Dual Learning: Combining Practice-Orientated and Theoretical Learning in Higher Education


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 to discuss different models of “dual learning” (= combining practice orientated and theoretical learning) in higher education. A specific emphasis was laid on the German model of “dual study programmes” that combines a higher education degree with elements of vocational training.

The workshop’s aim was to exchange information on “dual learning” programmes in higher education in European countries; identify good practice as well as to discuss the potential of developing a “dual learning” approach in interested European countries where similar study forms are currently not existing.

Please click here to read the summary of the European expert seminar.
An article on "Dual Study Programms - The DAAD and the European Perspective" can be found here (in German).


Case studies: Combining practice and theory

The dual study programme "Scientific Programming"
Jochen Goeser, University of Applied Sciences Aachen

A practice orientated study programme
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, University of Applied Sciences Cologne

The interest of employers to contribute to higher education training
Christian Hoffelder, Siemens AG

European Policy & Programmes to strengthen practice-orientated higher education learning

Peter Baur, European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture