Foundation Ceremony of the Institute for Vocational Education
On July 14, 2016, about 120 guests from vocational education research, practice, and policy as well as colleagues from the University of Rostock celebrated the founding of the "Institute for Vocational Education" (ibp) at the Faculty of Humanities.
In his greeting, Prof. Dr. Patrick Kaeding, Vice-Rector for Study and Teaching, emphasized the importance of the newly established vocational education programs at the University of Rostock and described the necessary interdepartmental cooperation and thanked all those who were involved in the development of the courses and those who are still involved in the implementation. Following the previous speaker, The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Dr. Sven Bruhn, thanked the founding director Prof. Dr. Franz Kaiser for his commitment to strengthening teacher training and building the institute within a short period of time. Thomas Jackl, Head of Department for Early Childhood Education, Schools and Adult Education at the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, commented in his greetings on the quantitative and qualitative demand for vocational school teachers in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and welcomed the already announced co-operation both in teacher training and in research.
Prof. Reinhold Weiß, Deputy President and Research Director of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, referred to current developments and future challenges in vocational education as a guest speaker. He underlined the importance of research-methodologically well-educated educationalists and vocational educators and expressed his joy in future research collaborations.
Founding Director Prof. Dr. Franz Kaiser presented his ideas of a human-oriented vocational training, which in a democratic society is an essential prerequisite for the fact that in addition to the development of professional competence, social participation as well as social commitment are made possible. Against this backdrop, he outlined the concepts of vocational education, which are being pursued within the framework of vocational training courses at the University of Rostock.
The celebration was framed by a poster exhibition presenting the situation of vocational education in M-V as well as the Institute for Vocational Education. Furthermore, a film was premiered which was created as part of a vocational seminar under the direction of students and which examines crucial issues of the being as a vocational school teacher.
We would like to thank all our guests for the participation and the many good wishes and look forward to a fruitful cooperation!