The importance of dual education for Latin America

The German dual model has enormous potential for Latin America and is a goal-oriented and multi-faceted response to some of the major challenges of the Latin American economic context. Thanks to the skills and contributions of young and motivated students in companies, this model promotes the modernization and development of the workplace dynamics. Expanding vocational training opportunities and simultaneously linking them to the world of work particularly drives the competitiveness of Latin American countries while preventing the outflow of young talent from the region.

The interaction between theory and practice facilitates students’ acquisition of important competencies by providing them with valuable knowledge and skills from different perspectives. On the one hand, students learn relevant interdisciplinary skills such as management, leadership and strategy, which are needed in the increasingly complex world of work. Personal competencies such as analytical, evaluative and systematization skills, which students acquire both through the elaboration of basic scientific concepts and through the processing and review of concrete cases in the workplace, broaden the profile of young workers and increase their employability.

In addition, professional communication skills provided by students’ early and direct involvement in the dynamics of corporate teams also serve young talent throughout their careers and distinguish them from others who have not had such experience in a professional context from the outset. The high ethical standards and values of the respective Latin American universities, as well as the direct involvement in the local context, pursue the goal of integrating highly qualified employees and young people with a strong sense of sustainability into the economy and business world of the future.

In this regard, the results are clear: according to a study by Uniempresarial in Colombia, 89% of dual students evaluate their study experience with «excellent» or «good,» demonstrating the effectiveness and benefits of dual training. The competencies that dual students acquire during their training are a great asset to the economic strength of companies. 

Particularly in the wake of increasing competition in globalized markets, it is important to close the gap between academia and business and make full use of the intersections. In this context, the orientation toward German standards uniquely strengthens the competencies of employees and companies and serves as a guideline for education in Latin America.

Realizada por la Red DHLA, tomada de las siguientes citas bibliográficas:

Kötschau, T., Montoya, J., Pérez, L., Ferreira, S., & Fuenmayor I. (2019). FORMACIÓN DUAL UNIVERSITARIA – INNOVACIÓN EDUCATIVA.

https://www.dhla.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/LibroFormacio%CC%81nDual.pdf

Rojas, G. (2018). Modelo de Educación Dual con Sabor Latino (ISBN: 978-958-99643-2-3, 114 pág). http://hdl.handle.net/11520/23562

Molina, E. (2016). Éxito combinado (76 pág). Obtenido de http://www.dhla.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/LibroFormacio%CC%81nDual.pdf

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