Rupert Heindl

Office: Technische Universität München
Marsstraße 20–22 (rear building)
80335 München
Room 431, 4th floor
Phone: +49 89 289-24353
Office hours: By prior appointment



After graduating from secondary school in Wasserburg am Inn, I completed an apprenticeship as a automotive technician specialising in a small family - workshop. Too gain professional experience and at the same time expand my language skills, I worked for a year as an automotive technician in New Zealand. Afterwards, I obtained the general higher education entrance qualification at the Berufsoberschulen in Wasserburg am Inn and Munich.

At the beginning of my studies in vocational education at the Technical University of Munich, I was accepted into the Hanns Seidel Foundation's scholarship program. With a thesis on the potential of young people with a refugee background to cover the shortage of apprentices in selected training occupations, I successfully completed my Bachelor's degree in vocational education for metal technology and Catholic religion (LMU). I also gained initial experience as a research assistant at the TUM School of Education as part of my Master's thesis and researched the system of vocational education in Medellín (Colombia) in cooperation with the Universidad de Antioquia.

During my studies, I was able to work as an official youth delegate for sustainable development within the German government delegation in numerous committees and projects of the United Nations Organisation, using this platform to advocate for the key role of high-quality vocational education - not only in countries of the global south.

I then completed my teaching traineeship at the Karl-Peter-Obermaier School in Passau, the Mathias-von-Flurl School in Straubing and the Vocational School Centre in Wasserburg am Inn, where I have continued to work in the Automotive Engineering Department since being appointed as a Studienrat.

As part of the project Unterricht im virtuellen Fachraum (Teaching in the Virtual Classroom), I have been on appointed as a research assistant for the team at the Assistant Professorship of Technical Educations at TUM School of Education since the beginning of 2021.

Research interests

  • Potential of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Teaching in Hybrid Learning Environments at Vocational Schools
  • Education for Sustainable Development in Vocational Education and Training
  • Vocational education in countries of the global south


HEINDL, Rupert; RIEDL, Alfred (2020): Berufliche Bildung in Kolumbien - Aktuelle Situation und Herausforderungen. In: Bildung und Beruf 03 3. Jg, S. 94-100