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The German Higher Education System

Although the ongoing reforms stemming from the ‘Bologna Declaration’ – aimed primarily at establishing internationally accepted degrees, enhancing the quality of study courses, and increasing employability – are in the process of doing away with stark contrasts that have existed between education systems of the European countries that have adopted it, certain distinctive features of individual systems are bound to remain in place. The German Federal Government, federal states, and higher education institutions are, within the ‘Bologna Process’ context, undertaking the largest higher education reform in decades; there’s a lot to the German higher education system however, that is time-proven to produce excellent results and should stay in place.

The German higher education system is widely regarded as being one of the best in the world; it is fairly diverse, with a variety of institutions that cover a wide range of academic profiles and confer different types of degrees.

As a general rule, German universities are recognized and held in high esteem worldwide – they perform very well in the international university rankings (usually right below the most prestigious American and British universities). One reason why German universities under-perform in rankings, relative to some of their famous American and British counterparts, may be the fact that some of the most famous independent research institutes such as ‘Max Planck,’ ‘Leibniz,’ and ‘Fraunhofer,’ which although embedded within university clusters, are seldom if ever included as integral parts during university rankings.

Competences over Education

universityIn Germany, it is the 16 individual federal states (Länder) that are given the competences by the German Constitution and Higher Education Act, to decide on all matters pertaining to education. Respective higher education laws of individual states determine the organizational structure and specify the responsibilities of higher education institutions.

Federal states also fund the majority of higher education institutions, and therefore have regulatory control over them. There are however, institutions of higher education that are not under direct state control: Catholic and Protestant Church run higher education institutions as well as state-accredited private institutions (the majority of the latter are the so-called universities of ‘applied sciences’).

The General Division

Institutions of higher education in Germany, be they state (public) or state-accredited, are generally divided into:

Cooperative State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg (essentially a university of education, where training is provided for different teaching degrees);

The entire system in Germany totals nearly 400 higher education institutions, with roughly 120 universities (or their equivalents), 189 Fachhochschulen (including universities of public administrative sciences), and over 50 art colleges.

The Dual Education System

An important guiding principle of the German education system as a whole, and one in accordance with which individual higher education institutions regulate activities taking place within them, is the principle of ‘The Unity of Learning and Research,’ which is at the core of, what is referred to as the “the dual education system.”

The combining of the theoretical and practical educations (with a strong emphasis on apprenticeship), makes German higher education institutions into settings where teaching and research not only cohabitate, but prop each other up and act synergistically.

Enrollment Criteria

A general prerequisite (as well as the most traditional route) to enrolling into a higher (tertiary) education level institution in Germany is the passing of the final exam and being issued the so-called ‘Abitur’ (or Fachabitur certification – a document containing the grades), which enables students formally to attend a university. ‘Abitur’ is necessary for enrolling into certain higher education institutions, but there also are many exceptions. For students who plan on attending a ‘Fachhoschule,’ for example, holding an ‘Abitur’ (or a “Fachhoschulreife”) is a must. However, alternative routes exist for prospective students who do not hold an ‘Abitur,’ such as the passing of the ‘aptitude test’ known as the “Begabtenprüfung,” which consists of a written and oral examination.

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