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Adult education and continuing education – lifelong learning

This site reflects adult (continuing) education in Germany. A far more comprehensive collection of records (mostly German language resources) is provided in the section Weiterbildung und Erwachsenenbildung. If you are interested in the German system of dual vocational and educational training (VET) and its model character for other countries or in a general perspective on VET, a comprehensive catalogue is available in German, see Berufliche Bildung.The section on the European dimension of vocational education and trainingmight also be useful.

Adult education and training in Europe.   

http://edudoc.ch/record/116288/files/179EN.pdf; http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/documents/thematic_reports/179EN.pdf; http://dx.doi.org/10.2797/8002

"Through a comprehensive overview of policies and data related to the renewed European agenda for adult learning, this Eurydice report aims to support the exchange of policy and practice between countries. The report concentrates on measures to ensure that the most vulnerable groups of adult learners, in particular those with low basic skills or insufficient qualifications, [...]

The education system in the Federal Republic of Germany: Adult education and training


The document, an excerpt from the report on the education system in the Federal Republic of Germany, outlines the historical development of adult education in Germany, and the legal framework of continuing and adult education since reunification. Specific emphasis lies on the promotion of Lifelong Learning.
Dokument von: Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (KMK)

Institutions and projects

Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung – Leibniz-Zentrum für Lebenslanges Lernen e.V. (DIE) / German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning


The German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) is a central forum for the fields of science and practice in the area of continuing education in Germany. In its capacity as a service institute for the field of research, the DIE acts as a go-between for research and the field of practice in the area of adult education, supplying the foundations for research orientated towards [...] 

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) / Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training


The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) is a nationally and internationally recognized centre of excellence for research into and development of initial and continuing vocational education and training. The aims of its research, development and counselling work are to identify future tasks of vocational education and training, to promote innovation [...] 

iMOVE - International Marketing of Vocational Education


iMOVE is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with offices at the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB) in Bonn. The objective is to promote international collaboration and the initiation of cooperation and business relationships in vocational training and continuing education.  

Further reference sources

Information on occupations (BIBB)


The Federal Institute for Vocational Education (BIBB) provides this website where occupation profiles can be retrieved.Thhe information includes a database of occupations and new regulations in the field of vocational education and training. 

Short Facts about Adult Education/Continuing Education in Germany


The website lists facts concerning the system of (adult and continuing) education in Germany, basic facts, actors and institutions, funding and availability.  

Adult education systems, policy, legislation and key providers: Germany


The reports are divided into two sections, ‘Policy and Politics´ gives an overview of the key policy currently in force, and also outlines the main legislation or political situation in the country. ‘Structure and Providers´ gives more detailed information on the specific structure of organisation, and also outlines the main adult education providers, including non-formal [...] 




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