Thinking about graduate school? Come learn what opportunities at UAS7 and other German universities await you! The Germany Grad Fair 2020 is your pass to explore the exciting opportunities for research, funding, internships and career advancement through graduate studies in Germany! For undergraduate or a graduate students, young professionals, career service advisors or everyone interested in graduate studies in Germany!
When: Friday, March 27th from 4.30pm to 7.00pm Where: German Consulate General of New York, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Entrance is free but RSVP required.
With hundreds of respected universities to choose from as well as its location in the heart of Europe, it’s no wonder that Germany consistently ranks as one of the most popular countries in the world in which to study. In fact, Germany has been ranked as the fourth most popular destination for international students in the world (after the US, UK and Australia)*. Learn what opportunities await you for graduate studies in the land of ideas.
Did you know
Most degree programs at top-ranked institutions charge little to no tuition fees
Germany has attractive job opportunities for young people and has a high ranking in work-life balance
Germany’s position as a European powerhouse means that many of its universities offer great job prospects – in fact, a lot of foreign students love the country so much that they choose to continue living in Germany after their studies. What’s more, Germany can be a relatively inexpensive country to study in, as a lot of programs have little to no tuition fees for both domestic and international students.
Meet with representatives from a wide variety of German universities, funding and exchange institutions, and the German consulate – who will all be happy to answer your questions. Learn from our panel of alumni and professionals (5.00pm) what doors a German graduate degree can open for you and find out about the different kinds of universities in Germany: The UAS7 team will be there to provide information about our consortium of seven Universities of Applied Sciencescommitted to excellence in teaching and research.
List of Participants:
Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, ich bin Rebecca. Seit Anfang März bin ich Praktikantin im UAS7 Liaison Office in New York. Momentan studiere ich Kommunikationsdesign an der Hochschule München, ein Teil der Hochschulallianz des UAS7.
Geboren und aufgewachsen bin ich aber in Portugal. Ich kam im Alter von zwölf Jahren nach Deutschland und kurz nach meinem Abitur zog ich dann auf eigene Faust nach London, um eine der größten europäischen melting pots kennenzulernen.
Man könnte also sagen, dass Internationalität schon immer eine große Rolle in meinem Leben gespielt hat.
Während ich die Herausforderungen kenne, die damit verbunden sind sich auf eine fremde Kultur einzulassen, weiß ich aus eigener Erfahrung, dass Begegnungen mit unterschiedlichen Lebensweisen den eigenen Horizont erweitern und somit das Potenzial dazu haben, das eigene Leben grundlegend zu verändern.
Als ich das Ausschreiben von UAS7 für ein Praktikum in New York sah, wusste ich sofort, dass dies die nächste große Auslandserfahrung für mich sein sollte.
Dieses Praktikum verbindet nicht nur den Inhalt meines Design Studiums mit meinen Interessen in Non Profit Management und internationalen Kulturaustauschen, sondern es erlaubte mir auch, anderen Studenten die Möglichkeit zu geben, den Wert von internationaler Kooperation zu erleben und die Erfahrungen zu sammeln, die sich in meinem Leben als so wertvoll erwiesen haben.
Während der Vorbereitung auf das Praktikum habe ich viel Hilfe durch das International Office der Hochschule München bekommen, die mich zu möglichen Förderungen beraten und schließlich durch einen Reisekostenzuschuss unterstützt haben.
Als dann schließlich mein Praktikum losging und ich die Büroleitung Dr. Patrizia Nobbe kennenlernte, wurde ich vom ersten Moment an in alle Arbeitsprozesse und Projekte der UAS7 mit einbezogen. Ich habe viel über das Management von internationalen akademischen Austauschprogrammen durch meine Arbeit am SIP-Programm gelernt. Dabei habe ich Antwortschreiben an die Bewerber des diesjährigen Programms formuliert und schließlich verwaltet.
Da Eventmanagement von neuen sowie laufenden Veranstaltungen ein großer Teil der Aufgaben des UAS7 Büros in New York ist, habe ich auch in diesem Bereich schon viele Eindrücke sammeln können. Zum Beispiel betreue ich die Veranstaltungsreihe Employability (Made) in Germany mit, wofür ich bereits ein Werbevideo gestalten durfte und andere Marketing Tools kennengelernt habe. Zudem hatte ich schon jetzt die Möglichkeit bei zahlreichen Meetings und Veranstaltungen dabei zu sein, wodurch ich tiefere Eindrücke in Eventmanagement und Marketing erlagen konnte und eine systematische Arbeitsweise erlernt habe.
Dieses Praktikum gibt mir einerseits praktische Erfahrung in meinem Berufsfeld, aber darüber hinaus stellt es mich einer komplett neuen Arbeitsweise vor, die auch in meinem weiteren Berufsleben von großer Bedeutung sein wird. Zudem öffnet mir die Verbindung von Design, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Projektmanagement, mein Blick auf weitere Berufswege, in denen ich mir eine Zukunft vorstellen könnte.
Ich freue mich auf die nächsten 4 Monate und auf all das, was ich noch lernen werde.
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 andthe 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.
Our next event on Employability (made) in Germany is coming up at the University of Southern Indiana on April 17 from 2pm to 5pm. The event is part of the Year of German-American Friendship or Deutschlandjahr – Wunderbar 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 supporters, such as the German Center for Research and Innovation, and of course by regional supporters wherever we go, such as the Industrie- und Handelskammer in Osnabrück, the Economic Development Corporation Southwest Indiana, the city of Evansville, and the German American Chamber of Commerce.
Our first event (of five) took place at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama on January 30. Despite the uncharacteristically freezing temperatures, a total of about 60 students and administrators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville as well as business representatives attended. On the panel both speakers from Germany businesses in the U.S. and from both universities introduced and highlighted study exchange, internship and employment options in their respective organizations – career steps „made“ in Germany.
Now at our second stop, the University of Southern Indiana will host us. Planning is well underway and we invited regional business leaders and international academics to discuss university-industry collaboration, higher education models, and job market needs in an era of globalization and academic internationalization.
Confirmed panelists include Greg Wathen, President and CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, who will discuss business opportunities for German companies in the region. Marco Graf, CEO of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Osnabrück, will discuss the larger regional landscape of German-American industry, businesses and partnerships in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and will also talk about the skills that companies expect from university graduates to foster employability.
Prof. Dr. Kay-Hendrik Hofmann, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, will outline practice-oriented teaching and research and how German Universities of Applied Sciences prepare their graduates for the job market. He will also highlight how international student exchange can benefit from industry – university collaboration. Dr. Daria Sevastianova, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Southern Indiana will present the exchange opportunities for USI students interested in going abroad to Germany and the impact that such a study abroad experience has on the students. We also invited an alumnus of the existing student exchange program between the University of Southern Indiana and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, to talk about their experiences with international exposure and exchange, and how they shape careers. A network reception and light refreshments will follow.
If you are interested in event, please email Patrizia Nobbe at nobbe -@- uas7.org.