One vocational college provides students with a comprehensive and international range of training opportunities focusing on industry. For instance, the international class at the business grammar school take courses in foreign languages and to promote intercultural skills to optimally prepare the students for future challenges associated with increasing globalisation and internationalisation. School trips to other countries and international internships are part of the curriculum at BBS I (vocational college I) earning it the official title of ‘European School’ in acknowledgement of its many international activities.
The other vocational training college focuses on engineering, nutrition and social sciences. It also operates the ‘Production School’ where an innovative project and activity-oriented learning and working concept are implemented. As an International Agenda 21 – School, the school has borne the title of ‘Environmental school in Europe’ since 1999.
Courses at Jade University in Wilhelmshaven focus on engineering, management, information, economics and technology. The close co-operation with businesses and practical work not only benefit students during their period of study at the university, they also increase their opportunities of rapidly finding good jobs in the employment market when they have finished their courses. Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees are available in Wilhelmshaven. The university also carries out future-oriented research and training. Typical examples of this are the new marine engineering course in the engineering faculty; online courses for economics engineers and business administration; an economics engineering course specifically for women; a sandwich degree course in IT/telecommunications, to mention just a few.
The extra-curricular engineering and nature school awakens the interest of children in engineering and scientific issues from an early age. This is proving very successful, particularly because of the practical projects, enjoyable learning with rewards, and supporting children’s natural interest in carrying out experiments. The signo explorer club teams for instance have already won several prizes in national and international competitions. This “school” has been part of Jade University since January 2010.