UAS7 Alumni Meeting & Advent reception at the German Consulate New York

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The Advent reception of the General Consul Brita Wagener in New York offered a great opportunity for networking and transatlantic exchange on 9 December, 2015.

As in the previous years, this event brought about 60 friends and alumni of the university liaison offices, which are based in the German Consulate New York, together. We were happy to welcome seven UAS7 participants from the "Tri-State Area" (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania). Most of the UAS7 guests participated in the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP) in the last five years and still have fond memories of their studies or practical training at a UAS7 university in Germany. Three of the guests are students of the UAS7 member universities in Bremen, Hamburg and Münster and are currently studying or interning in the US. The respective transatlantic experiences of students and "young professionals" from various fields of studies and professions offered plenty to talk about. The reception hosted by General Consul Brita Wagener was again a great success and UAS7 is already looking forward to participating next year.


 

University-Industry Collaborations at center of UAS7 presidential visit to New York

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How can colleges and universities best collaborate with businesses and industries to serve the professional interests of their students? What can universities in Germany learn from their U.S. partners in this regard, and vice versa? These were some of the questions at the center of the UAS7-presidential delegation visit to New York from November 3 through November 6, 2015.

The delegation included the presidents of four UAS7 member universities: Michael Kortstock (Munich University of Applied Sciences), Ute von Lojewski (Münster University of Applied Sciences), Karin Luckey (Bremen City University of Applied Sciences), and UAS7 Chairman Bernd Reissert (Berlin School of Economics and Law).


On Tuesday, November 3, the group visited the University at Albany (SUNY) where they were welcomed by President Robert Jones and Harvey Charles (Vice Provost and Dean of International Education). The presidents also met with Sanjay Goel (Associate Professor in the Information Technology Management Department at the Albany School of Business) and James Stellar (Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost). In the afternoon, the delegation toured the SUNY Polytechnic Institute at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where they were accompanied by executive staff members Michael Fancher and Michael Liehr. Building on the earlier successes of the SUNY-UAS7 partnership (especially in the field of student exchanges), the partners discussed potential areas for new collaborations, including faculty and research exchanges as well as mutual grant proposals for international internship opportunities.

 

On the following day, November 4, the UAS7 delegation and the UAS7 New York office invited partners and friends to a workshop on University-Industry Collaborations at the German Consulate in New York City. The event was designed to serve as a transatlantic dialogue about challenges and best practices in the areas of industry partnerships and workforce development. Its goal was to determine strategies for future collaborations on these issues. The UAS7 delegation was proud to host representatives from its partner universities Drexel University, University of Pittsburgh, University at Albany (SUNY), Binghamton University (SUNY), as well as befriended institutions such as the City University of New York, the German American Chamber of Commerce New York, the German Center for Research and Innovation New York and the German Embassy in Washington DC.

 

The topic of University Industry Collaborations stayed in the spotlight on November 5, when the UAS7 delegation attended the 18th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, which was co-organized by the Institute of International Education and DAAD New York. UAS7 organized a panel discussion on “Industry Academia Collaborations in Germany and in the US – Challenges and Best Practices for international partnership”. The panelists Kristine Lalley (University of Pittsburgh), Karl Siebold (UAS7/Munich University of Applied Sciences), and Bernd Reissert (UAS7/Berlin School of Economic and Law) presented best practices, and common challenges for international industry partnerships and students exchanges. The conference also allowed the UAS7 delegation to meet many new colleagues and potential partners in the field of international engineering education.

 

The last day of the visit, November 6, brought the UAS7 presidents to Stony Brook University (SUNY) on Long Island, where the delegation was welcomed and accompanied by Wolf Schäfer (Interim Dean of International Academic Programs and Services) and Yoomni Noh (Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives). After meetings with David O. Conover (Vice President for Research) as well as Dennis Assanis (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs), the delegation met with Yacov Shamash (Vice President for Economic Development) as well as several staff and faculty members from the Center of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWIT) to discuss industry’s role in academic scientific research. After a tour of CEWIT’s laboratories, the visit concluded with a tour of select research laboratories at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

 

The visit showed that the subject of university-industry collaborations is growing in importance among U.S. higher education administrators. UAS7 intends on continuing to play an active role in these discussions, and to offer its own best practices as a model to its U.S. partners. The delegation visit was an important, and successful, step in the direction of developing a lasting transatlantic exchange on these issues.


 

UAS7 participates in the Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education

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UAS7 will participate in the Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education given the title "Building Strategic International Partnerships" November 5-6, 2015 in New York.

It is hosted by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). UAS7 representatives will participate in the panel "Industry-Academic Collaborations in Germany and in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities for Strategic International Partnerships".


For more information about the 18th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education please visit the IIE website.


UAS7 participates in the Career Booster Germany Event

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On October 23, 2015 UAS7 will participate in an information day on study and career opportunities in Germany for pupils and students at schools and universities in the tri-state-area.

It will be held at the Goethe-Institut New York, presenting study opportunities in Germany, scholarships, internships, exchange programs, career and research opportunities. At numerous booths and mini-workshops representatives of German universities and international scientific, exchanges and funding organizations will answer questions about studying and working in Germany. In a panel discussion entrepreneurs, educational experts and scientists will report about the importance of German(y) in your career. A "musical reception" will complete the information day.


Please click here for more information about the event. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth and workshop!

 


 

UAS7 participates in the 2nd Higher Education Virtual Fair

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On October 9, 2015 UAS7 will participate in another Virtual Study Abroad Fair hosted by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in order to promote the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP).

UAS7 will be represented by its UAS7 Berlin and New York offices as well as by International Offices of some UAS7 member universities. The UAS7 team will give a presentation in the auditorium and will be available for a chat with interested students from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT to present the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP), UAS7 Summer Schools as well as Bachelor and Master opportunities within the UAS7 alliance.

Please click here for more information about the registration and the participating universities. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth!

 


In September the UAS7 NY Office will participate in several Study Abroad Fairs

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This fall, Dr. Britta Schumacher (Director of UAS7 NY Office), is going to visit several partner universities in order to promote the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP).

Among them are the SUNY campuses Binghamton University (Sept. 9th 2015), the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse (Sept. 11th 2015) and Albany (Sept. 30th 2015).

For more information about the UAS7 programs, see our website.


 UAS7 participates in the Annual GAIN Meeting

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UAS7 will participate in the Annual Meeting of GAIN (German Academic International Network) August 28-30, 2015 in San Francisco.

Almost 400 attendees (most of whom are German academics, researchers, and scientists currently located in the U.S. and Canada) are expected to visit this year's meeting. UAS7 will be present in its info booth at the Talent Fair as well as with a workshop run by the Vice President of the University of Applied Sciences Munich.

 

For more information about the 15th GAIN Annual Meeting please visit the GAIN website.


 UAS7 participates in the NAFSA Conference & Expo

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UAS7 will participate in the exhibition of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) for the seventh time.

This year the NAFSA is held from May 24 to 29 May in Boston (Massachusetts) and provides about 10,000 participants from 89 countries a platform for networking and professional exchange.

As in previous years, UAS7 will invite its partners to a Partner's Luncheon, this year taking place on the "Provincetown II" boat in Boston Harbor. Prof. Bernd Reissert (chairman of UAS7 and president of the Berlin School of Economics and Law) will be happy to welcome the approximately 100 invited guests. Besides the colleagues from the International Offices of the member universities, both representatives of the four North American UAS7 partner institutions, as well as guests from worldwide bilateral partner institutions are expected to join the luncheon.


Find out more: NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo


UAS7 participates in Virtual Study Abroad Fair

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On February 25, 2015 UAS7 participated in a Virtual Study Abroad Fair hosted by Collegeweeklive, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the U.S. Department of State.

As part of the IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, the fair was launched as a pilot project to promote study abroad and internship opportunities for American students. UAS7 was represented by its UAS7 Berlin and New York

offices as well as by International Offices of some UAS7 member universities. The UAS7 team was available to chat with interested students from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and answered questions about the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP+), UAS7 Summer Schools as well as Bachelor and Master opportunities within the UAS7 alliance.

During official chat hours UAS7’s virtual booth was visited by more than 100 students, parents and advisors. The UAS7 booth will still be available to visit until May 26, 2015. 

The UAS7 team concluded that it was a great opportunity to participate in the fair, especially because it contributed to UAS7's visibility in North America but also because Virtual Study Abroad Fairs might be the new format of higher education marketing.


IIE Website - Generation Study Abroad


AIEA 2015

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Institutions of higher education are increasingly making workforce training and university-industry relationships a priority.

But what does this mean for the field of international education? How can leaders in this field ensure that students’ demand for job security does not diminish their international learning experiences? Can international educators address students’ concerns while still facilitating global learning?  

These and similar questions were discussed by UAS7 during three different events from February 18th to February 20th:

On February 18th, UAS7 participated in a panel discussion at the annual AIEA conference in Washington D.C. Each year, AIEA (Association for International Education Administrators) brings together more than 800 representatives from 40 different countries and offers a unique network opportunity for presidents, provosts, deans and chancellors of internationally oriented universities from all over the world. UAS7 contributed to the conference with a highly topical theme: “Preparing Students for the Global Workforce in the 21st Century”. Panel experts were Prof. Bernd Reissert (UAS7 Chairman and President of the Berlin School Economics and Law), Dr. Joann Halpern (Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation New York) and Prof. Jeffrey Peck (Dean of Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College CUNY). One day later, on February 19th, all representatives spoke again about a similar topic at Baruch College in New York City. Both events resonated well with the audience and initiated discussions about studying and interning abroad as well as „Workforce Development“ in Germany and in the U.S. For the final event of the week, Prof. Bernd Reissert and Britta Schumacher (Director of the UAS7 New York Office) attend the "Winter Workforce Joint Symposium” of the „National Governors Association“ hosted by the German Consulate in Washington D.C. on February 20th.

All three events were very successful. They not only contributed to UAS7’s visibility, but also showed that UAS7 can offer practical solutions to current questions and debates within the U.S. higher education system.

Photo: F.l.t.r: Dr. Joann Halpern, Prof. Bernd Reissert, Prof. Jeffrey Peck

 


 

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