Dual education is on the rise. But what does it mean for higher education institutions? Stifterverband has published a practical handbook on the subject.
The permeability between vocational and academic education has become a key issue for the future in Germany. The combination of higher education and practical training in the world of work has established itself firmly as “dual education”: currently comprising nearly 95,000 students in more than 1,500 dual degree programmes cooperating with more than 41,000 organisations of the world of work in Germany. With this rapid quantitative growth a variety of models of dual study programmes have been developed, which differ from one another in terms of time organisation, degree of integration of theoretical and practical phases, or number of cooperating learning sites.
In 2013 Stifterverband has therefore established the Quality Network Dual Education (Qualitätsnetzwerk Duales Studium) to jointly work out, with ten partners from public and private higher education institutions as well as vocational academies, common recommendations as to the development of quality and future prospects in dual education. The 10 partners in question are the Berufsakademie Sachsen, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, the University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg, the FOM University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences Munich, the Berlin School of Economics and Law, the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, the University of Kassel and the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences.
This practical handbook is based on the knowledge on quality development and future perspectives of dual education gathered through the entire network. Here the results of the two-year joint work are summarised and made accessible to the public. Overall, the handbook has two objectives: it should provide managers in higher education institutions and companies with concrete suggestions for further dual study programmes. In addition still, it should also provide all interested actors in dual education, from higher education to professional practice as well as policy-makers, with an overview of key aspects and discussions about dual education.