Professional development at university level

Within the Volkswagen Group Academy, the AutoUni makes knowledge that is relevant for the future available to the Group by integrating internal senior experts and collaborating with universities. Its events are offered as programs and as cooperative study modules in a blended learning format, which combines classroom training with online content, and are supplemented by lectures and conferences. The 2016 offering included digitalization, sustainability, e-mobility, autonomous driving and Industry 4.0 as well as the workplace of the future. Around 9,200 interested employees from 59 locations attended over 160 AutoUni events around the world.

The AutoUni cooperates with internationally renowned universities, institutes and research centers on research projects, dissertations and theses and offers doctoral students in the Group a platform for exchanging ideas in addition to interdisciplinary training programs. At the end of 2016, more than 400 doctoral students were engaged in research at the various Volkswagen Group companies in Germany, investigating forward-looking, Company-related issues.