Quality standards promote permeability between professional training and academic education
Permeability between higher education and professional training is a key topic, but it remains a difficult one. There is often a lack of trust between professional training and academic education in terms of the quality of abilities and skills taught. This lack of trust becomes evident for example in difficulties of admission onto a study programme without the necessary school leaving certificate that enables entry into higher education, or accreditation by universities of work carried out in the course of professional activities. Jointly agreed standards can help here. A new study by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development and Prognos AG for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology shows that the conditions for this are good as higher education institutions and professional training institutes (technical colleges) are both similarly active in the area of quality assurance.
„Vielfalt als Chance“ – Soziale Heterogenität der Studierenden steht im Fokus eines 2010 startenden Großprojekts
CHE Research Ranking 2009 updates results for natural sciences, mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy
The updated disciplines in the CHE Research Ranking 2009 again show that the Universität Heidelberg, the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the TU München have an especially large share of faculties that are strong in research. Heidelberg is in the top group for a whole range of natural sciences as well as for mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. The LMU and TU München are also in the top group for biology, chemistry, physics and medicine; the LMU with also for pharmacy and the TU München for mathematics. The Universität Göttingen has reached top group status for all natural sciences and medicine, and the Universität Tübingen for medicine, dentistry pharmacy and biology
The Financial Times Deutschland presents the nominees for this year’s Higher Education Manager of the Year award
Teaser: The Financial Times Deutschland today presents the six finalists for the Higher Education Manager of the Year award. It is the second time that the FTD and the CHE together have nominated vice-chancellors and presidents of German higher education institutions that have pushed through internal university reform while externally taking up a strong position in the higher education market, thereby allowing them to win outstanding students and professors, third-party funding and co-operations. The winner will be elected during the FTD’s Higher Education Management Conference to be held in Bertelsmann’s Berlin office on 8 December.
Proud of variety? CHE Consult examines diversity regulations for higher education institutions (HEIs) in Germany’s neighbouring countries
Demographic change, the Bologna process and with it a globalisation of the educational offer by HEIs is leading to a more and more heterogeneous student body across Europe. How well are Germany’s neighbouring countries prepared for this development? A recently published study by CHE Consult points out what can be learnt from European examples
The CHERPA-Network wins a European tender to develop a multi-dimensional global ranking of universities
The CHERPA-network has won an open call for tender by the European Commission to develop and test an alternative design for a global ranking of universities. During the next two years, the network will conceptualize and test the feasibility of a multi-dimensional global ranking based on the CHE ranking methodology and on the classification of higher education institutions developed by CHEPS
Ways of becoming a doctor – a comparison of model and traditional study programmes in human medicine
The aims of the new prototype curriculums are to link clinical and preclinical content and adopt an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. All four protoype curriculums included in the CHE ranking reached top group status for the “dovetailing of pre-clinic and clinic studies” indicator.
Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking
The latest DIE ZEIT study guide lists the results of the UniversityRanking by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development and shows top results for the model programmes in Medicine. They perform noticeably better than traditional Medicine programmes. For programmes in Teaching, Universität Freiburg gained excellent results. The universities of the Southern German Bundesländer are scoring points with high research reputation especially in Natural Sciences
The global economic and financial crisis is dominating the headlines. What is the right thing to do in this situation?
It is by no means the time for moaning, painting a bleak picture or standing idly on the sidelines. Instead, we need to try and develop realistic scenarios for the consequences of the crisis in the higher education sector and to come up with measures, even now, for higher education institutions and policy. Convincing answers are still missing, but we have asked a number of national and international experts from the higher education sector to give their views on current developments and to forecast the possible consequences. We want to use these ideas to stimulate the discussion about suitable concepts and measures for dealing with the crisis
CHE University Ranking to be published on May 6, 2009
Data for the following disciplines have been updated in this year’s ranking: Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Medicine and Dentistry, Geography and Earth Sciences
European higher education co-operation projects still have many obstacles to overcome
A study on the experience of Joint Degrees shows that as a result of the joint bachelor-master structure, European HEI systems have moved closer together, but the implementation of university co-operation projects reveals clear non-convergence, in particular the basic financial and legal frameworks
A Bachelor’s degree and then what? Filling the gap between Bachelor and Master programmes with practical experience
As far as business administration is concerned, 43 percent of university professors and 66 percent of professors teaching at Fachhochschulen think it makes sense to gather some practical experience before taking up a Master’s programme. In the subsequent business administration Master programmes, 20 percent of the students use the transition phase to acquire practical experience
CHE study analyses the frequency and efficiency of internationalisation strategies
Internationalisation strategies are now common at German higher education institutions (HEIs). Forty-six percent of the HEIs asked are already implementing strategies as well as a catalogue of internationalisation measures. Another 20 percent say that they are currently preparing for internationalisation. The strategies are geared mostly towards teaching