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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.
Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar, President of Fulda University of Applied Sciences, is “University Manager of the Year 2018”
Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar, President of Fulda University of Applied Sciences, is “University Manager of the Year 2018”. The aim of the award, presented by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the CHE Centre for Higher Education, is to acknowledge managers of German higher education institutions who have shaped the development of their organisation with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The award ceremony will take place during the “Hochschule & Bildung” ZEIT conference in Berlin on 6 December.Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar, President of Fulda University of Applied Sciences, is “University Manager of the Year 2018”. The aim of the award, presented by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the CHE Centre for Higher Education, is to acknowledge managers of German higher education institutions who have shaped the development of their organisation with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The award ceremony will take place during the “Hochschule & Bildung” ZEIT conference in Berlin on 6 December.
CHE University Ranking of Master’s programmes in the subjects of Mathematics and Computer Science now online
The latest online ranking, now published, reflects the opinions of students pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at universities and at universities of applied sciences, as well as the ratings of university Mathematics students. Based on this ranking of Master’s programmes, ZEIT Campus has published the results of a selection of criteria: overall study situation, support during studies, international orientation, and completion of degree within a reasonable time
Part-time study is still not commonplace
The issue of part-time study is not yet established, unlike part-time employment. Only 7.2 per cent of all students officially study part-time at present. In total, only 13.5 per cent of all degree programmes can also be pursued on a part-time basis. These are the findings of an analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education, which also revealed a significant need for further development with regard to framework conditions.
Students make less use of cars to get to university
As semester begins, Germany’s nearly three million students will be making their way to university more often again. In this regard, the car is diminishing in importance as a mode of transport: only a quarter of students now drive to their higher education institution on a regular basis. Back in 2003, one in three students commuted to their alma mater by car. Public transport is particularly popular among students in major cities, now used by more than 80 per cent of the student population in some cases. Greifswald and Münster are still excellently positioned as bike-friendly cities. A current analysis of the CHE University Ranking sheds light on the modes of transport used by students to commute to university by comparing data from the years 2003 and 2018.
CHE Ranking: more degrees now earned within standard period of study at universities
Since the introduction of Bachelor and Master’s degree programmes, a higher percentage of students at universities are managing to complete their degrees within a reasonable timeframe. Percentages differ according to the subject taken: in Mathematics, the percentage of degree programmes in the top group increased from 18 to 75 per cent; in the subject of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the percentage in the top group also increased considerably. In the subject of Social Work at universities of applied sciences, the top group increased to 83 per cent; in Architecture, there were no longer any departments in the bottom group. These figures were revealed following a comparison of data from CHE University Rankings from 2003 to 2005 and from 2015 to 2017
DIES programme participants in Kenya: using disseminators to spread leadership training for deans
National Multiplication Training took place in Kakamega, Kenya, between 24 and 27 July as part of the DIES programme, coordinated by DAAD and HRK. During this training programme, disseminators pass on the knowledge and methods they have acquired in international DIES programmes, such as the International Deans’ Course, to other university leaders in Kenya
Student loans: 50 million paid out to students each month
Around 100,000 individuals in Germany currently use a student loan to help finance their studies. The amount paid out monthly by creditors, such as banks and Student Services Organisations, totals around €50 million. These are the findings of the CHE Centre for Higher Education’s dedicated annual Student Loan Test.
Winter semester 2018/19: Hannover has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects in Germany
Numerus clausus was introduced in Germany 50 years ago. Around 40 per cent of degree programmes starting next winter semester are subject to restricted admission. This is the conclusion reached by the latest Numerus Clausus Check conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. Hannover has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects among Germany’s major university cities (>30,000 students); at the federal state level, Berlin and Hamburg come top.
Ethiopian Institute of Higher Education (EIHE) founded
The founding conference for the Ethiopian Institute of Higher Education (EIHE) took place at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) today. The Institute will provide training opportunities for leaders of Ethiopian higher education institutions. The project is based on the Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) programme, implemented by the CHE Centre for Higher Education and CHEPS Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (NL).
U-Multirank releases fifth annual world rankings of universities: Neither Harvard, MIT nor Oxford are number 1
U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has today published its
fifth annual release of data (www.umultirank.org) ranking 1,614 universities from 95 countries. The
latest results show that claiming the ‘number 1’ spot, depends on what you’re looking for.
Digital media in the classroom: training not yet mandatory for future teachers
A study undertaken by Monitor Lehrerbildung provides data on how tomorrow’s teachers are being trained to use digital media in the classroom. The outcome: it is still not mandatory for students to learn about the educational use of tablets and smartboards as part of their degree programmes. Education experts are therefore calling for the subject to become an obligatory part of teacher training – in all subjects and all school types.
New CHE University Ranking: up-to-date guidance for prospective students in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Nursing Science, Political Science and Sports Sciences
The subjects of Biology/Bioscience, Chemistry, Geography, Geoscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing Science, Pharmacy, Physics, Political Science / Social Sciences, Sports / Sports Sciences, and Dentistry have now been updated in the national CHE University Ranking 2018. The latest results are now available online (also available in English) as well as in the printed magazine ZEIT Studienführer 2018/19 (in German only). This 300-page study guide features students’ opinions about their study conditions, and provides answers to key questions all about starting university. The guide also helps candidates to choose the right subject and university, and offers advice on applying to university and securing funding
Twenty years of CHE University Ranking: Coordinators’ Advisory Committee meets in its anniversary year
More than 60 coordinators from the institutions of higher education that take part in the CHE University Ranking will gather today, on Tuesday, 10 April, at the Hotel Bielefelder Hof. Besides exchanging information and ideas about data collection issues and new aspects relating to the ranking, HEI coordinators can also look forward to an entertaining programme this year. After all, the 20th anniversary of the CHE University Ranking is to be used as an opportunity to thank them for their untiring support
The number of students without Abitur has doubled since 2010
57,000 people in Germany without a traditional higher education entrance qualification are currently pursuing academic degrees – the highest number ever so far. The ratio between male and female students is about even; almost every other student without Abitur is over the age of 30. These findings were established recently by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. The so-called third route into higher education, which has been in existence throughout the federal territory for nearly ten years now, enables people with professional experience to qualify for entry to higher education. This option is even applicable for disciplines subject to restricted admission, such as medicine and pharmacy.
The theme of sustainability is a popular way for higher education institutions to communicate a distinct profile
Are references to socially relevant themes suitable for describing the particular profile and strengths of a higher education institution in a way that is commonly understood? The CHE Centre for Higher Education has conducted a study to explore this question.
Human resources development at higher education institutions
What is the significance of human resources development for higher education institutions? And what role do university boards of trustees play in this context? The Update newsletter provides impetus from the field. The newsletter summarises the results of the University Board of Trustees Forum, which met in Berlin on 25 September 2017
CHE predicts that the rush of new students is here to stay
The number of students starting university will remain at more than 425,000 each year up until 2050, which is far higher than 2005 levels. As a consequence, the CHE Centre for Higher Education considers it to be a national responsibility to undertake a long-term, reliable reform of higher education funding beyond the present Higher Education Pact.
Industrial/technical subjects: serious shortage of new teachers in vocational education calls for a step change
Germany’s vocational schools are experiencing major problems attracting fully qualified teaching staff, particularly in the case of industrial/technical subjects. The number of students graduating from such Teacher Education degree programmes remains particularly low and is unlikely to meet the growing need for teachers in these subjects in the future. Education experts believe that this shortage of qualified teachers could put vocational education at risk in the medium term. In a publication issued by Monitor Lehrerbildung, the experts call for more attractive conditions and the expansion of opportunities for the recruitment of lateral entrants to teaching positions at vocational schools without compromising quality
New CHE University Ranking of Master’s programmes in Business Administration, Economics, Business Computing and Economic Sciences
The latest online ranking, published today, reflects the opinions of students pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Business Computing, Economics and Economic Sciences. ZEIT Campus has published the results of a selection of criteria. Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences does especially well in the CHE University Ranking of Master’s programmes in Business Administration at universities of applied sciences. Göttingen University and Mannheim University do extremely well in the ranking of Business Administration programmes at universities
Growing significance of studying while in employment
In the future, both universities and universities of applied sciences will increasingly be required to respond to the growing need to combine study with employment. This is the conclusion reached by the closing expert round table of the CHE forum on “Design concepts for studying while in employment“ in Berlin. The event, which was full to capacity with 100 participants, demonstrated the fact that this development not only concerns academic continuing education, the sector in which most executive programmes are offered, but also conventional study programmes at Bachelor and Master’s level
Professor Dr. Hans-Hennig von Grünberg, President of Hochschule Niederrhein, is “University Manager of the Year 2017”
The honouring, presented by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the CHE Centre for Higher Education, aims to acknowledge leaders of German higher education institutions who have shaped the development of their organisation with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The honouring ceremony will take place during the “Hochschule & Bildung” ZEIT KONFERENZ in Berlin on 16 November 2017.
U-Multirank announces new funding partners: Philanthropic support for an open transparency tool in higher education
U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has announced today new funding partners for the 2018 and 2019 editions. The European Commission will continue to support U-Multirank with partial funding through its Erasmus+ Programme. Joining the new structure are the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany and Santander Group in Spain.
Part-time employment is commonplace, unlike part-time study
More than one third of the population in Germany do not work full-time. By contrast, the issue of part-time study has not yet become established. Officially, only 6.8 per cent of the student population study on a part-time basis. Only 12.8 per cent of all degree programmes are expressly open to students wishing to handle a reduced workload. These are the findings of an analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education.
Work-Life Balance 4.0 − New ways of achieving family-friendly universities?
During the fourth annual conference of the “Family in Higher Education Institutions” university initiative, held in Vienna on 14 and 15 September 2017, 13 more higher education institutions will sign up to the “Family in Higher Education Institutions” charter. The network now has 101 member institutions. Four Austrian higher education institutions are among the undersigned.
Higher education institutions need strategies for the digital age
How can higher education institutions seize the opportunities presented by digitalization to enhance their institutional profile and mission? This question is addressed in an article by a group of authors from the CHE Centre for Higher Education. The article is included in an international edited volume entitled “Prospects and Future Tasks of Universities”, which was published on 23 August 2017.
Winter semester 2017/18: Hamburg has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects
Mid-July is the closing date for applications for many degree programmes subject to restricted admission starting next winter semester. The latest Numerus Clausus Check by the CHE Centre for Higher Education reveals significant differences between federal states as well as between subjects. Even so, more than half of all degree programmes on average can be embarked on without a selection procedure.
Waitress rather than take out a loan: fewer students in debt
The number of student loan agreements signed in 2016 dropped significantly compared to previous years, to 44,000. Although all of the loans investigated in the Student Loan Test 2017 were assessed as being reliable, experts recommend exercising caution. This is particularly the case with new private loans that call themselves “student loans” – these offer much poorer conditions.
CHE kurz + kompakt: new information format for prospective students
Tips, checklists and a brief six-page overview for prospective students: the CHE Centre for Higher Education now offers a new series of online publications on selected topics. The new series called CHE kurz + kompakt starts out with issues on student loans, part-time study, and the differences between universities and universities of applied sciences.
All-day education: commonplace at school, but not yet entrenched in teacher training
For many teachers, working at an all-day school has already become a reality, resulting automatically in collaboration with other professional groups in education. When training to become a teacher, however, students learn only very little about the issue of all-day education, as a publication issued by Monitor Lehrerbildung has revealed. Experts call for future teachers to be prepared more effectively for the requirements of multiprofessional teamwork and all-day teaching whilst at university.
CHE Hochschulranking 2017/2018 published in new ZEIT Study Guide
Students assess their study conditions in the latest CHE University Ranking, which is published today in the ZEIT Study Guide 2017/18. One third of all subjects are reassessed each year. Those re-evaluated this year were Business Administration, Law, Economics, Social Work, Business Computing, Industrial Engineering, Business Law and Economic Sciences
Higher education funding in Latvia: how internal resource allocation and governance structures at higher education institutions respond to state reforms
By reforming the state funding model for higher education in 2014, Latvia has entered new territory. The intriguing question raised by the change in state resource allocation is whether HEIs will use the new model as an incentive to further develop their internal funding systems and governance structures.
This issue was as the heart of a project with World Bank support, initiated in 2016, which involved CHE Executive Director Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele in the capacity of Senior Consultant
Children whose parents did not attend university benefit in particular from study abroad stays
Whether students grow in self-confidence or improve their language skills: a stay abroad (study or internship) for university studies, enhances performance in many areas. Children whose parents did not attend university observe these effects in some areas even more strongly than their peers with a different educational background. These are the results of an analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education.
U-Multirank shines light on ‘hidden gem’ universities in latest release
U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has today published a major new release of data (www.umultirank.org) showcasing 1,500 universities and shining a spotlight on high-performing universities that would otherwise go unnoticed. Now in its fourth year and involving more universities than ever before, U-Multirank has been able to identify ‘hidden gem’ universities that are bold new competitors on the world stage in a host of different areas. This allows students, universities, businesses, policy-makers and governments to make better informed comparisons of how universities worldwide perform
Increasing numbers of people are studying on basis of their vocational qualification in German higher education institutions
Normally students in German higher education institutions are possessing a diploma from a secondary school like the Abitur (A-level-degree). But since 2009 it is also possible to enroll at a university or university of applied science on basis of a vocational training certificate. The number of this group of students has now reached a new peak of around 51,000. Most of these students are pursuing Bachelor studies; Master’s programmes are less popular as yet. There are considerable differences in the increase in the number of first-year students without Abitur between eastern and western Germany. These findings were established recently by the CHE Centre for Higher Education.
The closest higher education institution is no more than 59 kilometres away
The rapid growth in Germany’s student population has led to an increasing number of HEI institutions. An analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education has revealed that the geographic coverage of academic education pretty much spans the entire country. The main reason for this high-density coverage is the establishment of new universities of applied science as well as satellite campuses of these institutions.
FRUIT: launch of new project to increase the percentage of women studying Computer Science
Around International Women’s Day (8 March), the CHE Centre for Higher Education launched a research project to investigate the circumstances related to women studying Computer Science. The project focuses on ways to increase the percentage of women in subjects related to the field of Computer Science.
Hochschulforum Digitalisierung: digital strategy consulting available for six universities
Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age) continues its work and is now offering strategy consulting to universities. Until 2020, the Forum will support six universities each year in developing their own strategy for teaching and learning in the digital age, ensuring its alignment with the university’s individual goals. The aim of the new programme is to advance sustainable and strategic integration of digital teaching and learning in higher education
Greater diversity on campus: five factors of success of private higher education institutions
Germany’s private higher education sector is thriving. The sector is particularly good at attracting new target groups among students. CHE has identified the factors behind this success. The result: the crucial factors are individual service and course provision, combined with course content that is highly relevant to graduates’ professional practice.
EU project launched on dual study programmes in Africa
The aim of the EU project, which kicked off with a two-day workshop at Austria’s Danube University Krems, is to promote the establishment and further development of dual study programmes in South Africa and Mozambique. Over the next three years, a 40-strong team with representatives from 16 European and African partner organisations will join forces to work on the project entitled “LaTFURE − Learning and Teaching Tools Fuelling University Relations with the Economy in Mozambique and South Africa”. The main objective is to reflect on and improve the institutional and governmental framework for bringing academic and vocational education closer together in the two African countries.
Charging fees for international students is the wrong route to take
Current draft legislation drawn up by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) provides for the introduction of tuition fees for international students and for second degrees as of winter semester 2017/18. CHE has been requested by the MWK to comment on the draft legislation
Results of survey of Psychology Master’s degrees now online
The latest online ranking of Psychology degrees now includes information on Master’s programmes. The issue ZEIT CAMPUS 1/2017 also presents ranking data for five selected criteria: overall study situation, study organisation, courses offered, teacher support and the international orientation of the programme, as well as the number of students at the department
Professor Dr. Volker Linneweber, President of Saarland University, is “University Manager of the Year 2016”
Professor Dr. Volker Linneweber, President of Saarland University, is “University Manager of the Year 2016”. The award, presented by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the CHE Centre for Higher Education, aims to pay tribute to managers of German higher education institutions who have shaped the development of their organisation with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The award ceremony will take place during the ZEIT conference entitled “Hochschule & Bildung. Die vermessene Hochschule” in Berlin on 22 November 2016
Wanted: University Manager of the Year 2016 – six university managers nominated for the award
The CHE Centre for Higher Education and the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT present the “University Manager of the Year” award again this year. A jury has nominated six university managers for the award, all of whom have shaped the development of their higher education institution with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The title will be awarded on 21 November.
What professors expect from first-year students: logical reasoning, independent learning and personal commitment
What skills should a student possess to study law, medicine or electrical engineering? This was the question the CHE Centre for Higher Education asked professors in Germany. In addition to skills necessary for almost all subjects, there are also explicit subject-specific profiles concerning the expected capabilities.
More than 18,000 degree programmes in Germany – good reasons for such diversity
Overstretched, overspecialised and lacking transparency for prospective students: this is how some education experts have evaluated the range of degree programmes offered in Germany. However, an analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education has come to a different result. There has only been a slight increase in undergraduate degree programmes that first-year students can choose from, and there are good reasons for the increasing diversity of these majors.
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.
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.
U-Multirank: Agreement with Chinese universities
U-Multirank is further expanding the breadth of universities in its web tool (www.umultirank.org) 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.
National Programme to Improve the Quality of Teacher Training: future issues rarely addressed
All projects within the National Programme to Improve the Quality of Teacher Training, supported by the Federation and the federal states, have now been launched. A systematic overview of these projects is now available for the first time in a special publication issued by Monitor Lehrerbildung. The result: in spite of covering a wide range of topics, key issues concerning the future, such as digitisation and strategic recruitment, are underrepresented.
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.
CHE University Ranking 2016: up-to-date orientation for prospective students
Students assess their study conditions in the latest CHE University Ranking, which is published today in the ZEIT Study Guide 2016/17. One third of all subjects are reassessed each year. The subjects reassessed this year were Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering/Materials Science, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Mechatronics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, German Language and Literature, English/North American Studies, Education Science and Romance Studies
(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.
New academic support team for joint Federal and Länder initiative “Open Universities” gets to work
CHE belongs to a consortium that has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support higher education projects in the whole of Germany in their endeavours to create more permeability between vocational education and higher education. The FernUniversität in Hagen has primary responsibility for the project. Other partners include the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and TU Dortmund University. The new academic support team, initially engaged until summer 2019, commenced work with an introductory workshop.
U-Multirank releases third global university rankings: US research dominance hides diverse strengths in global higher education
Today U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has published its latest release of data online (www.umultirank.org), revealing that, while American universities continue to dominate research performance, the picture is far more diverse when it comes to teaching and other strengths.
The third annual edition of U-Multirank is the largest since its launch in 2014 featuring over 1,300 universities, from more than 90 countries, with more than 3,250 faculties and 10,700 study programmes. It includes over 27,000 performance scores at an institutional level alone and another 66,000 in 13 subject areas, many of which are included for the first time.
One in five students use the entire range of digital media
The use of digital media varies considerably from subject to subject. Computer science students in particular make full use of the wide range of technical possibilities available. On the whole, the majority of students are rather conservative in their use of digital media. This is the conclusion reached by a study conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education within the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung)
New record: 50,000 students without Abitur
Never before in Germany have so many people entered higher education without academic eligibility for entry to a university or university of applied sciences. This figure almost doubled between 2010 and 2014. These are the findings of calculations conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. The demand for entering higher education without Abitur has been increasing steadily for years. While in 1997 only 8,500 or so people were studying in Germany despite having no academic higher education entrance qualification, by 2014 there were some 49,800.
Only one in ten degree programmes can also be studied part-time
Those seeking an alternative to full-time study programmes in Germany are faced with a limited choice. At present, 10.6 per cent of all degree programme can be studied part-time. Most of the 170,000 or so part-time students are drawn towards private higher education institutions.
Understanding and shaping change processes in the context of digitisation
The sustained incorporation of digital educational offerings into the real world of higher education institutions can only be achieved by applying major change processes. In a new publication by the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung), an investigation is made into the organisational requirements and options for introducing digital learning into teaching and study. The publications also provides information about how to specifically shape appropriate change processes with success.
New publication reveals how teacher training is coordinated within German universities
Since 2000, HEIs have increasingly created dedicated coordination centres for teacher training. The fifth publication by Monitor Lehrerbildung, released today, provides an up-to-date overview of the resources and competencies these central structures have, as well as presenting real-life examples and possible developments.
An overview: Distribution of digital learning scenarios in higher education
The spectrum of digitisation activities in higher education ranges from recordings of lectures on the internet to educational software and virtual reality offerings. A publication by the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung) provides an overview of the distribution and potential of digitised learning scenarios.
Computer Science Master’s ranking now online: students evaluate their HEIs
Brandenburg University of Technology, the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Passau University, OTH Regensburg and Reutlingen University gained several outstanding marks for their Computer Science Master’s programmes in the current online edition of the CHE University Ranking. In Austria, FH Joanneum and St. Pölten UAS were ranked highly. The evaluation was based on a survey conducted among Master’s students
Professor Dr. Ulrich Radtke from the University of Duisburg-Essen is University Manager of the Year 2015
The title “University Manager of the Year” is awarded by the CHE Centre for Higher Education in collaboration with the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. The aim of the award is to pay tribute to managers of German higher education institutions who have shaped the success of their HEI with outstanding leadership and promoted far-reaching reforms. The award ceremony took place during the ZEIT conference “Hochschule & Bildung” in Berlin. Svenja Schulze, Minister of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, delivered the laudatio
U-Multirank's New Readymade Rankings by University Age
Older universities tend to perform better than younger ones across most measures of research excellence, according to a new analysis by the international university ranking U-Multirank. However, many universities are bucking the trend and finding strategies to outperform their years. The findings are revealed in a new ranking showing university age and research performance, developed exclusively by U-Multirank
Wanted: University Manager of the Year 2015 ‒ six university managers nominated for the award
CHE and the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT present the “University Manager of the Year” award again this year. A jury has nominated six university managers for the award, all of whom have shaped the development of their higher education institution with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The award-winner will be selected from the group of nominees on 25 November. The six nominees are described in brief portraits.
Higher Education Pact eight years on: Baden-Württemberg benefits most from growing student numbers
The upward trend in student enrolment in Germany continues. The number of first-year students increased by 43 per cent between 2005 and 2013. The majority of these additional students enrolled at HEIs in North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Universities of applied sciences and engineering have benefited in particular from this development.
Good dual study manual
The CHE Centre for Higher Education has just published a manual containing comprehensive strategies and instruments for developing quality in dual study programmes. The free downloadable online publication focuses on enhancing cooperation between the two learning locations – HEIs and companies – and on linking theory and practice in higher education.
New release: The digital revolution in education
One university uses a software that identifies which subjects are best for each individual student, including their expected final grades. Another higher education institution has halved drop-out rates from a maths course with a program that analyses what, how and at which speed each individual learns. A corporation requests its applicants to serve sushi in a virtual restaurant because the computer game predicts their professional success better than their degrees and CVs. In their new book “Die digitale Bildungsrevolution” (The digital revolution in education), Jörg Dräger and Ralph Müller-Eiselt demonstrate how the networked world will fundamentally change not only our education system, but also our society
Higher Education Forum: 20 theses on digitising teaching
At its mid-term conference on September 9th, the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung) discussed the potential and challenges of digitisation in academic teaching and the higher education system, and the necessary policy framework. The experts summarised their key findings, assessments and demands in a position paper with 20 theses on digitising teaching
Comparing universities with universities of applied sciences
How have universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany developed in recent decades? A current fact sheet on this topic reveals the differences on the basis of statistical key figures. The publication is part of the extensive information portal available at www.fifth-projekt.de.
Winter semester 2015/16: national proportion of numerus clausus subjects declines , Hamburg and Bremen with the most numerus clausus restrictions
Before attempting to embark on an undergraduate programme in winter semester 2015/16, many school-leavers who have just received their Abitur certificate will first have to clear the hurdle of numerus clausus (NC), or restricted entry. A current evaluation by the CHE Centre for Higher Education reveals major differences in numerus clausus restrictions between the various federal states. Compared to winter semester 2013/14, however, the proportion of numerus clausus subjects fell in Germany.
CHE University Ranking 2015: up-to-date orientation for prospective students in the STEM subjects Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Geography, as well as Medicine
Students assess their study conditions in the latest CHE University Ranking, which will be published in the ZEIT Study Guide 2015/16 on 5 May 2015. One third of all subjects are re-evaluated each year. The subjects reassessed this year were Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Pharmacy, Political Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing Science, Geoscience, Geography and Sports Sciences
Extended horizon as opposed to monoculture ‒ 10 Theses on Realigning the Excellence Initiative
The federal government and German states have agreed to continue the Excellence Initiative, but are still debating on how to flesh it out. As a contribution to the ongoing debate, the CHE Centre for Higher Education now presents its considerations in favour of a concept for reissuing the Excellence Initiative. The core element is extending the horizon of higher education excellence whilst retaining a strong degree of selectivity.
Teacher training: inclusion far from being a matter of course
Inclusion is now a matter of concern to all teaching staff, whether primary teachers, graduate grammar school teachers or vocational teachers. In the debate on inclusive teacher training, Monitor Lehrerbildung now presents data for the first time. These figures show that nowhere near all students training to become teachers in Germany are being sufficiently prepared for working in an inclusive school system.
U - Multirank releases second global university rankings: Showcases diversity of university performance with largest global ranking
U-Multirank, the new global university ranking, released its second edition online today. This unique new tool for comparing university performance internationally presents information on more than 1,200 higher education institutions, up from 850 just one year ago. The universities come from 83 countries, with more than 1,800 faculties and 7,500 study programmes in seven fields of study. With 21,000 data scores on the institutional level and 37,000 on the field-base level, U-Multirank is the largest global university ranking - and the most comprehensive information system on universities - in the world
33 deans from South-East Asia have successfully completed the “International Deans
The third and final part of the DAAD programme, the International Deans' Course (IDC), was successfully completed in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 13 February 2015. The 33 participating deans as well as heads of department came from HEIs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Laos and the Philippines. The IDC lasts nine months and consists of three workshop units lasting several days. Dr. Jutta Fedrowitz, who is in charge of CHE’s professional education, and Dr. Christian Berthold, CHE Consult CEO, were members of the team of trainers
Digital as the new normal
Digitisation will change not only university-level teaching, but the entire higher-education system. Higher education institutions and policymakers are now being urged to take an active role in shaping digitisation. This is the tenor of a recent publication by the CHE Centre for Higher Education.
Student fees in Germany – new publication provides overview in English
Implementation, modification and abolition of student fees – and a different development in each of the 16 federal states: It is hard to keep track of the current state of tuition fees for people living in Germany – but even more so for international students as well as international experts on higher education. Yet, student fees are a hot topic in Germany right now: Some politicians demand their re-implementation – some especially with regard to international students. A new synopsis published by the CHE (Centre of Higher Education) provides an overview of the development in the last decade and the status quo. It promotes an alternative model of tuition fees for the future.
Who will be named university manager of the year for 2014? Short portraits of the nomenees
The CHE Centre for Higher Education and the DIE ZEIT newspaper have been looking for
outstanding university managers who have shaped the development of their HEI and
initiated innovative change processes. Seven nominees have been shortlisted.
Former junior professors satisfied with their career development
Former junior professors are predominantly satisfied with the development of their academic careers. This is one of the main results of a study carried out by the CHE Centre for Higher Education that, as part of a research project funded by the trade union driven Hans-Böckler Foundation, looks at the career developments of junior professors and how they evaluate this development in comparison to people who achieved their professorships by traditional scientific career paths. Now for the first time, data is available that make it possible to analyse the further career development of people, who have chosen this 2002 in Germany newly implemented qualification track
CHE - Higher education as the norm will change the German higher education system
More than half of a one-year age group starts a higher education course in Germany, but “traditional” on-campus students are now being outnumbered. A special publication by the CHE Centre for Higher Education supports the idea of “higher education as the norm” with facts and gives the reasons for, and consequences of, this development.
CHE investigates developments in tertiary level dual education and part-time study programmes
What characterises a good relationship between work and study? How can students on dual education and part-time programmes get the support they need? These questions are the focus of a new research project by the CHE Centre for Higher Education on behalf of the Hans Böckler Foundation.
Student loans: new possibilities for studying abroad
Almost 60,000 students conclude a student loan agreement every year in order to ensure they complete their study programmes despite financial shortages. Recently, there have been new possibilities for financing a study programme abroad. This is the result of the CHE Student Loan Test 2014. The test also illustrates how students can identify the best offer for them
Expertise for developing QA systems in higher education institutions
In a new publication, the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) provides empirical findings and knowledge that can support HEIs in the development and continuous operation of quality assurance systems (QA systems).
Family Orientation as Standard: higher education institutions sign the Family and University Charter
A total of 47 universities and academic institutions from all federal states signed the Family and University Charter at the first annual “Family Orientation of Universities” conference at Leibnitz Universität Hannover. By signing the charter, HEIs are committing themselves to making family orientation an important part of their profiles.
U-Multirank: Launch of new global university ranking
U-Multirank, the new global university ranking, was released online today (www.umultirank.org). This unique new tool for comparing university performance currently includes information on more than 850 higher education institutions, more than 1,000 faculties and 5,000 study programmes from 70 countries.
Seal of approval for the CHE Ranking
The CHE Ranking has received the "IREG approved" seal of approval. The Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (IREG) honours higher education rankings whose transparency, methodology and reliability meet the highest standards.
Huge differences in the numerus clausus rates in individual federal states, fewer admission restrictions in east German states
Students need to take the numerus clausus (NC) into account before starting their degree at their chosen HEI and this is still true for the new summer semester 2014. In its latest study, the CHE Centre for Higher Education highlights the extent to which admission restrictions differ.
New CHE project on research and Third Mission at universities of applied sciences begins
How can the respective profiles of universities of applied sciences be made transparent regarding research and Third Mission? This is the subject of CHE Centre for Higher Education's research project FIFTH. The project team is providing information on developments and discussions at www.fifth-projekt.de.
Faculty Management "on a par with academia"
Is it possible to pursue a career in faculty management? Is it a good alternative to an academic career? The CHE Centre for Higher Education looked at these questions in a comprehensive study and came out with the following result: a job in faculty management is no "compromise" but a real alternative to academia.
Jörg Dräger: "We can no longer afford to be isolated”
The CHE Centre for Higher Education is calling for a more open higher education concept in Germany. It is only through an open concept that higher education institutions (HEIs) can be shaped in a way that leaves them able to respond to demographic and social challenges. Other countries are already farther ahead in this respect, as a current CHE study shows.
New scientific advisory board for the CHE Ranking
The CHE Centre for Higher Education has been able to win renowned international experts from higher education, science and politics for the new scientific advisory board for the CHE Ranking. The first meeting took place in Cologne at the beginning of December.
Evaluation of higher education funding in Latvia
The World Bank and Latvia's government have agreed to evaluate the existing higher education funding system and give recommendations for its further development. CHE managing director Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele has been assigned responsibility for the project's content as senior advisor. He was, among others, invited to Riga for the signing of the contract between Latvia’s government and the World Bank in December 2013
Potential of the digitalisation of academic teaching remains largely untapped
German HEIs are still not making the most of the opportunities of online learning. This is the result of a study carried out by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education. “MOOCs” or Massive Open Online Courses, which are currently causing a stir in the US and worldwide, could kick-start a far-reaching changes on higher education. In order to be able to exploit the potential identified in the CHE study, HEIs must adopt online learning as a strategic task and law-makers must remove existing barriers. A conference co-organised by the CHE and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft on 27 November 2013 in Berlin has provided an opportunity to discuss the results of the study and examples from practice with experts.
New study on the understanding of leadership rectors and presidents prefer to involve higher education institutions (HEI) members rather than adopt an authoritarian style of governance
University presidents and rectors characterise their institutions as especially conflictive organisations: the autonomy of HEI members, indispensable for good scientific work, must be maintained and at the same time the ability to pursue a strategy must be guaranteed in the interest of the entire organisation. An explorative study by the CHE Centre for Higher Education shows that, for leaders close communication and the integration of HEI members (rather than authoritative top-to-bottom “ruling”) is a decisive factor in this. HEI leaders were interviewed about their understanding of leadership the key areas of university management and the challenges from outside
Comprehensive Bundesstudienförderung (federal funding of studies) instead of small-scale BAFöG reform
A grand coalition is becoming increasingly likely. All parties involved are aiming to reform the BAföG (German Federal Law on Training and Education Promotion) system. For the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development, small, gradual changes are insufficient. According to the CHE, the answer is a Bundesstudienförderung (federal funding of studies) model, which would bring the individual instruments of the funding of studies together under one roof
Practical orientation in teacher training. The more the better?!
Students who want to become teachers require more practical relevance in their studies. The number of possibilities of gaining work experiences has increased but still they are not harmonised among states or HEIs and their impact has yet to be evaluated. This is the result of a new publication Practical orientation in teacher training. The more the better?! It calls (amongst others) for better support by mentors.
Jörg Dräger: “Graduate fees to fund higher education institutions are just and effective"
No German state will be imposing general tuition fees as of 2014. The university funding issue remains on the table, however, as the discussions in Baden-Wuerttemberg show. Jörg Dräger is therefore advocating graduate fees, a model which is already working successfully in Australia.
Family at University club develops charter for family-friendly HEIs
Member HEIs of the Family at University best-practice club have been calling for family-friendly conditions in German higher education for more than five years. Club members have shaped special profiles for themselves over the years and now want to use this experience to develop a charter on the subject of the “compatibility of studies, work and academic life with family responsibilities”. The CHE – Centre for Higher Education will support the project and monitor the process. The Robert Bosch Stiftung will fund the development of the charter
The chances, risks and consequences of digital education offers for Germany’s higher education system
Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short, are currently on everyone’s lips, but MOOCs are only one example of how to use digital teaching components as teaching material, social media and adapting testing software can benefit HEIs in different ways. The CHE and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft are staging a conference on 27 November 2013 to discuss the chances, risks and consequences of these kinds of educational offers.
CHE runs quality network for dual study programmes – to start in autumn 2013
The Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany has asked the CHE to run a quality network of German HEIs on the subject of dual study programmes. All network participants will jointly develop recommendations for the further development of dual study programmes and for future-orientated co-operations between the field of vocational training and the academic world. This will result in a practice-based manual for study programmes that will be presented at a conference in the summer of 2015. The quality network will be launched in the autumn of 2013 when ten member-HEIs selected by an expert jury will meet for the first time.
Student loans in Germany: "All that glitters is not gold"
No student loan in sight, the Bafög loan has been used up, a part-time job is impossible alongside studies and parental support has reached its limit. Faced with this situation, 50,000 students per year are concluding new student loan contracts in order to be able to finish their studies despite financial difficulties.
The latest CHE student loan test 2013 reveals that a total of 850 million euros are available for student loans in Germany. The test also tells students what they need to be aware of before signing a student loan contract.
Over 500 Institutions Registered. Registration Remains Open
The first U-Multirank edition in 2014 will cover a minimum of 500 higher education institutions from around the world. We are pleased to announce that we have reached this goal and will continue to accept registration forms, so higher education institutions interested in participating can still register their interest now
CHE UniversityRanking: focus on engineering, linguistics, educational science and psychology
In the latest CHE UniversityRanking, students assess their study conditions in the subjects of engineering, linguistics, education science and psychology. Comprehensive information on more than 30 subjects analysed is available for those interested in studying. There is also information on research funds or the percentage of graduates who complete their programme within the prescribed study period. The new DIE ZEIT Study Guide 2013/2014 is published on 7 May 2013 and includes the latest findings and tips on studying
“Create more study places in Master programmes“
The demand for study places on Master programmes will increase dramatically over the coming years. In contrast to the number of Master study places so far planned by the Higher Education Pact, an estimated 36,000 Bachelor graduates could may have to postpone starting a Master programme in the peak year of 2016 alone if the highest of three possible calculation scenarios in the study came true. The CHE model calculation shows the corridor of the expected potential demand for places if 50, 69.4 and 85 per cent of Bachelor graduates continue onto a Master programme. Even the cautious estimate that only one in two Bachelor students will continue onto a Master programme indicates that a significantly higher demand is to be expected compared to the number of Master places financed up until now. “It is a fact that the Higher Education Pact 2020 does not include a set of tools that can stimulate the necessary expansion of study places in Master programmes,” said Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele, managing director of the CHE – Centre for Higher Education
”Diversity in excellence 2012” published: special analysis shows top performances by German higher education institutions in a wide range of areas
The CHE analysed the group of mathematical/natural science subjects from the 2012 UniversityRanking on the basis of research strength, practice orientation, internationality and focus on students. “There are many ways higher education institutions can produce excellent performances, said Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele, managing director of the CHE. “We wish to make this diversity transparent in four dimensions and in doing so show that HEI performances cannot be determined in a simplified way using one-dimensional measurements.” Prof. Dr. Ziegele added: “Profile shaping isn’t only aimed at research. There are many possible profiles that are not better or worse than any other.”
Information on the International Deans’ Course Africa 2013/14
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Section for Joint Higher Education Management
Programmes (DIES) and the Regional Office in Nairobi – and the University of Applied Sciences
Osnabrück (FHOs), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Centre for Higher Education
Development (CHE) in cooperation with the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and partner
universities in Africa are jointly organising the International Deans’ Course for Africa. This intensive
training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies)
which has been jointly coordinated by DAAD and HRK since 2001
New international university ranking launched in Dublin
A new university ranking, set up with funding from the European Union, is being publicly launched under the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin today (30 January).
The conference launching the ranking will be opened by the Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn. He said: "As higher education becomes ever more crucial to Europe’s social, cultural and economic well-being, the need for quality and diversity in our higher education systems grows greater. The Irish Presidency is strongly committed to helping support the roll-out of this next phase of U-Multirank. I urge higher education institutions to seize this opportunity to participate in building a ranking system which will shine a light on the many positive aspects of higher education activity across Europe for the benefit of students, institutional leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders.”
Croatian government introduces target agreements with higher education institutions
The Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports has concluded target agreements with higher education institutions for the first time. The process was developed as part of a World Bank project in which CHE managing director Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele acted as consultant. At the concluding workshop, all those involved described their experiences with the instrument as extremely positive and said it had improved relations between the state and universities
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
CHE University Ranking expanded to include assessments of Business Studies Master degree students – results show these Master students are mobile and focus on subject content
More than half of the students on Business Studies Master programmes have changed their study location after their first degree. The key factor determining the choice of study location is the programme offer – being close to one’s home clearly emerging as a less important factor. More than 5,000 students were interviewed about study conditions in their Business Studies Master programme. The CHE University Ranking has therefore been expanded one more time to cover the assessments of these Master degree students
German higher education institutions are excellent – and not just for research!
German higher education institutions are not only capable researchers. If you look at relevance to practice, internationality and student orientation, it soon becomes clear that the strength of the German higher education system lies in diversity. This is the outcome of a special analysis of these four dimensions using data from the CHE UniversityRanking.
Few HEIs were top in all respects, but many HEIs are top performers because of their special profile: 71 out of 84 universities had a distinctive profile in at least one subject and in at least one of the dimensions analysed.
The new special analysis derived from the CHE UniversityRanking uses data acquired at universities and universities of applied science (Fachhochschulen) for the 2010 and 2011 rankings for the subjects linguistics, cultural studies, law, economics and business studies, social sciences and engineering
Second part of the international Deans’ Course in Africa successfully completed
Deans from six East African countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania) came together in November for the second part of the International Deans’ Course (IDC) in Africa. The second IDC meeting gave participants the chance to exchange information, ideas and experiences about the state of their respective projects supported by German, Ethiopian and Kenyan higher education experts
Research findings show the Bologna Process is moving in the right direction
Reform of the study system in German higher education institutions (HEIs) has been heavily criticised to date. Many books and articles claim the introduction of Bachelor and Master degrees has led to a decline in the quality of studies. However, there is no empirical basis for this negative blanket view. This is the conclusion of a new publication compiled by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
CHE-QUEST: Studienrelevante Diversität erkennen und nutzen
Symposium: HEI profiling and student service organisations
What role do student service and advice offers play in strategic planning at German HEIs? How can student service organisations support HEIs in their strategies and profile development?
These are the questions the CHE – Centre for Higher Education and the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk) will be discussing at a joint symposium on 29 and 30 November 2011 in Berlin
Greater transparency in the Albanian higher education sector
The Albanian Ministry for Education and Science, too, wants prospective students to be able to find independent information about the country’s HEIs in the future. The CHE was commissioned to carry out a project (supported by the World Bank) to develop and test a concept with the Albanian Public Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education (APAAL) that would enable comparisons of Albanian HEIs on the basis of different indicators. The results of this project, a first ranking of four subjects, were presented at the closing conference in Tirana today
European University Association (EUA) report on international rankings published
The CHE ranking is well on its way in terms of methodology and implementation. This is the conclusion of the European University Association (EUA) report on “Global university rankings and their impact”, published on Friday, 17 June 2011. In particular, the report highlights the student interviews the CHE carries out which it estimates to be very useful for prospective students wanting to find out more about a particular study option. The report says the CHE UniversityRanking is one of the very few rankings to be explicitly tailored to the needs of prospective students. The new report also explains the interactive structure of the online version of the CHE ranking, which allows users to customise a personal ranking in accordance with their needs.
New Spanish university ranking based on CHE methodology
The CHE – Centre for Higher Education is working with the CYD Foundation in Spain to develop a ranking for Spanish universities. The new ranking, which is backed by the Spanish rectors conference (Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas, CRUE) is very similar to the standards of the CHE ranking in terms of indicators and methodology, i.e. it is subject-related, multi-dimensional and ranks universities in groups rather than individual positions.
Final conference of the U-Multirank project: results presented in Brussels
A European commission funded network lead by CHEPS and CHE - Centre for Higher Education has developed an alternative concept for a global multi-dimensional ranking, and has tested its feasibility in a pilot study. The results of the U-Multirank project were presented on 9 June 2011 at the final conference in Brussels involving more than 200 participants, and were officially passed on to the EU commission. The results show that the concept developed for a multi-dimensional ranking works also on a global scale and overcomes many of the shortcomings of the existing global rankings. The concluded U-Multirank project is a feasibility study that will not be published.
U-Multirank Final Conference: attend via live stream
On 9 June 2011, the U-Multirank project will present its results and hand over its final report to the European Commission in Brussels. The project, initiated by the European Union, saw the development of a multidimensional global ranking of higher education institutions, and included a trial with 150 higher education institutions in a feasibility study. The results of this study are now available and will be presented during the final conference involving more than 200 participants from across Europe. Due to the huge interest, the conference will be repeated in the afternoon. It is also possible to follow the conference via a live stream. Questions and comments can also be made on Twitter
CHE Student Loan Test 2011: Easy transition to Master’s funding not always guaranteed
Students who fund part or all of their Bachelor’s programme with a student loan should insist, at the start, on a clear option to continue the loan over a possible, subsequent Master’s programme
International Ranking experts are going to start quality audit of rankings
IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence launched the concept for a quality audit of rankings. Gero Federkeil, CHE ranking expert and Vice-President of IREG explains: “With regard to the diversity of existing rankings we need an instrument that creates transparency about the various rankings, about their quality, their methods and their limitations. The audit is based on a set of criteria and will be carried out by independent experts under the responsibility of IREG.” The first audits will probably be finished in autumn 2011.
From planning to appointment – Online CHEck Appointments enables reflection on the appointment process
The CHE now offers an online self-test for those actively involved in appointment processes. The self-test explains all facets of the appointment process and in doing so enables reflection on procedures. Self-test users get valuable tips, anonymously and for free, about the status of their appointment procedures
Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking
The latest CHE UniversityRanking, that is available from 3 May 2011 in the DIE ZEIT study guide 2011/12, involves for the first time the international orientation of the study programmes for the updated subjects. There are top marks for the universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) in business administration: 50 per cent of them reached the top group with respect to the international orientation, while 35 per cent of the universities are in the top group. Subjects such as sociology and political sciences are less internationally oriented; in the subject media there is no university that reached the top group for this indicator
Excellent Promotion of Young Talent
The CHE’s Excellent Promotion of Young Talent forum took place in Cologne’s Media Park on 12 April. More than 100 participants informed themselves about good practice examples in European countries, using the results of the CREST report. In addition, the participants could inform themselves about the promotion of young academic talent from the Master’s to fellowship level on the basis of the results of two workshop reports from the Excellence universities of Göttingen and Konstanz and two projects – by the Universität Oldenburg and Femtec Berlin
Strong together: A successful year developing QM systems
Round one of the CHE’s Developing and Implementing QM systems at Higher Education Institutions year programme has ended successfully with a workshop in Berlin. A total of 15 participants from universities and universities of applied sciences have been planning and implementing projects together for the previous 12 months. Three experts boasting many years’ experience in developing QM systems at HEIs supported the participants in their work. One key aspect of the programme was peer learning, i.e. the universities learned from each other under the guidance and supervision of the experts
Delegation from Russia discovers the CHE UniversityRanking and quality assurance in Germany
Seventeen professors from leading Russian universities today visited the CHE to discover the CHE UniversityRanking and German quality management systems at HEIs
The CHE UniversityRanking 2011/2012 will be published in the DIE ZEIT Study Guide on 3 May
The CHE UniversityRanking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany. This year’s ranking presents new data for law, economics and social sciences as well as media sciences, communication sciences and social work. In addition to facts about studying, teaching, equipment and research, the ranking also includes more than 250,000 student evaluations of the study conditions at their HEI
Ranking expert Gero Federkeil invited to Australian conference on higher education
The more than 300 participants at this years’ Universities Australia conference, the Australian equivalent of the German Rectors’ Conference, showed interest in the CHE UniversityRanking and the EU Commission’s new initiative, the U-Multirank project.
More female professors! How can this be achieved?
The number of female professors at HEIs in Germany is still low despite all the efforts made in recent decades to promote a better gender balance in the posts. Less than 20% of all professorships in Germany are held by women. In a two-year research project, the CHE will identify examples where the promotion of woman at German HEIs has been a success and, using these examples, examine the factors that help boost the proportion of female professors and that of female members of academic staff. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund
The CHE supports the Croatian government’s reform of higher education
Croatia is to follow other countries in introducing target agreements between government and higher education institutions (HEIs) in the future as well as triggering reform in the area of higher education funding. On February 16 and 17, 2011, the CHE – Centre for Higher Education organised and moderated a workshop in Dubrovnik to educate HEI representatives, research institutes and ministries about the instrument “target agreement”
Data for the CHE UniversityRanking 2011 are being analysed
More than 45,000 students on law, economics, social sciences, media studies, communication studies and journalism courses have given their views on their study conditions
CREST PLA reaches a successful end
The CREST (Comité de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique) Peer Learning Activity started in October 2009 with the aim of supporting the development of European higher education institutions by learning about each other’s research management and policy processes. How do you create attractive career conditions for young researchers? What does striving for research excellence actually mean and are there any risks and side-effects involved in this?
Computer Sciences Master’s students at their university of choice
Almost all Computer Science Master’s students are enrolled at their university of choice – 94 per cent answered yes to the question of whether they study at their university of choice. Meanwhile 60 per cent moved from the Bachelor’s to the Master’s programme without changing institution, 28 per cent came from another German university, and 12 per cent came into their current university from abroad. There is therefore a high level of satisfaction with the Master’s programme: 80 per cent of students at universities and almost 90 per cent at universities of applied sciences rate their study situation to be good or very good
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
Do you want to make a difference in the higher education sector? If you are interested in German and international higher education and science systems, enthusiastic about innovation in the higher education sector and are ready and able to undertake empirical work and compile texts, then we have interesting work experience opportunities for you.
Quality standards promote permeability between professional training and academic education
Permeability between higher education and professional training is a key topic, but it remains a difficult one. There is often a lack of trust between professional training and academic education in terms of the quality of abilities and skills taught. This lack of trust becomes evident for example in difficulties of admission onto a study programme without the necessary school leaving certificate that enables entry into higher education, or accreditation by universities of work carried out in the course of professional activities. Jointly agreed standards can help here. A new study by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development and Prognos AG for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology shows that the conditions for this are good as higher education institutions and professional training institutes (technical colleges) are both similarly active in the area of quality assurance.
„Vielfalt als Chance“ – Soziale Heterogenität der Studierenden steht im Fokus eines 2010 startenden Großprojekts
CHE Research Ranking 2009 updates results for natural sciences, mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy
The updated disciplines in the CHE Research Ranking 2009 again show that the Universität Heidelberg, the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the TU München have an especially large share of faculties that are strong in research. Heidelberg is in the top group for a whole range of natural sciences as well as for mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. The LMU and TU München are also in the top group for biology, chemistry, physics and medicine; the LMU with also for pharmacy and the TU München for mathematics. The Universität Göttingen has reached top group status for all natural sciences and medicine, and the Universität Tübingen for medicine, dentistry pharmacy and biology
The Financial Times Deutschland presents the nominees for this year’s Higher Education Manager of the Year award
Teaser: The Financial Times Deutschland today presents the six finalists for the Higher Education Manager of the Year award. It is the second time that the FTD and the CHE together have nominated vice-chancellors and presidents of German higher education institutions that have pushed through internal university reform while externally taking up a strong position in the higher education market, thereby allowing them to win outstanding students and professors, third-party funding and co-operations. The winner will be elected during the FTD’s Higher Education Management Conference to be held in Bertelsmann’s Berlin office on 8 December.
Proud of variety? CHE Consult examines diversity regulations for higher education institutions (HEIs) in Germany’s neighbouring countries
Demographic change, the Bologna process and with it a globalisation of the educational offer by HEIs is leading to a more and more heterogeneous student body across Europe. How well are Germany’s neighbouring countries prepared for this development? A recently published study by CHE Consult points out what can be learnt from European examples
The CHERPA-Network wins a European tender to develop a multi-dimensional global ranking of universities
The CHERPA-network has won an open call for tender by the European Commission to develop and test an alternative design for a global ranking of universities. During the next two years, the network will conceptualize and test the feasibility of a multi-dimensional global ranking based on the CHE ranking methodology and on the classification of higher education institutions developed by CHEPS
Ways of becoming a doctor – a comparison of model and traditional study programmes in human medicine
The aims of the new prototype curriculums are to link clinical and preclinical content and adopt an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. All four protoype curriculums included in the CHE ranking reached top group status for the “dovetailing of pre-clinic and clinic studies” indicator.
Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking
The latest DIE ZEIT study guide lists the results of the UniversityRanking by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development and shows top results for the model programmes in Medicine. They perform noticeably better than traditional Medicine programmes. For programmes in Teaching, Universität Freiburg gained excellent results. The universities of the Southern German Bundesländer are scoring points with high research reputation especially in Natural Sciences
The global economic and financial crisis is dominating the headlines. What is the right thing to do in this situation?
It is by no means the time for moaning, painting a bleak picture or standing idly on the sidelines. Instead, we need to try and develop realistic scenarios for the consequences of the crisis in the higher education sector and to come up with measures, even now, for higher education institutions and policy. Convincing answers are still missing, but we have asked a number of national and international experts from the higher education sector to give their views on current developments and to forecast the possible consequences. We want to use these ideas to stimulate the discussion about suitable concepts and measures for dealing with the crisis
CHE University Ranking to be published on May 6, 2009
Data for the following disciplines have been updated in this year’s ranking: Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Medicine and Dentistry, Geography and Earth Sciences
European higher education co-operation projects still have many obstacles to overcome
A study on the experience of Joint Degrees shows that as a result of the joint bachelor-master structure, European HEI systems have moved closer together, but the implementation of university co-operation projects reveals clear non-convergence, in particular the basic financial and legal frameworks
A Bachelor’s degree and then what? Filling the gap between Bachelor and Master programmes with practical experience
As far as business administration is concerned, 43 percent of university professors and 66 percent of professors teaching at Fachhochschulen think it makes sense to gather some practical experience before taking up a Master’s programme. In the subsequent business administration Master programmes, 20 percent of the students use the transition phase to acquire practical experience
CHE study analyses the frequency and efficiency of internationalisation strategies
Internationalisation strategies are now common at German higher education institutions (HEIs). Forty-six percent of the HEIs asked are already implementing strategies as well as a catalogue of internationalisation measures. Another 20 percent say that they are currently preparing for internationalisation. The strategies are geared mostly towards teaching
Latest CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking) gives the latest results for business administration, sociology and economics: top class research not only at “universities of excellence”
The 2008 CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking) includes both well-known and new departments with strong research performances. Every three years, the CHE collects fresh data for a number of core subjects. For the CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking) 2008, the research indicators for business administration, sociology and economics have been analysed in detail.
CHE pilot study: master’s programme students provide information about their study conditions
For the first time, the CHE has examined not only undergraduate study offers but also master’s programmes for business administration at universities, Fachhochschulen and business schools. This means that consecutive programmes and non-consecutive study offers can be compared with one another and thereby allow interested parties to identify the master’s programme offers that best meet their wishes
What does performance-related funding achieve?
Budgeting issues are among the most important but also most controversial aspects of higher education reform. This is reason enough for the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development to take a critical look at one of the main financial management instruments in higher education, namely performance-related funding, and to identify possibilities for its further development. In the CHE working paper, 13 authors reflect on current practice.
Booming demand offers a chance: need for intelligent and competitive concepts as well as increased investment for more study places
On 25 November 2008, the German Rector`s Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK)) presented new calculations for the additional financial requirements arising from the increasing numbers of potential students and also from the conversion to the mentoring-intensive, staged study programmes. The paper estimates an additional annual requirement of an average of three billion euros for the period from 2011 to 2020. The CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development supports this finding and is calling for innovative solutions in order to make the most of the chance afforded by the student boom to promote Germany as an academic location
European Commission Supports CHE Ranking Initiative
We are proud to announce that the European Commission recently expressed its support for the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development’s ExcellenceRanking. Excellence and Top Group European universities of this initiative are directly concerned. In his letter dated September 19, 2008, Ján Figel, member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, affirmed official support for the CHE’s project, specifically encouraging its endeavours to develop “tools to produce multi-dimensional rankings based on robust, relevant and widely accepted methodologies.”
New data atlas for quick information examines the subject preferences of first-year students
While first-year students from the south or west of Germany prefer study programmes in mathematics and natural sciences, their fellow students from the north prefer to take up programmes in law, economics and social sciences. In addition, linguistics and cultural studies are favoured by students from western Germany, while students from the east clearly prefer engineering.
A sign of excellence
The CHE ExcellenceRanking identified the European universities that show outstanding research performance in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. As proof of their excellent performance they were awarded a quality seal by CHE.
Internationalisation of the CHE-Rankings continuing forward
The CHE UniversityRanking is becoming increasingly more international. In the 2009 ranking, for which data collection has just begun, over 100 faculties from approximately 30 foreign universities will take part
New CHE management as of today
The change in leadership at the CHE non-profit-making Centre for Higher Education Development took place today. After the departure of Prof. Detlef Müller-Böling as head of the CHE following his 60th birthday, Dr. Jörg Dräger and Prof. Frank Ziegele have taken over management of the CHE
Reorganisation at the CHE. Christian Berthold and Yorck Hener together take the helm at CHE Consult
From 1 August, Yorck Hener will join the management of CHE Consult, taking the helm alongside Christian Berthold. After Detlef Müller-Böling will have left the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development at the end of July and Frank Ziegele, previous CEO of CHE Consult, takes over leadership of the non-profit making CHE with Jörg Drager, CHE Consult will also witness a change in management.
CHE-Forum „The myth of the management information systems“
What role do management information systems play in the decision-making process in higher education management? What should management provide? A conference to be held at the Convention Hall, Bielefeld, on 30 September will shed some light on the necessity of IT-based information when making management decisions and how they meet the requirements of management bodies
Transparent methods used for CHE Ranking
The transparency of rankings with respect to the methods applied is one of the most crucial criteria for a solid ranking, as determined by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) in the ”Berlin Principles“. The CHE Ranking of course meets these requirements
“Enfant terrible” of higher education receives a ”Goldener Ehrenring” (a golden ring of honour) from the TU MünchenEhrenring“ der TU München
Detlef Müller-Böling has conducted his final symposium in Berlin as head of the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development,. After more than a decade of “counting, measuring, estimating”, the question asked was whether this was “a blessing or a curse” for German higher education. During the evening reception to mark the departure of Müller-Böling as head of the CHE, the president of the TU München Wolfgang A. Herrmann presented Müller-Böling with a ”Goldener Ehrenring“ (a golden ring of honour) from the university
IREG-International Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence
The International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) created the IREG-International Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence
Counting, measuring, estimating – a blessing or a curse for higher education institutions? Farewell symposium for Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Böling
Is it possible to measure the performance of higher education institutions (HEIs)? What are the opportunities and limitations in measuring the performance of HEIs? What kind of data collection is reasonable and how are these data reflected in HEI steering? These questions are discussed by high-ranking representatives from science, politics and the media at a symposium that will take place in Berlin the 19th and 20th of June 2008
Analysing target countries - CHE looks into the future of student recruitment
Recruitment from abroad has become a global hot topic in higher education in recent years. Countries that have been recruiting international students for decades, as well as countries very new to the scene play vital roles in this education exchange. Germany is rather a latecomer to the scene
Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking
The latest CHE UniversityRanking has updates for the subjects of Media, Business Informatics, Business Administration, Law, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Economics and Industrial Engineering. There are top marks for the universities of Mannheim, Erfurt, Münster and Bremen and very good results for the new dual study programmes in Business Administration. For courses in Social Work, it is mainly some ecclesiastical higher education institutions (HEIs) that are scoring points while Fachhochschulen are scoring points in terms of practical content
Benchmarking Internationalisation – EBI Workshop in Berlin
In the endeavor to further develop benchmarking practices throughout European Higher Education, the CHE is partnered with ESMU, UNESCO-CEPES and the University of Aveiro in a project called the European Benchmarking Initiative, funded by the European Commission
With AkCont, CHE Consult is presenting a concept for the organisation of controlling at German higher education institutions (HEIs)
AkCont aims to make the further the processes and results of controlling useable to a greater extend with regard to the different questions of higher education management and also to decision-making process
Guidance for the accreditation market. Results of the CHE Forum on 15 April 2008
Which is the best method for my higher education institution (HEI): programme, cluster or system accreditation, or quality audit? This was the question discussed by the 160 participants in the CHE Forum in Kassel
Rating of bachelor’s programmes: How well do higher education institutions (HEIs) promote the employability of their students?
There is a great deal of difference in how bachelor’s programmes at German HEIs promote the necessary competences and abilities for jobs beyond pure technical know-how. While some HEIs have established exemplary measures in order to prepare students for the job market, a number of HEIs have as good as ignored this aspect in the conversion to bachelor’s and master’s programmes and are still focusing almost exclusively on the imparting of technical know-how
“You have to examine precisely what the rankings measure“
Dr. Sonja Berghoff, project manager of the CHE ResearchRanking, in an interview with Dorit Amelang concerning the German research system. What is the international position of Germany in science? What are its strenghts? What is special about it?. The CHE ResearchRanking and the CHE ExcellenceRanking show the best universities in research in Germany and Europe
Dual leadership for the CHE in the future: Jörg Dräger and Frank Ziegele take over the management of CHE in July 2008
After 14 years, Professor Dr. Detlef Müller-Böling will be retiring from the CHE in the summer. Competence and continuity, however, will be assured by Jörg Dräger, (Ph.D. Cornell U.), Senator for Science and Research in Hamburg, and Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele, project manager at the CHE for many years and professor for higher education and science management at the FH Osnabrück
Now it’s the turn of the HEIs
The CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development takes a position on study fees and study fee management in North Rhine-Westphalia and weighs up improvement options
CHE ResearchRanking 2007: top group holds its ground
In the CHE ResearchRanking 2007, the universities of Frankfurt a.M., Freiburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and TU München) and Stuttgart again have a large share of research-intense faculties. They gained top group status in at least half of the subjects covered by the ranking. Data for English Studies, Electrical and Information Engineering, Pedagogy, History, Mechanical Engineering and Psychology have been updated
More higher education institutions in the Excellence Group
A total of 66 higher education institutions have made it into the Excellence Group, the group of best HEIs in the CHE ExcellenceRanking. An updated version of the CHE working paper 99 is now online
Which procedure for which higher education institution – System Accreditation, Institutional Audit or Programme Accreditation?
National and international experts will be offering orientation and support for higher education institutions interested in accreditation and auditing at a discussion forum in Kassel on 15th April 2008.
Workshop Benchmarking of Internationalisation
In the context of the European Benchmarking Initiative project the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in cooperation with the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU), University Aveiro and UNESCO-CEPES is inviting you to participate in a on benchmarking of internationalisation
Boom in the number of first year students in Germany: New study by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development foresees great demand beyond 2020
With its latest study "Die Zukunft vor den Toren" („The Future in Sight“), CHE Consult presents an updated calculation for growth in the number of first year students up until 2020. According to the study, the number of German first year students will markedly increase, reach a high point in 2013 and will remain at a high level beyond 2020
How to manage quality
All European higher education institutions (HEIs) are faced with the question of whether and how research and teaching quality can be managed sustainably. Possible answers were discussed by a panel of the European Forum of Quality Assurance that took place in Rome from the 15th to the 17th of November and was organised by the CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development) in cooperation with the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning (IHF)
Benchmarking in European Higher Education
First gathering of university leaders, experts and practitioners on Benchmarking in European Higher Education in Brussels on 8 November 2007
What Germany can learn from China
The German higher education system is facing similar challenges as the Chinese one is facing, albeit on a different scale. For this reason, the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development - has carried out a study on the Chinese education system which reveals what we can learn from China
CHE ExcellenceRanking: Ranking of Excellent European Graduate Programmes in Natural Sciences
The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) is working to develop a Ranking of Excellent European Graduate Programmes in Natural Sciences which is intended as an orientation guide for undergraduates, helping them find their way around European Higher Education while at the same time helping them to choose a suitable university for their graduate studies: Master’s and PhD.
Students assess their libraries
University libraries have for a long time been offering more than just books and magazines to read and borrow. They have become more like information centres, equipped with a range of new digital or electronic services. In “Indicator in focus: Libraries” (“Indikator im Blickpunkt: Bibliotheken”) students give high marks for online services while they are clearly less satisfied with the specialised literature offer at some universities
Success factors for quality management systems in higher education institutions (HEIs)
Great interest at the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development forum in Kassel, Germany, yesterday where the first comprehensive study about institutional quality managements systems was presented. The discussion by the participants confirmed a crucial result of the study: there is no standard model for HEIs. Institutions opt for different approaches depending on the type of HEI and on the disciplines they focus on.
Findings of the CHE Ranking pilot project in Flanders/Netherlands revealed
The possibility of a European ranking will be discussed at the closing meeting of the project to be held on the 11th October in Brussels. Registration now possible.
Family-friendly higher education institutions in Germany wanted
The Robert Bosch Foundation, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs and the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development are launching a competition called “Family in Higher Education Environments”. Higher education institutions (HEIs) from all over Germany are being asked to suggest projects that practise and develop family-friendly policies in HEIs.
Research into the factors that influence the choice of study programme reveals five types of decision-maker
Choosing a study programme is an individual decision but there is also a lot of common ground. The findings from a range of interviews with pupils carried out by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development in cooperation with the online-magazine EINSTIEG has uncovered five types showing consistent decision-making characteristics.
Pilot project in Saxony: higher education policy inspired by demographic change
For many years, Saxony has been addressing, concertedly and continuously, the consequences that the demographic change will have for several policy areas. As far as the core topic of “higher education” is concerned, the Land is now co-operating with the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development. A comprehensive strategy will be set out in a pilot project. The objectives drawn up will be harmonised with the current higher education steering mechanisms.
CHE UniversityRanking updated – the number of page views have shown a marked increase
The CHE UniversityRanking has been offered in English since 2003. The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD) presents the English version of the information on German higher education institutions. The updated version of the ranking is now online.
Bologna reforms taking hold
A comparative study on curriculum change in 32 European countries shows that Teacher Training, Law, Medical and Engineering education are also jumping on the reform bandwagon
European higher education institutions lack autonomy
On behalf of the European Commission, 32 European countries have been examined in terms of how higher education governance has changed between 1995 and 2005. A clear and general trend emerges, characterised by more competition, restructuring of higher education institutions (HEIs) to become division-of-labour organisations with strong top management, a governmental focus on strategic steering hand in hand with increasing operational freedom of HEIs, conversion to performance-based distribution of funds and an increasing importance of quality assurance as steering mechanism. Implementing these reform elements causes considerable difficulties, however.
OECD paper recommends CHE ranking methodology
The authors of the paper criticise the strong reduction of complexity in many international rankings. In contrast the multidimensional CHE-Ranking is said to leave it to the user to give weight to the information according to his or her personal preferences
CHE report on foreign study funding systems
The CHE has launched a report on tuition fees and student funding systems in 26 countries within and outside of Europe. How do you finance a full-time study programme abroad? What conditions do higher education institutions (HEIs) that want to send students to countries that may charge tuition fees have to observe? These questions are becoming increasingly important as more and more students want to spend semesters abroad during their study programme
Set of indicators to manage internationalisation processes
In a cooperation project, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) has defined 186 indicators and performance figures as a way of presenting performance in the field of internationalisation. Higher education institutions may compile their own sets of indicators from the CHE list according to their individual situation and needs.The indicators comprise input and output factors for higher education studies and teaching as well as research but they also cover more general aspects. The paper is now available in English
Junior professors satisfied with their overall situation
The CHE presents the current state of play; interviewed: higher education institutions and junior professors. More than two thirds of the junior professors are quite or very satisfied with their situation; 71 percent of all interviewees would again opt for a junior professorship
Transition to two-cycle degree structures: Impulses for more flexible capacity planning
In 2001, CHE put forward proposals for overcoming the rigidities and over-complexities of traditional German capacity law (“Kapazitätsverordnung”), which regulates the planning of study places in Germany. A new CHE study shows: In the meantime, quite a lot has happened. First moves into the right direction were taken.
The CHE University Ranking becomes ever more international
Since 1998, the CHE - Centre for Higher Education Development has been publishing the much-used University Ranking for Germany with Austrian and Swiss universities included since 2004 and 2005 respectively. Assessments are now also being carried out for universities in Holland and Flanders that are keen on taking part in the international competition
Findings from the latest CHE University Ranking published
The quality of higher education institutions has once again been assessed. The CHE has tested more than 250 universities and Fachhochschulen in the most comprehensive University Ranking for German-speaking countries, including – in addition to the German institutions - higher education institutions from Switzerland and Austria.
Students give top marks to university facilities in the East of Germany
A special evaluation of student views on rooms, laboratories and libraries – extracted from the CHE University Ranking – puts the higher education institutions of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and Saxony among the top institutions in the top group. The study takes into account the views of approximately 75.000 students
Models for promoting studies abroad
The CHE working paper “Funding models for studying abroad” aims to improve the framework conditions for a study year or a full degree study programme abroad. Funding examples from Norway and the Netherlands have been examined. The study also presents the state of discussion regarding studies abroad within the European context
“To level out universities’ weaknesses”
“Higher education institutions can co-operate and still be in competition,” says CHE project manager Yorck Hener in an interview with taz NRW (North-Rhine Westphalia)
No improper use of tuition fees at higher education institutions
In the German Länder of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, the first semester in which tuition fees will be charged is about to begin. The focus of public interest now moves to how the money is being used. In a study the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development has examined how the collected fees are being used in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Successful co-operation of higher education institutions requires clear target-setting
Co-operation between higher education institutions or their sub-units can deliver quantitative and qualitative improvements with respect to teaching, research, administration or higher education development. But a CHE study shows: there is no universal solution.
“The glass is one quarter full”
It is a fact that there will be 30 per cent more secondary school leavers over the coming years. At the CHE symposium entitled “record student numbers … university collapse?” which took place on in Berlin, Germany, politicians and higher education experts discussed ways of tackling the problem of how to make them university graduates. (photo: Aldrik in `t Hout from the from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science during his speech).
CHE symposium: record student numbers …university collapse? Higher education institutions facing demographic chance
Mobility, flexibility and studying without frontiers are essential factors when exploring solutions for dealing with the record number of students over the next 10 years. The CHE will be presenting challenges and chances at a symposium on the 12th-13th of February in Berlin
More than 12 per cent of all German students see themselves as part-time students
In some study programmes, the percentage of part-time students is extraordinarily high. One third of the Educational Sciences students say they study part time. However, part-time programmes make up only two per cent of the overall offer. This means that a considerable number of part-time students has no suitable study framework
Higher Education Covenant continues until 2010 – question marks over the new solution
The Higher Education Covenant is an important step in the debate about the unique opportunity of training significantly more academics by 2020. Calculations made by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) show opportunities and limitations in the covenant
Future topic: "Demographic development and the higher education system"
CHE will analyse the effects of demographic development on the higher education system, and in pilot projects develop differentiated action plans and strategies. A two-year concept is being drawn up. CHE outlined the plans at the second Demographic Summit of the Free State of Saxony in Dresden
Understand the market for master’s programmes, shape strategies
The CHE in co-operation with the CHE Marketing Initiative has launched a paper on shaping master’s programmes, using demand for the programmes as its launch pad. It argues for a strategic and considered shaping of master’s portfolios
"universitynavigator" is launched in Canada - based on the CHE ranking model
www.universitynavigator.com is an interactive comparison of higher education institutions on the web. Based on the CHE ranking model, the tool enables institutions to be compared according to various indicators relating to personal preferences
CHE research ranking 2006: top group shrinks
University research activities have been evaluated in a total of 16 subjects from Humanities, Economics, Social and Natural Sciences and Engineering. This year, new additions were Mathematics, Medicine and Dentistry. Top performing universities are those performing excellently in at least half of the subjects examined
Faculty Management annual conference
The annual Faculty Management conference will take place in Berlin on November 27th and 28th. The agenda will include speeches, workshops and poster presentations offering a comprehensive range of information to support the exchange of ideas and professionalisation in Faculty Management
Student loans - better than you think
Student loans are to become a fixed element in higher education funding as a supplement to traditional funding forms, says Ulrich Müller.
Speaking in the Handelsblatt newspaper about current student loan offers, Mr Müller also says higher education institutions will be expected to act as contact points for students with questions about how to finance their studies.
Indicators in the spotlight: Invention announcement figures for Natural Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy
Scientists at Universität Jena announce the highest number of inventions in the classical Natural Sciences. As far as Medicine is concerned, Charité in Berlin along with the universities of Cologne, Freiburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg are top of the table. The results are based on an analysis of CHE ranking data, taking into account both absolute and relative invention numbers in the period from 2002 to 2004
Under www.university-ranking.de the German Academic Exchange Service has published its English translation of the CHE-UniversityRanking
CHE forecast for number of first year students until 2020
The study shows that the number of first year students will develop differently in each Land over the next 15 years. Available capacities in some Länder will only be able to support about one third of the anticipated increase state-wide
Bologna process contributes little to convergence, but triggers serious national reforms
CHE and CHEPS present international comparison of reform of higher education degree structures in Europe
CHE-Forum: Internal implementation of tuition fees
Lively exchange of stimulating ideas as well as snares and traps on implementation of tuition fees. Agreement: key success factor is the quality of the offers
International expert group defines principles on rankings of higher education institutions
The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) hosted the second meeting of the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) in Berlin. In order to set minimum standards for the quality of rankings, the group has compiled international principles on rankings of higher education institutions. The conference contributions discussed various approaches to ranking and methodical issues
What student loans really offer: More than 40 offers tested by CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development in student loan test
CHE has submitted a comprehensive rating of the current student loan offers. Clear differences have been identified with respect to costs and risk limitation, but also what concerns the financing volume. The results are published in co-operation with the German business journal “Capital”
Results of current CHE university ranking
The quality of higher education institutions is again being tested. More than 280 higher education institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were examined by CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development within the context of the biggest university ranking in German-speaking countries
Successful examples for personnel development at higher education institutions
The expertise of higher education institutions in the fields of coaching, mentoring, career planning and everything else that belongs to modern personnel management is not employed systematically enough, and moreover, is hardly ever coupled to the strategy of organisation. A symposium of CHE and Stifterverband in Berlin introduced stimulating ideas for improvement
Target-oriented steering for Studentenwerk Berlin
A current CHE study develops the basic ideas of a new steering architecture in the relation between state and Studentenwerk. A proposal for the introduction of a model based on partnership is made
First rating for promotion of employability
Which higher education institution gets you fit for the job?
CHE comments on the first draft for the amendment to Saxony’s Higher Education Act
In a working paper, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) has assessed the “Corner stones for a Saxon Higher Education Act of May 10, 2005”. On this basis, the CHE submits a statement on the first ministerial draft of the amendment.
CHE forum “Internal implementation of tuition fees”
In several German Länder the introduction of tuition fees is imminent. Three areas of responsibilities must be considered in the implementation process
Guide for higher education institutions for the introduction of tuition fees released
First open portal for the new generation of young scientists
CHE websites in new design
CHE starts European Benchmarking Initiative (EBI)
The aim of the project is to improve approaches to benchmarking in Europe with a view to developing benchmarks for good practice in university governance
Illusion of equal opportunities among universities