Higher education for learning and skills development 4.0

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Author(s)Raimund Hudak, Anna Frankenberg

To be prepared for digitization, it is obligatory to combine the understanding of theoretical foundations with the ability to develop practical solutions and products. Mediation of hybrid qualifications and skills is on the rise. Work society is in constant change. Consequently, the education sector has to change constantly in order to adapt to those changes. Therefore, a close link between HE and the world of work (enterprises) is getting more and more important focusing at the development of PHE. Changed societal demands and values play also an important role in both the world of work and PHE – individual development is vital. So how can the expectations from an individual, the world of work and from education be understood and met today? How can these three important players (students, PHE institutions and enterprises) come together in times of 4.0? A big step to solve the issue is tried by the Erasmus+ project “Boosting European Exchange on Higher VET/PHE and Employer Involvement in Education Structures”. The BEEHiVES project is designed to address cooperation and collaboration barriers and best practices in the strategic partnership triangle – HVET/PHE institutions, employers/labour markets and students – to contribute to the development of skills relevant to labour market needs and equip students with the knowledge and skills relevant for their long-term employability, entrepreneurship and personal development. What are the key topics that need to be changed to become a PHE 4.0 institution? How should the collaboration between the three stakeholder groups (PHE, World of work and student) be strengthen in order to be effective towards the constant changes and needs of 4.0. The best practice of cooperation within the strategic partnership triangle so far is the Cooperative State University Baden Wuerttemberg, with their dual study system combining theory and practice throughout a study programme. Important are the set policies by the state government´s education laws to implement enterprises as partner companies and students in the commission for quality assurance and expert commission of the DHBW, as well as being members of the Senate.

CategoriesMission of PHE » 2017 27th Annual Conference, Modernising PHE within diversified HE
TagsEURASHE, UAS, university of applied sciences, conference, 4.0, digitalisation, development, skills