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Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi Show image information
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Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi

Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi

Universität Paderborn

Design-oriented vocational training research

The transformation of society produces heterogeneous technical, economic and socio-cultural challenges that can be shaped by vocational education and training (VET). The research area of design-oriented VET research refers to the didactic design of teaching and learning processes in different life contexts, the design and establishment of institutional foundations of VET, the design and implementation of education policy programmes and the design of learning organisations. This takes social transformation processes into account. From this perspective, the focus of design-oriented vocational training research is on the design of transformation processes resulting from megatrends.

In recent years, the vocational and business education department in Paderborn has established itself as one of the leading national and international research institutions for questions on design-oriented vocational education and training research, with special expertise in the design of structures and processes in vocational education and training, the design of teaching and learning processes (on and off the job), individual support in the Data Society and VET 4.0. The profile of Paderborn's vocational training research is international and national as well as interdisciplinary.

Interdisciplinary research institutions

AG BFN – Vocational Education and Training Research Network Association

Several Institutions have joined forces in the "Vocational Education and Training Research Network Association" (AG BFN) with the aim of improving the flow of information for academic cooperations.


BIBB - Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

The mandated tasks of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB) include conducting research on vocational education and training, developing vocational education and training, serving in an advisory capacity and providing services. In 2017 the collaboration between BiBB and the research division design-oriented vocational training research was sealed by the cooperation agreement between BiBB and the Paderborn University.


Cevet - Centre for Vocational Education and Training

The Centre for Vocational Education and Training (cevet) is a collaboration of several research groups with the aim of researching on vocational education and training. Target groups consists of vocational training experts and institutions that deal with challenges in vocational education and training.

EDeR - Educational Design Research

EDeR is one of the central publication platforms for disciplines which focus on design-oriented vocational training research. The contributions are aimed at an international audience and also aim to initiate public discussion within the educational sciences


Graduate School of Business and Human Resource Education

The Graduate School for Business and Human Resource Education is based at the Department of Business and Human Resource Education at the Paderborn University. The Graduate School which was initiated in collaboration with the Ministry for School and Education of North Rhine-Westphalia comprises several research groups which focus on vocational education and training.


Research projects

3i - Professional Programme Development in Vocational Colleges

The 3i project which was funded by the Ministry of Schools and Education aimed at developing programmes for preparation couses. In particular, it focuses on interlinked human resources and organisational development.


GameON - Game-based learning in School Education

GameON which is an international project on serious gaming and gamification aims at developing  a reference book which focuses on school-based implementation possibilities. GameON is an ERASMUS+ project.



Das Erasmus+ Projekt GoMobile befasst sich mit einer neuen und innovativen Art und Weise zu lehren und zu lernen (z. B. mit Tablets, Smartphones und Laptops). Der Schwerpunkt des Projektes liegt dabei auf der beruflichen Bildung

GET-UP - Green Entrepreneurship training - underpinning prosperity

The project GET-UP aims at developing a customised Green Entrepreneurship Curriculum. The collaborating partners. In addition, the project partners have agreed to best practice in pedagogical instruction and the highest design standards in the production of learning content. GET-UP uses tecnological advances to generate engaging and inspiring learning content.


Fortschrittskolleg "Gestaltung von flexiblen Arbeitswelten - Menschenzentrierte Nutzung von Cyber-Physical Systems in Industrie 4.0" - Subproject Work 4.0: Culture of the Learning Organization as HR Strategy

The research group explores the impact of a corporate culture which is conducive to learning on employees and on the successful implementation of digital change in the world of work.


ImTransRegio - Implementation of Transfer Agencies as Regional Innovation Centres

The project ImTransRegio provides scientific monitoring for ten german transfer agencies. The project aims at developing educational concepts which are a basis for the agencies' advice to local authorities. In particular, the research group provides recommendations on best practice. The research group also examines the conditions under which regional educational processes will be effective and sustainable.


KoProNa - Concepts for the professionalization of in-company training personnel for sustainable vocational training

The positioning as a responsible social actor is becoming increasingly important for companies in the competition for employees, market shares and customers. This position requires continuous further development. This is where the KoProNa project comes in. It gives HR managers the scientific support to develop internal company processes for sustainable vocational training and to integrate economic, ecological and social dimensions into their corporate strategy in the long run.


myVETmo - Mobilities as pathways to ‚hidden competences‘ in inclusive work and learn-ing environments

The project myVETmo aims at ensuring that stays and internships within Europe of young people who attain vocational education and training programs are not only reserved for high performers. In the sense of inclusive vocational education and training, the aim of the project is to make these opportunities available to all young people. In particular, to open these opportunities up to those who have so far hardly been able or had any access with educational offers of this kind.


NeGeL - Redesign of learning processes

Vocational colleges with their wide range of programs and part-time vocational education are faced with the task of imparting future-oriented education and life skills to an increasingly heterogeneous student body. This is where the NeGeL project comes in which aims at restructuring learning processes in vocational colleges.


OPALESCE – Online Portal and Active Learning System for Senior Citizens in Europe

OPALESCE is an ERASMUS+ project with a focus on adult education (Strategic Partnership for adult education) which aims at creating a distance learning system that seniors without previous computer experience can learn in one hour and which is implemented in such a way that a large number of users and content providers are addressed.


Q 4.0 - Qualification of vocational training and examination personnel as a prerequisite for success in vocational education and training 4.0

The project Q 4.0 aims at developing an initial overview of the possibilities and limits of promoting digitisation through support for employees who are in the vocational education and training. The results of the project can be found in the Research Report on Vocational Education and Training 4.0.


QBi - Qualification modules in dualized training preparation

The QBi project aims at developing concepts for qualification modules which meet the individual needs of the learners. The 'inclusive qualification modules' include basic vocational education and training subjects, as well as aspects of vocational orientation and the promotion of basic competences and thus open up spaces for personal development. The research group worked closely with four vocational colleges on the development, testing and further development of such qualification modules.


Shadows – Supporting entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative industry sector

SHADOWS has a number of important objectives, but above all SHADOWS focuses on increasing the labour market relevance of VET by providing customised pedagogical resources to improve the attainment of high-level basic and transversal competences. The focus of the project is on the development of a customised curriculum that specifically targets potential graduates in this important sector and supports young entrepreneurs with a robust mentoring framework. This represents a significant link between VET and micro-enterprise owners and an increased responsiveness of VET to market demands.


SMART - Skill Matching Assistance and Reporting Tool

SMART aims at developing a matching system that is able to keep pace with new phenomena and ongoing societal changes and help young people align their skills with market demands. However, SMART's aim is to help young people with relatively low human capital or other disadvantages to find employment and leave the transition system from school to work.


YES - Youth Engagement in Society

The basic project idea of YES European Citizenship to implement a game-based tool online was developed at the Chair of Business Education II at the University of Paderborn. The system to be developed in YES will be a game-based tool in the form of a text-based online card game to promote debates about politics and society among young people.


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