Institute Technology and Education, University of Bremen, DE

The Institute Technology and Education (ITB) is a research institute within the University of Bremen with a staff of more than 60 employees, 50 of whom are faculty and research staff. It is one of the leading research institutes in vocational education and training and runs its research committed to the idea of shaping the triangle of work, technology and education. The ITB aims at a close connection with the reform of vocational education and training as well as innovation in the field of work and technology. Therefore, not only an interdisciplinary but - in times of globalisation - also an international research-approach is necessary. For that reason educators, engineers, sociologists, economists and specialists from several other disciplines are engaged in the research of the ITB, which often is embedded in national or international networks.

The ITB covers a wide range of research and development projects on a regional, national and international level. Most projects are run in co-operation with industry and other VET institutions. In addition, the ITB acts jointly with relevant institutions in Europe, the United States, China, Thailand, Japan and several other countries. The institute’s particular expertise lies in the field of qualitative methods and in the assessment of competences acquired in the work process. These qualitative methods are sensitive of occupational domains and based on criteria of professional work.

Website: www.itb.uni-bremen.de

ITBs role in the ProfDRV project

Leader of WP 4 - European educational standards for basic and continuous training: proposal and discussion of standards based on project results; suggestions concerning training methods and assessment of training

ITBs related projects

  • In the CarEasyVET project (2007-2009) qualificational profiles in the automotive sector were described and valued according to the European credit point system (ECVET). The project homepage is: www.careasyvet.net.
  • In the project Occupational Standards and Skill Testing Oman (2007-2010) occupational standards and training plans for sixty training occupations, e.g. professional drivers, were developed. A German description is available at http://www.itb.uni-bremen.de/osstc+M54a708de802.html?&0. 
  • OPTILOG (2006-2008) was a project to develop and to implement telematic services in transport, e.g. a tool to support sustainable driving style. A German description is available at http://www.itb.uni-bremen.de/optilog0+M54a708de802.html?&0 


For further information please get in touch with Prof. Georg Spöttl (spoettl(at)uni-bremen(dot)de), Nils Petermann (peterni(at)uni-bremen(dot)de) or Joanna Burchert (burchert(at)uni-bremen(dot)de).