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Welcome to the 2022 German Fulbright Summer Institute


Following a very successful virtual program in 2021, the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is delighted to welcome the 2022 German Fulbright Summer Institute to campus! 30 Fulbright undergraduate students from across Germany will undertake a 3-week immersive intercultural exchange program with collaborative projects.

The Institute will expose the students to academic life and study in an American university through a number of distinct but interrelated curricular courses. These are Intercultural Communication and Leadership, American Culture and Society, Entrepreneurship and Business Case Studies, and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Case studies, group discussions and hand-on collaborative projects are designed to enable students to gain new knowledge and skills as well as to practice in group settings. The in-person program will also take the students to visit some of the most iconic cities and sites in Michigan including the Michigan State Capitol Building, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Ann Arbor Arts Festival, and the city of Detroit, just to name a few.

Hosting Institution: Michigan State University

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This program is sponsored by Fulbright Germany.

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Students will participate in a full daily schedule of classes, guest lectures, field trips, and enrichment activities.


Intercultural Communication in a Global Context (ICC)

Course Objectives (CO):

  1. Better understand concepts related to intercultural communication
  2. Advance skill set and competencies in intercultural communication in a Global Context
  3. Have a better understanding of self through conversation and reflection in contrast with people from different backgrounds
  4. Understand the power of intercultural communication for social justice

Learning Outcomes (LO):

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of self in contrast to others
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural communication in a global context
  • Create dialogue and communication across differences
  • Understanding other cultures and adapting communication
  • Demonstrate acceptance and appreciation for other groups through Allyship
  • Understand and implement the Intercultural Communication Praxis

Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Global Solutions (EIG)

This course serves as an introduction to how Entrepreneurship and Innovation can thrive in the conditions of fast-changing global and interrelated local economies.

The key focus is to understand how an Entrepreneurial Business plan can be built, and why an understanding of business models that should be used within a plan should be explored to a level of conscious competence. Students, in self-appointed learning teams of 5 will build a slide presentation that they will deliver to the whole course towards the end of this learning experience.

Each session will methodically help the students to build their presentation through the medium of short lectures and mentored learning team activities

This course will be a highly interactive ‘learning by doing’ experience that will expose all students to the most major aspects of successful Entrepreneurship and Innovation in this era of unprecedented continuous and ever accelerating change around the world.

Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in this course each individual will have the tools and the experiential learning opportunities to gain conscious competence in the following elements of understanding what it takes to become entrepreneurial and innovative in a fast-changing world:

  • The fundamentals of how to work in and build a business
  • The need to build a practical plan for an Entrepreneurial enterprise
  • Understanding key motivation factors for self, suppliers, and any workers within the Entrepreneurial enterprise
  • How the speed of change is accelerating, and the key global factors that suggest the acceleration will continue
  • Using a simple classroom questionnaire enables each participant to identify their motivations in terms of entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship activities
  • The fit that Emotional intelligence has with both Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Understanding the movement toward an Ethical world which includes the Environment, Social Values, and Transparent Governance
  • Understanding how to identify the key needs and wants of a target market within a specific business arena
  • What is Strategy, and what is a first-level Entrepreneurial strategic plan?
  • Developing a vision, writing the key goals and strategic initiatives
  • How to analyze key competitors and the key drivers in a specific chosen market
  • Developing and practicing creativity within an Entrepreneurial Business Plan by understanding the fundamentals of Customer Experience, Design Thinking, The Customer Journey, and The Business Model Canvas
  • Creating a Value Chain to match the value propositions within an Entrepreneurial strategic initiative
  • Creating a ‘pitch style’ presentation that covers the fundamentals of a Strategic Entrepreneurial Business Initiative
  • Understanding the science and art behind innovation, that includes a visit to the Henry Ford Innovation Center, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Assembly Line

American Culture and Society (ACS)

Course Objectives (CO):

  1. Identify and explore common assumptions about US culture, society and people; engage in critical reflection about these assumptions
  2. Develop new understandings of US culture and society, particularly in relation to ethnic and immigration history
  3. Strengthen understanding of core concepts, including culture, society, history, race, ethnicity and diversity
  4. Make connections between issues in historical diversity and contemporary intercultural communication

Learning Outcomes (LO):

  • Compare and contrast assumptions about the United States, Germany and Europe, both historically and in the present (CO1)
  • Identify and explore connections between US history and contemporary US culture and society (CO2)
  • Analyze different media to explore key questions about US culture and society (CO2)
  • Demonstrate active listening and oral expression skills in English, understanding and articulating complex ideas in clear language (CO1, CO2, CO3)
  • Define and explain key concepts in US culture and society, historically and in the present (CO3, CO4)


  • Critical analysis skills
  • Historical thinking
  • Visual and literary analysis
  • Public speaking


Guest Lectures & Panels

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System & Government

July 19, 2022, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

The structure of the U.S. government and the American legal system has a unique historical basis, and has had a lasting impact on American culture, ideals, and attitudes. Learn about how the American system of government came to be, the role of the U.S. Constitution, and how American society has shaped and been shaped by these institutions. The session will be followed by a presentation about Michigan's court system in preparation for a visit to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Intercultural Communication and Leadership - A Conversation with Global Executives

July 21, 2022, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Being the heart of the U.S. automotive industry, Michigan attracts the most talented engineers, designers, and leaders. Meet some of the industry’s top executives, all of whom have studied, worked and lived in multiple continents and countries, and are leading diverse teams to success in some of the most challenging business environments. Listen to their stories and get inspired.


Students will be awarded the German Fulbright Summer Institute certificate as well as an MSU VIPP certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Program Dates

July 16: Arrival and Check in at MSU Owen Hall  
July 17: Program Orientation and Campus Tour
July 18 – August 5: Daily classes and activities
August 6: Departure


Instructors & Guest Speakers

 Main Instructors

Anjam Chaudhary.jpgAnjam Chaudhary is the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program coordinator at MSU International Studies and Programs. With more than 10 years of national and international experience in academic and administrative education and a passion for intercultural communication competence, Chaudhary brings a multicultural and multilingual perspective to this new position. Most recently she served in professional development and graduate recruitment at Central Michigan University’s Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, where she developed and facilitated leadership workshops and conferences on diversity and interculturality. Prior to that, she was the faculty-led program coordinator in CMU’s Office of International Affairs. Chaudhary is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D at CMU in education, interculturality and student development, and she also holds a master’s degree in integrated communications, advertising and public relations from Florida International University; a certificate in advertising and global communications from Berlin’s Institute of Marketing and Communications; and a bachelor’s in South Asian studies from the National Institute of Asian Languages and Cultures.


Dr. Peglar Gordon sq.jpgDr. Anna Pegler-Gordon is an Associate Professor at James Madison College where she teaches courses in Asian American history, immigration policy, citizenship, comparative race and ethnic relations, and U.S. racial and immigration history. She has received fellowships for her teaching and research, including national and international awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Japanese Association for American Studies. Professor Pegler-Gordon’s first book, In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy (University of California Press, 2009) won the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s Theodore Saloutos prize “for the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration history of the United States.” An American Quarterly drawn from this research was selected for inclusion as the lead essay in Best American History Essays. She is also completing work on her second book, a study of Asian immigrants at Ellis Island.


Keith Niblett.jpgKeith Niblett is the Assistant Director of International and Custom Programs at the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. Firstly an English and a Masters Music graduate, Mr. Niblett held senior executive and directing position in the regional and national press, in radio and magazines. His media career expand in Hong Kong, the USA, Canada, Australia and France. He also has a post-graduate Masters degree in Management Studies, and worked in BET, Sandridge Park Business School, Cranfield University, Thunderbird School of Global Management. 



Guest Speakers

teresa svec side-by-side.jpgTeresa Svec has been teaching international students at Michigan State University since 2012, including instructing internationally educated lawyers in the American Legal System Program at the College of Law, teaching English as an assistant professor at the MSU English Language Center, and working with visiting professionals from around the world for the Visiting International Professional Program. Teresa teaches courses in a variety of disciplines including law, research, writing, and business English. Prior to teaching for MSU, Teresa worked as a policy advisor for the nonprofit organization Disability Network Michigan, advocating for disability rights and legislative changes. Teresa holds a J.D. from MSU Law, a B.A. in Linguistics, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.


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Ms. Isabelle McKenzie is serving as the Vice President General Manager for BorgWarner Power Drive Systems business unit for the Americas since March 2020. She is responsible for the overall business and manufacturing operations. Her previous assignment was Vice President of Engineering for BorgWarner Transmission Systems between 2014 and 2020, responsible for global product development and product management. Isabelle has over 27 years of experience in the automotive industry including general management, operations, global engineering management, program management and quality. Prior to joining BorgWarner Isabelle was at Continental Automotive, most recently as head of Engine System Control Engineering and Program Management. She had various positions at Continental and Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation.



Nirad Pandya.jpgMr. Nirad Pandya is currently Head of Strategy and Head of E-Mobility products at Vitesco Technologies, a leading supplier of automotive powertrain solutions to most of the world’s top carmakers. Over his 25-year career, Mr. Pandya has held leading roles in engineering, general management, program management and marketing at Caterpillar, Motorola and Continental. Mr. Pandya has lived in the US, Germany, China and India and has a strong appreciation for communication and leading across cultures. 





Henry Julicher.pngHenry Julicher is currently the Regional Manager of Sales and Operations for Lufthansa Cargo Midwest and holds twelve years of professional experience in the aviation industry. Henry has been long interested in an international career since high-school and learned that learning German would open up professional opportunities abroad. After studying Economics in college, Henry joined Lufthansa Group on a management trainee program which ultimately brought him to Germany. He believes that success is linked to attitude and motivation and that anyone can succeed with the right mindset; adding travel and experience is also key to understanding perspectives and approaches and will help broaden one's horizons and abilities. Since returning to Michigan, Henry heads the membership committee for the German-American Business Council of Michigan, a professional networking organization that builds on the strong economic, cultural and commercial ties between Michigan and Germany. He lives in Metro Detroit and is passionate about the benefits of living in Michigan, which include sailing the Great Lakes and tasting the culinary scene in Detroit.

Faris Alami.jpgFaris Alami is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of International Strategic Management (ISM) since 2003, and works to develop entrepreneurial ecosystem facilitating and training immigrants and ethnic minority entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad.

Faris partnered/worked with several incubators and accelerators globally – where he managed over 1,000 start-ups each year, and played a role in planning entrepreneurial training, talent, and several international initiatives. He is a certified FastTrac Facilitator in the internationally recognized Entrepreneurial Training program through the Kauffman Foundation.




Andrea Arnold.jpgAndrea Arnold is the Senior Manager, Global Marketing Communications, Eaton eMobility. Andrea is responsible for planning, development, deployment, and measurement of global eMobility marketing communications in support of Eaton’s vehicle electrification strategy.  In May 2012, Andrea joined Eaton at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.  She has held roles of increasing responsibilities including marketing communications for commercial vehicle transmissions, and developing the brand strategy for the Eaton Cummins joint venture during its formation. In November 2018, she assumed her current role and became the first marketing leader for the newly formed eMobility business. Ms. Arnold holds a BBA from Western Michigan University, and an MBA from Baker College.



Scot Streeter.jpgScot Streeter is Engineering Director, Mobile Power Conversion, Eaton eMobility. Scot is responsible for technical leadership of new product introductions for traction inverters and mobile DC/DC converters for the commercial vehicle market. With Eaton since 1985, Mr. Streeter has held a variety of roles in metrology and materials engineering.
In 2021, he assumed his current responsibility for mobile power conversion relative to Eaton’s eMobility business.  Mr. Streeter holds a BSME from Trine University, with high honors, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.



Werner Happenhofer.jpgWerner Happenhofer joined Eaton in March 2022 to assume the position of VP Product Development Engineering for eMobility. Werner is responsible for leading and managing Eaton’s eMobility product engineering activities along with product launches, base product development and engineering functional excellence. Before joining Eaton, Werner worked for different tier 1 corporations in Europe and the U.S. in Engineering Management roles and as Business Leader with P&L responsibility. He developed and launched products in power electronics, powertrain controls and powertrain components. Werner has published a number of papers in automotive magazines and holds several patents for engine components and controls. His motto is “Embrace Diversity”. Werner holds a Master of Science in Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich.


Anette Howard.pngAnnette Howard joined the Eaton eMobility team in April 2022 and supports the team daily on all aspects of HR.  Prior to joining the eMobility team she has held several HR roles at Eaton since 1998.  Support teams have included North America Operation, Marshall Michigan Campus, Engineering Technology and North America functional teams. Prior to joining Eaton, Ms. Howard worked at Denso Manufacturing supporting Supply Chain and Logistics. Annette is a member of all eight of Eaton’s inclusion resource groups and leads the Marshall Community Service Team. Annette has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Sienna Heights University.

Student Assistants

Student Assistants

Meet the MSU students who will serve as class assistants and cultural ambassadors during the 2022 German Fulbright Summer Institute.

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 Aviana Irrer


MSU Junior

Major: Arts and Humanities, German






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 Andrew Taylor


MSU Senior

Major: Physics and German





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MSU Senior

Major: International Relations and German





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Ian Armit


MSU Junior

Major: Advertising Management






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Rebecca Stokes


MSU Junior

Major: Social Relations and Policy






Claire Chapski.jpgClaire Chapski


MSU Senior

Major: Human Biology

Meet the Students

Meet the Students

Ellen Naomi Ambiel, Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society: International Business Administration

Miriam Rosina Sophia Baumgartner, Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences: Applied Geodesy and Geoinformatics
Katharina Berkemeier, University of Applied Sciences Muenster: Business Administration

Andrei Cosovan, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Lörrach: Computer Science

Anastasija Djokić, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration: Business Administration

Niklas Döhner, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld: Mechanical Engineering

Lukas Farrenkopf, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach: Industrial Engineering

Jule Marie Franz, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach: Civil Engineering

Christina Geeb, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach - Bad Mergentheim: Industrial Engineering

Patrick Gerloff, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld: Mechatronics

Luca Leon Gosemärker, University of Applied Sciences Muenster: Mechanical Engineering

Tim Grabowski, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld: Industrial Engineering

Jérôme Grohmann, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Heilbronn: Business Administration

Lukas Leonardo Hahn, Southwestphalia University of Applied Sciences: Industrial Engineering

Margarita Kaminskaya, European University of Applied Science Brühl: General Management

Kim Kelly Kehrer, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Lörrach: Business Administration

Anika Binte Moumi Khan, Berlin School for Economics and Law: Business Administration

Patrick Manuel Kutter, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Lörrach: Mechanical Engineering

Amina Mecellem, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim: Social Work

Sophie Meyer, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach: Civil Engineering

Fabian Möbius, Berlin School for Economics and Law: Business Administration

Moritz Fabian Neubert, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim: Business Informatics

Natalia Paley, Berlin School for Economics and Law: Business Administration

Anna Piontek, Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences: Business Administration

Silas Pohl, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim: Computer Science

Robin Otto Schmidt, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe: Computer Science

Lisa Schreibweiß, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim: International Business Administration

Henry Théry, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration: Business Administration

Jule Alice Andrea Thomas, European University of Applied Science Neuss: General Management

Lena Sophie Weißhuhn, Trier University of Applied Sciences: Mechanical Engineering



Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony


Painting the Rock: An MSU Tradition!


Visit to the Eaton Proving Grounds


A Day in the Life: MSU Hatch, Allen Farmers Market, Mid-SURE Research Symposium


Celebrations Spartan-Style