B3. Controlling in Pension Systems (in cooperation with German Pension Fund) (1.5 ECTS)

About this training

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Duration: 14.-18.11.2022

This module will give a comprehensive overview of the old age security in Germany with a particular focus on recent reforms and challenges for the old age security system in Germany. The participants will understand the basic principles of old age security in Germany and reasoning and political discussions with regard to the objectives of the pension systems, pay-as-you-go and funded pensions, the retirement age, poverty among pensioners and the income situation of pensioners in old age. The participants will also learn more about the specific design of the German pension system in a European perspective, get an overview of the current European fiscal crisis and its impact on pension systems and analyse differences and similarities of the pension system in their home country.

Learning Objectives

The participants understand the organisation of the old age security system in Germany, in particular:

  • Development and recent reforms in old age security in Germany
  • Specific features of the pension system design in Germany and an in-depth understanding of the technical elements of the pension formula.
  • Different methods of financing pensions, the role of funded pensions in Germany and reforms introducing changes in the public-private mix.
  • Labour market participation of the elderly.
  • The income situation of pensioners today and in the future.
  • An assessment of the pension system in Germany in European perspective, what are the advantages and disadvantages/challenges of the German system in comparison to other European countries.
  • Recent developments on European level in pension policies, in particular related to the economic and fiscal crisis and its impact on national pension policies.
  • Participants describe comprehensively the organizational structures of German authorities and the structures and functions of the German Pension Insurance.
  • Participants clarify the management and control functions in the German Pension Insurance.
  • Participants get an insight in the overall administration of a regional pension insurance carrier DRV Speyer.
Teaching and Assessment

This course will take place at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health.

The course material will be covered in a mixture of lectures, seminars and group activities. Lectures will be held by both faculty of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health and experts from the German Pension Fund. In addition, we plan to visit the Pension Fund. 

Assessment: In order to receive a certificate, participants take a short test at the end of the course and participate in a group activity.


Prof. Konrad Obermann MD, PhD is a physician and economist with more than 20 years of national and international professional experience in international health economics, health system development and social security. In the field of social security he has sound theoretical and practical experience in the areas of universal health care, social health care, old-age provision, micro-insurance, social support and social policy. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in international cooperation outside Europe. Through his training experience and teaching activities he is specialized in the development of innovative/internet-based curricula in national and international contexts with a special focus on teaching health economics, health financing, and social security to different settings and target groups.  He is the author of peer-reviewed, scientific publications and books in these fields.


Prerequisites: This course is held in English. Fluency in English (Reading, Speaking and Writing) is required.

Registration Period: Registration will close on 17.10.2022

Price: 750€


Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Participants of our face-to-face courses get the opportunity to live and study in Heidelberg, Germany. Nestled between two mountains on the Neckar river, Heidelberg is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful German towns. Each year, nearly 12 million visitors come to see attractions like the historic town center and the romantic Heidelberg castle.
Our lectures take place at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, which is part of Heidelberg University. Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is the oldest University in Germany. Its student population of 30,000 give Heidelberg a young vibe that is best experienced in the many restaurants, eateries and bars across town.
While we don’t provide housing ourselves, we can help course participants find student accommodation at the University. Please contact us directly for more information.
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