Three-quarters of all german students start their working lives with no university-related debts
The number of new student loans taken out in Germany has fallen by a third over the past five years. Given that the number of BAföG recipients is also constantly decreasing, the majority of students enter the world of work without any university-related debts. These are the findings of the latest CHE Student Loan Test 2019.
Winter semester 2019/20: Hannover again with the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects in the country
In Germany, around half a million people start out at university every year. For the new intake of first-year students beginning university this winter semester, only around 40 per cent of all degree programmes are subject to restricted admission. This is the conclusion reached by the annual Numerus Clausus Check, or NC Check for short, conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. Hannover has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects among Germany’s major university cities; at the federal state level, Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen come top.
Biology is the subject with the highest PhD ratio
In Germany, the majority of doctoral theses are completed in the fields of Medicine and the Natural Sciences. In Biology, an astounding 90 per cent of all Master’s graduates go on to complete a doctorate. These are the conclusions drawn by an up-to-date analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education.
Celebrating 50 years of universities of applied sciences: CHE compiles unusual facts for commemorative publication
More than half of all higher education institutions in Germany today are universities of applied sciences. To mark their 50th year in existence, CHE acknowledges unique higher education institutions with a very special map.
‘Open border’ universities perform better in knowledge transfer, research impact and education
‘Open border’ universities perform better than universities with low international exchange in the areas of knowledge transfer, research impact and education. They are more successful in engaging and transferring knowledge to industry (39% higher share of publications together with industrial partners), in establishing spinoff companies (80% higher) and in patenting their ideas (2.5 times more), and their research shows higher outreach (36% higher number of top cited publications). Additionally, students of open border universities are more satisfied with their overall learning experience.
Hochschulforum Digitalisierung supports six higher education institutions with peer-to-peer strategic consulting
Higher education institutions in Germany are no longer happy to simply respond to digital transformation – they want to actively shape it themselves This calls for innovative course offerings, new technologies for course organisation, the teaching of digital skills, and better support programmes, not only for students, but also for members of the teaching staff
CHE Ranking 2019: Germany’s most extensive university ranking – now featuring new data
The latest results of the University Ranking conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education were published today by DIE ZEIT in the ZEIT Study Guide 2019/20 and on ZEIT CAMPUS ONLINE. The survey of more than 150,000 students and the examination of 300+ universities and universities of applied sciences make the ranking the most extensive and detailed comparison of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the German-speaking world. The subjects reassessed this year were Architecture, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering / Applied Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Education Science, Electrical/Information Engineering, Energy Systems, English/North American Studies, Environmental Engineering, German Language and Literature, Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Physical Technology, Process Engineering, Psychology and Romance Studies
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.