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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

The comparison, based on data provided by the Federal Statistical Office, shows that universities of applied sciences experienced a boom between 1989 and 2014. During this period, the number of universities of applied sciences more than doubled from 97 to 191; the number of universities rose from 63 to 99 during the same period.

This increase is also reflected in the development of student numbers. Whilst only around one in six students was enrolled at a university of applied sciences in 1974, by 2014 the proportion of students at these institutions had grown to around one third.

The publication entitled “Fachhochschulen und Universitäten – Eine Auflistung auf Basis von statistischen Kennzahlen” (Universities and universities of applied sciences – A list on the basis of statistical key figures) also includes information about third-party funding, degrees and student–teacher ratios, as well as an international comparison of the two types of higher education institution. The fact sheet is the most recent information available on the information platform FIFTH.

The website also provides an extensive list of references and links on the topics of universities of applied sciences, research and Third Mission. A press review pools the latest developments on the topic at home and abroad.

The website forms part of the research project “Facets and Indicators for Research and Third Mission at Universities of Applied Sciences”, FIFTH for short. The wealth of information on the web is complemented by details about publications and events that have evolved out of the project.

The research project FIFTH:
The project will receive support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under funding ID 01PY13007 until September 2016. The aim of the project is to develop methods that are capable of accurately measuring and portraying the performances achieved by universities of applied sciences in the areas of research and research-related Third Mission. For more information, visit

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Britta Hoffmann-Kobert
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Phone: +49 5241 9761-27
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Email: britta.hoffmann-kobert

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