Mr. Hermann Huba
70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
Tel.: (0049) 711 759 0021
We are the provincial association of the Volkshochschulen/Popular Universities in Baden-Württemberg with legal seat in Leinfelden-Echterdingen.
Our members are 173 regional branches with approximately 720 local sub-branches. They provide a great variety of courses in the field of continuing education for all groups of the population in all parts of our state. Educational offers range from general and political education through foreign language courses and vocational further training to classes in visual arts and creativity and health education.
The Volkshochschule ( popular university ) is a non-profit organisation that is
The Volkshochschule is a centre for learning, discussion, health and culture.
It is the local centre for further education and as such contributes to the planning of a future worth living.
The 173 Volkshochschulen in Baden-Württemberg with their approximately 720 sub-branches reach almost 2 million people per year with their immense amount of 2.5 million lessons in over 110.000 courses. The vhs offers courses for all interested citizens. One of its principle goals is to bring together people with different interests, people of different age-groups and walks of life and give them the chance to learn together. Moreover the vhs aims at various target groups. There are special courses for children, adolescents and seniors, women, fathers, disabled people, unemployed people, and foreign citizens.
The wide range of topics offered by Volkshochschulen can be divided into five main fields:
The various course forms include intensive morning classes on weekdays, compact courses on weekends, long term courses and holiday courses all of which are based on modern adult methodology.
Furthermore the vhs offers its participants the possibility to take part in examinations qualifying for vocational training ( graduation from different types of schools ) or for better jobs ( examinations of the German Chamber of Commerce ). In language classes participants can be prepared for special language examinations, e.g. examinations in European languages of the International Certificate Conference, examinations of the Goethe-Institut, examinations of the University of Cambridge. The latter can be taken in more than 20 sub-centres all over Baden-Württemberg.
Most of the Volkshochschulen work together as members of the German association of Volkshochschulen (DVV) and co-operate with European partner organisations for adult education.
They locally co-operate with numerous institutions, such as places of cultural interest in the municipality, job centres and various local organisations and clubs.
The major tasks of the association of Volkshochschulen in Baden-Württemberg founded in 1967 are: