Advancement through Education

The "Open University", initiated by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, is part of the Qualification Initiative "Advancement through Education", which was launched in 2008 by the federal and state governments.

The competition is aiming for promoting innovative, demand-driven and sustainable training concepts such as part-time or dual study courses respectively study modules or certificate offers aimed at lifelong learning science.

These advanced training concepts shall facilitate the access to higher education for professionals and people with family responsibilities in particular.

Current projects


Courses of study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) -

Windows for Continuing Education

Latest Project News


NEW: Master Wind Energy Systems starts on winter term 2015/16

After four years of collaboration between the University of Kassel and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology (IWES), the international M.Sc. in Wind Energy Systems program was officially launched in November 2015. In the first semester students from Germany, Turkey and Switzerland have enrolled in the program.

Fraunhofer Academy at the annual meeting of the DGWF

The Fraunhofer Academy was represented at the annual meeting of the German Association for University Continuing and Distance Education (DGWF) on September 12 - 14, 2012 in the framework of their education project "" with two posts.


Scientifc support meeting on 06./07.12.2012 in Berlin

On December 6/7, 2012 the first meeting of scientific support for the federal-state competition "Advancement through Education: Open Universities" took place in Berlin. This event entitled "target groups of lifelong learning in higher education" covers both the national as well as the international state of research and provides best practice examples.

Fraunhofer Academy selected as winner of BMBF’s “Advancement through Education” competition

Two Fraunhofer Academy joint research projects are among the winners of the “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” competition run by the German federal ministry of education and research (BMBF).

A total of seven Fraunhofer institutes are working together to develop new continuing education and vocational training programs as part of two projects entitled »Developing premium part-time courses of study in the MINT subjects [mathematics, IT, science and technology] – MINT Online« (only in German available) and »Windows for Continuing Education« (only in German available). The two projects – both of which launch in the fall – were selected along with 24 others by an international expert jury which assessed a total of 169 draft proposals.

The federal ministry has allocated a total of 250 million euros to the “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” competition through 2020, some 2 million euros of which is earmarked for Fraunhofer over the next three-and-a-half years.

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