Director of the Dual Coordination Office
Obuda University, Budapest
Monika Pogátsnik graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as a chemical engineer, later she obtained degrees in economics and engineering teaching. She gathered her experience in working in the industry, in Vocational Education and Training and she is working in the Higher Education since 2012. She participated in the introduction of the new dual engineering training model, which pilot project started in 2015 at the Alba Regia Technical Faculty. She is working now on widening the experiences at all the faculties at the Obuda University as the director of the Dual Coordination Office. She continues her research on the topic of the development of career interests, and the role of career orientation to explore the characteristics of the professional value preference and interest of young people learning in technical trainings at secondary and university level.
The benefits of the Dual training for students, for companies and for universities
The dual training model introduced in 2015 in the Hungarian higher education has become a focus of interest. The dual education students study in the institutional academic period together with the normal fulltime students at their higher education institute, and parallel to their academic education they participate in the practical training. It gives the students an opportunity to join a specific training program at an enterprise. Being involved in specific “operational” practical tasks and project oriented work enhances independent work, learning soft skills and experiencing the culture of work.
The dual form of training can be beneficial for all three parties: the student, the company and the university. The students can gain practical knowledge during their studies, facilitating better job prospects after the training, and their income can ease financing their training as well. However, it is important to note that participation in this type of training requires a certain degree of maturity, high level of motivation, because the coordination of work and study is difficult. For companies, this form of training allows them fulfilling their need for well-trained labor, and the transfer of knowledge ensures professional recruitment. Universities expect more motivated students, a regular lively cooperation with enterprises, and higher level of social awareness, recognition and increased interest.