Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg – DHBW)
Who are we?
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg – DHBW) is the first higher education institution in Germany to integrate academic studies with workplace training within the curriculum. This means that students regularly switch, every three months, from their academic studies at the university to practical training at their partner company. The DHBW Heilbronn is the latest location of the State University System. The organization structure of DHBW is unique in Germany for it comprises both the central (DHBW headquarters in Stuttgart) and the local level (9 DHBW locations and 3 campuses). With around 34,000 enrolled students, over 9,000 partner companies and more than 125,000 graduates, DHBW counts as one of the largest HE institutions in the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. All degree programmes are both nationally and internationally accredited, count as intensive study programs and are worth 210 ECTS credits. In addition, DHBW offers career-integrated postgraduate study programmes at its Center for Advanced Studies.
DHBW was granted the legal status of a university in 2009. But it traces its roots back to the University of Cooperative Education BA BW (“Berufsakademie Baden-Württemberg”), founded in 1974. More than 40 years ago, this model was initiated by renowned companies as Robert Bosch, Daimler-Benz and SEL. Therefore the success of the DHBW started with lifting up Vocational Education and Training to Higher Education. In 2009, the federal state granted Berufsakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg the legal status of a university and it can since grant academic degrees.
Why we are participating in the project
Due to its HE experience and partner network, the DHBW focuses on the development of innovative quality concepts by working with leading industry partners showing a strong commitment towards educational innovation. The construct of the dual education collaboration of the DHBW and their partner companies ensures continuous feedback and engagement by key industry stakeholders in Germany and especially in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg is one of the leading economic regions across Europe. Home to internationally renowned corporations and thousands of successful SME’s, it is known for its innovative drive and inventive spirit, as well as for a high level of productivity and low unemployment rate.
Our role in the project
The DHBW Heilbronn is the project coordinator of OEPass. Its main responsibilities include:
- Determining Consortium Contacts
- Setting up Meeting Procedures
- Agreement on Project Management Structure
- Detailed Project Planning
- Team-Building Meetings
- Developing and Piloting a learning passport for individual credits or modules
- Research of Higher Education Institutions offering micro-credentials
- Defining a scenario space that involves key driving forces thought to be important to the future of credentialisation.
Prof. Dr. Günter Käßer-Pawelka
Prof. Dr. Günter Käßer-Pawelka is the Dean of Business Administration in Services Management at the DHBW Heilbronn. He has been working as a Professor for the DHBW since 1989 at different positions and location. Other priorities were the initiation and development of the alumni organization of the DHBW Stuttgart and the establishment of a teaching and research center for applied research with a focus on apparatus and qualitative market research. Since 2007, he is the President of the Marketing Club Heilbronn.
As senior lecturer and researcher with around 15 years of experience at leading academic institutions, Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. He is the Project Manager at the Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg Heilbronn in the European-wide research projects. He is also the CEO of Synesis’ European practice. He holds an MBA in business and international marketing from the Institute for Technology and commerce in Reutlingen, MSc and undergraduate degrees in optics and photo engineering from FH Köln.
Jochen Ehrenreich is a senior researcher at DHBW Heilbronn. He built his expertise in fields like University Governance, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Lifelong Learning and Technology Transfer through hands-on project work at various institutions in Higher Education and in Lifelong Learning. He holds a Master’s degree of Economics and Business Administration from the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany’s first private university.
Svenja Wiechmann is a junior researcher at DHBW Heilbronn. She holds a BA degree in social sciences and a MA degree in Empirical Political and Social Research from the University of Stuttgart.
Eva Zimmermann works as office assistant for the Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg Heilbronn since October 2017. She hold a degree of business administration from the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.
Prof. Dr. habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
Prof. Dr. phil.habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers was the Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart until June 2017. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. Since 2016, he is the Vice-President of EURASHE. Ulf Ehlers holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honours, and was awarded his Professor grade in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen.