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Prof. Dr. Erwin Seyfried

Department of Public Administration
Professor for Organisational Psychology
Specialist area: Organisational development, evaluation, European integration
Director of the Institute for Distance Learning der HWR Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 30877-2910
F: +49 (0)30 30877-2919
E: erwin.seyfried(at)hwr-berlin.de

Visitor's address
Lichtenberg Campus
Building 2
Room 2.637
Alt Friedrichsfelde 60
10315 Berlin

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Lichtenberg Campus
Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60
10315 Berlin


Academic and Professional Career

  • Studied Psychology at the Free University (FU) Berlin, obtaining diploma in 1979
  • Practical experience in facilities for occupational rehabilitation (1982-1985)
  • Research associate at the FU Berlin in the Department for Rehabilitation Research (1986-1993)
  • Professor of Organisational and Administrative Psychology at the FHVR Berlin (now Berlin School of Economics and Law – BSEL) since 1993
  • Head of the inter-disciplinary research centre for vocational training, the labour market and evaluation (FBAE) at the FHVR Berlin (since 1994)
  • Responsible for the master’s distance learning programme “European Administrative Management” (since 1999)
  • Dean of Faculty I at the FHVR Berlin (2003-2005)
  • Director of the distance learning institute of the BSEL (since 2008)

Key Aspects of practise

  • Empirical research in the field of evaluating funding provided by the European structural fund
  • Expert opinions and concepts concerning the implementation of European policies and programmes in the fields of vocational training and employment for EU institutions (the EU Commission, CEDEFOP - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), federal and regional government ministries
  • Academic expert for the European Commission and CEDEFOP on quality and quality assurance in vocational training


  • Member of the accreditation committee of the European Banking Training Association

External relations

  • London Southbank University, UK
  • Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • University of Piraeus, Greece
  • National Academy for Public Administration under the office of the President of Ukraine
  • Scienter (an educational research organisation) / University of Bologna

Expert for

  • Evaluation of public interventions, in particular in the field of the European structural fund
  • Quality assurance, quality management systems, accreditation
  • European funding policies and programmes in the fields of vocational training and employment

Key Aspects in Teaching

  • European cohesion and funding policies: ascertaining needs for funding and opportunities for funding; applying for and implementing EU-funded projects; evaluation of development programmes: support, evaluation and monitoring within the European structural fund
  • Quality management in public administration (CAF – Common Assessment Framework)
  • Intercultural communication and cooperation

Research Projects and Fields

  • QUA.LOBSTER - Quality Assurance in Learning Organisations in the Banking and Financial Sector in Europe – funded by the Directorate-General of the EU for Education and Culture, Leonardo da Vinci Programme
  • QUADULTRAINERS - Towards a European Qualification Prototype for Adult Trainers – funded by the Directorate-General of the EU for Education and Culture
  • FINALIST - Financial Literacy Stimulation – funded by the EU action programme for adult education, “Grundtvig”

Selected, current Publications

  • 2009 Communication: Support for political-administrative reform processes via the transmission of intercultural competences (zusammen mit Birgitta Sticher) In: GTZ: Reform der öffentlichen Verwaltung in der Ukraine. Projektdokument Nr. 20, Kyiw 2008.
  • 2009 MEDA-ETE Regional Project: Thematic Report: Quality and Quality Assurance in TVET. European Training Foundation, Turin
    URL: www.meda-ete.net/pubmgmt.nsf/(getAttachment)/B42F76F8CCFDFD1AC1257585003470CA/$File/NOTE7QHD7T.pdf
  • 2008 European cohesion and funding policies. An overview. Berlin: FHVR Berlin / BoD Hamburg 2008.
  • 2007 Indicators for quality in VET. To enhance European cooperation. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. Cedefop Panorama series, 2007.
    URL: www.trainingvillage.gr/etv/Information_resources/Bookshop/publication_details.asp
  • 2007 Synthesis Report for CEDEFOP: The use of indicators to improve quality in VET at provider and systems level. Experiences in Finland.
    URL: communities.trainingvillage.gr/quality.
  • 2006 Evaluation of innovative measures funded under Article 6 of ESF regulation (2003-2006) “Local Employment Strategies and Innovation”. Final Report. European Commission, DG Employment (ISOB Regensburg).
    URL: ec.europa.eu/employment_social/evaluation/esf_en.html
  • 2005 Local Employment Development in the EU and the US: Promoting successful Policies and Practices. Brussels, June 12-13, 2005. Conference report. DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities,
    URL: ec.europa.eu/employment_social/emplweb/events/event_en.cfm
  • 2005 A European Approach to Quality Assurance in Europe. An Overview. Presentation to the Lauching Conference of ENQA-VET. Dublin, 3 October 2005.
    URL: communities.trainingvillage.gr/quality.
  • 2005 The Establishment of Social Co-operatives in Greece. Pathways to Social Integration for People with Mental Health Problems. Synthesis Report. European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. (DE, EN, FR).
    URL: www.peer-review-social-inclusion.net(peer/en/Review_DB/show_peer_review_single
  • 2005 Governance von lokaler Beschäftigungspolitik im europäischen Kontext. Zur Bedeutung von Netzwerken im Mehrebenensystem. In: Kodre, P., M. Roggenkamp, C. Roth, E. Scheffelt (Hrg.): Lokale Beschäftigungsbündisse. Europäische Perspektiven in Forschung und Praxis. Berlin 2005, Edition Sigma, S. 59-81.
  • 2005 Zusammenfassende Bewertung der ESF-Förderung in Ostdeutschland in der Förderperiode 2000 bis 2006; im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums der Finanzen (mit IfS Berlin / GEFRA)

Selected dissertation topics

  • The open method of coordination (OMK) – chance or risk for integration and democracy in the European Union
  • Institutionalising evaluation at the European level, using the example of the ESF (European structural fund) programmes
  • Tools for structural development policy in a comparison between the “Celtic tiger” that is Ireland and the “lame duck” that is eastern Germany
  • Requirements in European law for a standard checking procedure for the administrative and monitoring systems for the European social fund
  • Territorial cooperation between players from various member states within the framework of the structural fund
  • The internationalisation of higher education and its impacts on national higher education systems – a comparison between Germany and the United Kingdom