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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 2018/19: Hannover has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects in Germany
Numerus clausus was introduced in Germany 50 years ago. Around 40 per cent of degree programmes starting next winter semester are subject to restricted admission. This is the conclusion reached by the latest Numerus Clausus Check conducted by the CHE Centre for Higher Education. Hannover has the highest proportion of numerus clausus subjects among Germany’s major university cities (>30,000 students); at the federal state level, Berlin and Hamburg come top.more


08.06.2018 | Ethiopian Institute of Higher Education (EIHE) founded
The founding conference for the Ethiopian Institute of Higher Education (EIHE) took place at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) today. The Institute will provide training opportunities for leaders of Ethiopian higher education institutions. The project is based on the Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) programme, implemented by the CHE Centre for Higher Education and CHEPS Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (NL).more

05.06.2018 | U-Multirank releases fifth annual world rankings of universities: Neither Harvard, MIT nor Oxford are number 1
U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has today published its fifth annual release of data ( ranking 1,614 universities from 95 countries. The latest results show that claiming the ‘number 1’ spot, depends on what you’re looking for. more

23.05.2018 | Digital media in the classroom: training not yet mandatory for future teachers
A study undertaken by Monitor Lehrerbildung provides data on how tomorrow’s teachers are being trained to use digital media in the classroom. The outcome: it is still not mandatory for students to learn about the educational use of tablets and smartboards as part of their degree programmes. Education experts are therefore calling for the subject to become an obligatory part of teacher training – in all subjects and all school types.more

08.05.2018 | New CHE University Ranking: up-to-date guidance for prospective students in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Nursing Science, Political Science and Sports Sciences
The subjects of Biology/Bioscience, Chemistry, Geography, Geoscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing Science, Pharmacy, Physics, Political Science / Social Sciences, Sports / Sports Sciences, and Dentistry have now been updated in the national CHE University Ranking 2018. The latest results are now available online (also available in English) as well as in the printed magazine ZEIT Studienführer 2018/19 (in German only). This 300-page study guide features students’ opinions about their study conditions, and provides answers to key questions all about starting university. The guide also helps candidates to choose the right subject and university, and offers advice on applying to university and securing fundingmore

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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