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As 2020 approaches its end, there is a lot to reflect upon and to be thankful for. It has been inspiring to see how students, professors, researchers and administrators at universities around the globe have met the many challenges with creativity and flexibility. We at Campus OWL New York are happy that we were able to connect with colleagues in OstWestfalenLippe and with partners in the USA and Canada in so many different ways and to create new virtual exchanges, but also to plan for times when in-person opportunities are possible again. While we are wrapping up this unusual year, we would like to wish you good health, happiness and a great year ahead. We look forward to working with you in 2021!
Best wishes,
Katja Simons

Year in Review: All Things Virtual

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 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.

Connecting Researchers around a Core Research Area: Future of Work

Earlier this year Campus OWL New York facilitated a roundtable with rectors, presidents, vice-presidents and researchers from universities in OWL – Bielefeld University, Paderborn University, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and OWL University of Applied Science and Arts – and U.S. partners in the German House in New York. Whether human-robot interaction, human-centered assistance systems, precision farming or the digital transformation of work: The contributions of the German and American researchers highlighted not only the diversity of the universities‘ research topics but also opportunities for international cooperation. The topic embodies what Campus OWL and the region stand for: excellent research and innovation, and close cooperation between industry and universities. 2021 will see more of these opportunities for international networking among researchers in this core research area.

Grand Opening of Campus OWL in New York

2020 marks the first anniversary of the opening of our liaison office in the German House. At our opening celebration the German Consul General David Gill and the director of the DAAD North America Office, Benedikt Brisch, gave welcome remarks and stressed the importance of transatlantic ties in research and academia. We also had the honor to listen to an amazing string quartet with Maren Rothfritz, graduate of the Detmold University of Music, who provided musical accompaniment for the evening.

Coming Up: Alumni & Friends New Year’s Mixer in January

Together with our wonderful colleagues in the other university liaison offices in the U.S, we are hosting a magic evening with music and mingling (all virtual) and welcome remarks by the German Consul General David Gill on January 14, 2021 for alumni and friends in the U.S. View the event.

Finale: Pop-Up Detmold with “Virtual Insanity”

Throwback to the number-one hit "Virtual Insanity" by British funk band Jamiroquai, released in 1996. The song was performed and recorded by Pop-Up Live @ Sommertheater Detmold in 2013 with students under the artistic direction of Prof. Anne Kohler. Listen to the piece on YouTube.

Campus OWL New York Office would like to thank all our partners for the great cooperation in 2020!
Campus OWL 
is the New York based liaison office of 5 higher education institutions in OstWestfalenLippe, Germany. We offer advice on study abroad and full degree programs, connect researchers and support research collaborations.
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