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German ambassador Meier-Klodt: Most big company heads started in dual education system

German ambassador to Romania Cord Meier-Klodt backs the promotion and expansion of dual vocational education in Romania, which he considers “a soul project” of his, based on the success it has had in his country.

The German diplomat said on Friday in Timisoara that “the dual vocational education was the basic success principle for the German economy for decades.”

In Romania nobody believes you when saying that most of board chairs of the most important German companies started in the dual vocational education, the ambassador said.

He added that the German companies involved in relevant activities in western Romania strongly support the dual vocational education model.

It is a sort of public-private partnership. The state provides the theoretical training, the company contributes with a practical training in the most competent way it can. In Germany, this is a system that has grown, developed and perfected for decades. In Romania so far there are some pilot-projects, here, in Timisoara, in the region and in the cities of Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, said Cord Meier-Klodt.

Cord Meier-Klodt visited Thursday and Friday the Timis County for the first time in his tenure, saying that it is better to see once with one’s own eyes than hear a hundred times about something and if now this is valid for him, in 2021 when Timisoara is going to be European Cultural Capital, this will be valid for hundreds of thousands or millions of people who will come for the first time to Timisoara to experience it first-hand.

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