The new German government is right to focus on education for more growth, says the Chancellor of IU
Erfurt, 7 December 2021. The signing of the coalition agreement and the election of Olaf Scholz as Chancellor marks the beginning of the new government's term of office this week. In the agreement of SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP entitled "Mehr Fortschritt wagen" (Dare to make more progress), the word "education" appears 178 times. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Wuttig, Chancellor of IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), says what the start of the new federal government means for education beyond the school career:
"The coalition agreement of the new federal government is a promise for more growth through education. 'Aufstiegs-Bafög' and 'Lebenschancen-Bafög' are intended to promote what education can do: Giving people the opportunity to develop throughout their lives. And it helps the economy to combat the shortage of skilled workers that inhibits growth. Countries like India and Singapore have long been investing massively in lifelong learning systems. Germany can learn from them and must catch up: If you want progress, there is no way around education.
By focusing on digitised education, we could facilitate access to higher education and further democratise it. Everyone should have the opportunity to invest in their own future through education. The coalition agreement promises financial incentives to increase both supply and demand. Now education must really be understood as an opportunity that not only helps, but is also fun. This is what IU, as Germany's largest university, is committed to."
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