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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.

Potential of the digitalisation of academic teaching remains largely untapped
German HEIs are still not making the most of the opportunities of online learning. This is the result of a study carried out by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education. “MOOCs” or Massive Open Online Courses, which are currently causing a stir in the US and worldwide, could kick-start a far-reaching changes on higher education. In order to be able to exploit the potential identified in the CHE study, HEIs must adopt online learning as a strategic task and law-makers must remove existing barriers. A conference co-organised by the CHE and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft on 27 November 2013 in Berlin has provided an opportunity to discuss the results of the study and examples from practice with experts. more


03.04.2014 | New CHE project on research and Third Mission at universities of applied sciences begins
How can the respective profiles of universities of applied sciences be made transparent regarding research and Third Mission? This is the subject of CHE Centre for Higher Education's research project FIFTH. The project team is providing information on developments and discussions at

28.02.2014 | Faculty Management "on a par with academia"
Is it possible to pursue a career in faculty management? Is it a good alternative to an academic career? The CHE Centre for Higher Education looked at these questions in a comprehensive study and came out with the following result: a job in faculty management is no "compromise" but a real alternative to academia.more

21.01.2014 | Jörg Dräger: "We can no longer afford to be isolated”
The CHE Centre for Higher Education is calling for a more open higher education concept in Germany. It is only through an open concept that higher education institutions (HEIs) can be shaped in a way that leaves them able to respond to demographic and social challenges. Other countries are already farther ahead in this respect, as a current CHE study shows.more

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