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.
„Familie in der Hochschule“: Familienorientierung nicht allein ein wichtiges Thema für Hochschulen, sondern auch gelebte Kultur im CHE
CHE Centre for Higher Education has supported family-friendly policies as university strategy through its “Family and University” project for more than ten years. Today, Frank Ziegele, Executive Director of CHE, signed the Family and University Charter, highlighting the fact that the balance between development in both family life and professional life is also indispensable at CHE
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.