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  1. The agricultural education system in Germany and the role of Higher Education Institutions • Example from the State of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Hohenheim • TEMPUS project "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region - LifeADA“; Kick-off in Zagreb 2014 • Angelika Thomas | Jochem GierathsOsteuropazentrum der Universität Hohenheim

  2. Table of content • Characteristics of agricultural education in Germany • Overview of formal vocational education and training • Examples of (informal) training offers and LLL activities • The role of Higher Education Institutions • Portrait of the University of Hohenheim • LLL Activities at the University of Hohenheim • Universität Hohenheim "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  3. 1. Characteristics of agricultural education in Germany • Long tradition and emphasis on vocational education (dual systems/ further vocational schools/ master, decreasing: but ~30% of farmers without formal education in agriculture) • less relevance of universities for farmers/ owners of agricultural enterprises • separate role of universities („ivory towers“?) • high permeability esp. within the vocational education and training system • high plurality of training institutions and offers • example of self organisation in training and extension in organic farming "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  4. Vocational school • (extended) • Vocational school • for agriculture(1 - 1,5 years) 2. Overview of formal Vocational Education and Training • university of applied science • step wise further education; • parallel pathways to enter universities of applied science or universities • Trends: more specialised formal trainings, besides agriculturist 13 other „green“ professions • Technical schools • (2 years fulltime) • ‚State-certified Technician‘ (Staatliche geprüfter Techniker) • on farm practise • ‚Master‘ (Landwirtschaftsmeister) • exam • 2 -3 years occupational experience • on farm practise • ‚State certified home economist for cultivation‘ (Staatl. geprüfter Wirtschafter für Landbau) • Vocational education (dual system) • Practical work on farms and lessons in vocational schools, + courses in inter-company training centres • 2. year and 3. year • 1. year/ basic level (full time school) • ‚agriculturist‘(Landwirt) "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  5. 2. Overview of formal Vocational Education and Training • State Ministry of Agriculture • State agencies in Agriculture(8 Landesanstalten, Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalten) • Intermediate level(4 Regierungspräsidien) • intercompany training centres (überbetriebliche Ausbildung) • 8 • Agricultural offices(Landwirtschaftsämter) • Further vocational schools(Fachschule) "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  6. 3. Examples of training offers and LLL activities • State information and extension service offering lectures, courses, demonstrations, excursions, advisory work, e.g.: • Fiona instruction: to use an online tool for the common application (CAP) • Plant protection, fertilisation/ nutrient balance, tax laws, marketing.. • ‘Sachkundenachweis Pflanzenschutz’ (training to acquire proof of expertise in sound/ proper phytosanitary measures) • courses for part-time farmers (also as preparation for the exam) • grower associations, farmer unions and other self-organised groups, e.g. on quality management and marketing • project funded trainings, e.g. “Innovative Maßnahmen für Frauen” • private firms and service providers • “Shaping tomorrow’s world today – sustainability strategy in Baden-Württemberg” "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  7. 4. The role of Higher education institutions state law: • universities serve the advancement and development of the sciences and arts, by means of research, teaching, study programmes and continuing education programmes • universities of applied science enable through practise-oriented teaching the self-reliant application of scientific knowledge and methods in professional life; they also carry out applied research and development indirect links to farmers’ education/ training through: • HEI eduction of future teachers, consultants, experts, officials • Special projects and cooperations • training of trainers and research on education, innovation in agriculture "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  8. 5. Portrait of the University of Hohenheim "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  9. 6. LLL Activities at the University of Hohenheim • Involvement in research and projects on agricultural education • transdisciplinary research projects • F.I.T. platform on continuing education • Institute of Social Sciences in Agriculture(training of trainers, rural communical and extension, preparatory course for „Ausbildereignungsprüfung“) • specific offers of other institutes • Eastern Europe Centre activities: e.g. TEMPUS Project RESI (http://www.resi-tempus.uni-hohenheim.de/): SIRA DANUBE (http://groupspaces.com/Competitiveness/pages/pa-8-projects) and Life Science Centre Hohenheim: SIAD project(www.siad-network.eu); "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014

  10. Looking forward to LifeADA! • Dr. h.c. Jochem Gieraths • Dr. agr. Angelika Thomas • Universität Hohenheim (770) • Eastern Europe Centre • Wollgrasweg 43 • D-70593 Stuttgart • Email: osteurop@uni-hohenheim.de • Phone: 0049 (0)711 459 23572 • Fax: 0049 (0)711 459 2386 • Web: https://oez.uni-hohenheim.de/ "Lifelong learning for sustainable agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region-LifeADA" Project Kick-off Meeting, University of Zagreb, 26-28 February 2014