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This area of the website provides answers to some of the more common questions we are asked about the Steinbeis+Akademie. If you would like to ask us a different question, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Your question about the Steinbeis+Akademie
A bachelor’s course or a master’s course is a degree program in keeping with state university laws. Degree programs culminate in a university qualification. Bachelor’s and master’s programs are offered through Steinbeis University, the owner of the Steinbeis+Akademie.
Certification courses are a bit like a staff development program, so they do not constitute a university qualification. Four certificates are offered by the Steinbeis+Akademie. To participate in a certificate program, you will require a university entrance qualification in an area covered by our Advanced Studies or you will need to fulfill professional qualification entry requirements. To participate in a course covered by our Basic Studies, you will not need a university entrance qualification.
Are the certificate qualifications offered by the Steinbeis+Akademie recognized for degrees at universities?
On completion, students receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies, equivalent to Level 6 of the German Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (DQR). This is also equivalent to Level 1 (bachelor level) of the framework for German higher education qualifications.
On completion, participants receive a Diploma of Advanced Studies, equivalent to Level 7 of the German Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (DQR). This is also equivalent to Level 2 (master’s level) of the framework for German higher education qualifications.
Certificates may therefore be recognized, but this will depend on the regulations of each particular university from which recognition is being requested.
The project competence courses offered by the Steinbeis+Akademie constitute staff training courses underpinned by scientifically sound, practical know-how linked to the requirements of course participants. Students have to achieve different standards by writing transfer papers, completing study projects, or passing oral tests in order to prove that they have acquired certain abilities required for transferring know-how into business practice. The certificates or diplomas they then receive show that they have successfully completed an advanced training course.
The project competence courses offered by the Steinbeis+Akademie are based on the principles of blended learning. Courses are broken down into self-study phases (for students to read through the literature and work through information by themselves), and transfer phases (in which they reflect on this information in a business setting and implement it). The fundamental seminar phases may involve classroom sessions or online teaching. The individual certification examination rules of each course provide information on the different phases involved. The more comprehensive courses also involve short classroom sessions to make it possible for participants to juggle training with their jobs.
The project competence courses offered by the Steinbeis+Akademie involve varying levels of detail. How much detail a course goes into depends on the volume of new information that needs to be shared and the education targets. The scope of each course is captured in the certification examination rules.
All courses outline the workload in hours. Seminars (classroom-based or online), self-study time (revision and preparation, writing papers), and time spent transferring theory into practice are listed individually in detail to make it easier to plan exactly how much time needs to be invested.