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Pooja Gianchandani


Federal Chancellor Fellow for the 2016-17 funding year. She completed her MA in Social Work at the Delhi School of Social Work and a BA in Applied Psychology at the University of Delhi. In addition, she is a Certified CSR Practitioner at the World Bank Institute. Her main professional focus is to network the stakeholders involved for the purpose of developing solutions. She has worked for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Industry and Commerce as Director of Vocational Education and Training. In addition, she spent more than ten years in an active role helping to shape the National Skills Agenda and was Head of Global Business and Policy at IL&FS Education & Skills, India’s largest training company, which trains 100,000 people a year.

Stay at the BIBB: 02.11.2016 - 30.12.2017

Research interest
The starting point for my project idea is the dual system. Its unique feature is company-based training. This system offers flexible career pathways for students and trainees. It facilitates the transition from VET in the dual system to VET in the higher education system. Within the process, the element of practical training teaches learners skills and knowledge that extend beyond mere paper qualifications.

My research project is aimed at one of the most important challenges facing the stakeholders in the system. “Do investments in vocational education and training lead to a long-term benefit for industry, the government and learners?” The research includes a cost-benefits analysis.

Over the course of the next year, I would like to undertake an extensive study of the dual system and of the construction, automobile and retail sectors in particular, in order to understand the correlation between the economy and vocational education and training.

The main focuses of my research are as follows:

  • Analyse the development of company investments and cost-benefits in the area of the dual system
  • Bring together stakeholder perspectives with regard to the dual system and its success in Germany
  • Strengthen cooperation in the field of vocational education and Training