Together with around 850 approved companies and comparable institutions outside the business sector (practice partners), the University of Cooperative Education in Dresden offers a dual degree programme with practical experience. As a state-run university of cooperative education, the university has proven to be the third pillar in Saxony’s higher education sector. The accredited Bachelor degree programmes are equivalent to degree programmes offered by other educational institutions.
Students are able to complete a degree programme geared towards the business sector’s requirements that combines practical experience with theoretical study. Scientific-theoretical studies at the University of Cooperative Education regularly alternate with practical courses that are coordinated with the programme’s content. These practical courses are completed at the respective practice partner. Practical experience is incorporated into the degree programme in terms of content and organisation.
Companies benefit from this unique combination; one reason for this, among others, is that the students acquire the necessary social and practical competencies in addition to specific expertise and methodological knowledge, thus allowing them to immediately pursue professional activities upon completion of their degree. Placement rates that consistently amount to around 90 per cent immediately upon completion of the degree, underscore the value and future viability of this study concept.