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Winter semester 2016/17: highest proportion of degree programmes with a numerus clausus in Hamburg and Bremen
In many subjects, Abitur certificate holders must get past the numerus clausus (NC) before being able to start university. In the upcoming winter semester 2016/17, there are once again major differences in numerus clausus restrictions between the various federal states of Germany. This is the finding of an evaluation conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education, which also reports for the first time the proportion of degree programmes with a numerus clausus in Germany’s most popular university cities. more


29.06.2016 | Sharp drop in number of student loans
The number of student loan agreements signed in 2015 has fallen by almost ten per cent compared to the previous year. What is more, students rarely use the maximum volume of credit available. In its Student Loan Test 2016, the CHE Centre for Higher Education analysed 39 different students loans and highlighted the criteria students need to watch out for when opting for a loan. more

20.06.2016 | U-Multirank: Agreement with Chinese universities
U-Multirank is further expanding the breadth of universities in its web tool ( by partnering with the Chinese Higher Education Evaluation Center (HEEC) of the Ministry of Education. Last week the U-Multirank consortium, represented by project leader, Professor Frank Ziegele and the HEEC’s director general, Professor Wu Yan signed an agreement to launch a pilot project to bring Chinese universities into U-Multirank. The agreement was signed at Xiamen University – a proud U-Multirank participant since 2014. more

30.05.2016 | Third Mission: few universities of applied sciences have a clear focus
In the face of the growing competition for external funding, top personnel and students, it is becoming increasingly important for Germany’s higher education institutions to shape their own individual profile. An analysis by the CHE Centre for Higher Education reveals for the first time the extent to which universities of applied sciences have created distinct profiles in the areas of research and Third Mission.more

19.04.2016 | (How) Can I get a place at university? – Overview of admission procedures and opportunities
Prospective students’ chances of obtaining a place on a programme in medicine, psychology or business administration differ depending on their qualifications or Abitur grade. In addition, higher education institutions’ admission procedures for prospective students are often difficult to understand. A publication by the CHE Centre for Higher Education provides answers to the most important questions regarding numerus clausus (NC) or restricted entry, waiting times and selection procedures. more

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