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Atlanta: Developing Advanced Work-Based Higher Education – What Germany and the U.S. Can Learn from Each Other

June 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT

The Atlanta Warburg Chapter and the German American Chamber of Commerce – South will host a breakfast discussion with Prof. Dr. Lukas Graf, Assistant Professor of Educational Governance at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

There will be no charge for GACC and ACG members and a $15 charge for nonmembers to attend this event. RSVP here by June 14.

Prof. Dr. Lukas Graf is Assistant Professor of Educational Governance at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Until August 2017 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Managing Director of the Swiss Leading House “Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training” – an international research cluster on the governance and inclusiveness of skill formation in Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. At the nexus of political economy, sociology, and educational science, his research combines comparative and historical institutional and organizational approaches to analyze questions of educational governance and institutional change, as well as of social inequality, in Europe and beyond. He has published in leading journals in all three disciplines. His book The Hybridization of Vocational Training and Higher Education in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland (Budrich UniPress 2013) builds upon his dissertation, which received the Best Dissertation Award from the Comparative and International Education Society (Higher Education Section) and the Ulrich-Teichler-Prize of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung. Previously, Lukas has held research posts at the University of Luxembourg and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and he has been a visiting scholar at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington D.C., the University of Vienna, and the University of Berne. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of East Anglia, an MA in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel, and a PhD in Sociology from Freie Universität Berlin.


Abstract: In both Germany and the United States, employers search for new strategies to recruit and train people in times of a dynamically evolving economy and rising educational expectations. In this context, we observe the proliferation of work-based higher education programs in both countries. This development challenges the common classification found in the political economy and educational policy literature that distinguishes between collectively governed dual apprenticeships in Germany and market-driven on-the-job training in the US. This presentation proposes an alternative that identifies significant similarities in the governance mode of work-based higher education across the two countries. Based on expert interviews and document analysis, this discussion focuses on complex multi-actor governance at the nexus of vocational training and higher education and explores consequences for contemporary policy-making in advanced skill formation.