What is the project Bachelor & Meister about?

We are developing dual* bachelor’s degree programs that combine two degrees: the academic bachelor’s degree and the vocational master’s qualification. This means that young people no longer have to decide whether to pursue academic education or vocational training.

This innovative approach outlines many advantages:

  1. opens attactive ways of learning for young people;
  2. increases relevance and quality as well as improves competencies and knowledge in the parts of the vocational master training program and in the parts of the Bachelor’s study program;
  3. transfers relevant professional skills and practical experience through the dual study approach;
  4. contributes to the overcoming of shortage of entrepreneurs in SMEs;
  5. ensures Bologna-compliant study courses with full international recognition;
  6. contributes to the EU agenda for the modernization of Europe’s higher education systems;
  7. increases the attractiveness of vocational education and training;
  8. promotes permeability by reducing recognition problems.

During the 3-year project we have developed two integral dual study courses

  1. Dual study course „Civil Engineering“ with integral attaintment of vocational Master in construction professions
  2. Dual study course „Electric Engineering“ with integral attaintment of vocational Master in electric professions

Both courses are core elements of the project, but are not the only important results we would like to share. In addition, any interested party can access the following results by the end of summer 2020:

  • Blueprints models & concepts for integral, dual study courses
  • Module handbook for dual integral study course Civil Engineering and vocational Master in construction professions
  • Module manual for dual integral study courses Electric Engineering and vocational Master in electric professions
  • Examination regulations for the integral study courses in Poland, Lithuania and Germany
  • Manual with application recommendations

The measures are first developed and adapted for Germany, Poland, Lithuania and partly Finland. At the same time, transfer and implementation in other countries is strongly encouraged. 

* Dual learning is usually associated with dual initial training (EQF 3-4), of which at least 50% of the training time takes place under real working conditions in the company, and the rest of the time in a school facility. The dual learning approach is classified under the work-based learning (WBL) concept. WBL covers different models of learning across Europe. In some countries like Germany, dual learning is also offered at a higher level of education – as a study courses (EQF 6).