First ranking of computer science master’s degrees published
The magazine ZEIT CAMPUS will be published on 14 December 2010 with an exclusive presentation of the first ranking of computer science master’s programmes. During the course of the year, the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development interviewed some 1,400 students on computer science master’s programmes at universities or universities of applied sciences in Germany, Austria, Holland or Italy in order to find out how satisfied they are with their courses
Final spurt for data acquisition for the UniversityRanking 2011
Data acquisition for the CHE UniversityRanking 2011, which will provide updated information for law, economics and social sciences programmes, will have been complete by the end of the year
Eröffnung neuer Universität in Prizren, Kosovo
Quality label to offer increased transparency in university rankings – international ranking association IREG introduces concept for quality-based audit of rankings
University rankings have become a permanent feature in higher education. Many countries are now comparing their higher education institutions. Several international or global rankings have emerged in recent years. These have attracted a great deal of attention and have even influenced higher education policy in many countries. The rankings differ in relation to targets, methodology, the choice of indicators and results, and this makes it increasingly difficult for users to assess the reliability of the ranking results. A quality label for university rankings should offer better orientation and transparency in the future
CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010: The best departments in Europe for future researchers
130 universities in Europe offer outstanding, research-strong departments with an international orientation for master’s and doctoral students in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics; for this accomplishment, they belong to the "Excellence Group" of the CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010.
160 ranking experts from 53 countries in Berlin: the fifth IREG conference staged by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development attracts worldwide attention
University rankings have become a global issue. This is reflected in list of participants of the IREG conference that took place in Berlin on the 7th and 8th October at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. The wide range of topics debated includes ranking projects in development countries, “third mission” tasks and the transparency of ranking procedures. The “U-Multirank” global ranking project by CHE and partners is also presented at the conference. The CHE was asked to organise the conference in Berlin by the IREG Observatory for Academic Ranking and Excellence, the conference was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
East German HEIs ahead for equipment
Twenty years after German reunification, the east German Länder are “flourishing” in terms of equipment
CREST peer learning group moderated by CHE meets in Murcia, Spain to exchange ideas on the costing of research activities and new funding models
The “Costing of Research Activities - New Funding Models” was the topic of the fifth and final CREST Peer Learning Activity, held in Murcia, Spain on 6-8 September 2010. The event, moderated by the CHE, was the culmination of a series of interactive peer learning workshops that have taken place since February 2010 and was successful in stimulating rich discussions, debates, and mutual exchanges between participants
Make university councils a platform for social discourse
University councils can only fulfil their role as social discourse platforms if their membership is diverse. They must also have the authority to make decisions, but they must not be weighed down with detailed operational tasks. This is the conclusion of the University Councils Handbook, a major joint study by the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development. The handbook was presented in Berlin on 10 September, 2010
Good career prospects in higher education and science management
Are German higher education institutions (HEIs) and extra-university research institutions internationally competitive with respect to the promotion of management careers? This question is covered by a new study that the CHE has carried out on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The situation in Germany was compared to that in 27 EU member states as well as Australia and the USA, and produced the result that, overall, the performance of the German science system was predominantly good when compared to the other EU states
Kommen wirklich nur „die Harten in den Garten“?
Not just promoting elites – suggestions for the National Scholarship Programme
The Bundesrat will decide on the National Scholarship Programme on July 9. Improvements could be made to the draft proposals if it is sent to the Conciliation Committee for agreement. Here, the CHE suggests factors that are critical for the plan’s success
En route for Bologna 2.0: conference gives research-based stimulus for reform
“The Bologna process from the viewpoint of higher education research – analyses and impulses“ on 13 and 14 December, 2010, Umweltforum Auferstehungskirche, Pufendorfer Strasse 11, 10249 Berlin
First interim report of U-Multirank analyses strengths and weaknesses of existing rankings
The U-Multirank project which is developing a concept and testing the feasibility of a multi-dimensional global university ranking launched a first interim report on its project website
Creating Better Conditions for our Early Career Researchers in European Countries
CREST peer learning group moderated by CHE meets in Dublin to exchange on the policies to lead early career researchers to academic excellence.
The young scientific minds of Europe are faced with many challenges beyond those concerning their theses or of publishing their empirical results. For PhD candidates, their very status is debated across Europe, though the trend is for them to be considered as employees with full benefits rather than students
15 higher education institutions build QM system together
Quality managers often face the tough task of having to develop a QM system at their HEI alone. Would it not be more sensible to form an alliance with other HEIs in order to exchange experiences and learn together? Five universities and ten universities of applied sciences will be doing exactly this over the period of a year as part of an innovative CHE further education offer that began with an initial workshop
Visitors from Ghana – delegation of the Ministry of Education is getting to know the CHE UniversityRanking
A delegation from Ghana has arrived in Germany for a two weeks stay. The first stop is Gütersloh, where the members of the Ghanaian Ministry of Education especially want to get to know the CHE UniversityRanking
CREST Pear Learning Activities in Lisbon and Tartu
The German Excellence Initiative draws attention all over Europe with other countries eager to follow a similar example of setting clear priorities in research funding and investing in "world class excellence" (WCE)
Government loans to students dominate the market
Student loans are currently being offered at extremely favourable conditions with many providers reducing their interest rates from last year’s levels. This is the conclusion of the fifth CHE student loan check that compared 36 offers and assessed them from the customer’s point of view
Bologna on the road to success?
Students on Bachelor degrees programmes in social sciences often assess the relevance of their degrees to the job market as well as the professional and practical relevance of their courses more positively than students working towards a Diplom, a traditional German university degree (awarded by HEIs such as Fachhochschulen, Hochschulen and universities)
CHE organises international conference on university rankings
For the second time after 2006 the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development is organising the annual conference of the International Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence (IREG). It will take place in Berlin from 6 to 8 October 2010. Interested individuals and organisations can register via the observatory’s website. The event is expected to attract more than 150 participants from all over the world
Results of latest CHE UniversityRanking published
The results of the latest UniversityRanking of the CHE - Centre for Higher Education Development will be published in the new ZEIT Study Guide 2010/11 on 4 May 2010. A third of all subjects are re-assessed every year. This year it is the turn of humanities, engineering, psychology and pedagogics. Universität Freiburg has again done very well in humanities. Among the universities of applied sciences, FH Münster leads in several engineering subjects. Internationality in language departments was evaluated for the first time this year and more than half of all departments have earned themselves a place in the top group
75 per cent of medical students feel ill-prepared for the profession
One half of all medical students consider the medical profession to be attractive, while three-quarters think that the career prospects are good or very good. By contrast, the working conditions for doctors in Germany are not considered to be good: 46 per cent awarded gave the lowest marks (grades 5 and 6 in Germany) for doctor’s working conditions
CHE UniversityRanking to be published in the ZEIT Study Guide on 4 May 2010
Data for the following disciplines have been updated in this year’s ranking: engineering, humanities, psychology and pedagogics. The Die ZEIT newspaper will be publishing the CHE Compact Ranking in a special edition of the ZEIT Study Guide 2010/2011, including selected data on student evaluations, research indicators and HEI reputations
“Bring the family!” – workable concepts for a family focus introduced at HEIs
Eight higher education institutions (HEIs) in Germany have committed themselves to cultural change: for more than two years, they have been working together in the “Family in Higher Education Institutions best practice club” in order to make it possible for people to co-ordinate family and studies or career. Successful examples of family-friendly higher education institutions were presented and discussed at the conference dedicated to the subject on 15 and 16 March in Berlin. Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Dr. Kristina Schröder praised the projects of the eight HEIs.
European Union committee publishes CREST report
Following publication of the CREST report on “Mutual learning on approaches to improve the excellence of research in universities”, the CHE will once again be involved in the project, this time with a follow-up Peer Learning Activity focused on five specified topics highlighted in the initial report
CHE symposium: Experts see education ministries as defenders of the social interest, sources of inspiration and consultants
“Tomorrow’s education ministries” will ensure that social goals are achieved in the academic system, will be responsible for the “rules of play” of competition and will be the consultants and providers of information for higher education institutions (HEIs). This ambitious role was shaped during the CHE symposium on the 3rd and 4th February 2010 in Berlin. It became clear during the symposium that ministries should explain which competencies they consider to be their own territory, which social goals they are striving for within the academic system and where they see themselves within the structure of German regional government. The “if and how” of the new image are indissolubly linked with those involved in it. In addition, regionally specific conditions do not provide for a standard model for “new-style” academic ministries.
Higher education reform will only be successful if science ministries are prepared to change too
Germany’s science ministries have delegated a great deal of authority and decision-making power to higher education institutions in recent years, but this profound and comprehensive higher education reform has so far only been followed by partial reform of the regional science ministries as the “counterpart” to higher education institutions. Higher education reform will only be successful if the science ministries in the German Länder are prepared to change and breathe life into the reform process themselves.
Work experience opportunities in higher education – public relation
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