U-Multirank: The start of multi-dimensional international ranking
Transparency is needed! The European Commission is promoting transparency about the international higher education system. After a feasibility study was successfully completed in 2011, the Commission is now funding a two-year project to implement U-Multirank, a multi-dimensional and user-driven international ranking of higher education institutions. An international consortium of partners from nine countries is running the project together with international stakeholder organisations. The CHE Centre for Higher Education in Gütersloh in Germany and the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands are the lead partners in the project
Praise for multi-dimensional ranking at a classification conference in Chile: CHE Ranking - "the best quality instrument currently available"
There is continued international interest in the CHE’s ranking and data expertise. CHE managing director Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele presented the European concepts U-Map and U-Multirank, which are based on the same principles as the CHE Ranking, at the international "Classifications of Higher Education Institutions" conference in Santiago de Chile on 11 December 2012. Speaking about the CHE Ranking, the Chilean sociologist and well-known higher education researcher Jose Joaquin Brunner said: "According to the professional literature, it is the best quality instrument currently available and provides the best service for students at the point when they are deciding upon a programme or institution."
HEIs in demand as further education institutions after the initial degree has been completed
Computer science graduates want affordable opportunities to continue training alongside their working life. Most look for IT specialisations and business skills, and HEIs are their preferred further education institutions
New publication on Governing Boards in German HEIs
What are the reasons for success or failure of Governing Boards (Councils; Boards of Governors; Boards of Trustees) in German Higher Education Institutions? The article “Governing Boards in German Higher Education Institutions” provides answers to this question. The authors Ulrich Müller (Centre for Higher Education) and Mathias Winde (Stifterverband Germany) offer tips and recommendations for HEIs, Governing Boards and state representatives. As a framework they provide information on the role of Governing Boards and the current debate in Germany on this topic. The findings are based on an in-depth analysis of state regulations, an evaluation of research literature and on interviews with experts and members of Governing Boards. Although the focus is on the German Higher Education system, the results are applicable to other Higher Education systems as well.
The demand for studying without the German Abitur is higher than ever before
The demand for higher education study programmes that don’t require the German university entrance qualification (the Abitur) is higher than ever before: latest figures according to a new study by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education show that demand has jumped and now covers 2.1 per cent of all first-year students, which means that the share of first-year students without the Abitur has nearly doubled since 2007. Key reasons for the upward trend are simplified entrance requirements and the increase in the number of study programmes designed specially for this target group. The boom in demand for non-Abitur study programmes is reflected very differently in individual German states. North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania top the table with 2.2 to 4.2 per cent of all first-years students who are not in possession of an Abitur, while Thuringia, Saxony and Saarland are at the bottom of the table with between 0.4 and 0.9 per cent
Study conditions independent from excellence status
A critical eye is being kept on teaching quality at the nine universities praised for their future concepts in recent years as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Some believe that the heavy focus on research is leading to worse study conditions because teaching is being neglected. Others, however, expect the additional funding to lead to better preconditions and automatically better study conditions, as good research is the best basis for good teaching. But blanket judgements miss the mark, as is often the case, and an analysis of student assessments in the university ranking shows that excellence status has no systematic or general effect on the top rankings with respect to study conditions
Neither playing shy nor all too much levity is appropriate
Nearly 50,000 students signed a student loan agreement in 2011. Most popular are the new KfW student loan and the education loan offered by the Federal Administration Office. These are the results of the latest CHE student loan test 2012, which also points out what students should bear in mind before signing the agreement
Results of latest CHE University Ranking
On May 2nd 2012 the CHE University Ranking 2012/13 with new results for natural sciences, mathematics, geoscience, computer science, sports sciences, medicine, pharmacy and nursing science will be published in the Die ZEIT study guide 2012/13. All in all the CHE University Ranking offers information for more than 30 subjects from universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. The results are being compared on the subject level. From today on the results are also available online where the users can create individual profiles according to their personal criteria to find the university that best suits their needs
Day care places more important than proportion of women
Male and female professors see the problem of balancing an academic carrier with family responsibilities as the greatest obstacle to equal opportunities
New publication on the development of U-Multirank
The CHE – Centre for Higher Education with the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) and other partners of the CHERPA consortium have elaborated a feasibility study on the development of a concept for a multi-dimensional, global university ranking. The study was financed by the EU Commission, which published the final report of the project on its website in 2011. A book on U-Multirank has now been published by Springer. The work offers a comprehensive and critical review of existing rankings as well as the debates about rankings. It also presents the U-Multirank concept and the results of the pilot study
International Deans’ Course (IDC) Africa successfully completed – network of IDC graduates planned
“Strategic and Practical Issues in Higher Education Management“ was the title of the last of three further education seminars for the 30 participants of IDC Africa. The further education programme, which was carried out by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the CHE – Centre for Higher Education, the HRK (German Rectors Conference) and the Hochschule Osnabrück in co-operation with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, offered information and tools relating to a number of key topics in the field of faculty and higher education management
Fit for business with the Bachelor’s degree?
Interviews with business studies Master’s students, professors and graduates show that career-start opportunities with a Bachelor’s degree are better than expected. Business studies Master’s students state that two-thirds of them jumped directly from the Bachelor’s to the Master’s programme. The most common reason for taking up a Master’s programme (given by about 95 percent of the students) is the hope of a career kick that – as students think – depends on a Master’s degree
Higher education councils are the guardians of higher education autonomy – position paper bundles experiences from the work of higher education councils
The heads of higher education councils have for the first time compiled a list of national recommendations for the work of these councils. The central demand was not to weaken higher education institutions by depriving higher education councils of power: without higher education councils, supervision for HEIs would once again fall back on education ministries. The position paper was discussed at the Forum for Higher Education Councils in Berlin by the Stiftverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation and CHE Centre for Higher Education, and it was approved by more than 40 current heads of higher education councils
IREG – International Observatory on Rankings and Academic Excellence is going to start a quality audit of university rankings
The purpose of the audit, that will be conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that rankings under review are done professionally, with a transparent methodology, that they apply good practices and respond to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders