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Continuing professional development for academic staff working in higher education


9.Teachers and education staff

9.6Continuing professional development for academic staff working in higher education

Last update: 28 March 2024

Organisational Aspects

Lecturers at institutions of higher education may be released from the obligation to teach courses at certain intervals, usually for the duration of a semester, for the purpose of their own research, further education and, depending on the state regulations, also science-related economic activities. 

In addition, the teaching commitments of professors are, as a rule, allocated in such a way that they are still left with sufficient time for research, for gaining scientific and academic knowledge and for the further development of teaching and study on academic foundations. In this respect in-service training for staff in the higher education sector is a component of their professional tasks.

Some higher education institutions offer in-service training courses in the field of didactics in higher education for teaching staff, attendance of which is, as a rule, voluntary.

Incentives for Participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities

At the moment no information on incentives for participation in continuing professional development is available.