German Model

January 2019

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the growing international popularity of Germany’s dual-track system of vocational training. But foreign countries are also discovering the merits of Germany’s system of universities of applied science (Fachhochschulen).

Indeed, many countries have long set up their universities to mainly focus on theoretical knowledge and to emphasize research, but their graduates are finding that they do not have the skills that companies actually need. Germany, on the other hand, is one of a handful of countries with a tradition of practice-oriented Fachhochschulen, which focus more on professional application and have students gain real-life work experience through external placements during their studies.

Among the countries that already have or plan to adopt this model are China, Jordan and Kenya. What’s more, as part of the “The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19,” representatives of German universities of applied sciences will be touring the Midwest of the United States to make their concept known there.

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