Application orientation and industry collaborations


The strong connection of universities of applied sciences (UAS) with industry and their application orientation appear in diverse facets: research and teaching have an application-oriented focus, internships are part of the curriculum or are supported, programs are professionally-oriented, UAS offer applied disciplines and professors have mostly a professional background in industry and maintain strong connections with it. Furthermore, UAS7 maintains since 2007 its own exchange and scholarship program which gives North American students the possibility to intern at a company, organization or laboratory on campus.


UAS7 universities serve as a leading example of good practice for mutually beneficial university-industry relationships. Since 2005, UAS7 has conducted several successful networking events on the topic of “industry academia relations” in New York. Here is a short overview of past events. There are more to come.


“Bridging the U.S. Skills Gap - A Transatlantic Discussion on Vocational Training and Best Practices” - panel discussion at the German House in New York

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 , the German Consulate General New York and UAS7 invited to a panel discussion at the German House in New York.

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Dr. Christine Benz (Training Manager Trumpf Inc.), Dr. Robin Mishra (Head of Science and Technology at German Embassy Washington, D.C.), Prof. Dr. Bernd Reissert (Professor of Political Science (Labor Market and Education Policy), former President of the Berlin School of Economics and Law and Chairman of UAS7) and Ian Trammell (Excecutive Director Mecha Force, New Jersey) were the speakers in the transatlantic discussion on the current state and future of U.S. workforce development.

While most countries around the world have seen an unprecedented expansion of their education and skill base over the past decades, a persistent gap still exists between the kind of knowledge and skills that are most in demand in the workplace and those that education and training systems continue to provide. In this environment, the German dual system of vocational training is increasingly seen as a major contributor to narrowing the skills gap. While this gap affects the entire U.S. workforce, it has a particularly strong impact on the American manufacturing sector, where many jobs remain unfilled because the potential workforce lacks requisite skills. This is why U.S. industries and manufacturers have increasingly implemented vocational training opportunities, which provide a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning and offer young people certified career paths as an alternative option to university education. In Germany, the dual system of vocational training has long been successful and has especially benefited the country's smaller and mid-sized companies. Can similar vocational training systems be successfully implemented in the U.S., and how can the German vocational training model influence this process? Who are the main stakeholders from government, industry and higher education responsible for setting up successful vocational training programs in the U.S. and in Germany, and what can they report about major challenges and best practices? We invite you to join us for a transatlantic discussion on the current state and future of U.S. workforce development.

Please watch the whole event here: Video "Bridging the Skills Gap"


University-Industry Collaborations at center of UAS7 presidential visit to New York

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How can colleges and universities best collaborate with businesses and industries to serve the professional interests of their students? What can universities in Germany learn from their U.S. partners in this regard, and vice versa? These were some of the questions at the center of the UAS7-presidential delegation visit to New York from November 3 through November 6, 2015.
In this framework, the UAS7 delegation and the UAS7 New York office invited partners and friends to a workshop on University-Industry Collaborations at the German Consulate in New York City on November 4. The event was designed to serve as a transatlantic dialogue about challenges and best practices in the areas of industry partnerships and workforce development. Its goal was to determine strategies for future collaborations on these issues. The UAS7 delegation was proud to host representatives from its partner universities Drexel University, University of Pittsburgh, University at Albany (SUNY), Binghamton University (SUNY), as well as befriended institutions such as the City University of New York, the German American Chamber of Commerce New York, the German Center for Research and Innovation New York and the German Embassy in Washington DC.

The topic of University Industry Collaborations stayed in the spotlight on November 5, when the UAS7 delegation attended the 18th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, which was co-organized by the Institute of International Education and DAAD New York. UAS7 organized a panel discussion on “Industry Academia Collaborations in Germany and in the US – Challenges and Best Practices for international partnership”. The panelists Kristine Lalley (University of Pittsburgh), Karl Siebold (UAS7/Munich University of Applied Sciences), and Bernd Reissert (UAS7/Berlin School of Economic and Law) presented best practices, and common challenges for international industry partnerships and students exchanges. The conference also allowed the UAS7 delegation to meet many new colleagues and potential partners in the field of international engineering education.

These events showed that the subject of university-industry collaborations is growing in importance among U.S. higher education administrators. UAS7 intends on continuing to play an active role in these discussions, and to offer its own best practices as a model to its U.S. partners. The delegation visit was an important, and successful, step in the direction of developing a lasting transatlantic exchange on these issues.


Keeping Manufacturing Competitive: Industry-University Collaboration in Germany and the U.S.

On November 7, 2012, a panel of German and U.S. experts presented best practice examples of university-industry relations and their impact on manufacturing. The event Keeping Manufacturing Competitive: Industry-University Collaboration in Germany and the U.S. was co-sponsored by the GCRI, the German Center for Research and Innovation. Please find more information on the event as well as a video on the website of the German Center for Research and Innovation.

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