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The Dual system

Facts about Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim

Internationalization is one of the most important strategic goals of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim.

Surveys showed that more than 40% of our students spend one semester abroad. This figure is well above average and the rate of outgoing students exceeds even those of big universities like Heidelberg or Tübingen. We have partner universities worldwide where students can either spend a semester abroad or do an internship in an international company.

In 1974, the University of Cooperative Education (now Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University) - in German "Berufsakademie" (now Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg) - was launched as an innovative new project in the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg in the Southwest of Germany. It was designed to provide students with a post-secondary education based on the unique combination of theoretical studies and on-the-job training. UCE students alternate between academic and professional training, giving them the opportunity to immediately apply concepts learnt in the classroom to their workplace and in return bring new ideas from their training companies to the university.

Our connections are rather widespread as you can see on our network of partner universities.

The dual system of learning

The dual system of education, which provides a practice-oriented education involving both employers as well as state-run academic institutions, has a long tradition in Germany. "Duale Hochschule Baden-Wuerttemberg" - Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University - represents the extension of this dual system of learning into the field of higher education.

The University of Cooperative Education was established in 1974. It took only a few years for the institution to grow in size, complexity and importance. At present there are 10 campuses spread out over the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg with roughly 35.000 students and about 9,000 co-operating companies. The University of Cooperative Education expanded much faster than anticipated by the planners. The increasing number of students reflects the growing demand for junior staff with a practice-oriented educational background in business, industry and social institutions.

The typical employer will offer a traineeship to the student with the firm intention of ultimately taking the successful graduate into permanent employment. In fact, almost 85% of our graduates already have a work contract when they take their final exams.