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Education vs. Training: A Contradiction or Productive Synergy?
On September 3, join renowned experts at the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York for a discussion on the rapidly changing relationship between a traditional university education and the university degree as preparation for a career.
Prof. Ulrike Beisiegel, President of Georg-August-
Prof. Beisiegel will be joined by Prof. Philip G. Altbach, Director of the Center for International Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, who will provide an overview of the significant challenges facing American higher education at present. He will discuss how, on the one hand, the top U.S. research universities and selective undergraduate colleges are doing well in terms of quality, competitiveness, and in some cases, even finances. Yet, the majority of mid-range, four-year colleges and relatively unselective universities have unclear missions and face considerable pressures relating to financing, mission, and employability. The community colleges – two-year partly vocational institutions – are becoming an increasingly important part of the entire system, as national policy looks to upgrade skills. But they too may be facing an increasingly complicated set of missions.
Prof. Altbach will then elaborate on other key challenges, such as the “defunding”
Prof. Andreas Bertram, President of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences (OS UAS), will conclude the evening’s presentations by describing how the higher education landscape in Germany has changed over the past decade as well as where he predicts it is heading. In addition, he will explain how a Fachhochschule or German University of Applied Sciences differs from a typical German university and whether this successful model could be adopted in the U.S.
Prof. Jeffrey Peck, Dean of the Weissmann School of Arts and Sciences, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and Vice Provost for Global Strategies at Baruch College of the City University of New York, will moderate the dicussion about what the German and U.S. higher education systems can learn from each other.
The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, September 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the German Center for Research and Innovation (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw. 48th & 49th Streets).
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This event is co-sponsored by the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).
The German Center for Research and Innovation provides information and support for the realization of cooperative and collaborative projects between North America and Germany. With the goal of enhancing communication on the critical challenges of the 21st century, GCRI hosts a wide range of events from lectures and exhibitions to workshops and science dinners. Opened in February 2010, GCRI was created as a cornerstone of the German government’s initiative to internationalize science and research and is one of five centers worldwide.
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