DUW, Deutsche Universität für Weiterbildung, is Germany’s first state-approved continuing education university.
As a new type of academic university, DUW combines the highest standards of academic quality in research and teaching with comprehensive service to the student.
DUW offers master’s degree courses and certificate programmes for working professionals. Its courses of study are aimed at people with a first academic degree who want to continue their education in a distance learning program while working. DUW’s study model and supervision concept are tailored to the needs of these working students.
DUW’s teaching and research profile is concentrated on those areas of society that are changing the fastest today in ways that directly affect the job market:
In these four departments, DUW offers continuing education master’s degree courses and certificate programmes, and conducts research. Both the research activities at DUW and the development of the university’s continuing education programmes are founded on a continuous dialog between DUW and the “real world” of work and enterprise.
The interplay of scientific theory and practice is essential for DUW’s programmes of study. All of the master’s degree courses and certificate programmes offered are oriented after the demands of society and the future of the job market.
At the same time, DUW attends in particular to the life situation of working university graduates and the challenges they face in that market. The DUW study model is based on a flexible blended-learning concept that combines distance-learning components with carefully apportioned on-site seminars in Berlin, and optional international field study. Another central ingredient of continuing university education at DUW is comprehensive student counselling and excellent individual academic supervision. Studies at DUW are flexible and thus compatible with the demands of a full-time job.
Teaching and research at DUW are driven by the continuous transfer of knowledge and skills between the university and professional practice. Students bring individual experience and problems from their professional and corporate contexts into their coursework at DUW. These cases become the object of scientific examination, with results that enrich both the individual students and their working environments.
Furthermore, the faculty of DUW includes not only researchers with established academic reputations, but also practitioners in the related professional fields whose expertise ensures the practical orientation and relevance of the subject matter taught.
In April, 2008, DUW was recognized by the State of Berlin as a privately held academic university. The university is operated by DUW Deutsche Universität für Weiterbildung GmbH, which is held in equal shares by Freie Universität Berlin and the Klett Group.
Backed by these shareholders, DUW offers its working students continuing education at the highest academic level: Freie Universität Berlin, recognized by the Initiative for Excellence of the German Ministry of Education, guarantees the academic quality of DUW’s continuing education programmes. The Klett Group, with its long experience as one of Europe’s leading private education providers, guarantees the professional organization of distance studies at DUW and the excellent counselling and supervision that students receive.
The university and its holding company are located in Dahlem, Berlin.