Not one single university rector is from eastern Germany
The typical german senior university manager is male, was born in Germany and 59 years old. These are the conclusions reached by an evaluation undertaken by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. The analysis of the curricula vitae of university presidents and rectors also revealed strong regional disparities: one in three university managers come from North Rhine-Westphalia, but not a single one is from Germany’s eastern federal states.
A strong impetus for academic continuing education
As an element of lifelong learning, academic continuing education is an important aspect of training skilled workers in Germany. This was referred to recently by the German Council of Science and Humanities, which also underlined the fact that there is still plenty of need for development in this area. This makes initiatives such as “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” all the more important. Within this Federal Government programme, around 60 universities and universities of applied sciences from across the country are working actively to develop part-time study programmes and courses designed for professionals. A recent study undertaken by the CHE Centre for Higher Education demonstrates that the supported projects are highly productive.
Female computer science students not in favour of women’s-only degree programmes
It appears that many IT posts will remain unfilled again this year. One reason is the lack of emerging female talent. Women currently account for 21 per cent of all IT students at German higher education institutions. A survey of computer science students conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education investigates the reasons for this disparity, and ways to counteract it. The results show: only a small proportion of female students wish to see women’s-only programmes. More promising approaches are the introduction of more practical elements into the programme, and good supervision.
Shared flats now the most common form of accommodation for students, “Hotel Mum” remains popular
It is increasingly rare for students to live alone. Shared flats have outpaced private apartments as the most frequent form of accommodation for students. In 2018, almost one third of students had a room in a shared apartment, while around one in four still lived at home with their parents. These are the findings of a survey of around 150,000 students within the CHE University Ranking.
Teaching in Germany: students satisfied despite difficult conditions
Compared to the rest of Europe, Germany’s higher education institutions have too few teaching staff, and times to degree are still too long. German professors, however, appear to be making the most of the situation: students often rate study organisation and their contact to teaching staff more positively than in other European countries. These are the results of an analysis of data from the global U-Multirank university ranking.