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The research project “Factors for successful cooperation in vocational training with People’s Republic of China” (efach) aims to close a long-standing gap in vocational training research. For the first time, it will be investigated whether success factors of VET cooperation identified in previous research, arranged into a key factor model, also apply to cooperations beyond the state and civil society cooperation in the private sector and in China.

The research project, which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is devised for three years (April 2019 until March 2022). It is implemented by the Chair of Sociology / Center for Evaluation (CEval, Saarbruecken) in cooperation with the Central Institute for Vocational & Technical Education (CIVTE, Beijing) and the Chinese-German Institute for Vocational Education and Training at Tongji University (CDIBB, Shanghai). At the kick-off workshop (June 17 – June 21, 2019) project goals, theoretical considerations, the current research status and numerous questions concerning project planning were discussed.



The first personal meeting of all parties involved, which was characterized by great Chinese hospitality, ended impressively with a boat trip on the Huangpu River through the city center of Shanghai.