"In the field of viticulture and oenology, too, current developments in the training and higher education landscape are increasingly leading to an academisation of vocational training," judges Professor Dr Otmar Löhnertz, Vice President Teaching at Geisenheim University. The latter offers "a comprehensive application-oriented study programme to meet this demand," says Löhnertz. In order to implement the special practice-oriented character of the study programme, he said, students must - in addition to the university entrance qualification required for universities of applied sciences - complete an internship of at least six months prior to their studies. "In reality, students often have much longer practical experience or have completed an apprenticeship," the professor reports. In addition, there is the possibility of a dual entry into the degree programme. "This does not require a special contract between the university and the training company. None of the degree programmes is subject to an admission restriction. Thanks to the capacities built up in the past - in terms of staff and space - the university can guarantee admission to an increasing number of students."