Schlagwort-Archive: Vienna International Studies

three great opportunities for our young people: EQF, EVET, ECTS

Contemporary Dimensions of the European Educational and Scientific Area

Bulgarian-Austrian Cultural Dialogue

27th May – 28th May 2019
Bulgarian Cultural Institute “House Wittgenstein”
Vienna, Austria

  • The European Qualifications Framework
  • European Vocational Education and Training
  • European Credit Transfer System

three great opportunities for our young people

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin StiegerAllensbach University    

Reasons, problems and future development:

  • In the year 2000 there were 100 million students worldwide.
  • In 2014 there were 207 million
  • 1960 13 million
  • In many emerging countries, a middle class has emerged that strives for and demands access to higher education.
  • the expansion of school systems, in particular secondary education, in many countries
  • In many countries the number of students will continue to rise in the future.
  • More female students than male students worldwide!
  • Around the globe, every third young adult attends an academic institution.
  • In Africa, f. e. the admission rate is only eight percent. While it is 75 percent in Europe and North America.“
  • The lower the access to higher education in a country, the more unfair it is.
  • Especially in low-income countries: women make up only 30 percent of those enrolled there.
  • In many developing countries, certain social groups such as the low-income, ethnic minorities or indigenous peoples almost never make the leap to university.
  • In the Philippines, for example, only one percent of the poorest fifth of the population has access to higher education.
  • In South Africa, the participation rate for black Africans is only 14 percent, while that of the white population is 55 percent.
  • UNESCO: Today it’s no longer just a question of what amount, what budget the state will invest, or how expensive a study place will be per capita: „Whether someone can attend a university does not only depend on whether he can afford the tuition fees. It also depends on whether he or she has the means to pay for books and other study materials, travel expenses, accommodation and meals.
  • By 2020, around 6 million students will be studying outside their home country
  • 4 out of 5 students worldwide study in the G20 countries
  • Around 80 % of all foreign students study in the OECD region
  • 40 % of foreign students study in Europe, 25 % in North America
  • By 2020 around 720,000 EU students will be studying in another EU country
  • In 2010 around 30% of academics aged 25 to 34 came from India and China, by 2020 the figure will be 40%.
  • In 2000 there were 91 million 25- to 34-year-old university graduates in the OECD and G20 countries, in 2020: 204 million
  • In 2000, the USA, with 17% of young academics worldwide, was on a par with China and clearly ahead of India (10%).
  • In 2010, the Chinese (18%) had already passed the USA (14%).
  • 2020 forecast: China (29%), India (12%), USA (11%), Russia (7%)
  • China has quintupled the number of university graduates in the past 10 years
  • 20% of all adult Chinese – 200 million people – should have a university degree by 2020 = this corresponds to the total employable resident population of the USA.
  • In 2000 and 2010, 0.2% of university graduates worldwide aged between 25 and 34 years came from Austria, by 2020 it will only be 0.1%.
  • 20% of educational nomads come from CH/I
  • The number of educational nomads from China and India will exceed 1.2 million this year
  • the outbound mobilty ratio in China is on a global average and India even lower
  • More than 60 million people currently study in CH and I
  • 50,000 foreign scientists conduct research at US universities (20% of teaching staff)
  • 60 % of all physics PhD students in the USA were born abroad
  • Australian universities generate around 8 billion Australian dollars p.a. and education ranks sixth among Australian export goods.
  • 6 % of us exports of services are education exports = this in turn corresponds to German government spending on higher education in total
  • By 2020, approximately 750,000 students will be enrolled in South Africa, 5% of them international students.
  • The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is one of the best Latin American universities and has about 300,000 students this year.
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University has 3.5 million students,
  • Bangladesh National University 2.1 million and
  • Anadolu Üniversitesi 1.9 million.

The European Qualifications Framework

  • The European Qualifications Framework is a bridge between national qualifications systems
  • EQF is a common European reference framework whose purpose is to make qualifications more readable and understandable across different countries and systems.
  • Covering qualifications at all levels and in all sub-systems of education and training, the EQF provides a comprehensive overview over qualifications in the 39 European countries currently involved in its implementation
  • The core of the EQF is its eight reference levels defined in terms of learning outcomes, i. e. knowledge, Skills and autonomy-responsibility.
  • Learning outcomes express what individuals know, understand and are able to do at the end of a learning process.
  • Countries develop national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) to implement the EQF.
  • The main purpose of the EQF is to make qualifications more readable and understandable across countries and systems.
  • This is important to support cross-border mobility of learners and workers and lifelong learning across Europe.

European Credit Transfer System

ECTS is a credit system designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries.

Since they are based on the learning achievements and workload of a course, a student can transfer their ECTS credits from one university to another so they are added up to contribute to an individual’s degree programme or training.

  • ECTS helps to make learning more student-centred.
  • It is a central tool in the Bologna Process, which aims to make national systems more compatible
  • ECTS also helps with the planning, delivery and evaluation of study programmes, and makes them more transparent.
  • The differences between national systems can lead to problems with the recognition of educational qualifications from other countries and of periods of study taken abroad. Greater transparency of learning achievements simplifies the recognition of studies done in other countries.
  • ECTS also makes it possible to merge different types of learning, such as university and work-based learning, within the same programme of study or in a lifelong learning perspective.
  • ECTS credits represent the workload and defined learning outcomes („what the individual knows understands and is able to do“) of a given course or programme. 60 credits are the equivalent of a full year of study or work. In a standard academic year, 60 credits would be usually broken down into several smaller components.
  • A typical „first cycle“ (or Bachelor’s) Degree, would consist of 180 or 240 credits, whereas a typical „second cycle“ (or Master’s) Degree, would consist of 90 or 120 credits, with at least 60 credits at second cycle level. The use of ECTS at the „third cycle“ (or Ph.D. level) varies.

European Vocational Education and Training

  • VET in Europe is the most comprehensive information resource on vocational education and training (VET) systems in Europe.
  • European cooperation in VET (the Copenhagen process) considers the rich diversity of national systems and stakeholders in Member States, EFTA-EEA countries and candidate countries. It builds its success on a flexible approach for sharing experiences, working towards common goals and learning from best practices using the ‚open method of coordination‘.
  • Vocational Education and Training is a broad concept, usually defined at European level as preparing learners for jobs with a basis in manual or practical activities, traditionally non-academic and entirely related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.
  • the system it is very similar to the ECTS- system and can also be purchased 60 points per year.


  • Education is an important raw material and the demand for international courses of study is growing enormously.
  • I will see around 300 million people studying at the same time, a third of them abroad.
  • The European Union is a pioneer here and I have tried to illustrate this with the help of three systems that are already very well established.

Nano-Degrees – ASAS und BFS bieten einzigartige On-Demand-Weiterbildung

Die Idee und den Begriff verdanken wir Prof. Sebastian Thrun, der 2012 bereits Bildung demokratisieren und für möglichst viele Menschen zugänglich machen wollte.

Seine Online-Vorlesungen zur Künstlichen Intelligenz absolvierten mehr als 160.000 KursteilnehmerInnen weltweit und 23.000 davon legten auch die Prüfung darüber ab. Online-Studierende dabei oft mit besseren Resultaten als seine Stanford-Studierenden im Hörsaal.

Heute ist die Online-Lernplattform Udacity ein Erfolgsprojekt und auch die Bezeichnung Nano-Degree für kürzerfristige Lernformate ein Begriff.

Nano-Degrees[1] haben sogar Einzug in den Koalitionsvertrag der deutschen Bundesregierung gefunden.[2]

Nano-Degrees stellen Kurse dar, die oft in einzelne Module aufgeteilt online absolviert werden können. Natürlich können diese auch kombiniert mit Präsenzangeboten (Blended Learning) und unter tutorieller Begleitung angeboten werden.

Wichtig ist die hohe Qualität der praktischen und theoretischen Lerneinheiten – dann werden die Nano-Degree-Abschlüsse von der Wirtschaft und den Arbeitgebern auch entsprechend anerkannt.

Der österreichische Fernlehranbieter ASAS und die 1. Bayerische Fleischerschule Landshut bieten nun genau solche Nano-Degrees und in dieser Form wohl einzigartige Kooperationslehrgänge an:

Die langjährige Fernlehrexpertise der ASAS und die hohe Fachkompetenz der Bayerischen Fleischerschule verbinden sich hier in bewährter Weise zu einem für die ganze Branche wichtigen und innovativen Lehrangebot (On-Demand-Weiterbildung).

Die ASAS bietet Nano-Degrees auch in Kombination mit der Allensbach Hochschule aus Konstanz an.

In diesen (26) Kontaktstudien können sogar ECTS erworben werden.

Bei Interesse an einem entsprechenden Weiterbildungsangebot oder zum Studienangebot (Online Bachelor-, Master- und PhD-Studien) ganz allgemein wenden Sie sich einfach direkt an mich:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin G. Stieger

Professur für Berufsbildung und Wirtschaftspädagogik

Allensbach Hochschule



Vienna International Studies


[1] Auch wenn damit nicht wirklich der Einheitenvorsatz für den milliardsten Teil gemeint ist, ein solches Nano-Degree erfordert mehr als einen Sekundenbruchteil an work load

[2] Zeile 1759

European Cross-border (distant) PhD – in English or German

Vienna International Studies

EduEarth and ULSIT present :


Cross-border PhD

Highlights of the PhD Programme

  • Launched in 1999 with the the Bologna Declaration, it now defines the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
  • The EHEA Ministerial Conferences have taken place throughout whole Europe every 2 or 3 years since then and have acheived:
    • Comparable degrees
    • Credits, ECTS
    • 3 levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD) of cooperation
    • Promoting the mobility of students and teachers
    • Promoting European cooperation in quality assurance
    • Promoting the European dimension in higher education
    • Originally 29 in 1999, now 49 states are included


  • Announced in Austria (location Vienna) and AQ registered
  • Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria
  • The inclusion in a directory of AQ Austria is a required condition for conducting foreign university studies, e.g.
  • University of Library Studies and Information Technologies
  • Courses conducted in Austria -> Doctoral programs:
    • Automated Information Processing and Management Systems (PhD or Dr)
    • Organization and Management of Information Processes (PhD or Dr)
    • Cultural and Historical Heritage in Modern Information Environment (PhD or Dr)
    • Book Studies, Library Studies and Bibliography (PhD or Dr)

              (Decision of the Board of 10.12.2015)


  1. ULSIT


  • State University in Sofia
  • In the worldwide ranking list the university is comparable with the University of Mozarteum Salzburg, University of Education Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (Austria) or the University of Speyer, the University of Bochum, the Steinbeis University Berlin (D)



Germany, legal basis

Decision of the Conference of the Ministry of Culture of 21.09.2001 i. d. F. from 26.06.2015:

Higher education degrees from Member States of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as higher education degrees of the European University Institute Florence and the Pontifical Universities, can be kept in their original form without appellation of origin.

Holder of a doctoral degree, acquired in a scientific doctoral procedure in EU state or institution, may use the approved common abbreviation of the country of origin. Section 1 of the resolution of 14.04.2000 alternatively points the abbreviation „Dr.“ without technical addition and without designation of origin. This does not apply to doctoral degrees awarded without doctoral studies and procedures (so-called professional doctorates) and to doctoral degrees which, according to the legislation of the country of origin, are not assigned to the third level of the Bologna classification of degrees. Simultaneous management of both abbreviations is not permitted.

  1. Quality Control

Germany: ANABIN H+

Bulgaria: Promotions can be requested from around the world via the official home page of NACID:

Austria: AQ-Registration



the partners:



  • Submission of application documents with a doctoral thesis‘ topic
  • Examination of the admission options and the topic proposal
  • If the admission requirements are met and the topic is suitable, both sides – agency and student sign a contract
  • After signing of the contract, the student will be accepted by the university
  • Then the candidate has to prepare „Concept of the dissertation“ on his / her dissertation
  • The student can start at any time, there are no fixed enrollment dates.


  • Application Form
  • CV in English (europass) with color photo and handwritten signed
  • Notarized master’s degree (Master) or other degree (Dipl.Ing. …) with Diploma Supplement proving the fulfillment of the admission requirements
  • Medical certificate
  • Criminal record certificate if available
  • List of scientific publications, if the student already has ones. Or he / she has to make them during the study
  • Research Concept
  • ID copy
  • Social Security number
  • Dissertation if already available or at least 2/3 finished – then you can do a doctorate within one year
  • Proof of a completed course in English – otherwise you will need





After the successful registration and enrollment the candidate completes the dissertation and provides the required examinations:

  • At least three publications
  • Proof of knowledge of the English language
  • 5 – 6 Submitted assignments, which bring you ECTS are confirmed in the transcript
  • Author’s summary of the dissertation
  • A pre-defense (can also be done via skype)
  • Completion of the dissertation
  • The final defense of the work (defensio) in Sofia


  • COURSE NAME: Theory and Practice of Knowledge Management
  • EXAM FORM: Essay on the book “The Revolutionary Wealth” (Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler, 2007).
  • Write an essay no less than 1500 words no longer than 2000 words (ex.: no less than 5 pages and it shouldn’t exceed 7 pages). The font you are to use for your text should be 14-point Times New Roman, whether in normal, bold, or italic, the line spacing should be exactly 1,5.
  • Choose your own topic depending on the issue/ issues that you find most interesting or intriguing in the book. Read carefully the criteria for evaluation of essays at the University before you start writing it. Do not forget to write the title of the essay and to include a statement of your main thesis in the beginning.


12. Final Defense in Sofia

The study duration is normally 3 years. If the dissertation is completed and meets the requirements both quantitatively and qualitatively, you can also do your doctorate earlier.

Tuition and costs of the procedure:

  • The tuition fee is EUR 19,900, which includes the fees for two years. If a third year is needed, EUR 1,200 will be added to the faculty fees.
  • The work has to be submitted in Bulgarian or in English, so that translation costs may be added if necessary. These are in Bulgaria with about EUR 6.00 / page (Bulgarian – German) but quite cheap.
  • Travel expenses to Bulgaria are incurred only for the defense, which takes place in presence in Sofia. All other appointments can be completed online, e.g. the pre-defense.
  • If an interpreter is required for the defense, there would be a corresponding cost. The defense can be in English or Bulgarian.



Dr. Georg Votava, Director bei Lohmann&Rauscher Export and Emerging Market

Working in one of the leading companies for medical devices in Europe for more than 25 years, I am responsible for the worldwide export business. After my PhD program I got promoted as the new head for worldwide education and training, and all international affairs.

Dr. Hesham Hafez, Owner of Paper Distribution International PDI GROUP

It is my greatest pleasure to work with EduEarth and VIS, and I am very pleased to recommend their team. They have helped and supported me a lot throughout my PhD program. I was very impressed on how they walked me through the whole study process where they assisted me on every detail I need. The people who worked with me are very helpful and professional.”

Dr. Brigitte Mitterlechner-Pollak, Scientific / legal assistant at the controlling office, Federal Administrative Court

I can recommend the EduEarth and VIS teams 100%! They helped me a lot during my PhD program, and they were really perfect in their mission to educate and support me throughout the whole study process. The people working with me understood and facilitated everything that I needed.”



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