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Academic perspectives for everyone. New ways to a successful transfer to university for students of non-academic parents and with migrant backgrounds (HoPe)

February 2014 – December 2016

HoPe The project “HoPe - Academic perspectives for everyone. New ways to a successful transfer to university for students of non-academic parents and with migrant backgrounds” was applied within the scope of the internal tender “Wege ins Studium öffnen – Studierende der ersten Generation gewinnen” (New ways towards higher education – Gaining first generation students). Funded by the Lower Saxon Ministry of Science and Culture with 300.000 Euros, the program is offered in cooperation with the Institute for Research on Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück as well as with the external European Network for Educational Support Projects (ENESP) and the nonprofit initiative

This research and development project ties in with the program “Academic perspectives for students of vocational schools (HoP)” which was completed at the beginning of the year. In the framework of the latter, cooperation with six vocational schools in the city and the region of Osnabrück has been established since October 2012.

Based on the evaluation of the previous HoP-program, >HoPe< plans to continue and expand the activities of the preliminary study phase. The focus, thereby, is on the vocational schools, since these schools have a traditionally larger share of students with migrant background and of non-academic parents. The project-based activities are, moreover, expanded by a mentoring program for which undergraduate students with problems such as language and performance difficulties or motivation problems can apply for. The aim is to prevent study discontinuations, to enhance enjoyment and success as well as to encourage a commencement of studies towards a Master's degree. With regard to both mentors and mentees, special attention shall be given to first generation students with migrant background.

During its course, >HoPe< will be scientifically monitored and evaluated using quantitative and qualitative statistical methods. It will, furthermore, be continued and implemented into the existing structures and thus sustainably consolidated after the discontinuation of the start-up funding, as from the winter semester 2016/17.

Contact/project team: Sibylle Drexler and Janika Grunau



Development of a collective database based on national reports and research in crafts (sub-project USA)

project duration: December 2011 – approx. December 2012

In cooperation with the Chambers of handcrafts Osnabrück-Emsland and Hildesheim as well as in cooperation with the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Osnabrück, the project issued a national report about the American (vocational) training system. It additionally provides information about selected trade professions, their comparability to German professions and options of accreditation. (bq-portal)

project management: Prof. Dr. Thomas Bals and Janika Grunau.



LBS flex: Development of a new part-time study program aiming at a new target group of teacher training students

project duration: October 2011 – March 2015

This project develops a new part-time study program for the new target group of engineers. It, thereby, hopes to attract employed engineers to enroll in a Bachelor´s or Master´s program for engineering education in order to become teachers for vocational schools. The program is offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück and its project “ING flex” and is funded by the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The project is moreover linked in a network of further universities within the federal state of Lower Saxony with similar projects.

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project management: Catharina Hansen.