Dual Higher Education (DHE) will enable students to acquire more relevant knowledge and skills by combining classical school education with knowledge and skills acquired at the work place. Consequently, this will provide them with competences and skills that are more in line with needs of employers and it will significantly increase employability.
Statistically, first employments are happening usually in the companies who offer work-based learning. This will not only raise the motivation of students, but also raise the interest of companies to cooperate with HEIs in design and implementation of the study programs based on DHE.
It is expected that companies would give input to curricula, organise and eventually provide scholarships schema to selected students, offering organised training led jointly with HEIs and being involved in the assessment of the knowledge. In order to achieve these aims, the project needs to realize the following concrete objectives:
• To identify needs and specific requirements of companies in different industrial sectors and businesses for DHE and to find companies willing to participate in pilot implementations of DHE;
• To develop a flexible and generic dual HE model to support different needs and interests of all stakeholders, and to provide recommendations to HEIs for implementation of DHE;
•To propose amendments to the national qualifications framework;
•To test the specific DHE models generated from the generic model, by realizing their pilot implementations during the project and to analyse achieved results.