The non-profit CHE Centre for Higher Education is an independent and implementation orientated think tank with an international
perspective. The main focus is on the German and European higher education.
We are convinced that the scientific system should
be versatile to be able to offer, amid changing conditions, optimal and differentiated development opportunities to all those who want to
participate in it.
Particularly against the background of the societal change towards higher eduction becoming normality, we advocate a
socially responsible science system with…
- autonomous higher education institutions
- stakeholders who are
able to act
- diverse higher education profiles
- appropriate structures and processes
- transparent performances
- higher education autonomy with social responsibility.
In these fields, we provide thought-provoking ideas,
stimulate innovative pilot initiatives and consider reform results. Our approaches and considerations take international trends and
experiences into account and are solidified and implemented in a partnership-based dialogue with experts and decision-makers from
science, administration and politics (especially higher education and research institutes, ministries, the EU, foundations and other NGOs).
Convincing good practice solutions are actively communicated and made publicly available. In doing so, we satisfy our non-profit mission.
We operate at two levels, namely the scientific system level and the level of the individual institutions in it and we advocate suitable
framework conditions that enable higher education and research institutions to act autonomously. We pursue and support developments,
changes in the science system as well as socio-political and economic targets in a constructive and critical way. We point out positive results
and negative developments based on solid evaluations. We draw up studies and opinions on relevant higher education research issues. In
doing so we focus on manageable recommendations and their practical implementation.
With our differentiated and internationally
recognised ranking and other offers of information, we create transparency in regards to the activities and developments on both levels,
individual higher education institutions and the scientific system. The ranking is principally a service offer with information for prospective
We use target-group-specific publications, further training programmes, and events to make the results of our work
available to the interested public. We also support decision-makers by providing them the skills and competencies they need to fulfill their