CHE investigates developments in tertiary level dual education and part-time study programmes
What characterises a good relationship between work and study? How can students on dual education and part-time programmes get the support they need? These questions are the focus of a new research project by the CHE Centre for Higher Education on behalf of the Hans Böckler Foundation.
The main objective of the new research project, which was launched in June 2014, is to identify and analyse successful and promising tertiary level dual education and part-time programmes. Case studies, expert workshops and group interviews with students will be used to identify recent developmental trends, highlight potential improvements and make empirical findings on the scope for non-material and financial support for students on dual education and part-time programmes. The study will take into account the differences arising from the different types of higher education institutions (universities and universities of applied sciences), trusteeships (public and private) and types of study programmes (e.g. work-integrated and part-time).
Head of project Sigrun Nickel said: “There has been a rapid increase in tertiary level dual education and part-time programmes in the recent years, but the quality of the offers differs. Good practice examples will give suggestions for the further development of the sector. The specific needs and social realities of students on dual education and part-time programmes are particularly relevant.”
The permeability of the German higher education system is one of the key focuses of the CHE’s work. In addition to the two-year “Part-time and dual education programme trend analysis”, the field of activity also covers the “Dual education quality network” (organised by the CHE on behalf of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) and the online platform www.studieren-ohne-abitur.de.