2020 will go down in history as the year when so many activities shifted into the virtual space. Here is a spotlight on some of our activities:
We CAN VirtuOWL
We are excited that our proposal for digital collaborative formats in teaching between professors from OWL universities and from our partner universities in Alberta, Canada was selected to receive funding through DAAD’s IVAC program. Two pilot projects in the field of social work & health care (FH Bielefeld) and in gender studies (Bielefeld University) have already started in cooperation with professors at the University of Alberta and a call for seed funding for additional eight projects has just been announced.
Visit the project website.
Web Talk on Climate as a Design Challenge
Together with the DWIH and the German Consulate New York we hosted a live web talk on Nov. 24 on how universities take on climate change as a challenge in their curriculum. Professor Kathrin Volk from the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture at TH OWL teamed up with Kaja Kühl from Columbia University’s GSAPP to discuss this important topic.
Watch the recording on Youtube.
Virtual Conferences and Fairs
Campus OWL New York with representatives from the OWL universities participated in several events and sessions this year, for example at the GAIN Annual Meeting, the Colloquium on International Engineering Education, Research in Germany Fairs, Goethe-Institut Career Days. We covered many exciting topics such as innovation and entrepreneurship, paths to a professorship at universities of applied sciences, international master programs, work-integrated study programs and much more.
First Virtual Internship
Our office hosted our first intern, Julia Meyer, student in Media Studies at Paderborn University and we learned from this excellent experience that virtual internships work really well. Key to success is communication, online collaboration platforms and flexibility to overcome the time difference. Our call for the Spring 2021 virtual internship has been announced here.