Summary of the European Expert Seminar “Combining Practice-Orientated and Theoretical Learning in Higher Education”

A summary of the European Expert Seminar “Combining Practice-Orientated and Theoretical Learning in Higher Education” is available online.
On 20 April 2015 37 participants from 13 different EU Member States (representatives from ministries, permanent representations and stakeholder organisations) as well as EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament) came together in Brussels to discuss different models of “dual learning” (= combining practice orientated and theoretical learning) in higher education.

CUAS: Practice and theory combined in a flexible way
The example from Cologne University of Applied Science (presented by Prof. Bartz-Beielstein) was mentioned as follows:
“Jochen Goeser from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and Prof. Dr. Bartz-Beielstein from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne both in Germany presented concrete examples of how theory and practice can be combined. In the example of Aachen students are following a classic “dual study programme”. The programme alternates between study phases at university and practical training in companies, especially foreseen for semester breaks and when students are working on their BA thesis. The workload for these students is particularly high. They are, however, compensated, for example by a salary paid by employers and excellent job prospects after graduation. The example from Cologne showed how practice and theory can be combined in a more flexible way, such as through project work with industry, internships and close cooperation with companies in all study phases.”

Please click here to read the summary of the European expert seminar.