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. 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.

Project Goals

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.

Integrate digital collaboration formats into teaching programs and anchor them in the curriculum. Provide access to intercultural experiences for a broader target group of students.

Students and teachers apply the digital skills acquired through virtual cooperation.

Digitizing processes in the areas of study, teaching and blended mobility across universities and build a community of practice.

Administrative Team 2020/2021

Lena Mewes Hochschule Fresenius

TAVEC Project Coordination

Dr. Susan Briziarelli Adelphi University

Assistant Provost for Global Affairs

Priya Nayar Hochschule Fresenius

Director, North America

Meet The Team!

To see our complete TAVEC Project team overview of 2020/2021, please click here.

A Strong Partnership Education Experience Education

With many years of international experience, both institutions have well-established strategies that target the areas of international, global collaboration, as well as digital communication skills.

About Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, founded in 1848 by Carl Remigius Fresenius, and with its roots in the Fresenius Chemical Laboratory, can look back on an over 165-year-old tradition in privately funded education in Germany. In the 2019/2020 winter semester, almost 14,000 students were studying at Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Science.

With locations in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Idstein, Munich, Wiesbaden, and New York, Hochschule Fresenius stands for practically oriented teaching closely linked to applied research and development. This holds true for the long-standing Faculty of Chemistry & Biology, the Faculties of Health & Social Affairs and of Economics & Media, both established in 1997/98, and also for the new Faculty of Design, which was integrated in 2013.

The International Business School of Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is located in Cologne, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Munich and offers innovative programs for German and international students led in English, such as International Business Management (B.A.), Digital Management (M.A.), Industrial Engineering and International Management (M.Sc.), International Business Management (M.A) and International Tourism & Event Management (M.A.).

In the past decade, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences has cultivated a culture of internationalization – this is evident within the university faculty and student body, in its learning objectives in the curricula and by providing international higher education opportunities to the undergraduate and graduate students. In 2016, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences opened a study center in New York City, one of the first German institutions to do so thereby further strengthening our commitment to develop meaningful partnerships in the United States. Through our study center, Hochschule Fresenius students are provided an exceptional opportunity to have an integrated study abroad semester in their respective study programs with our partner universities there.

Along with New York, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences offers two other excellent options to students to complete a semester abroad during their studies, either at University of Technology Sydney, in Australia, and at Shanghai University, Sydney Institute of Language and Commerce (SILC), in China. Each semester, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is also welcoming a number of international students at the various locations among Germany to spend one semester or the whole study program in Germany.


About Adelphi University

Founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1863, Adelphi University has been recognized as one of the Best Colleges in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report), with more than 5,300 undergraduate students and more than 2,600 graduate students coming from 60+ countries and all around the United States. Adelphi University is a private university in Garden City, New York. It also has centers in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County.

Adelphi University offers more than 120 exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs through eight schools and colleges: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education & Health Sciences, College of Nursing & Public Health, College of Professional & Continuing Studies, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstadt School of Business, and School of Social Work.

The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University ranks among the top 100 business schools in the United States and 11th in New York, with innovative programs, exceptional joint degrees with partner professional schools; and life-changing research, internship and travel opportunities.

It offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare students for the fast-paced business world. These include Accounting; Business; Business of Science; Ethics & Public Policy; Finance; Human Resource Management; Marketing; and Management. Adelphi University prioritizes global partnerships and has an institutional mandate for internationalization at various levels of exchange with outside providers who offer study abroad opportunities to students in approximately 120 different countries. Besides study abroad opportunities, Adelphy University is engaged in the world community through United Nations conferences, international leadership events, and international collaborations.

  • The grant allows us to run this as a pilot, to measure the outcomes and use it as a baseline. In their professions, students will work with people from different parts of the world and different experiences. Learning early on about the power of collaborative, global problem-solving is invaluable.

    Dr. Susan Briziarelli
  • The TAVEC project is not only highly relevant in today's climate, but it is also in line with both our institution‘s strategy for internationalization. This project aims to promote transatlantic cooperation – at the level of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as at the level of the faculty and staff. We are confident that this multilateral collaboration will create a collaborative experience for a progressive transformation on both sides of the Atlantic, with the support of innovative digital technologies!

    Prof. Dr. Tobias Engelsleben
  • It is very remarkable that we are one of only two private universities in Germany to receive DAAD funding for a project like TAVEC. We are very proud of this. Over the past years, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences has built a culture of internationalization. The TAVEC project is a further milestone in this internationalization strategy.

    Prof. Dr. Barbara Lier
  • These participatory, cross-university projects provide a valuable opportunity to broaden students‘ horizons by sharing different perspectives. We are pleased that we will implement this project together with Adelphi University.

    Priya S. Nayar