Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) (Germany)

dhbwTaking the 35-year success story of the University of Cooperative Education into account, the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has changed the university’s legal status on March 1st, 2009. The institution now is called Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University. Raising the institution’s status is intended to ensure its national and international recognition.

The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University with its main seat in Stuttgart is the first university in Germany to integrate academic studies and work experience. Like the other universities, it is a legal entity of public law and simultaneously a state institution. Its trademarks will be the structural characteristics of the University of Cooperative Education, in particular, the participation of training companies and institutions and the dual learning principle of studies. The eight main locations and four branch campuses with their areas of responsibility and close networking with the regional economy are the pillars of the Cooperative State University.

The conversion to dual university status means the new institution can grant academic degrees. One of the main innovations is the brief to realise cooperative research projects. That means that collaboration with partner enterprises and institutions can be intensified, and steps can be taken to make academic studies more up-to-date.

The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University offers a broad spectrum of bachelor degree programs in the fields of business, engineering, and social work. All the degree programs are worth 210 ECTS credits and count as intensive programs.

Our role in the project

In its role as a national partner for the project, the partner will:

  • Support research activities by creating a national profile, and identifying institutions to participate in the survey
  • Participate in the development of the policy support tools, by contributing an expert to the expert-group
  • Organise a validation workshop amongst national stakeholders
  • Participate in national and international dissemination activities
  • Participate in the launch conference

Due to the institution’s particular expertise in design of quality systems, it will act as academic coordinator for the design of the quality criteria, and play a significant role in the finalisation of the main deliverables of the project (the defining characteristics & quality criteria for PHE, and the implementation guides for HEIs and policymakers).

Our project team

Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is a Prof. for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning and the Vicepresident of the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany, which is the largest University of Southern Germany, where he is responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He studied English, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences at the University of Bielefeld where he received his Ph.D. with honors on “Quality in E-Learning” in 2003. He was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the School of Educational of the University Duisburg-Essen. He has longstanding experiences in the development and coordination of large scale national, European and international projects for several Universities, and served as lecturer in several German universities.

Prof. Dr. Ehlers is an internationally recognised researcher and innovator in the area of learning and organizational development. His main research interest cover quality management for and competence development with learning, Learning innovation through ICT, Lifelong learning, organizational development, and the role of education for sustainable development. He has extensive experience in helping individuals and organisations achieving superior learning performances and has run several projects and evaluations in the field of e-learning and knowledge management as well as e-business including new-technology-consulting for small and medium sized enterprises.

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