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The CHE is a think tank for higher education. Based on international comparisons, we develop models for the modernisation of higher education systems and institutions. These models we define in close dialogue with decision makers from the higher education sector and politics. We undertake research on higher education and develop political scenarios. Our activities aim at the realisation and testing of new models in terms of steering and controlling as well as organisational models. On the basis of thus gained experience, we assist in further developing these models by carrying out pilot projects and by critically accompanying reform measures.

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.more


27.07.2018 | 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 Kenyamore

Higher education institutions need strategies for the digital age
How can higher education institutions seize the opportunities presented by digitalization to enhance their institutional profile and mission? This question is addressed in an article by a group of authors from the CHE Centre for Higher Education. The article is included in an international edited volume entitled “Prospects and Future Tasks of Universities”, which was published on 23 August 2017. more
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