Hochschule Fresenius’s International Business School and Adelphi University’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business came together with the support of DAAD’s International Virtual Academic Collaboration grant to form our TAVEC Project in 2020-2021. This unique collaboration is the first step in building a stronger relationship between both institutions and our larger associated communities.
What is the Trans-Atlantic Virtual Exchange and Collaboration Project?
Faculty from both Hochschule Fresenius‘ International Business School and Adelphi University’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business will work together to co-teach in four selected modules and bring students together on a shared collaborative platform, cutting across projects and cross-university teams.
These projects will in turn be presented to a larger audience through two formats: a multidisciplinary student organized conference held once a year in the spring; and a collaborative website documenting the cooperation between both institutions and showcasing student work with the help of a dynamic toolkit space.
In 2020/2021, we would like to expand our German-American relationship by this new collaborating project. Both institutions have a shared commitment to learning through practice and student centric study models. We are confident that through this initial student and faculty exchange, we would begin to form a long standing partnership between Hochschule Fresenius‘ International Business School and Adelphi University’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the program “IVAC – International Virtual Academic Collaboration” with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The 2020 crisis has created conditions which have opened entirely new possibilities for re-envisioning international mobility and intercultural exchange by means of digital presentation.
Blended learning with its various online and offline teaching elements becomes “blended mobility” when digitally aided instruction is augmented by collaborative components in an international context. The result is entirely new teaching and learning arrangements which are student-focused and collaboration-based, unimpeded by geographic or time restrictions. Research orientation and project work are examples of didactic approaches which can provide structure to virtual exchange scenarios and cultivate a network between instructors and students. Through the IVAC program, DAAD provides practical support to instructors and strategic support to universities with the aim of developing and expanding international higher education partnerships and worldwide mobility by tapping digital possibilities.