Internationalisation and Transfer of Dual Study Models in Europe: Scientific Expectations and Potentials (short form: InT#Tech)

Prof. Dr. Katja Kuhn
Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart

Jorma Säteri
Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Lisa Tabea Raab
Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart

Robots take over the tasks in the smart factory, new production processes and materials replace traditional processes in production and assembly, and the production lines are monitored by smart sensors. The industrial world is focused on the digital transformation.
In this context, universities try to answer a question how to educate the engineers of tomorrow to meet the upcoming demands in the industry? Nowadays, many countries across Europe and around the world opt for concepts of cooperative education. This special system of higher education has great future potential for all stakeholders: universities, companies, students, cities and communities:
• The globalization of companies results in internationalization of cooperative partners.
• The impact of industrial companies in the development of new cooperative degree programs can be continuously considered.
• Transfer of knowledge between academic and industrial world takes place permanently.
• For companies,cooperative study programmes are a response to demographic change and skilled worker shortages.
• For students, cooperative study programmes offer practice-oriented higher education combined with paid work in companies.
• For organisations of higher education, cooperative study programs offer the opportunity to develop new study programs and curricula tailored to regional needs
• Cities and communities increase their attractiveness for young people, if a branch of a cooperative university is located there.

However, independent on the study model, there are several difficulties in developing and implementing of dual courses of study at the international level. On the one hand, the stay abroad of students has to be discussed not only with universities but with participating companies. This results in several constellations between universities and companies in different European countries. A suitable cooperation model must be found in each case and be regulated in a compatible manner by a cooperation agreement.

In this project, four European universities with their associated industry partners and selected regional policy stakeholders will cooperate to bring the different experiences into the development and implementation of dual study programs. The main objectives of the project are:
• To look at dual education from different perspectives.
• To identify challenges and potentials for the future.
• To provide a platform for exchange.
• To find a systematic and standardized internationalization of the previous dual study programs.
• To increase mobility between universities.
Furthermore, the project consortium wants to develop and test a joint international study module that incorporates digital learning and teaching methods.