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On the Mysteries of Swiss Dual Vocational Education

December 13, 2018 A video of the event with Ursula Renold

Keynote speaker: Professor Ursula Renold | Head of the Division of Comparative Education Systems ETH Zurich, KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Switzerland is well known for its successful dual system of vocational and professional education and training. It consists of upper-secondary and non-university tertiary education in which firms and educational institutions collaborate closely to provide both general education and vocational training.

Though the Czech Republic is also highly industrialized, and has a high demand for skilled vocational labour, the Czech system at the upper-secondary level remains far from effective and funcionally efficient. The keynote lecture by the Swiss expert Prof. Ursula Renold focuses on the economics of the Swiss system, its institutional setup, built-in incentives, and the roles of key stakeholders in terms of its funding, regulation, coordination, and etc. Her presentation is enhanced by rich empirical evidence. Concrete insights from the perspective of the private sector will be provided by a representative of Novartis/Basel. The non-scientific, policy-oriented keynote presentation and follow-up panel discussion aim to provide new first-hand insights to representatives of Czech stakeholders, policymakers, academics and interested members of the public.

The lecture will investigates the following questions:

  • What are the economics of vocational education and training?
  • Is there a role for the government due to market and other failures?
  • What are the roles of individual stakeholders from the education and employment sectors?
  • Who bears the costs, benefits, and risks?
  • How can the quality and relevance of vocational education and training be secured?
  • What does academic research tell us, and what is the role of evidence-informed policy making?

PUBLIC LECTURE by Ursula Renold and insights from the perspective of private sector by Sandro Crameri from Novartis/Basel

The first video in slideslive format contents the public lecture by Ursula Renold. The video is accessible in full screen including the interactive ppt presentation. To open the video in a new larger window, please click on the white link on the youtube video SlidesLive |Ursula Renold ...




Following Czech reflection by panelists Daniel Münich (IDEA at CERGE-EI), Libor Witassek (ZET Foundation), Karel Gargulák (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports)  and a panel discussion with the participants of the event is accessible in a youtube video format: