Deeneaus Polk


Studied International Studies and German as a subsidiary subject at the University of Mississippi, Associates of Arts - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A Federal Chancellor Fellow since November 2015. He was already in Germany (Frankfurt) as a Fulbright Scholar. Previously, he worked in the energy sector at the Chevron Refinery in Pascagoula and most recently at the Mississippi Economic Policy Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

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01.10.2015 - 30.10.2016

Research interest
Transfer of best practices in vocational training to Mississippi

The general objective of my project is to identify the most important aspects of the German ap-proach towards human resources development and to translate these into strategies which can be implemented in Mississippi. I have devoting particular attention to the sectors of transport, logis-tics, industry and agriculture. In methodological terms, I have chosen an applied research approach which uses study of literature, structured interviews, surveys and on-site visits. This approach enables me to take historical and political aspects into account when carrying out investigations in the following areas: Differences in the implementation of the dual system between Denmark and Spain.

  • Financing of vocational education and training
    Best practices, opportunities for transfer to Mississippi and to the USA as a whole
  • Sector analysis
    Agriculture, industry, transport and logistics
  • Research issues
    The issues vary as I learn more about the German vocational education and training system
  • Contextualised research
    Creating an educational pathways case study