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    • German Universities Go Global
    • Ulrich Grothus
    • Director, Regional Office for the US & Canada
    • New York
  • What Is DAAD?
    • German national agency for international academic cooperation and exchange
    • Independent association of universities
    • € 300m / $ 435 million budget
    • > 50,000 people supported each year
    • Recent developments in German higher ed
    • What‘s in it for you? Future patterns of transatlantic mobility
    • Money makes the world go round: New trends in DAAD funding programs
    Three Topics for Today
  • Some Basic Facts on German Higher Ed
    • 360 Institutions of higher learning, of which: - 99 research universities - 158 universities of applied science ( Fachhochschulen ) - 50 colleges of fine arts and music
    • 2 million students (37% of age group)
    • 200,000 first degrees per year
    • Strong role of extra-university research institutes (Max Planck, Helmholtz, Fraunhofer etc.)
  • What Is Different?
    • 97% of students in public institutions
    • Binary system of research universities / Fachhochschulen
    • Similar quality and employment prospects
    • No general education at university level
    • Vocational training not part of higher ed
    • Most students earn degree at Master’s level
    • Nominal, if any, tuition (€ 1,000 per year)
    • Little private giving
    • Smaller resources per student (~ $ 12,000
  • What Is Similar?
    • High drop out rates (~ 30%)
    • Long actual duration of studies (~ 6 years)
    • Public institutions run by states ( Länder )
    • Most research funded by federal government
    • Comparable per capita research expenditure and research output
  • A Need for Reform
    • Mass university and excellence
    • Limited public budgets
    • Globali zation and Europeanization: More compatible degree structures (and academic careers)
    • Keep Germany attractive as a destination for international students and scholars: a benchmark for domestic quality
  • The Reform Agenda
    • Reshape programs and degrees
    • Foster excellence in research and learning
    • Modernize governance
    • Internationalize institutions and market German higher education worldwide: 2001-2003: > 100 m € special public funding
  • 1. Reshape Programs and Degrees: The Bologna Process
    • More compatible three-tier degree structure
    • Gradual transition: now about 50% of first year students in new programs
    • Most Bachelor‘s programs: 3 years, some 3.5 or 4 years
    • Master‘s programs: 1 to 2 years
    • International degree programs taught in English: now more than 500 at all levels
  • Institutional strategies to promote top-level university research (9 universities, 13 m € p.a. each)
    • Clusters of Excellence
    • 37 Excellence Centres
    • approx. 6.5 m € p.a. each
    • Graduate Schools
    • 39 Research Training Schools
    • approx. 1 m € p.a. each
    Jointly funded by federal and state governments (75/25%) 1.9 bn € over 5 years; 380 m € p.a. 2. Foster Excellence in Research: The Excellence Initiative
  • 2. Foster Excellence in Learning
    • Universities now select their own students
    • Program rankings, i.a. CHE (Center for HE Dev’t)
    • English version published on DAAD website
  • An Example for a CHE Ranking
  • 3. Modernize Governance
    • Stronger role of university heads
    • Introduction of Boards of Regents/Trustees
    • Performance-oriented funding
  • 4. Internationalize Higher Ecucation: The Fourth Destination for International Students
  • High Participation Rates in Study Abroad (Advanced students with at least 1 semester abroad; in %) Source: Sozialerhebungen Deutsches Studentenwerk
  • 4. Internationalization and Marketing (cont.)
    • International visiting faculty
    • Promote institutional links and partnerships
    • Launching offshore campuses
    • ... and spread the word: ► Education fairs, ► Media ► Alumni networks ► DAAD Young Ambassadors ► Liaison offices of individual universities
  • The DAAD network : 60 Offices & Info Centers Information Centres (IC) (46) Regional Offices (14)
  • What Is in It for You? Trends in Transatlantic Mobility
  • Current Patterns of Student Mobility
    • 10,000 German students at North American universities, half of them graduate students
    • most undergrads take regular classes and get credit at home
    • most grad students earn PhD, MBA, LLM degrees
    • 6,500 North American students in Germany
    • many in short, American faculty-led programs
    • few graduate students
    • few earn German degrees (ca. 175)
  • Likely Changes Post-Bologna
    • Patterns more similar – and more symmetric?
    • More need for structured study abroad programs in both directions
    • More transatlantic degree programs? EU-US Atlantis program
    • Shorter study abroad programs for German undergrads?
    • Less individual mobility for independent studies
  • A Surge in Graduate Mobility?
    • Germany (and and other European countries) more attractive for international graduate students (Master’s and PhD)
    • Large increase in demand of German/European students for international Master’s programs
  • New Trends in DAAD Funding Programs for North America
    • DAAD supports 2,400 Germans and 1,200 North Americans
    • Traditional emphasis on German (and American) studies and graduate students
    • And what is new?
    • Reaching out to undergraduates
    • Strengthen exchanges in science and engineering
    • Develop new short-term programs for Americans
  • Undergraduate Scholarships
    • Funding for study abroad, internships, or senior thesis research
    • Open to students in all fields
    • Previous knowledge of German not required, but advantageous
    • 4-10 months during the German academic year
    • Around 60 awarded annually
  • RISE: Research Internships in Science and Engineering
    • American undergraduates work with German doctoral students in their labs for the summer (6-10 weeks)
    • No language requirement
    • Web-based matching process
    • Scholarships for students accepted by hosts
  • The First Four Years of RISE
  • Results: IIE Survey in 2006
    • Overall satisfaction: 97% (interns) / 86% (hosts)
    • 92% consider working or studying in Germany again
    • 60% had never been to Germany before, 57% had never learned German
    • 30% enroll in German language class after return
    • “ Ability to engage in practical, hands-on research” and “Desire to work/travel abroad” equally important motivations (60% each)
  • Moving Forward: Language and Companies
    • Adding a language component, starting in 2008: Two-week intensive language course for students with no or little German
    • RISE professional (since 2007) Internships for graduates and undergraduate DAAD alumni in companies
  • “ Put Germany on your Resume”
    • 17 new short-term programs taught in English at German universities
    • Developed especially with the needs of US students in mind
    • Business, engineering, biology, music composition, architecture, video art and more…
    • All receive DAAD support and our “Quality Seal ”
    • internXchange
    • 6 weeks of classes/excursions
    • 5 weeks internship at media
    • In and around Berlin
    • Advanced intermediate German required
    • DAAD pays for tuition, scholarship and travel
    • Deadline: February 15
    A New Program for Journalism Students
  • Further Information
    • (North American website)
    • (International website)
    • (Program rankings in English)
    • (Degree programs, includes English-taught programs)
    • DAAD New York weekly newsletter (subscribe at