Rise in vocational graduates enrolled at universities
A recent survey by the Centre for Higher Education or CHE demonstrates that more and more holders of vocational education and training qualifications are enrolling at German universities. In 2016 there were 56,900 students enrolled at universities solely via vocational experience and qualifications – twice as many as in 2010.
According to the CHE survey, currently, 2.6% of all first-year students, 2% of Germany’s total student population of 2,842,225 students, and 1.5% of its university graduates are holders of vocational qualifications.
“Combining vocational and higher education is becoming more and more commonplace,” says CHE Executive Director Frank Ziegele.
“One no longer has to opt for either one or the other career strategy. Nowadays, qualified orderlies or master craftswomen are nothing special on campus but are simply part of the diversity of students at German universities.”
Anyone seeking to study in Germany who does not hold an abitur, the general higher education entrance qualification, or a fachabitur, the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, must have a vocational education and training qualification and professional experience.
Opportunities for non-academic professionals to enter higher education via the qualifications they hold were introduced in 2008.
In 2016, 55% of all students without an abitur or fachabitur opted for law, economics and social science subjects, while around 20% enrolled in engineering and 12% in human medicine and health sciences.
Universities of applied sciences appear to be particularly attractive to students enrolling via vocational education and training qualifications, accounting for just below 61% of the first-year students in this group, while slightly more than a third enrolled at universities and well over 4% went to art and music colleges.
“The statistics demonstrate that higher education programmes for lifelong learning are becoming increasingly attractive. Around a third of the individuals who obtained degrees in the subjects they had studied without previously having acquired an abitur or a fachabitur were older than 40,” says Sigrun Nickel, CHE’s head of higher education research.
“Both students who have entered higher education immediately after leaving school and higher education teachers can benefit from the professional and life experience that these people introduce to day-to-day seminar practice.”
However, opposition representatives in Germany’s federal parliament are rather more critical of the higher education system.
Kai Gehring, higher education spokesman for the Green Party, maintains that students without an abitur accounting for 2% of the total student population is only a modest achievement.
Gehring maintains that the system continues to lack sufficient permeability, an aspect that was already referred to by Odile Quintin, director-general for education and culture at the European Commission, at a seminar organised by the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations in 2006.
“There’s still a long way to go before we have established a permeable education system,” Gehring says. He above all complains that admission regulations vary from state to state and can be confusing for professionals seeking to study.
Götz Frömming, of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party, takes a different view, warning that education in general is on the decline.
“Given the standards that our abitur is dropping to, admission regulations soon won’t really matter anyway,” Frömming says, claiming that the gymnasium, Germany’s higher secondary school, is turning into a secondary modern school and the university into an open university.
“And the Reds and Greens can rejoice over equality for everyone,” Frömming comments.
The Centre for Higher Education is a German think tank founded in 1994 with the aim of enhancing effectiveness in the higher education system, and above all maintaining the system’s ability to cope with ever-growing student numbers and diversification. The CHE stresses the autonomy of institutions and the need for them to develop individual profiles.
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Nabua Primary School has a new Management Board that was formed this year who is keen and interested in forming all the required support bodies that a school needs in order for the school to function better.
I have been contacted to organize a “get together” to revive the old scholars association.
This invitation is extended to all Ex-Scholars members of Nabua Primary School if we could please meet at the School’s basement during Fiji Day holiday, Monday, 10th October 2016 at 10.00am to discuss ways and means to revive and empower the Association.
We will also form a new Committee who is dedicated to the interest of the Association and also to assists the school whenever possible. We urge all Ex-students of Nabua to make the effort to attend with your nominees of who should take charge.
During this meeting, we will also have a time for an open soli to start the Association starting from the 50’s to start the Association.
After our meeting we will have some refreshments to celebrate Fiji Day.
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Notice to all the students who have been shortlisted as potential PASS leaders for 2015, plz avail urself at HPEU tutorial room, 2nd floor library building, nxt to ICT services, at 10 am on Saturday 6th of December.. pliz b prompt!!!
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Everyone has gone into their different streams & forms for next year ,, but the bond that we've shared will forever be cherished. We laughed , we cried , we fought ,& made silly mistakes ;).
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