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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.

CHE analysis reveals striking differences between subjects concerning starting university
Every year, half a million first-year students embark on the “adventure of university“. A study undertaken recently by the CHE Centre for Higher Education examines how personally and intensively higher education institutions accompany and support their first-year intakes. more


14.10.2019 | Quest for University Manager of the Year 2019 – six outstanding university managers nominated for the award
The CHE Centre for Higher Education and the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT will once again this year confer their “University Manager of the Year” award. A distinguished jury has nominated six leading figures from German higher education institutions for the award, all of whom have influenced the development of their institution and initiated innovative change processes with outstanding leadership. The six nominees are presented in brief portraitsmore

10.10.2019 | Even greater diversity: a choice of more than 20,000 degree programmes in Germany
Never before have students in Germany been able to choose from such an extensive range of programmes. An analysis undertaken by the CHE Centre for Higher Education shows that the number of degree programmes on offer has increased significantly, particularly at postgraduate level and in the area of Health. This growth in diversity presents both opportunities and challenges to students. more

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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