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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.

National Programme to Improve the Quality of Teacher Training: future issues rarely addressed
All projects within the National Programme to Improve the Quality of Teacher Training, supported by the Federation and the federal states, have now been launched. A systematic overview of these projects is now available for the first time in a special publication issued by Monitor Lehrerbildung. The result: in spite of covering a wide range of topics, key issues concerning the future, such as digitisation and strategic recruitment, are underrepresented. more


20.06.2016 | U-Multirank: Agreement with Chinese universities
U-Multirank is further expanding the breadth of universities in its web tool ( by partnering with the Chinese Higher Education Evaluation Center (HEEC) of the Ministry of Education. Last week the U-Multirank consortium, represented by project leader, Professor Frank Ziegele and the HEEC’s director general, Professor Wu Yan signed an agreement to launch a pilot project to bring Chinese universities into U-Multirank. The agreement was signed at Xiamen University – a proud U-Multirank participant since 2014. more

30.05.2016 | Third Mission: few universities of applied sciences have a clear focus
In the face of the growing competition for external funding, top personnel and students, it is becoming increasingly important for Germany’s higher education institutions to shape their own individual profile. An analysis by the CHE Centre for Higher Education reveals for the first time the extent to which universities of applied sciences have created distinct profiles in the areas of research and Third Mission.more

19.04.2016 | (How) Can I get a place at university? – Overview of admission procedures and opportunities
Prospective students’ chances of obtaining a place on a programme in medicine, psychology or business administration differ depending on their qualifications or Abitur grade. In addition, higher education institutions’ admission procedures for prospective students are often difficult to understand. A publication by the CHE Centre for Higher Education provides answers to the most important questions regarding numerus clausus (NC) or restricted entry, waiting times and selection procedures. more

18.04.2016 | New academic support team for joint Federal and Länder initiative “Open Universities” gets to work
CHE belongs to a consortium that has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support higher education projects in the whole of Germany in their endeavours to create more permeability between vocational education and higher education. The FernUniversität in Hagen has primary responsibility for the project. Other partners include the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and TU Dortmund University. The new academic support team, initially engaged until summer 2019, commenced work with an introductory workshop.more

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