The CHE Centre for Higher Education is committed to a high quality and fair higher education system. Facing a continuous increase in participation in higher education, CHE supports higher education instutions to successfully deal not only with the growing number, but also with the growing diversity of students.
HEIs and the political sector must ensure that students are able to complete their chosen degree programme successfully.
We offer ideas and solutions to achieve just that.
HEIs, ministries and parliaments should realise social needs straight away and respond adequately. Examples include the digitisation of higher education, permeability between higher education and employment, and balancing family responsibilities with a career in academia.
Every prospective student should be able to find the degree programme that is right for them.
We provide the necessary information and ensure transparency.
Comparisons can only be drawn if all of the relevant information is available. This desire is the driving force behind many CHE projects, such as the CHE University Ranking, the international U-Multirank, the Student Loan Test and Monitoring Teacher Education, as well as information for prospective students without Abitur.
Our publications and services are based on data and facts.
We conduct surveys among HEIs, ministries or students, and analyse the findings for the relevant target group.
We make the findings of our studies and research available to any interested parties in the form of working papers, short notes, newsletters, online portals and events, or in cooperation with media partners.
The CHE Centre for Higher Education was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1994 on the initiative of Reinhard Mohn, founder of the Bertelsmann Stiftung (left), and Professor Dr. Hans-Uwe Erichsen (right), President of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) at that time. The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Stiftung zur Förderung der HRK (Foundation for the Promotion of the HRK) remain our Partners to this day.
The CHE has been managed as a non-profit organisation by Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele since 2008.
CHE decides autonomously and independently on which key areas and projects to address.
(Photo: David Ausserhofer)
The CHE Management is supported by an Advisory Board comprising leading national and international figures as well as representatives of the Partners.
The Advisory Board is made up of a representative from each of the Partners, as well as leading national and international figures with proven expertise in (higher) education policy, university governance or business management. Members of the Advisory Board are appointed for a term of two years by the Partner’s Meeting.
Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt
Präsident der HRK Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, Bonn
Prof. Dr. Holger Burckhart
Rektor der Universität Siegen
Dr. Ralph Heck
Vorstandsvorsitzender der Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
Prof. Dr. Carsten Könneker
Geschäftsführer der Klaus-Tschira-Stiftung gGmbH, Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Georg Krücken
Geschäftsführender Direktor, Internationales Zentrum für Hochschulforschung (INCHER), Kassel
Prof. Dr. Anne Lequy
Rektorin der Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal (Foto: Dawin Meckel/Ostkreuz)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Antonio Loprieno
Präsident Jacobs University Bremen und Präsident des Verbundes der europäischen wissenschaftlichen Akademien (ALLEA)
Generalsekretär des Wissenschaftsrates, Köln
Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff
Präsidentin der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Vizepräsidentin der HRK Hochschulrektorenkonferenz
CHE is committed to achieving a highly competitive higher education system that is fair for all. Given the persistent trend to high participation higher education, CHE’s engagement seeks to ensure that HEIs are able to cope with growing student numbers and with the increasing diversity of their students.
Three Challenges take Centre Stage:
Using and Shaping Autonomy
HEIs should (further) develop and use their capacity to analyse and to take decisions and action at different levels so as to make full use of their opportunities in national and international competition. The framework set by the state must be designed in such a way that HEIs are able to act largely on their own responsibility.
Developing and Implementing Diverse Profiles
The academic system meets a variety of ever-changing societal functions. HEIS are faced with the challenge of having to offer differentiated services accordingly. To do this, they must develop and maintain a distinct identity. The different features and qualities of HEI profiles must be clear to students and society alike.
Assuming Social Responsibility
HEIs, ministries and parliaments should realise social needs straight away and respond adequately. The various stakeholders are interconnected, considering their responsibility to explore legitimate social and individual interests, and to keep on pursuing them in an ever-changing higher education system.