Berlin University for Professional Studies

The Berlin University for Professional Studies (DUW) provides continuing education for working professionals focussed on the transfer of academic knowledge to the structures of the working world. Hence, the state-approved master’s degree and certificate courses are characterized by a flexible study system with blended learning and individual supervision which provides extra occupational studies. Another service is tailor-made academic continuing education programmes to fit the requirements of changing professional and occupational structures. The DUW’s research programme in education is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and to learning while working. The Centre for Continuing Education Research and Education Management´s (FWB) work in cooperation with different partners combines research, consulting and continuing education to advance the development of coherent concepts of lifelong learning in institutions and in education policy.

The role of DUW in the project lies mainly in the context of LLL and recognition of non-formal and informal learning. As a provider of study programs for professionals and the linkage of theory and practice in the delivery of programs the university has an outstanding role. In addition, the experience in dealing with new target groups, with the recognition of informal and non-formal learning and with lifelong learning in universities enables both input on the level of implementation and on strategic considerations and measures for the project. The research in the area of lifelong learning and non-formal/informal learning is oriented towards the needs and challenges of the field and brings together the different perspectives on strategic and operative level.


Prof. Dr. Peter DEHNBOSTEL

Peter Dehnbostel has a long standing experience in topics concerning work based learning, vocational education and training. He worked nationally and internationally both on the strategic and political promotion of non-formal and informal learning (in Germany he has been part in the expert group for the German Qualifications Framework – DQR) and in many projects supervising, evaluating but also developing ways of promoting and implementing instruments for recognition. He is co-editor of the 2012 published book “Der Deutsche Qualifikationsrahmen” and co-author of the expertise “Recognition of informal and non-formal acquired competence” (in German). Currently he is involved in two model-projects focused on informal and non-formal learning.


Eva Cendon has been involved in lifelong learning (LLL) with focus on higher education in the German speaking and European context since almost ten years. As expert for LLL in higher education she recently evaluated a pilot program on opening higher education institutions to learners without formal university entrance qualification e.g. through recognition of non-formal and informal learning. In the nationwide program “Aufstieg durch Bildung- offene Hochschulen“ (Advancement through Education – Open Universities) she is part of the research team providing academic supervision and accompanying research. As one of the developers of the DUW study model her main expertise and interest lies in linking theory of practice in the academic context.

Anita MÖRTH, M.A.

Anita Mörth has been involved in higher education since 2007. At the Berlin University for Professional Studies she works in administration (Quality Management) and research since 2009. There she has been developing the admission process to the master’s programmes for professionally qualified students without first academic degree.  In addition, she has been part of the research team, which has designed and performed a corresponding evaluation research study. Since May 2014 she is part of the research team providing academic supervision and accompanying research in the nationwide program “Aufstieg durch Bildung – offene Hochschulen“ (Advancement through Education – Open Universities). Her expertise is in the fields of quality management, transitions from professional to higher education, didactics in higher education and gender.


Tina Basner has been involved in Lifelong learning and higher education since 2013. Her main interest lies in experiential learning and human resources development. Currently she is in her final year of her Master’s program in adult education and Lifelong learning at Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 2013 she works as Dr. Cendon’s student assistant at the Berlin University for Professional Studies.

Author: Wolfgang Rauter

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