Bachelor's/Master's: The Bayer Position
1. The introduction of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses in general
The Bayer Group favors the introduction of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses in German universities and colleges in the context of the Bologna process.
- The introduction of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses brings about the international harmonization of university degrees. This fosters international student exchange programs and thus the willingness to become mobile.
- Today’s study programs require students to complete their studies earlier than with the former German model; which is consistent with companies’ requirements.
- The greater variety of degrees enables students to choose a course that fits their personal preferences.
- German universities and colleges become more attractive for foreign students.
- Companies are able to participate in the quality management of courses by being a member of accreditation agencies.
2. Employment of Bachelor’s/Master’s graduates at Bayer Group
Bayer offers interesting entry-level career opportunities to the whole spectrum of new and traditional degrees. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are treated coequally.
- The job specifications for the allocation of vacancies are precisely defined. This includes the skills and qualifications that are expected from the employee right at the beginning, as well as the potential for further development in the company.
- The technical and individual development at Bayer does not depend on university degrees, but on the individual effort and competence.
- Apart from training opportunities offered by Bayer, extra occupational Bachelor’s or Master’s studies can serve as components for further individual and technical development once the company has been entered.
- Bayer, through the membership in specific accreditation agencies, is actively involved in the quality management of these courses.
- Internally, we are conducting informational campaigns to increase the awareness of the new degrees and to facilitate the integration of graduates.
3. Active use and support of Bachelor’s and Master’s courses
Bayer has been involved in preparatory and part-time vocational qualifications for over 100 years and in recent years has been focusing more and more on dual study programs.
- The company offers a part-time course of study, which is accredited as a Bachelor’s degree: a biology degree in cooperation with the University of Mainz (since 1997). The degree is geared towards experienced biological laboratory technicians within the company. More than 200 internal and external participants have already taken advantage of the opportunity to obtain this qualification.
- Bayer also offers various degrees that combine vocational training with university study in Leverkusen as well as cooperative education programs in Berlin. These are completed at either private or state-run universities:
- the MIBS training program (vocational training as a commercial clerk combined with a Business Administration degree - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) ),
- the WIN training program (vocational training as an IT specialist combined with a degree in Information in Science for Business – Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
- and the cooperative education programs in Berlin
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Business administration for industry
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) International Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Information technology
- Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Business information systems
- Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) Electrical engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) Mechanical engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) Technical facility management
For Bayer as an international company, the active use and promotion of Bachelor degree programs in Germany is seen as a matter of course. There are already several hundred Bachelor and Master graduates working in the Group’s international companies, be it in England or the United States, Canada, Australia or in those Asian countries that are more oriented towards the Anglo-Saxon university system. All requirements and positions in the Group, be it in research, production or marketing, are of course also staffed with employees with expertise and excellently covered.