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Our research is designed to help shape higher education and educational policy: the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies


The German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies - DZHW - carries out application-oriented empirical research. Our work focuses on two main fields: research on higher education, including analyses of students’ and graduates’ experiences, issues relating to life-long learning, steering and funding, and research into the scientific world and academic organisations. The Centre sees itself as part of the scientific community and is a service provider for higher education institutions and policy-makers.

DZHW announcements

Call for Papers: 1st Forum Higher Education and the Labour Market (HELM)
Since the early 2000s, higher education in Germany has undergone fundamental changes. In addition to the replacement of the former Diploma by consecutive...
6.3.2018 Press release
Comparison of student life in 28 European countries: Study and living conditions vary according to students’ socio-economic background
Social and economic conditions of student life in Europe depend on the educational attainment of students’ parents. On average, students without...
6.2.2018 Press release
Nach schwierigem Start auf gutem Weg: Werdegänge der Hochschulabsolventinnen und -absolventen 2005 zehn Jahre nach Abschluss
Das DZHW hat die Absolventinnen und Absolventen des Jahrgangs 2005 zehn Jahre nach Studienabschluss zu ihrer weiteren beruflichen Entwicklung befragt....
Ursachen des Studienabbruchs in den Jura-Studiengängen in Deutschland
Im Auftrag des Justizministeriums des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen hat das DZHW den Studienabbruch in den Staatsexamens-Studiengängen Jura an den deutschen...

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In 2014, graduates with a foreign higher education entrance qualification required 6.9 semesters on average to obtain their final degree compared to 7.55 semester spend in academic study by German s

Wissenschaft Weltoffen 2017


Current publications

  • Cañibano, C., Woolley, R., Iversen, E. J., Hinze, S., Hornbostel, S., & Tesch, J. (2018).
    A conceptual framework for studying science research careers. The Journal of Technology Transfer. Advance online publication.
    doi: 10.1007/s10961-018-9659-3
  • Schirmer (2018).
    Die wirtschaftliche und soziale Lage der Studierenden in Potsdam 2016. Regionalauswertung der 21. Sozialerhebung durchgeführt vom DZHW für das Studentenwerk Potsdam. Potsdam: Studentenwerk Potsdam.

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