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The "UAS7 Virtual Academy" pilot phase was rolled out in cooperation with the long-standing US consortium partner SUNY (State University of New York). It aims to redesign international university cooperation across all disciplines and establish new innovative teaching and learning formats. We are looking to further expand the network to other international partner universities.


Designing a new model for international virtual exchange

Currently, collaborative virtual teaching is the only way to offer lecturers and students an international experience. However, we plan to expand the Virtual Academy beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and develop a model to be applied to all UAS7 universities and departments. After evaluating the first round of projects, we will share our collectively gathered expertise in the form of Best Practices, to make our learnings available to other interested faculty members.

Inclusive international experiences through virtualization

Virtual teaching will enable an even broader group of students from the universities on both sides of the Atlantic to participate in exchange opportunities and international learning formats. They will gain valuable intercultural experience unimpeded by geographic or time restrictions, preparing them for future professional collaborations.

Professionalizing virtual teaching

Participating lecturers will benefit from the US partner's many years of experience in the area of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). They will take part in individual training courses, facilitated by the SUNY COIL Center, in order to develop well-structured syllabi and be able to overcome intercultural differences in a virtual teaching environment.


Virtual Academy Teaser
29/11/21 -
  • Emily Bechler

Moving Forward by Looking Back: The UAS7 Virtual Academy Celebrates a Successful First Year

On December 2nd 2020, the UAS7 Virtual Academy held its inaugural kick-off event. After almost a year, the DAAD-funded IVAC program officially ends on November 30. On Friday, November 19, the UAS7 Virtual Academy invited 25 stakeholders to share their key takeaways.
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18/11/21 -
  • Katja Zühlsdorf

An international insight into approaches to sustainability in the US and Germany: Virtual COIL project between HWR Berlin and Drexel University

„A match made in heaven“, this is how Prof. Dr. Sonja Klose from HWR Berlin kicked off her virtual collaboration, a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project, with her counterpart Prof. Daniel Korschun from Drexel University in the US. 70 students from both universities came together for a joint virtual project.
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09/11/21 -
  • Patrizia Nobbe

Organizing Virtual Collaboration Through Consortia: Now and in the Future

We recently had a chance to present at the fabulous IVEC Conference hosted by our partner Drexel University and East Carolina University. The topic was the UAS7 Virtual Academy, which is the virtual pillar among UAS7's internationalization instruments.
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