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Am 31. Dezember 2022 endete das Projekt OnTOP/OBS, in 2023 bieten wir aktuell leider keine neuen Brückenmaßnahmen für zugewanderte Akademiker*innen an.
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IQ North Rhine-Westphalia

The ‘IQ North Rhine-Westphalia - OnTOP - Qualification program for immigrant academics in North Rhine-Westphalia’ project was run by the Otto Benecke Stiftung e. V. (OBS) through the State Network of North Rhine-Westphalia’s ‘Integration through Qualification (IQ)’ funding program. This State Network of North Rhine-Westphalia project was coordinated by the Westdeutsche Handwerkskammertag (West German Chambers of Crafts and Skilled Trades’ Council) in Düsseldorf.

For engineers and economists, the OnTOP/OBS qualification program offered coaching sessions over several weeks focusing on cross-culture workplace skills and the job market. Teachers were qualified, after several months of bridging activities in subject-specific theoretical and practical methods, to work as PGCE (postgraduate certificate of education) entrants in vocational colleges, with their role as teachers in Germany reinforced with cross-cultural knowledge. Through the offer of a practical training course, participants were equipped for a range of career-specific work as well as the initial start of a career in Germany. The biographical migration and career potential of migrant academics (with teaching and/or work experience in their countries of origin) was handled, evaluated and communicated in relation to job descriptions in Germany. The application process was supported through trade fair visits, company networking and internships. The qualification program was aimed at migrant academics who have obtained degrees abroad which are not viable or are of limited application in the regulated or unregulated professions in the job market.

The OBS fulfilled the qualification schemes through its own project staff and in partnership with educational institutions and universities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Otto Benecke Stiftung e. V. project collaborated with the Technical University of Cologne and Niederrhein University under the ‘OnTOP’ scheme which also undertakes qualification activities as part of the Recognition Act framework. Information on fields of study, further education structures and network partner locations are compiled on the corresponding country’s IQ network website.

Since 2005, the ‘Integration through Qualification (IQ)’ program has been working to sustainably improve job opportunities for adults from migrant backgrounds. During the 2014-2020 funding period, the program expanded to include the ‘European Social Fund qualification in the context of the Recognition Act’. The first two IQ priority areas of the IQ funding program (2019-2022) were funded by the Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS) (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) and the European Social Fund (ESF).


Funding bodies

The programme "Integration through Qualification (IQ)" was funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the European Social Fund.

Project partners


Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V.
Kennedyallee 105-107
53175 Bonn


Christa Zuleger
Tel.: 0228 8163-217
Fax: 0228 8163-100

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