The department of Information Systems for Production and Operations Management (Wirtschaftsinformatik der Produktionsunternehmen) at the University of Duisburg-Essen is involved in a great deal of international research projects together with the organisations of the European Union and other European institutions, in addition to offering a variety of courses for students.

These projects focus on many different aspects of coordination of IT-skills and business management, one of which being through the projects WACOM and eCOTOOL, which are developing the integration of European qualification systems like the EQF and ECVET in connection with competence modelling and the European standardization thereof. While pilot-tests will be carried out in specific areas, such as the water and agricultural sector, these projects will lay the groundwork for the greater transfer of a malleable yet coherent competence model into many different sectors.

Descriptions of more projects to come.