Name: Elizabeth Haeckler Major: Chemical Engineering From: Pittsburgh University To: MUAS Program: Study Program, Spring 2019
Elizabeth Haeckler, a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, participated in the UAS7 Study Program in spring 2019. For one term, Liz was enrolled in the Engineering and Management program at Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). In this interview, she talks about her experience.
Liz, why did you decide to apply for the Study Program?
I wanted to study abroad because I learn by doing. What you read in a textbook takes on a new meaning when you are standing by the Berlin Wall or on Hitler’s Rally Grounds. The events become real and you begin to understand the impact they had on the local citizens. Germans specifically embrace their history, teaching future generations, so it is not repeated.
Being immersed in a new country also allowed me to learn the language more easily and experience the Bavarian culture through locals.
What did you enjoy most about your stay?
Making friends from around the world and getting to see their perspectives on travel, culture, and engineering!
To whom would you recommend applying to the Study Program?
Anyone who has a thirst for knowledge about European culture or language, but especially engineering majors. My study abroad gave me a global perspective on human-centered design, allowing me to understand what different nationalities value and apply German solutions to American problems.
Any tips for future SIP students?
Practical tip: Use an online bank! They are backed the same way as normal branches, but are easier accounts to manage.
Travel tip: Explore the region you are in. While each major European city has its charm, eventually they begin to look the same. Opt to explore the nature and secrets of the area you are in. My favorite travels were where the tourists were not. If you enjoy nature, take a trip to Slovenia. Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge are some of the most beautiful places I visited while abroad.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Liz!
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2019 has been a particularly busy year for the UAS7 New York Liaison Office. At the end of the year, we want to look back and seize the opportunity to thank our supporters again – please enjoy the highlights below.
Deutschlandjahr USA – The Year of German American Friendship
One of our main activities in 2019 was the Deutschlandjahr. We ran an event series on „Employability (made) in Germany“ in five different states in the U.S. At each of these events, a panel of representatives of UAS7 partner universities, companies, UAS7, business organizations as well as alumni discussed „Employability (made) in Germany“ opportunities. The five events featured seven high-ranking UAS7 members, nine speakers and moderators from our host universities, 25 representatives of Germany-based companies, six speakers from German American Chambers of Commerce and other business organizations, and three alumni. More than 350 audience members joined us over the course of the series. More information about the events can be found here. Recently, we also shared the five key lessons this experience has taught us.
„Employability (made) in Germany“ at the University of Alabama in Huntsville
„Employability (made) in Germany“ at the University of Southern Indiana
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the University of Southern Indiana have a long-standing partnership. Our joint „Employability (made) in Germany“ event on April 17 drew a large group of students and staff, as well as the German Honorary Consul of Indiana Sven Schumacher who also provided remarks. The Osnabrück and UAS7 delegation were very well received. Highlights included a dinner with the mayor of Evansville and meetings with high-ranking university representatives.
NAFSA Annual Conference & GAIN Conference
This summer we also went to the NAFSA and GAIN conferences.
NAFSA is the largest and most dynamic international education event in the world. In 2019, the conference took place in Washington D.C. from May 26 to 31. UAS7 participated together with colleagues from our member universities. Traditionally, we invited our colleagues and partners to a Partners‘ Luncheon on the first day of the conference. NAFSA, once again, was a great networking opportunity, which fostered the exchange with our colleagues and partners.
The GAIN Conference 2019 in San Francisco
This year, the GAIN Conference (German Academic International Network) took place in San Francisco from August 23 to 25. Each year, GAIN gathers more than 500 participants who have the opportunity to meet with German scientists, researchers, and stakeholders from politics and industry. UAS7 organized a workshop on „Personal Career Paths“ in cooperation with Hochschulallianz für den Mittelstand and participated in the „Talent Fair“ to actively network with German researchers and scientists who are potentially interested in a return to Germany.
„Employability (made) in Germany“ at Wichita State University
In fall, our Deutschlandjahr activities picked up steam again. On September 11, 2019 we went to Wichita State University (WSU), a long-term partner of the Berlin School of Economics and Law, in the heart of Kansas. Panelists at our event included UAS7 President Professor Andreas Zaby, President of Berlin School of Economics and Law, speakers from Airbus, Siemens and GACC Midwest, as well as a Professor of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (and Airbus employee). The event attracted 75 audience members, including high-level staff of Wichita State University. Before the event, we were particularly happy to be able to meet with WSU Interim President Andy Tomkins to talk about opportunities for future collaboration. Thanks to everyone who participated!
The Ambassador’s Initiative: „Science Meets Oktoberfest“ in Columbus, Ohio
German Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences invited the Ohio State University community as well as everyone in Columbus, OH, interested in German career options for a fun night out with German education, beer and brats.
On the occasion of Deutschlandjahr, the German university liaison offices at the German Haus, led by the University of Cologne and UAS7 offices, celebrated at the Hofbräuhaus in Columbus, Ohio. On a panel for “Science Meets Oktoberfest,“ alumni of German universities and universities of applied sciences (two of them from UAS7) described their career paths and discussed the role Germany and German education plays for them today. Thank you everyone for coming out!
„Employability (made) in Germany“ at Clemson University
The Deutschlandjahr event at Clemson University on October 9 took a different format than the other events. Here we became part of the annual German Professional Business Conference organized by the German Department at Clemson University. TH Köln President Stefan Herzig provided welcoming remarks and Vice President Klaus Kreulich of Munich University of Applied Sciences delivered a keynote address in front of an audience of business representatives and students. The keynote highlighted the role of Universities of Applied Sciences, their model of applied education in Germany, and research and student exchange opportunities.
„Employability (made) in Germany“ at the University of Pittsburgh
We concluded a year which has been more than „wunderbar“ for us with a sailing tour to the Statue of Liberty to enjoy the beautiful landmarks of New York City together with friends and alumni from various universities.
Sechs UAS7-Präsidenten vor Ort in Bremen: Prof. Dr. Andreas Bertram (HS Osnabrück), Prof. Dr. Martin Leitner (HS München), Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig (TH Köln), Prof. Dr. Ute von Lojewski (FH Münster), Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey (HS Bremen) und Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby (HWR Berlin)
Zum zweiten Mal machte die UAS7-Roadshow „Karriereweg FH-Professur“ an der Hochschule Bremen Station. Mit diesem Format wirbt UAS7 seit nunmehr drei Jahren für den Beruf der Professorin bzw. des Professors an einer Hochschule der Angewandten Wissenschaften (HAW)/Fachhochschule (FH). Es waren wieder weit über 70 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer, die sich in interaktiven Podiumsdiskussionen und persönlichen Gesprächen über den FH-Karriereweg informierten. Professorinnen und Professoren der Hochschule Bremen berichteten über ihren eigenen Weg an die Hochschule, ihren Berufsalltag zwischen Lehre, Forschung und Transfer sowie Chancen und Herausforderungen. Hochkarätige Unterstützung gab es für die Gastgeberin, Frau Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey, diesmal durch allein fünf weitere Präsidenten der UAS7-Mitgliedshochschulen aus Berlin (HWR), Osnabrück, Münster, Köln und München, die eigens nach Bremen anreisten.
Kampagne zur Gewinnung von Professorinnen und Professoren
„Mit unserer Info-Veranstaltung sprechen wir Frauen und Männer an, die eine neue berufliche Herausforderung suchen, gerne mit jungen Menschen zusammenarbeiten und sich für Themen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Bildungs-, Forschungs- und Managementaufgaben interessieren. Allen, die promoviert haben oder dies in absehbarer Zeit tun werden, sollte so der Beruf einer Professorin oder eines Professors an einer Fachhochschule (FH) als ein interessantes Berufsfeld nähergebracht werden“, umreißt Karin Luckey die Zielsetzung der Roadshow.
„UAS7 zeigt mit dieser Veranstaltung heute, dass es uns ernst ist damit, die Karrierewege von Professuren an Fachhochschulen nachhaltig zu fördern, indem wir geeignete Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler für das fachhochschulspezifische Profil gewinnen und auch möglichst halten“, so Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby, Vorsitzender von UAS7 in Bremen. Für UAS7 sei diese Veranstaltung an der Hochschule Bremen ein weiterer Schritt in „Richtung Employer Branding der Fachhochschulen, das sich als Instrument der Personalgewinnung direkt an die Wirtschaft und Industrie richtet“, so Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby weiter. Die UAS7-Roadshow bietet denen, die noch nie mit diesem Themenfeld in Berührung gekommen sind, die Gelegenheit, erste Informationen zu sammeln und Ansprechpartner kennenzulernen. Und auch Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen, die schon länger mit dem Gedanken gespielt haben, an einer Fachhochschule zu lehren und zu forschen, können die in der Veranstaltungsreihe gewonnenen Informationen einen vertieften Einblick in das Berufsfeld Fachhochschulprofessur geben.
Erste Jahrestagung der UAS7-Hochschulen: „Strategien, Herausforderungen und Perspektiven wissenschaftlicher Weiterbildung“
Im Zusammenhang mit Fachkräftesicherung, Bildungsgerechtigkeit und Personalentwicklung hat wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung an deutschen Hochschulen in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten an Relevanz gewonnen. Am vergangenen Donnerstag diskutierte UAS7 dazu mit Gästen aus Politik, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft auf ihrer 1. Jahrestagung die „Strategien, Herausforderungen und Perspektiven wissenschaftlicher Weiterbildung“. Gastgeberin der UAS7-Jahrestagung war die Hochschule Bremen (HSB).
In ihrer Begrüßung hob die Rektorin der HSB, Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey, die lange Tradition wissenschaftlicher Weiterbildung an ihrer Einrichtung hervor. Dies komme auch mit dem Tagungsgebäude zum Ausdruck, in dem von 125 Jahren das Bremer Technikum eröffnet wurde und heute das neue Institut für wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung (IWW) seinen Sitz hat. „Mit der deutschlandweit ersten Professur für das Fachgebiet ,Lebenslanges Lernen‘ an einer Hochschule der Angewandten Wissenschaften verdeutlichen wir darüber den Stellenwert wissenschaftlicher Weiterbildung.“
„Ich freue mich, dass das Thema der 1. Jahrestagung der UAS7 eine so rege Beteiligung ausgelöst hat“, so Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby, Präsident der HWR Berlin und Vorsitzender der UAS7-Allianz, in seiner Eröffnungsansprache. „Der Zugang zu Bildung und Weiterbildung als Grundlage gesellschaftlicher Teilhabe, persönlicher Entwicklung und beruflicher Karrieren, stellt aktuell nicht nur die Akteure des Bildungssystems, sondern auch Politik und Wirtschaft vor zentrale Herausforderungen“, so Andreas Zaby weiter. „In diesem Kontext hat lebenslanges Lernen und wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung an deutschen Hochschulen – auch durch eine verstärkte Förderung – in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten an Relevanz gewonnen. Es zeigt sich jedoch, dass dieses Potential von Hochschulen vielfach noch nicht systematisch genutzt wird. Uns als UAS7 verbindet die Profilbildung in diesem immer wichtigeren Bereich.“
Die Erste Jahrestagung zur wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung an der Hochschule Bremen war der Auftakt zu einer Reihe von Veranstaltungen, die einmal jährlich an einer UAS7-Hochschule stattfinden werden. Dabei steht ein aktuelles Thema wissenschaftspolitischer Natur im Mittelpunkt – und dies in enger Kooperation mit Partnern aus Wirtschaft und Politik. Die nächsten Stationen der UAS7-Jahrestagung werden 2020 die HAW Hamburg und 2021 die Hochschule München sein.
An “International student week for entrepreneurship” took place from Nov 11th to Nov 14th in São Leopoldo (RS). Coordinated by UNISINOS, Tecnosinos and FH Münster in an unique and innovative format, “Design the Future” was set up together with students from two UAS7 universities, FH Münster and TH Köln, as well as partners from Brazil and Chile and German based companies such as SAP, Fraport and Stihl. During the four days, the participating students were guided through the process of an innovation concept, developed by Prof. Thorsten Kliewe and Carsten Schröder, Vice President of FH Münster and Prof. Tatiana Rocha from UNISINOS. Hosted in the SAP Latin America Labs, the student teams had the optimal atmosphere for innovation and collaboration and to transform main challenges of the City of Sao Leopoldo, which they learned to understand with the help of the City itself, into real life scenarios. 10 different teams, three of them based in Münster, developed ideas and projects chosen among four topics such as pollution, traffic, education and renewable energies. The students worked in an atmosphere that encouraged them to think entrepreneurial and act likewise. Given two days to explore, design and present their ideas in a pitch in front of jurors, remarkable projects were carried out and the municipality of Sao Leopoldo can now take them into account for their future development. Methods such as Design Thinking as a general approach, were used, supported by SAP coaches and adapted to fit the specific setting using canvas and mockups. The interdisciplinary, multinational teams learned entrepreneurial thinking and acting, applied their knowledge and skills for first social business ideas and learned to describe them as a conceptual sketch and could develop furthermore their social and intercultural skills.
Our last stop of Employability (made) in Germany brought us to to our partner university the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 18, 2019, for a networking event focusing on Germany-oriented careers. Jessica Sun, University of Pittsburgh, led through the program. Carsten Schröder, Vice President for Knowledge Transfer, Cooperation and Innovation at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, and Dietmar Rieg and Rachel Mauer, Presidents of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York and in Pittsburgh delivered the remarks. They each highlighted the transatlantic connections and academic exchange between Germany and the United States.
Five German companies of the Pittsburgh area –Aldi, Covestro, Foerster, Lanxess and Leybold – joined us. They provided all students in the audience with the opportunity to learn about their companies in an intimate setting, talk about internships and career paths. The event included three sessions of rotating roundtable discussions followed by a networking hour. Traditional German snacks from Hofbräuhaus and Penn Brewery were provided to the participants during the event.
With the event at the University of Pittsburgh we concluded our event series „Employability (made) in Germany“, supported by Wunderbar Together, by the German Center for Research and Innovation, by the German American Chambers of Commerce in different areas across the United States and by countless German-rooted companies along the way. We can look back to a successful year of German-American friendship, thanks to the help and support we received from the respective participating institutions.
Please stay tuned for our upcoming key take-aways from the „Employability (made) in Germany“ tour 2019!
We recently went to South Carolina! At Clemson University we held our fourth event of the Employability (made) in Germany series on October 9, 2019, joined by TH Köln University of Applied Sciences and Munich University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig, president of TH Köln, Prof. Dr. Klaus Kreulich, Vice-President of Munich UAS delivered the keynote address at Clemson University’s annual German Professional Conference, this year on the subject of “German Language Study and Your Career: Internships and Study Abroad.“ Therefore the keynote addressed opportunities of transatlantic academic exchange and careers at German companies in the States and abroad.
Additionally, a wide range of German companies informed about career opportunities. During the Round Table Discussions and Job Fair, attending students had the opportunity to learn about jobs and internships with attending companies as well as study abroad opportunities with UAS7.
The event was part of the Year of German-American Friendship or Deutschlandjahr
Together – a collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign
Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and with support from the
Federation of German Industries (BDI). Additional support is granted by a
variety of sponsors and co-sponsors such as the German Center for Research and
Innovation, the NY German American Chamber of Commerce, and of course by
regional supporters wherever we go.
German Universities and Universities of Applied
Sciences invited the OSU community for a fun night out with German education,
beer and brats.
On the occasion of Deutschlandjahr, the German university liaison offices at the German House, led by the University of Cologne and UAS7 offices, organized a panel discussion entitled “Science Meets Oktoberfest” and a subsequent celebration on September 26, 2019 at the Hofbräuhaus in Columbus, Ohio.
Alumni of German universities and universities of applied sciences sat on the panel, described their career paths and discussed the role Germany plays for them today.
Heike Haddenbrock, Principal at German Language School-Cleveland and Board Member of the German Language School Conference, traveled from Cleveland to speak about her work as a Principal here as well as her time at TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, one of the UAS7 member universities.
Nathanial Long, a graduate student at Ohio State University in the Master of Public Administration program at John Glenn College of Public Affairs, was excited to talk about his time as an exchange student at Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, where he spent time as an exchange student with an added aerospace internship in the frame of the UAS7 Study and Internship Program.
Jacob Naduparambil, PhD, Professor in the Department of Radiation
Oncology at Ohio State University, talked about his role as a DAAD Research
Ambassador, opportunities for funding for study, research and internship in
Germany, as well as key points of a successful academic career.
Mark. E. Peeples, PhD, Principal Investigator at the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a professor of Pediatrics and Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry at the OSU College of Medicine, spoke about his studies of the respiratory syncytial virus and his research in Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and at the Heidelberg University in Germany, as well as his love of beer.
Ralf Bundschuh, PhD, Professor in the Physics Department at Ohio State University, received his Diplom in Physics at University of Cologne. On the panel he spoke about his time in Cologne working as a postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics, and how he got to the point he’s now at.
Other very well received highlights included
German bratwurst, beer, pretzels and apfelstrudel at a networking reception and
a performance by German Science comedian, lecturer, presenter and author Vince Ebert.
Dr. Eva Bosbach, Executive Director of the University of Cologne New York Office, moderated the event, and, together with Patrizia Nobbe, Executive Director of the UAS7 Office in New York, provided information about study and research opportunities across all of the German universities and universities of applied sciences that have North America liaison offices at the German House in New York.
We received 72 RSVPs of which 62 attended.
This event was part of The Deutschland Ambassadors Initiative, which brings together alumni and friends of German universities for a series of talks and networking events in the United States. The initiative is an official project of Deutschlandjahr 2019/the Year of German-American Friendship and is organized by various German university liaison offices in New York to more effectively build partnerships with North American institutions of higher education and to connect with American students and scholars.
The UAS7 alliance – a network of seven German universities of Applied Sciences – took its most recent Employability (made) in Germany event to Wichita State University (WSU) in Wichita, Kansas, on September 11, 2019. The event is part of a larger project aiming to showcase Germany’s strength in applied education, university-industry collaborations, dual-study programs, and apprenticeships, and to strengthen transatlantic connections with interested partners.
In Wichita, we brought together important actors in applied science education around the theme of German career steps. They emphasized specific opportunities for students in the region, such as internships, exchanges and other career opportunities, as well as the future of university-industry collaboration.
Andy Tompkins, WSU Interim President, introduced the event. UAS7 members Berlin School of Economics and Law and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences co-hosted and sent speakers. Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby, President of the Berlin School of Economics and Law and also Chair of UAS7 network, served as a moderator. Mathias Haake, Lecturer at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Mass Properties Engineer at Airbus Operations GmbH also came from Hamburg to share his career path at a university of applied sciences. Mario Kratsch, Vice President of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. outlined the German industry and investment landscape in Kansas and the region.
David Gartner, Head of Engineering Projects at Airbus Americas, Inc and Gerald Deren from Siemens joined us and presented ways of university collaboration and opportunities for students at their companies. Suzy Finn and Joshua Richardson, who participated in UAS7 study abroad programs, talked about their experience. Finally, Ann Burger, Associate Director for Study Abroad & Exchange Programs at Wichita State University rounded up all speakers and spoke about internationalization programs.
The event is part of a series of five events throughout 2019. Our first event took place at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama on January 30, 2019. Despite the uncharacteristically cold temperatures, more than 70 students and administrators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville as well as business representatives attended the panel, on which both industry and university speakers introduced and highlighted study exchange, internship and employment options in their respective organizations. The second panel took place at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville on April 17, 2019, and was very well attended also. The next events will take us to Clemson University (October 9) and the University of Pittsburgh (October 18).
As usual, we could not have done this event without the help and support of a variety of friends, sponsors and co-sponsors such as the German Center for Research and Innovation, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Midwest, and of course by regional supporters wherever we go. We particularly want to thank Wichita State University, the many people we met there and everybody who supported us, particularly Ann Burger, Associate Director for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.