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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)

Project manager: Prof. Dr. Thomas Bals

Co-operation partners:

Mrs. Katja Urbatsch, M.A. (founder and managing director, Mr. Prof. Dr. Andreas Pott (Institute for Research on Migration and Intercultural Studies) and Mr. Dr. Jens Schneider (European Network for Educational Support)

Project team: Dipl. Soz. Sibylle Drexler, Dipl. Ghl. Janika Grunau

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 was already established from October 2012 to December 2013. Students of vocational schools and teacher training students, thereby, served as mentors trying to encourage vocational school students to take up studies at university. The students of vocational schools and teacher training students had been trained in preparation and were professionally supported during their activities.

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 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 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.

Academic perspectives for students of vocational schools

Project management:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bals,  Anne-Christin Schröder and Katja Urbatsch (

The government-funded project “Hochschulperspektiven für Schüler/innen berufsbildender Schulen” aims at the composition, implementation and evaluation of a partnership model between students of vocational schools and teacher training students: The latter, thereby, serve as trained mentors who try to encourage the vocational school students to take up studies at university. The project cooperates with the initiative .

Project duration: October 2012 – approx. December 2013

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

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

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.

Project duration: December 2011 – approx. December 2012

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

Project management:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bals

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.

Project duration: October 2011 – March 2015

BELkA: accompanying research of the project “Zukunft bilden”

Project management:
Heike Hinrichs

Which effect does the reading of the daily newspaper have on trainees? In how far does it improve their language and reading skills? These are only a few questions the project tries to answer by accompanying the project “Zukunft bilden” scientifically. For the accompanying study, the project is cooperating with Mrs. Prof. Dr. Noack from the Department of German Studies.

For further information on the project “Zukunft bilden” click here.

Project duration: Autumn 2011 – spring 2013

Analysis of the transition system in the region of Osnabrück

Project management:
Dorothee Falkenreck

The project developed a coordinated concept for the improvement of the regional transition system. It was funded by the Bohnenkamp-Foundation and recorded both the courses offered by regional agencies or companies as well as the cooperations with those responsible for education within the region of Osnabrück (administrative district, Federal Employment Agency, chambers, vocational schools, companies, etc.).

Project duration: July 2011 – December 2011

Structure and relevance of the informal learning in the health care sector

Project management:
Janika Grunau

With regard to the health care sector, the project studied the contexts in which informal and non-formal learning are used in order to receive a systemic overview of the real structure and relevance of different forms of learning within this sector. The project was promoted by the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Project duration: December 2010 – mid-May 2011

16th Conference on Vocational Training

The city of Osnabrück organized the 16th Conference on Vocational Training.

For further information click here.

Project duration: 23-25 March 2011

The quality of education in health care professions (AQiG and AQiG Reloaded)

Project management:
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Thomas Bals 

Project team:
Dipl.-Med.-Päd. Angelika Unger, Dipl.-Ghl. Janika Grunau

The project developed a set of inter-disciplinary quality criteria for the vocational training in the health care sector. These criteria have been tested and evaluated in a test region.

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Project duration: August 2006 – June 2010