Post-secondary and Tertiary Education

Post-secondary courses provide short study programmes for people holding standard entry qualifications for university. These courses run for four or eight (for people under employment) semesters, impart technical and practical qualifications to be acquired at technical and vocational colleges and end with a diploma exam.

Post-secondary colleges offer high-quality training for occupations in the social and services sector.

Training for diagnostic and therapeutic professions.

In-service teacher training colleges provide for further training of teachers offering courses on general, theoretical, pedagogical, practical and methodological matters. Moreover, these colleges also engage in research activities and impart key qualifications; they initiate and co-ordinate projects as part of the further education and training of teachers and in the field of school development and provide for various other services.

Access to advanced vocational education is conditional upon standard entry qualifications for university. Successful completion of "Fachhochschul"-courses gives access to doctoral programmes at university.

Universities and art colleges reform measures towards more autonomy have already been started. Thus, universities and art colleges will be turned into legal entities which may independently avail of their respective budgets. Moreover, this also provides for autonomy when it comes to personnel matters like appointments.

Geändert am 04.12.2002

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