The key resource for society and the economy.

Education and training are the key resources of a knowledge-based society – such as the German national economy. Quality education and equal opportunities are prerequisites for a successful professional life. Education is relevant for the individual as well as for society as a whole: Education ensures future-proof economies and labour markets, social cohesion as well as innovative capacity within societies.

How will the future of education look like?

Educational policy aims at ensuring equal opportunities at school, within the labour market and academia. Prerequisites for educational equality are efficient and capable schools and universities which enable all children, adolescents and (young) adults to achieve educational success, regardless of their background. Another aspect is access to cultural education.

To ensure this, a number of issues must be dealt with:

  • Which (organizational) frameworks offer the best support for collaboration between students and instructors?
  • Which solutions effectively promote the digitization of teaching and learning?
  • How are young people most likely to master the transition from school into the workforce?
  • How can the successful German dual-training system be made future-proof?
  • Which school and university profiles are sustainable and attractive for different target groups?
  • And how can educational areas and processes be effectively interlinked?

Lifelong learning – from buzzword to everyday reality

Considering demographic change, globalization and the ever-shortening half-life of knowledge, ongoing training becomes indispensable – even for experienced professionals. To strengthen a culture of (continued) education, and to make lifelong learning more than just a catchphrase, transparency and accessibility must be ensured. Moreover, the development of well-adapted and value-adding courses and other educational opportunities should be strengthened.  Finally, the responsibility for further education has to be fairly distributed between individuals, employers and the government.

Education: A selection of our services

Evaluations and analyses

We support decision makers by providing solid evaluations and comprehensive analyses at the intersection of education, labour market and science.

Effective project and program development

Continued improvement of education: we present the essential prerequisites for successful pilot projects and national and regional educational programs.

Strategies for further development in the fields of education and science

We develop strategies and provide recommendations for the further development of the education and science system.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Report on all-day education and childcare services for primary school children

| Project

By the year 2027, Germany will need around 470,000 additional all-day places for primary school-aged children. On behalf of the Family Ministry, we examined how this will be achieved.

No generational conflict: Young and old are primarily looking for security.

| Project

Study compares “boomers” and Generation Z: high need for security for young and old alike.

Rhineland-Palatinate Transformation Agency

| Project

The Transformation Agency serves as a signpost for the changing world of work. Prognos puts this into action on behalf of the Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digitisation.

Careers guidance evaluation

| Project

What makes good careers guidance? Prognos evaluated careers guidance measures in Brandenburg over three years.

Digital Higher Education

| Project

Prognos AG has been evaluating the BMBF's funding activities in the research field of "Digital Higher Education" since the end of 2020.

Das Bildungsgrundeinkommen – ein Instrument der Weiterbildungsfinanzierung

| Project

Das Zentrum Liberale Moderne macht einen Vorschlag, die Weiterbildungsfinanzierung auf neue Grundlagen zu stellen. Prognos hat die Kosten des neuen Instrumentes in einer Studie abgeschätzt.

Gradual increase of the R&D R&D ratio up to 3.5% of GDP

| Project

On behalf of the BMBF, Prognos calculated, among other things, the macroeconomic effects of higher spending on research and development.

Benefits & effects of COST for Germany

| Project

COST promotes networking activities. An important effect of COST: the cooperation and harmonisation of European research.

Attracting and retaining skilled workers in early education

| Project

By the year 2030 there will be a shortage of around 199,000 educators throughout Germany. This is shown by a Prognos study for the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs.

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Susanne Heinzelmann

Partner, Head of Education & Employment

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