Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2003
    Studied economics and economics education toward the Diplom degree at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2003 – 2005
    Doctoral studies in economics and psychology at the University of Göttingen

  • 2008 – 2009
    Postdoc and assistant professorship at Stanford University and at the University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • 2010
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2009 – 2014
    Chair in economics education at the University of Paderborn, Germany

  • 2014 – 2017
    Professor of adult education at the University of Duisburg-Essen and scientific director of the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning

Selected publications

  • Winther, E. & Prenzel, M. (2014). Berufliche Kompetenz und Professionalisierung – Testverfahren und Ergebnisse im Spiegelbild ihrer Accountability. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 22, 1-9.

  • Achtenhagen, F. & Winther, E. (2014). Workplace-based Competence Measurement: Developing Innovative Assessment Systems for Tomorrow’s VET Programmes. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 66(3), 281-295.

  • Winther, E. & Klotz, V. K. (2013). Measurement of vocational competences: An analysis of the structure and reliability of current assessment practices in economic domains. Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 5(2), 1-12.

  • Winther, E. (2010). Kompetenzmessung in der beruflichen Bildung. Bielefeld: wbv.

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG): Design and Accountability – Competence-Oriented Assessments in Vocational Business Training; Priority Programme 1293, "Models of Competencies for Assessment of Individual Learning Outcomes and the Evaluation of Educational Processes".

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Competencies in the Field of Business and Administration – Learning, Instruction, and Transition (CoBALIT) within the framework of the ASCOT Initiative (Technology-based Assessment of Skills and Competencies in VET).

  • EU-TEMPUS: Development and Implementation of Sustainable Structures for Teaching Entrepreneurship in the Russian Federation and in Tajikistan.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the faculty senate at the University of Paderborn

  • Member of various advisory boards and executive committees

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Passionate about sailing, Japan, and American contemporary literature

Keen interest in:

  • Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship: Systematic understanding of company processes

  • Literacy as a social challenge

  • Organizational change from the perspective of (in-house) continuing education and in terms of sustainability


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