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.
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.