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News vom 07.01.2014

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.

It has been important for the CHE to integrate representatives from the scientific context ever since the first data for the CHE Ranking was collected 16 years ago. The CHE wants to continue and strengthen this dialogue as well as the good results arising from it.

An additional body – a scientific advisory board – including renowned international experts from higher education, science and politics is now available for this purpose. Board member Jo Ritzen, a former minister for education and science in the Netherlands and president of Maastricht University said: "The CHE Ranking is internationally recognised and helps prospective students find the right study programme for themselves in Germany. As a board member, I would like to support the CHE Ranking's strategic further development in the years to come."

The scientific advisory board’s first constitutional meeting took place in Cologne at the beginning of December. CHE Managing Director Frank Ziegele said: "I am delighted we were able to win this top-class board. The expertise of its members will support the CHE Ranking in conceptual areas in the future.”

Members of the scientific advisory board for the CHE Ranking include:

  • Dr. Edith Braun, scientific head of the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Scientific Studies (DZHW), currently seconded to the International Centre for Higher Education Research - Kassel

  • Prof. Dr. Holger Burckhart, president of the University of Siegen, member of the Accreditation Council and vice-president for teaching, learning, teacher training, and continuing education at the German Rectors’ Conference

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel, head of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ)

  • Prof. Dr. Jo Ritzen, former president of Maastricht University, minister for education and science in the Netherlands from 1989 - 1998

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Schinke, head of the Konferenz der Fachbereichstage (federation of German faculty associations) at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences


    In addition, the conception for the CHE Ranking will continue to be supported by advisory boards whose members represent faculty and departmental associations as well as other panels of experts. Advisory boards of experts provide advice on how the ranking’s methods and indicators can best indicate the characteristics of a given subject.


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