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Tasks and core values of BIBB research

The BIBB Mission Statement runs as follows: “Our research is directed towards significant issues relating to vocational education and training and contributes to theoretical development. It is of an interdisciplinary nature and is bound by academic research standards. We cooperate with institutes of higher education and research bodies, foster up and coming academic talent and enable the field of academic research to gain access to research data.”

Vocational education and training research at the Federal Institute

The VET research conducted by BIBB pursues a dual purpose. Firstly, vocational education and train-ing is a primary object of academic research interest. Secondly, research is aligned towards the in-vestigation of issues which are pertinent to vocational education and training practice and policy. The particular characteristic of vocational education and training research is that it is marked by re-ciprocal debate between academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

The objectives of the research carried out by BIBB are as follows.

  • Clarify the basic principles of vocational education and training
  • Identify requirements with regard to the contents and aims of VET
  • Prepare the ground for further developments in VET with regard to the changes which have taken place in economic, societal and technical demands
  • Promote instruments and procedures for the imparting of vocational education and training and for the transfer of knowledge and technology
  • Observe domestic, European and international developments in vocational education and training

Funding is available within the Federal Institute’s budget to enable it to perform its own research. Information on respective projects embarked upon is provided in the annual research pro-grammes. In addition to this, research takes place within the scope of projects that are separately funded by the BMBF or other federal authorities. BIBB supplements its activities by acquiring third party funding to finance research.

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BWP 6/2018: Dialogue between research, policy making and practice

Friday, November 30, 2018

BWP 6/2018: Dialogue between research, policy making and practice

Stakeholders from academic research, policy making and practice all have an equal role to play in the shaping of vocational education and training. Yet how can dialogue produce sustainable concepts and solutions given the differing logical approaches and interests involved?

Hubert Ertl is the new Head of Research at the BIBB

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hubert Ertl is the new Head of Research at the BIBB

Since 1 September 2017, Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl has been Deputy President and Head of Research of the BIBB. He regards the stronger strategic focus of research in the BIBB and its international networking as a particular challenge.