Management and Economics 

Virtual Lecture in Global Finance

Format: Synchronous online meetings

Timeline: February 8th - May 3rd, 2021

Objectives: Understanding of the connections between financial markets, external relations, exchange rates and international finance and the emergence of financial crises. The course offers insights into the general ideas of financial openness, financial tools, modern finance and money, spotlighting the EU, the US, and other international players.

Tasks: Simulation Game "Tip of the Iceberg": Students are required to work on a Simulation Game together in mixed groups. Tip of the Iceberg is a simulated game in which two native speakers of English and two non-native speakers role play as CEO and CFO, collecting as much information as they can in 15-20 minutes for a presentation to a venture capitalist to obtain investment in a water purification unit. The students’ task is to learn to communicate effectively with their teammates despite language differences.


Format: Fully Online - Synchronous and Asynchronous

Timeline: March 24th - May 5th, 2021 (7 joint sessions of 1.5hrs)

Objectives: The module is designed to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the major leadership issues businesses are confronted with when developing and operating in global markets. It is devoted to the theoretical and applied aspects of corporate leadership. A special focus is put to the global context of leadership application. It introduces key theories of international leadership, including the determinants and the impact of leadership models.

Tasks: The students will first receive impulses on various aspects of leadership and will then work together in teams on the Harvard Business School case study Everest on the topic of Leadership in Crisis Situations. In addition to two case-specific questions, they are required to analyze a leadership theory assigned to each team on the basis of the case and to argue the applicability and limitations of the theory on the case.

Virtual Lecture in Corporate Governance

Format: Fully Online - Synchronous and Asynchronous

Timeline: April 9th - April 30th, 2021

ObjectivesThis course compares different legal traditions in the US and in the EU and its member states. Students will discuss varying approaches to corporate social responsibility and corporate governance and the advantages and disadvantages of each system will be discussed. Participants will develop concepts for a new corporate legal system which serves both the interests of companies and the interests of stakeholders.This course will also consider the history of Black Wall Street and the impact of laws and policies on its development. Students will also be encouraged to consider how laws and policies may address these concerns, even today, including in other locations.

TasksCase Studies & presentations

Presentations are expected to entail a brief overview of the group’s collective thoughts regarding why criminal behavior may take place as described in the case study. COIL participants are expected to identify how legislation, policing, courts, punishment, and corrections have been and should be handled with the criminal justice process in mind, also highlighting the policy implications. Importantly, students are expected to differentiate between the US system of criminal justice and the related system that they have researched. Students should compare the systems and report similarities and differences in the systems. Students should make specific crime control and/or public policy recommendations based on their findings. 

Case study topics include: 

  • You work as a manager or as a lawyer in the legal department of one of the biggest fashion retailers in Germany with a subsidiary in the Netherlands. The clothes your company sells are manufactured in Lahore, Pakistan. Some of the workers there are under the age of 18. Safety standards in the factory literally do not exist. From a legal point of view: What has to be observed when your company in Germany and the Dutch subsidiary purchases clothes from the Pakistan supplier? 
  • You work as a manager or as a lawyer in a US corporation. You are planning to expand your business to Europe. The CEO asks you where to incorporate your European subsidiary. In particular, he is interested in the different governance models of public corporations in European countries and the pros and cons of such models. In addition, the CEO asks you whether there are any compulsory gender quota rules for positions on the boards and whether the workforce has any influence on the boards. Tax aspects shall not be considered. 
  • Consider the following and consider how corporate governance may have affected Black Wall Street and similar economic structures; and offer suggestions for moving forward based on your research 

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture Workshop

Format: Virtual classwork + 5-day virtual workshop in fall

Timeline: March 16th - May 12, 2021 (biweekly online meetings), in-person workshop in Sept./Oct. 2021

Objectives: Students will develop an understanding and appreciation for the range of perspectives and professional responses to climate change impacts on the landscape between the USA and Germany/Europe. Students will develop a sensitivity towards multicultural contexts for global issues and problem solving skills with respect to climate change adaptation methods within their professional context.

Tasks: Spring term: Development of use cases of climate adaptation strategies from US and Europe. Each group presents case studies from their own countries and compare differences and similarities. Fall term: Exploring the project area (virtual or real – depends on Corona conditions), extracting challenges to be solved on site, defining goals and visions, discussing different planning approaches, creating plans and other media to present results and conclusions.

Computer Science

Virtual Lecture: The Internet of Things

Format: Online and offline, synchronous and asynchronous

Timeline: April 4th - May 11th, 2021

Objectives: Understanding the building blocks of IoT systems and the underlying technologies that drive their revolution. Applying ML to address different requirements related to signal processing, communication, and control. Getting experimental and simulation experience while developing IoT systems and ML models
using state-of-the-art platforms; WiPy from Pycom and Coral Dev Board/USB Accelerator.

Tasks: Students use and install m5Stack/SUNY hardware/software tools, comparing their results in mixed groups. Groups operate the system on the other side of the ocean remotely. Both sub-groups write a protocol of carrying out the examples remotely and exchange it asynchronously.  Students develop own product/service ideas according to the different application fields (offline) and present the ideas to a virtual “product management” (a jury) with the idea of founding a OS/NY joint venture (online). They start implementing a prototype.


Science communication

Virtual Project work: Science, Technology and Environmental Journalism

Format: Online: Introductory lectures and discussions followed by in-class and out-of-class team project work

Timeline: March 30th - April 29th, 2021

Objectives: Students will gain experience with the conceptualization and production of texts for public consumption. We want to provide an intercultural experience for our German and US students as well as give them experience communicating out to intercultural audiences.

Tasks: Production of a science and technology blog. Students will work in mixed teams and choose their own topics within the areas of science, technology and environment. Through joint teamwork and small groups, students will work on concept generation and text production for the blog. Each student is expected to co-produce three texts during the course of the experience, with the text publication being a group effort. Students will take one of a handful of roles in the publication process (e.g., writer, illustrator, editor). All publications will be published in both English and German.

Environmental engineering


Case Study & Design Project: Air Pollution Control

Format: Synchronous online meetings

Timeline: February 1st to May 15th, 2021

Objectives: Engage students in solving real-word air pollution problems. Obtain student success via project-based learning. Build collaboration, relationships and networks among international students/instructors.

Tasks: Conduct a photo-journal assignment to draw connections with physical, social and cultural aspects of the environment. Conduct a case study using publicly available air quality data (NYS and German cities) and focus on current state of air quality during COVID-19 pandemic. Conduct a design project to assess the state-of-the-art stationary and mobile air pollution control methods being used and propose/design appropriate strategy to reduce air pollution.



Format: Workshops, primarily asynchronous

Timeline: March - December 2021

Objectives: At both SUNY and HM, three lectures are linked in three consecutive semesters. The aim is to strengthen interdisciplinary transfer thinking and intercultural exchange. The necessary close exchange between student teams from HM & SUNY will primarily take place in online workshops. The students should learn and experience how to transfer their concepts and ideas smoothly or with little friction.  The interface between development and production on the one hand, but also between marketing and production on the other hand is critical in many companies, especially if the teams concerned are located in different countries. At the same time, time for the transfer is limited, which is expressed in the limited overlapping phase of the courses. Thus, the students get to know operational situations and framework conditions in a realistic way. 

Tasks: In the first lecture "3D-printing & -design" @ HM the focus is on development & conception: The students create their own product e.g., for a new board game. Besides the game idea, they design the game pieces etc. using CAD, the basics of which they learn in the course. Finally, they make samples using 3D printing. This product idea is transferred to SUNY. In the "Project Management" lecture that follows there, they take it up and design a product development concept or production concept. Finally, these results are transferred back to HM students. In the course "Strategic Business Simulation", the market for this new product is analyzed, a marketing concept is designed and consideration is given to how this new product can be placed in the market.