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.
The first step in the project has to be the creation of an empirical database with the aim of providing a Demographic Atlas for higher education institutions. A forecast for first-year student intake until 2020 does already exist and indicates an urgent need for action. “The first challenge is to make the most of the upcoming high in the number of students and to be able to offer all those young people a study place”, emphasised CHE director Detlef Müller-Böling. The current political effort falls short of this, he said.
CHE director Detlef Müller-Böling and the leader of the Federal State of Saxony Georg Milbradt discuss the development of first-year student numbers until 2020.
The significance of education and further training for the labour market and the economy was underlined at the Demographic Summit. Against a background of demographic change, the higher education institutions must embrace reform. However, politics also needs to adjust its steering instruments. In the short term, the challenges are to extend the personnel and job structure and make it more flexible, to provide new incentives for maintaining study places in the new Länder, as well as for taking up studies abroad. “In the medium term, the higher education institutions’ tasks are to prepare for demographic change and aim for and win new target groups for academic education and further training”, Detlef Müller-Böling said.
Detlef Müller-Böling has contributed to an expert study titled "Recommendations on coping with demographic change in the Land Saxony", published in October 2006. It is available for download (see link).