Internationally comparable degree title introduced
With the introduction of the degree title "Bachelor Professional in Milling, Grain and Feed Technology", the German Milling School Braunschweig (DMSB) is taking an important step towards being able to offer an internationally comparable degree. In addition, the new Lower Saxony framework guidelines of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs have been implemented.
On 1 January 2020, the degree title "Bachelor Professional" was introduced as part of the new Vocational Training Act, and in the same year the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs also approved it for graduates of the two-year technical colleges generally referred to as technical schools or technical academies.
Internationally comparable degree
"The new degree title now makes the quality and high value of the advanced training internationally comparable and clarifies the equivalence of advanced vocational training to academic education," Georg Böttcher, educational director of the DMSB, is pleased to say. This is interesting both for foreign students at the DMSB and for students who later work abroad. With the end of the school year 2021/22, the first class will now graduate according to the new framework guidelines.
Implementation of new framework guidelines
Parallel to the introduction of the professional title "Bachelor Professional in Milling, Grain and Feed Technology", new framework guidelines (RRL) were introduced for Lower Saxony's technical colleges. "The didactic principle for all technical colleges is action orientation, which should lead students to action competence in the dimensions of knowledge and skills (professional competence) as well as self-competence and social competence (personal competence)," explains Georg Böttcher. In addition to the general education and inter-occupational subject canon (German, English, Politics, Mathematics and one natural science), which is mandatory for all technical colleges, teaching in the subject- or occupation-related area is now divided into eight modules. The content of the subject-specific content and the competences to be taught in these modules are determined by the technical college.
For the DMSB this means:
- The eight modules are run through on the basis of a fine mill and a compound feed plant: from the reception resp. grain cultivation to loading resp. advising the subsequent trades / customers (bakers, farmers, millers).
- The individual modules have different focuses and convey content based on concrete learning and action situations from professional life
- Problems and projects are thought through and tackled in an interdisciplinary way.
- The learning situations are implemented in a problem- and project-oriented manner and include concrete tasks and challenges that state-certified technicians can expect in their further professional careers
- Modularisation allows even more practical relevance in teaching.
- The processes are thoroughly recorded, from the respective raw product or raw material to the end product (flour / feed / plant).
- New is that the project work is now done independently and is no longer assigned to a subject. Thus, there is more freedom in the choice of topics.