31.01.2019 | A strong impetus for academic continuing education
As an element of lifelong learning, academic continuing education is an important aspect of training skilled workers in Germany. This was referred to recently by the German Council of Science and Humanities, which also underlined the fact that there is still plenty of need for development in this area. This makes initiatives such as “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” all the more important. Within this Federal Government programme, around 60 universities and universities of applied sciences from across the country are working actively to develop part-time study programmes and courses designed for professionals. A recent study undertaken by the CHE Centre for Higher Education demonstrates that the supported projects are highly productive.
24.01.2019 | Female computer science students not in favour of women’s-only degree programmes
It appears that many IT posts will remain unfilled again this year. One reason is the lack of emerging female talent. Women currently account for 21 per cent of all IT students at German higher education institutions. A survey of computer science students conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education investigates the reasons for this disparity, and ways to counteract it. The results show: only a small proportion of female students wish to see women’s-only programmes. More promising approaches are the introduction of more practical elements into the programme, and good supervision.