hoch & far – The continuing education portal for universities is online

Digitization, shortage of skilled workers, transformation process: the world of work is changing rapidly. Only with continuous training will professionals be able to remain competitive in the future.


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Press release

University Rectors’ Conference

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Academic training plays a key role here. For the first time, a new portal now offers an overview of all further education courses offered by German universities – from multi-hour seminars to certificate courses and further education courses. The official launch of hoch & Weit – the continuing education portal for universities was given today at a launch event at the Futurium in Berlin. The national range of information is set up and managed by the German Rectors’ Conference and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

At www.hoch-und-weit.de, the portal brings together all continuing education offers from German universities. hoch & Weit helps people interested in further training, companies and HR managers to find their way and find suitable further training. In addition, useful information on continuing education and a free continuing education interest test are available.

“The high & far continuing education portal makes a valuable contribution to more transparency and comparability in the German continuing education landscape”, says Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, President of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) , today at the Futurium in Berlin. “One of the aims of hoch & Weit is to reinforce the importance of universities as places of extra-professional learning – for people with and without a university education – and thus to increase the permeability of the education system.”

HRK President Alt discussed the importance of scientific further education for society and the economy with Elke Hannack, Vice President of the German Federation of Trade Unions, Christina Ramb, Board Member of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations and Ulrich Schüller, Director of the Department of University and Scientific System of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The majority of Germans have long recognized that lifelong learning is an indispensable part of any professional biography: according to a current Forsa survey commissioned by hoch & Weit, 70% of respondents have already undergone further training in the past. Of these, 17% have already completed higher education at a university.

According to another survey result, the majority of Germans are aware of the growing importance of on-the-job learning: one in two people (51%) can imagine taking a continuing education course offered in the future. by a university; among 16 to 29 year olds, it is even 81%.

A transcript will be available here from April 20, 2022 at 3 p.m.

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