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News vom 03.04.2014

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

The current discussion on giving the universities of applied sciences the right to award doctorates shows how significant the research topic has became at universities of applied sciences. In addition, Third Mission activities, such as extra-university commitments, technology transfer or further education, are becoming increasingly important for universities of applied sciences.

Both aspects are therefore the focus of the new CHE Centre for Higher Education's research project called FIFTH, which will look at facets of, and indicators for research and Third Mission at universities of applied sciences. The aim of the project is to develop differentiated performance measurement specifically for universities of applied sciences.

The FIFTH project (funding code 01PY13007) is part of the German Ministry of Education and Research’s “Evaluation of Performance in Science” funding line. The two-day launch-event of the various projects of the funding line now took place.

Aspects of research and research-related Third Mission at universities of applied sciences will be drawn up during the course of the three-year project. The project team will use these aspects as the basis for developing and testing a catalogue of indicators and key figures in close co-operation with experts and HEIs.

CHE Managing Director Frank Ziegele said: "Universities of applied sciences have created their own profiles in applied research and therefore in association with other Third Mission fields. However, in most cases research performance is evaluated using criteria that suit universities. The indicators being developed within the FIFTH project will help to make specific profiles more transparent."

A mix of different research methods will lead to comprehensive and valid results. A board of renowned experts from higher education research as well as representatives from universities of applied sciences are also involved.

The FIFTH team will publish the latest developments regularly at Current news, advice on publications as well as dates relating to the topics of research at universities of applied sciences or Third Mission will complete the portal. Anyone interested should add their name to the mailing list to receive every now and then automatic updates about the project as well as interesting events in this field. In order to enable exchange between experts in the public sector, the project team has established a FIFTH group in the XING business network at

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