After a successful kick-off at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in January, the second UAS7 “Employability (Made) in Germany” event took place at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) in Evansville on April 17. The event series is part of Wunderbar Together, the Year of German-American Friendship, a joint initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, Goethe Institut and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), and supported by the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York.
The program “Employability (made) in Germany” informed students, academic faculty and staff as well as business leaders of the area about Germany-related career opportunities both in academic and in business settings in the Evansville area and in Germany. The event highlighted the long-standing partnership between Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the University of Southern Indiana, as well as the partnership between the cities of Osnabrück and Evansville. In the spirit of this, Mr. Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor of Evansville, and the German Honorary Consul in Indianapolis, Mr. Sven Schumacher, framed the event and academic experts and business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic addressed the full house of about 80 students, USI colleagues and local businesses.
Moderated by Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar, Professor of Economics at USI, the speakers included Greg Wathen, President and CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Marco Graf, CEO of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Osnabrück, Prof. Dr. Kay Hendrik Hofmann from Hochschule Osnabrück in Germany, Jeff Bennet, EVP of Human Resources at Berry Global, and Dr. Daria Sevastianova, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Southern Indiana. Alicia Frederick, a study abroad alumna, recounted her glowing experience at the International Summer University at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück in 2018 and how this has had an impact on her personal and professional development.
From left to right: Daria Sevastianova, Alicia Frederick, Jeff Bennett, Kay Hendrik Hofmann, Marco Graf and Greg Wathen. Photo: USI Photography and Multimedia
After the panel concluded, students were encouraged to mingle with the panelists at a networking reception with delicious food and in the spectacular setting of the USI Griffin Center overlooking its reflection on the lake and the USI campus.
Students and audience members during the panel. Photo: USI Photography and Multimedia
Special thanks goes to Dr. Daria Sevastianova and Heidi Gregori-Gahan, Associate Provost for International Programs University of Southern Indiana, and all the colleagues from USI for their crucial contributions in implementing this program – Wunderbar Together.
The second edition of the “Employability (Made) in Germany” event series has been a great success. UAS7 is looking forward to the upcoming three events, which will take place in Wichita (KA), Clemson (SC) and Pittsburgh (PA) this fall.