Background and Tasks


In view of the diverse and fundamental changes to working and life processes, continuing education in our knowledge-based society is becoming more and more important. Social issues and problems require social construction and reflection. Different situations require new initiatives and measures that continuing education can provide. Everyone should feel they can always update their knowledge in order to keep pace with the changes in their work and daily lives.

Acquiring new knowledge is seen as a basic prerequisite in order to face ever-changing developments of skills and qualifications. It is said that science has a potential for innovation and serves to challenge the traditional perception of problems. It offers people new perspectives that enable change and at the same time the chances for development and education as well as to raise new issues. Against this background it is now recognized that, as well as research and teaching, scientific continuing education is the third main task of universities.

In close consultation and cooperation with other University institutes ZWW develops innovative, market-oriented training programmes that meet today’s challenges and integrate new fields and innovations in order to prepare for an increasing dissolution of boundaries. The focus is on scientific training linking theoretical research to professional practice. To promote the dialogue between theory and practice and, by way of scientific thinking, contribute to a critical reflection that not only adapts to changes, but also actively and responsibly helps to shape those changes, is a central concern for scientific training. In this context, the connection with society and the task of transferring knowledge are of particular significance.


ZWW performs the following tasks:

  • Conception, organisation and coordination of internal training of scientific staff

  • Conception, organisation and coordination of internal training courses for administrative and technical staff

  • Suggesting and providing concepts for new training and postgraduate programmes as well as organising and coordinating these programmes

  • Conception, organisation and coordination of academic continuing education courses for interested adults.

  • Participating in training and continuing education for teachers

  • Providing advice on continuing education to graduates and institutions of the University

  • Student Guidance and Counseling Service for guest students

  • Evaluation and quality assurance of continuing education programmes

  • Representation of the University's interests vis à vis local and national academic continuing education committees

  • Development and accompanying research

Of course ZWW also offers tailor-made training courses to meet your operational needs. Just talk or write to us.

ZWW's position, as well as its tasks is laid down in its charter. You can find the text of this charter here.

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