New York Ci­ty High School Dee­pe­ning Re­la­ti­ons­hips With Ger­ma­ny

Amerika Woche - - Wir In Amerika - B Randolf Schnei­der

The­re are a to­tal of 450 pu­b­lic high schools in New York Ci­ty, and the High School for Math, Sci­ence, and En­gi­nee­ring (HSMSE) is one of ni­ne „spe­cia­li­zed“pu­b­lic high schools, with ad­mit­tan­ce on­ly by a top sco­re on the ri­go­rous th­ree hour Spe­cia­li­zed High School Ad­mit­tan­ce Test. Every Oc­to­ber, 30,000 midd­le school stu­dents ta­ke this test in the hopes of earning one of about 4,000 seats at such fa­mous schools as Bronx Sci­ence, Stuy­vesant, Brook­lyn Tech, etc. Last ye­ar the­re we­re 19,856 ap­p­li­cants who lis­ted HSMSE as a choice on their ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, for on­ly 149 avail­able seats. HSMSE is the ne­west spe­cia­li­zed school, foun­ded on­ly in 2002. HSMSE is on the cam­pus of Ci­ty Col­le­ge, a pu­b­lic uni­ver­si­ty in West Har­lem.

This is very much a STEM school and be­cau­se Ger­man is the lan­gua­ge of en­gi­nee­ring, all stu­dents stu­dy Ger­man, ex­cept for tho­se al­re­a­dy in ad­van­ced Spa­nish cour­ses. Be­cau­se of the gre­at di­ver­si­ty of the stu­dents at HSMSE, with lan­gua­ges spo­ken at ho­me in­clu­ding Ben­ga­li to Can­to­ne­se and ma­ny others, stu­dy­ing Ger­man lan­gua­ge is a gre­at le­ve­ler. In fact, sports teams are known to yell com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons to each other in Ger­man on the field to con­fu­se their op­po­n­ents.

Be­cau­se of the uni­que STEM and Ger­man lan­gue pro­gram, the teachers, ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on, and pa­r­ents are al­ways working to grow the school’s re­la­ti­ons­hips with Ger­man com­pa­nies, Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties, and the Ger­man Go­vern­ment.

On Fri­day 21 Sep­tem­ber 2018 the school had the pri­vi­le­ge to wel­co­me vi­si­tors from Co­lo­gne Uni­ver­si­ty: Ms. Chris­tia­ne Biehl, He­ad of In­ter­na­tio­nal Of­fice, Dr. Eva Bos­bach, Exe­cu­ti­ve Di­rec­tor Co­lo­gne Uni­ver­si­ty - New York Of­fice; and Pro­fes­sor Dr. Pe­ter Schumacher, Di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tu­te for Ge­no­me Sta­bi­li­ty in Aging and Di­sea­se.

Doc­tor Schumacher ga­ve a fa­sci­na­ting talk: „Why Do We Age and What Can We Do About It?“. This ques­ti­on is as old as hu­ma­ni­ty, but re­cent­ly sci­en­tists ha­ve be­gun to un­ra­vel the bio­lo­gi­cal ba­sis of aging with fa­sci­na­ting re­sults, pro­vi­ding in­sight in­to how age re­la­ted di­sea­ses are in­flu­en­ced by li­fe-style choices and me­di­ci­ne. But can aging its­elf be­co­me a the­ra­peu­tic tar­get?

A li­vely con­ver­sa­ti­on about what so­me of the re­cent key dis­co­ve­ries in bio­me­di­cal aging re­se­arch might me­an for all of us was di­rec­ted by Dr. Schumacher and in­vol­ved stu­dents, staff and the vi­si­tors. Un­der dis­cus­sion with Co­lo­gne Uni­ver­si­ty is the pos­si­bi­li­ty of Ger­man stu­dents co­m­ing to HSMSE and as­sist the Ger­man De­part­ment as stu­dent teachers, and HSMSE gra­dua­tes to stu­dy at Co­lo­gne Uni­ver­si­ty in Ger­ma­ny.

David Gill, Con­sul-Ge­ne­ral to New York, and An­na Gar­ri­do Vice Con­sul, vi­si­ted the school on Wed­nes­day 26 Sep­tem­ber. Mr. Gill spo­ke with Ger­man stu­dents about their stu­dies, their trips to Ger­ma­ny last sum­mer, and their plans for the fu­ture, which hope­ful­ly in­clu­de li­ving and working in Ger­ma­ny!

The school and the Con­su­la­te are pl­an­ning to work to­ge­ther to find op­por­tu­nities for HSMSE stu­dents in Ger­ma­ny.

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