent Fair as well as the Workshop were very successful for UAS7, and indicated a high level of interest from young academics to pursue a career at German Universities of Applied Sciences.

For more information about the 14th GAIN annual meeting visit the GAIN website!


© Picture: Jan Lukaßen

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