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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.

Winter semester 2019/20: Hannover again with the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects in the country
In Germany, around half a million people start out at university every year. For the new intake of first-year students beginning university this winter semester, only around 40 per cent of all degree programmes are subject to restricted admission. This is the conclusion reached by the annual Numerus Clausus Check, or NC Check for short, conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. Hannover has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects among Germany’s major university cities; at the federal state level, Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen come top. more


03.07.2019 | Three-quarters of all german students start their working lives with no university-related debts
The number of new student loans taken out in Germany has fallen by a third over the past five years. Given that the number of BAföG recipients is also constantly decreasing, the majority of students enter the world of work without any university-related debts. These are the findings of the latest CHE Student Loan Test 2019. more

19.06.2019 | Biology is the subject with the highest PhD ratio
In Germany, the majority of doctoral theses are completed in the fields of Medicine and the Natural Sciences. In Biology, an astounding 90 per cent of all Master’s graduates go on to complete a doctorate. These are the conclusions drawn by an up-to-date analysis conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. 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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