4th National Multiplier Event, Krems (Austria)

Oct 31, 2023

The multiplier event was hosted by the Department for Higher Education Research at the University for Continuing Education in Krems, Austria, on October 31, 2023. It represented a whole-day event, primarily in an on-site mode, but with the invitation of a wider online participation. The core intention focused on bridging Dual Education innovations in higher education with innovations in the working environments of companies. Corinna Geppert and David F. J. Campbell (from the hosting university) opened and introduced to the event, Barbara Auer (also from the hosting university) surveyed the event infrastructure.

The program reflected on different examples of Dual Education, covering countries brought together in the i-WOBAL project (France, Italy and Austria), however extended to a country from beyond the consortium, South Africa. This had the purpose to reflect on experiences of the previous LaTFURE project on Dual Education. Concrete speakers and organizations of the multiplier event agenda were:

Frédérique Pasquier (Icam, France); Luisa Previati (ENAIP Veneto, Italy); Seamus Needham (University of the Western Cape); and Hagen Hochrinner (University of Applied Sciences, Joanneum). The special topic presentation of Isabell Grundschober (University for Continuing Education Krems) introduced with “Noticing” an additional perspective for the themes being covered.

The final event within the event was a panel discussion taking place mid-afternoon. Here practitioners from a diversity of organizations participated, discussing considerations of application, learning and further reform. The panelists were: Anna Raith (Chamber of Labor, Vienna), Lisa Rottenschlager (Chamber of Commerce, Lower Austria), Kajetan Stansky-Can (Federal Ministry of Education), Hagen Hochrinner (Fachhochschule Joanneum), and Seasmus Needham (University of the Western Cape, South Africa). The discussion flow was bi-lingual, English and German.

Wine & More and talking concluded the event eventually.

David F. J. Campbell, Corinna Geppert and Barbara Auer

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