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.