29.06.2016

“A small, safe, welcoming and inclusive community”

Category: Englisch

Dean of the Business School at SUNY Plattsburgh USA visits the campus of Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

Last week the Dean of the Business School at the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh, Dr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters, paid a visit to Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences. 

The US university representative had been invited by Prof. Alexandra Angress, who initiated the university cooperation together with her US colleague Dr. Jackie Vogl, Head of the Global Education Office at SUNY Plattsburgh. The new dean's visit also involved talks regarding potential future cooperation activities and formats which might be of interest to both sides with the aim of enhancing internationalisation in both institutions, according to Prof. Angress, Officer for Foreign Relations at the Faculty of Business and Law. The visit of the dean from the USA was funded by the guest professor programme of the Bavarian Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts.

In her talks at the Faculty of Business and Law, Dr. Ortiz-Walters also elaborated on the application process for the US labour market. She said that in addition to having a good degree, it was important for students to be aware of their “unique selling proposition” as compared to competitors and to be able to communicate this effectively. Talking about students’ ongoing professional and personal development, she also underlined the importance of social networks such as LinkedIn at the international level as well as the role of mentoring. 

There was also discussion of differences and similarities as regards studying in Germany and the USA, with Plattsburgh and Aschaffenburg being said to have much in common: “A small, safe, welcoming and inclusive community” – this was the summary of feedback the dean had received from students at Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences who had taken an exchange semester at the partner university SUNY Plattsburgh and whom the new dean met for a working breakfast. “As students of business management, we just couldn’t imagine taking a degree course without spending time in a foreign country,” said one student, commenting on his motivation to study abroad. “And for me personally it was a dream come true to be able to study in the USA!” Another former SUNY student said that now that she was majoring in international sales at Aschaffenburg, she was able to apply marketing skills acquired at the US partner university. 

Two information events were held that allowed students planning to take a study semester in the USA to find out about the courses on offer and campus life at SUNY Plattsburgh. In addition to eleven degree courses (Bachelor of Science) at the SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business, a new master’s degree course (M.Sc.) in Business Analytics is due to be launched as of 2017.