Employability (made) in Germany – Last stop: Pittsburgh!

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!

From left to right: Arielle Schweber, University of Pittsburgh, Patrizia Nobbe, UAS7 New York and Carsten Schröder, FH Muenster University of Applied Sciences in front of the Pittsburgh Panther. Thank you to the University of Pittsburgh!
Photo on Top of the Post: From left to right: Dietmar Rieg, President of the German American Chamber of Commerce New York, Carsten Schröder, Vice President for Knowledge Transfer, Cooperation and Innovation at FH Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Jessica Sun, Exchange Program Manager at Study Abroad Office at the University of Pittsburgh, Patrizia Nobbe, Executive Director of the UAS7 New York Liaison Office, Rachel Mauer, President of the German American Chamber of Commerce Pittsburgh and Lisa Conturo, former UAS7 SIP exchange student and now at the German American Chamber in Pittsburgh also, Oksana Stalczynski, Program Manager at Study Abroad Office, and Arielle Schweber, International Programs Manager at Pittsburgh University of Applied Sciences.

„Employability (made) in Germany“ at Clemson University: German Professional Conference

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.

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Klaus Kreulich, Vice-President of Munich University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Patrizia Nobbe, Executive Director of the UAS7 New York Liaison Office and Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig, president of TH Köln University of Applied Sciences.

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.

I.K. Hofmann USA, Inc. stand in the Hendrix Center Ballrooms at Clemson University

The event was part of the Year of German-American Friendship or DeutschlandjahrWunderbar 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.

Other events took us to Huntsville, Alabama, Evansville, Indiana, Wichita, Kansas and the University of Pittsburgh, where our member universities as well as business & industry partners highlighted internship and study abroad opportunities for U.S. students in Germany.

Round Table Discussions with students and the representing industries Adidas, BMW Manufacturing Group, Bosch Rexroth, Context Design Group, Draexlmaier Automotive, Hofmann Services, Human Solutions, IFA Rotorion, Ivannovation Language Management, Robert Bosch, and ZF Transmissions, which joined the event.

Science Meets Oktoberfest in Columbus, Ohio

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.


[From left to right: Mark. E. Peeples, OSU, Heike Haddenbrock, German Language School Cleveland, Ralf Bundschuh, OSU, Nathanial Long, OSU, Eva Bosbach, University of Cologne, Patrizia Nobbe, UAS7, Jacob Naduparambil, OSU, DAAD Research Ambassador, and Vince Ebert, German Science Comedian.
Photo credit: Jared Williamson]

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.

[From left to right: Eva Bosbach, Executive Director of the University of Cologne New York Office and Patrizia Nobbe, Executive Director of the UAS7 Office in New York. Photo credit: Jared Williamson]

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.

[Full house at the Hofbräuhaus in Columbus, Ohio. Photo credit: Jared Williamson]

„Employability (Made) In Germany“ at Wichita State University

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.

[Photo: UAS7 and HWR President Andreas Zaby; (credit: Jessa Ragan (WSU Intl Mkting Team)]]

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.

[photo: speaker group photo (credit: Jessa Ragan (WSU Intl Mkting Team)]

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).

[photo: Suzy Finn (credit: Jessa Ragan (WSU Intl Mkting Team)]

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.

[photo: audience members (credit: Jessa Ragan (WSU Intl Mkting Team)]
UAS7-Vorsitzender und Präsident der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR): Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby

In der aktuellen Ausgabe des Magazins des Deutschen Studentenwerks, dem DSWJournal, gelingt dem Wissenschaftsjournalisten Jan-Martin Wiarda ein gelungenes Porträt des UAS7-Vorsitzenden Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby. Im DSW-Beitrag wird sein facettenreicher Karriereweg vom Finanzvorstand einer US-amerikanischen Biotech-Firma zum Professor an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR) und dort seit 2016 zum Präsidenten beschrieben. Andreas Zaby gelte als einer der einflussreichsten Repräsentanten der deutschen Fachhochschulen. Was man gerne bestätigt, fungiert er doch seit seiner HWR-Präsidentschaft auch gleichzeitig als Vorstandsvorsitzender der UAS7 und wurde in diesem Jahr auch noch in den Vorstand des DAAD gewählt. Andreas Zaby „setzt zunehmend hochschulpolitische Akzente“. Exemplarisch nennt der Beitrag die „UAS7-Roadshow – Wege zur Professur“. Hier präsentieren sich die UAS7-Hochschulen in innovativem Format als attraktive Arbeitgeber gegenüber der Klientel, die für Andreas Zaby „wie Goldstaub“ ist: In der Wirtschaft, Industrie und Verwaltung bewährte promovierte Fach- und Führungskräfte, die genauso wie einstmals Andreas Zaby, vor einem Wendepunkt in ihrer Karriere stehen.

Study Abroad Fair im New Jersey Institute of Technology am 11. September 2019

Praktikum bei UAS7 in New York

Ich bin Inga Schulze-Velmede und die neue Praktikantin im UAS7-Verbindungsbüro in New York City. Hier werde ich die Büroleitung von UAS7, Dr. Patrizia Nobbe, bei anstehenden Events, Projekten und der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in den nächsten sechs Monaten tatkräftig unterstützen.

Bevor ich vor drei Wochen nach New York kam, habe ich meine Abschlussarbeit an der Hochschule Bremen eingereicht, wo ich in dem internationalen Bachelor Studiengang Global Management studiert habe. Internationalität begleitet mich schon seit ich 16 bin, als ich mit einem einjährigen Jugendaustausch nach Brasilien gegangen bin. Sich der Herausforderung zu stellen, ein Jahr fern von der Heimat zu leben und sich somit aus der Komfortzone herauszubewegen, war für mich schon früh ein großer Wunsch und verwirklichte sich während meines Studiums gleich noch ein zweites Mal: Erneut durfte ich Leute und Kultur Brasiliens kennenlernen, zwei Semester dort studieren und ein Praktikum in einem Startup machen. Auch nach diesem lehrreichen Aufenthalt, welcher mir noch ein größeres Netzwerk mit anderen internationalen Ausstauschstudenten ermöglichte, wusste ich, dass es nicht meine letzte Auslandserfahrung gewesen sein sollte.

Das Praktikum bei UAS7 in den USA sollte mir eine weitere Möglichkeit gewähren, im Sinne meines Studiengangs international zu agieren und wiederum mit einem Austauschprogramm in Kontakt zu treten. Außerdem hoffe ich, hier meine Fähigkeiten in den Bereichen Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Event- und Projekt Management weiter zu vertiefen.

Kaum angekommen, gibt es schon viel zu tun: in den ersten Wochen stehen gleich mehrere Veranstaltungen im Rahmen des Deutschlandjahres an. Damit beteiligt sich UAS7 an der gemeinsamen Initiative vom Auswärtigem Amt, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie und Goethe Institut, die unter dem Motto „Wunderbar Together“ ein Jahr lang die deutsch-amerikanische Freundschaft sichtbar macht. Hier habe ich die Möglichkeit, auch einmal hinter die Kulissen einer großen Veranstaltung zu schauen und dadurch einen tieferen Einblick in das Eventmanagement und Marketing zu gewinnen.

Gleich in meiner zweiten Woche hatte ich schon die Gelegenheit UAS7 auf einer Study Abroad Fair am New Jersey Institute of Technology zu repräsentieren. Andere Studierende zu einem Auslandsaufenthalt mit UAS7 zu motivieren und diese über das SIP-Programm zu informieren, hat mir großen Spaß gemacht und mir erneut gezeigt, wie sehr mir das Thema Internationalität am Herzen liegt.

Ich bin mir sicher, dass ich während meines Praktikums noch viel lernen werde und sich dadurch mein Weg in mein späteres Berufsleben ebnen lässt. Ich bin gespannt und freue mich auf sechs lehrreiche Monate.

*Das Bild zeigt mich auf der Study Abroad Fair am New Jersey Institute of Technology am 11. September 2019

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

UAS7 at GAIN San Francisco

Ende August reiste UAS7 zur GAIN Konferenz in San Francisco, die vom 23.-25.8. stattfand. Die GAIN Konferenz ist eine wichtige jährliche Konferenz, die sich an deutsche Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen in den USA richtet. GAIN steht für German American International Network.

Die Konferenz spricht gezielt Absolvent*innen deutscher Universitäten und Hochschulen, die im Ausland arbeiten, an. Ihnen werden Karriereperspektiven und Fördermöglichkeiten in Deutschland vorgestellt, um sie zur Rückkehr zu motivieren und zu unterstützen. In unterschiedlichen Workshopformaten wird das hierzu notwendige know-how vermittelt. Auf der sogenannten „Talent Fair“ können sich die Teilnehmer*innen dann direkt mit Hochschulen, Universitäten, Forschungsverbünden und generell potentiellen Arbeitgebern vernetzen. Dieses Jahr, in San Francisco, sprachen wir daher viel mit deutschen post-docs aus Berkeley, Stanford und von anderen West-Coast-Institutionen sowie mit Besuchern aus dem Silicon Valley. 

UAS7 war vor Ort, um die zahlreichen und vielseitigen UAS7-Karriereoptionen zwischen Hamburg und München zu präsentieren. Momentan sind an unseren Hochschulen dutzende Professuren ausgeschrieben, zu denen man sich hier informieren kann.

UAS7 organisierte im Rahmen der GAIN gemeinsam mit der Hochschulallianz für den Mittelstand den Workshop „Personal Career Paths“. Für UAS7 nahm Michael Wasserman, Professor an der Fachhochschule Münster, an der Podiumsdiskussion teil. Er berichtete über seinen ausgesprochen interessanten Weg von der Clarkson University in New York nach Münster. Tatkräftig unterstützt haben wir auch den „Fishbowl“- Workshop „Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft oder Forschung?“, organisiert von „Berlin Partner“, in dem Karin Luckey, Rektorin der Hochschule Bremen und Carsten Schröder, Vizepräsident für Transfer, Kooperation und Innovation an der Fachhochschule Münster, zahlreiche Fragen beantworten konnten.

Vielen herzlichen Dank an die Hochschulen Bremen und Münster für die tatkräftige Unterstützung!

Die GAIN Konferenz 2019 wurde von Karin Luckey (Bremen), Carsten Schröder (Münster) und Patrizia Nobbe (UAS7 New York) besucht.

spaceships in Huntsville, Alabama

Throwback: „Employability (Made) in Germany“ at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

In the framework of Deutschlandjahr, UAS7 produces the event series „Employability (Made) in Germany“ at five different universities across the United States. In January 2019 we kicked off at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and then visited Evansville, Southern Indiana. Three more exciting events are coming up soon in Wichita, KS, Clemson, SC and Pittsburgh, PA, bringing together German and American university and industry partners, and the students benefitting from their collaborations.

Time to have a look back!

Thanks to RadioBro Corporation for the video footage, Rebecca Poell from Munich University of Applied Sciences for editing. University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Bremen City University of Applied Sciences: We could not have done it without you. We hope we honor everyone involved in the event with this little video. Please review the complete program here and a write-up of the event here.

Want to join us next time to learn about career opportunities in Germany? Our next stops will be: Wichita State University (Sept. 11), Clemson University (Oct. 9), University of Pittsburgh (Oct. 18). Check out the series here.

image shows the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin

UAS7 Study & Internship Program: Call for Applications

Come study or intern at one of our seven universities of applied sciences. Applications for the Spring 2020 semester will now be accepted through October 1, 2019! The UAS7 Study & Internship Program (SIP) allows undergraduate students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to study or intern in Germany for one semester. You will find more information below the video, but please email us at info@uas7.org about any questions!

STUDY PROGRAM OR INTERNSHIP?

First: You decide if you want to study abroad for a semester, taking classes at one of our member universities, or if you want to do an internship at one of our universities‘ research labs. All available internship projects are listed at our website. There are opportunities in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Bremen, Munster, Osnabruck and Cologne!

However you decide, you may list up to three destinations or research labs on your application, so there is a good chance you will get into your top choices.

GETTING STARTED ON THE APPLICATION:

Applications are pretty straight forward and most of the documents may be emailed. A detailed description of the application process as well as a list of all required documents can be found on our website:

Study Program Applications // Internship Program Applications

SIP FOR GERMAN STUDENTS

The Study & Internship Program also allows students enrolled at our German member universities to spend one term at one of our U.S. partner universities. Each year, the available places are allocated through the International Offices of our universities. For information about most current opportunities, please contact info@uas7.org.

„Happy NAFSA“ in Washington DC – UAS7 bereits zum elften Mal dabei

UAS7 präsentierte sich in diesem Jahr zum elften Mal auf der Messe der Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Die Veranstaltung fand vom 26. Mai bis zum 31. Mai in Washington DC statt. Etwa 10.000 Fachleute auf dem Gebiet der internationalen Bildung aus knapp 90 Ländern nutzen die Gelegenheit zum intensiven Netzwerken und fachlichen Austausch. Für UAS7 waren Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig (Präsident der TH Köln), Prof. Dr. Sonja Munz (Vizepräsidentin der Hochschule München), Dr. Patrizia Nobbe (Executive Director UAS7 New York) und Dr. Britta Schumacher (UAS7 Geschäftsstelle Berlin) sowie zahlreiche International Office-LeiterInnen und MitarbeiterInnen von den UAS7-Mitgliedshochschulen vertreten.

Birgit Averbeck, Christiane Sgogina, Britta Schumacher, Veronika Wäninger, Martina Schulze, Amelie Bauer, Sonja Munz, Ingrid Weatherall, Stefan Herzig, Claudia Kuhlmann, Christina Brey, Patrizia Nobbe, Evelyn Stocker und Ingrid Sperber (v.l.n.r.) im „Busboys and Poets“ nach einem erfolgreichen Luncheon

Am ersten Messetag lud UAS7 seine Partner zum traditionellen Partners’ Luncheon ein. Im “Busboys and Poets“, einer Traditionseinrichtung in Washington DC, die sowohl Buchladen, kultureller Veranstaltungsort und Restaurant ist, begrüßte Prof. Herzig die rund 70 geladenen Gäste, die nicht nur aus Nordamerika, sondern auch aus Chile, Brasilien, Finnland, Großbritannien, Israel, Korea, Mexiko, Niederlande, Singapur und weiteren Ländern anreisten.

Auch an den folgenden Messetagen konnte UAS7 im intensiven Austausch mit Vertretern und Vertreterinnen weltweiter Hochschulen über bestehende Kooperationen und Möglichkeiten der Zusammenarbeit sprechen. Die NAFSA bietet die einzigartige Chance zum direkten und persönlichen Austausch mit bereits bestehenden und potentiellen Partnern und wir freuen uns schon auf die Teilnahme an der nächsten NAFSA-Messe, die 2020 in St. Louis stattfindet.