The Cen­ter for life­long learn­ing was found­ed in 1974 as a uni­ver­si­ty pi­lot pro­ject "Kon­takt­s­tudi­um Ma­n­age­ment" with the aim of pro­vid­ing post­gra­d­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion.Nowa­days the Cen­ter of Life­long Learn­ing is or­ganiz­ing di­verse events for the ad­dio­n­al train­ing and knowl­edge trans­fer at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg.

1974 - Kon­takt­s­tudi­um Ma­n­age­ment

The sem­i­nar “Kon­takt­s­tudi­um Ma­n­age­ment” start­ed in 1974 as a uni­ver­si­ty mod­el ex­per­i­ment to en­able post­gra­d­u­ate studies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg. Since en­ter­ing the mar­ket in 1974 this sem­i­nar pro­gram has been part of the core busi­ness of the Cen­ter of Life­long Learn­ing. It was re­named as " Ma­n­age­ment-Sem­i­nar-Pro­gram­m“ (MSP) " due to an in­ter­nal re­struc­tur­ing.


In 1988 , for the first time, artists from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­p­lines took part in the Swabian art sum­mer in the mo­nastery Irsee. Un­til 2008, the Cen­ter of Life­long Learn­ing was ac­tive­ly in­volved in the or­gani­za­tion of the sum­mer art ("Art Life") in Irsee.

1994 - Fee Waiv­er

Along with the in­tro­duc­tion of a sta­t­uary reg­u­la­tion on fees in 1994, the dif­fer­ent train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties within the “Kon­takt­s­tudi­um Ma­n­age­ment” were charged with par­ti­ci­pant fees for the first time.Since that time the ad­di­tio­n­al ed­u­ca­tion at Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties is charge­able. The obli­ga­tion to pay fees has great in­flu­ence on the de­vel­op­ment of the mar­ket, cus­tomer and de­mand ori­en­ta­tion of ZWW. With the fees col­lect­ed all non-per­son­nel-costs and per­son­nel-costs (ex­ceed­ing the ba­sic state fund­ing) have to be cov­ered.

1996 - Foun­da­tion of the „Trans­fer­stelle“ and Re­nam­ing the ZWW in Cen­ter for Life­long Learn­ing

In 1996 the con­tact point for knowl­edge and tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer was found­ed. The goal was to pave the way and ac­com­pany vari­ous kinds of co-op­er­a­tions be­tween com­pa­nies and the uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg. As a re­sult this en­large­ment of tasks led to the re­nam­ing of the cen­tral in­sti­tu­tion “Kon­takt­s­tudi­um Ma­n­age­ment” in­to Cen­ter for Life­long Learn­ing. In 2008, the con­tact point from the ZWW was dis­solved: the trans­fer of knowl­edge re­mained with the ZWW, the trans­fer of tech­nol­o­gy has been housed un­der the um­brel­la of the new­ly cre­at­ed "uni-t" (Trans­fer­stelle of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg). 

1999 - MBA Busi­ness Ma­n­age­ment

Since Jan­uary 1999 the ZWW has of­fered, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fac­ul­ty of Eco­nomics of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg, the ex­tra-oc­cu­pa­tio­n­al MBA pro­gramme busi­ness ma­n­age­ment. With suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this four-semester-study, par­ti­ci­pants gra­d­u­ate in this of­fi­cial­ly recog­nised aca­dem­ic de­gree “Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA)

2000 - Rat­ing An­alyst

Since Fe­bruary 2000 - al­so a be­sides-work course - the qual­i­fi­ca­tion for rat­ing an­alysts has been of­fered. This pro­ject is per­formed by the ZWW in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fac­ul­ty of Eco­nomics and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the rat­ing prac­tice. It takes half a year to be­come a cer­ti­fied rat­ing an­alyst and the qual­i­fi­ca­tion is aimed at peo­ple who are al­ready trained in busi­ness ma­n­age­ment, e.g. em­ploy­ees of fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, tax and busi­ness con­sul­tants or au­di­tors.

2000 - Con­sult­ing for busi­ness starters and in­ven­tors

In 2000 the Augs­burg’s uni­ver­si­ties of­fice for foun­da­tion and the ad­vi­so­ry point for pa­tent and in­ven­tors were estab­lished at the ZWW. The of­fice for foun­da­tion ad­vis­es uni­ver­si­ty staff and stu­dents on all ques­tions of busi­ness start-up and liveli­hood se­cu­ri­ty. The ad­vi­so­ry point for pa­tent and in­ven­tors as­sists uni­ver­si­ty staff in the pro­ce­dure of an­nounc­ing an in­ven­tion, pa­tent­ing of in­ven­tions and in the eco­nom­ic ex­ploi­ta­tion of the same. In 2008 the of­fice for foun­da­tion and the ad­vi­so­ry point for pa­tent and in­ven­tors were out-sourced and have since then been lo­cat­ed un­der the um­brel­la of "uni-t" (Trans­fer­stelle of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg).

2002 - Squam - key skills for SMEs

From 2005 un­til 2005 the pro­ject „Squam“ (key qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the mid­dle class ) was pro­mot­ed at the ZWW. It used the funds of the EU and the Free State of Ba­varia to par­tic­u­lar­ly en­able small and medi­um sized en­ter­pris­es (SMEs), in the re­gion of Ba­varian Swabia, cost-ef­fec­tive ac­cess to train­ings in the range of in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary skills (e.g. per­so­n­al, so­cial and metho­d­o­log­i­cal skills). Af­ter com­ple­tion of this pro­ject in 2005 it laid the fund­ing stone for the ZWW busi­ness unit “Com­pany Learn­ing Ser­vices”(„Com­Learn®“).

2004 - Award from the Donor’s As­so­ci­a­tion

In Septem­ber 2004 the Cen­ter for Life­long Learn­ing was award­ed the best uni­ver­si­ty for cont­inu­ing ed­u­ca­tion by the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Pro­mo­tion of Sci­ence and Hu­mani­ties in Ger­many. This com­pe­ti­tion is Eu­ro­pean wide the high­est en­dowed prize for ad­di­tio­n­al ed­u­ca­tion and will be award­ed for the best busi­ness mod­els for the or­gani­za­tion of cont­inu­ing ed­u­ca­tion at uni­ver­si­ties. In the open cat­e­go­ry for all uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, the first prize went to the Col­lege of High­er Ed­u­ca­tion Kon­s­tanz. With its Cen­ter for Life­long Learn­ing, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg, even ahead of the com­peti­tors from the ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties,won the se­cond prize which was en­dowed with 50.000 Eu­ros.

2004 - MBA sys­temic or­gani­za­tio­n­al de­vel­op­ment and con­sult­ing

Since De­cem­ber 2004 the Cen­ter for Life­long Learn­ing has been of­fer­ing the post­gra­d­u­ate studies “sys­temic or­gani­za­tio­n­al de­vel­op­ment and con­sult­ing”. This course is the first of its kind in Ger­many. Top-class lec­tur­ers from sci­ence and prac­tice teach in three-day mo­d­ules (Thu-Sat) in four semesters (20 months) the skills to car­ry out sys­temic change pro­cess­es and con­sult­ing pro­jects in or­gani­za­tions.

2005 - "In­house" be­came "Com­Learn®"

The Cen­ter for Life­long Learn­ing (ZWW) me­thod­i­cal­ly merged its pre­vi­ous­ly de­cen­tral­ly or­ganized in-house sem­i­nar ac­tiv­i­ties in the new­ly or­ganized "Com­Learn ®" (Com­pany Learn­ing Ser­vices) and aligned them strate­g­i­cal­ly. Com­Learn ® is ac­tive­ly seek­ing con­tact with com­pa­nies - be it pro­f­it or non-pro­f­it or­gani­za­tions - to iden­ti­fy, to­gether with their HR re­spon­si­ble peo­ple, the spe­cif­ic needs for their par­tic­u­lar staff de­vel­op­ment and meet that need.

2005 - Le­gal cont­inu­ing ed­u­ca­tion

The di­vi­sion le­gal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing start­ed up with a new sub­ject pro­vid­ing train­ings for spe­cial­ist so­lic­i­tors, sub­ject-spe­c­i­fied cours­es and sem­i­nars for lawy­ers and gives ad­vice for pro­fes­sio­n­als and ex­ecu­tives. In ad­di­tion, the sec­tor fi­nance was broa­d­ened with ad­di­tio­n­al cours­es, e.g. such as IAS/IFRS Ac­coun­tant.

2007 - MBA Cor­po­rate Fi­nance and Rat­ing

The third MBA pro­gram at ZWW, the MBA Cor­po­rate Fi­nance and Rat­ing was de­signed.It was the first time that the two top­ics "Rat­ing" and "cor­po­rate fi­nance" were of­fered to­gether in one MBA pro­gram. This type of MBA pro­gram was per­formed on­ly once in 2008/2009.

2009 - "Com­Learn®" be­came Con­sult­ing Coach­ing Train­ing (CCT)

With the re­nam­ing the ZWW want­ed to point out that in the mean­time the field of cor­po­rate pro­grams had proved to be much more than on­ly “in-house-sem­i­nars”: for train­ing-, con­sult­ing- and coach­ing cours­es there had al­so been a reg­u­lar­ly in­creas­ing de­mand.

2012 - CCT be­came ITC (In­house Train­ing and Con­sult­ing)

The re­nam­ing in ITC (In­house train­ing and con­sult­ing) stemed from the fact that some cus­tomers of the ZWW were puz­zled. They were con­fused whether CCT of­fers open cours­es for the top­ics "Con­sult­ing", "Coach­ing" and "Train­ing" (e.g. ed­u­cates con­sul­tants, coach­es or train­ers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg) or if th­ese cours­es are on­ly of­fered to cor­po­rate clients. By la­bel­ing it „In­house“ it was made clear that the fo­cus is on cor­po­rate cus­tomers. ITC clear­ly stands for the de­vel­op­ment of cus­tomized com­pany-spe­cif­ic so­lu­tions, i.e. "tailor-made" con­sult­ing and train­ing ser­vices. 

2010 - ZWW Digi­Cam­pus

With the help of grants from the Ba­varian State Min­istry of Sci­ences, Re­search and the Arts (StMWFK) an in­te­gral learn­ing ma­n­age­ment sys­tem ("ZWW Digi­cam­pus") was cre­at­ed for the ZWW.Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ple of blend­ed learn­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion of par­ti­ci­pants is as well pos­si­ble as de­sign­ing a vir­tu­al learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment sum­marized in one sin­gle in­ter­nal­ly con­sis­tent and us­er friend­ly in­ter­net plat­form.