New York City High School Deepening Relationships With Germany
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.