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Universities encouraged to think beyond degrees

Baden-Württemberg’s research ministry has announced funding of €9 million for 16 research projects to improve lifelong learning at universities.

In a press release on 4 January, Theresia Bauer, the state’s research minister, said that it should be part of universities’ strategies to offer more opportunities for lifelong and occupational learning, given the increase in life expectancy. “A first qualification, be it at the end of school or a university degree, is no longer an end point. It is a starting point on the road to continued education.”

The 16 research projects, chosen from 32 applications, will develop ways of improving the part-time and distance-learning courses offered by the state’s universities. Areas of focus will include online-teaching formats, professional support structures, foreign-language courses, modular approaches and the needs of experienced professionals and part-time students.

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