The German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) carries out application-oriented empirical research in the field of higher education research and science studies. DZHW also provides research-based services for policy-makers in higher education and science. Another of its tasks is to provide research infrastructure for national and international higher education research and science studies. DZHW is committed to politically independent research of excellent quality. Its research work and service provision are organised by topic and content into four research areas. It also contains several research clusters that work on cross-departmental focus topics.

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Explanations for the declining rate of German students temporarily studying abroad (ERRASTUD)

Despite numerous political initiatives to increase international student mobility and despite the benefits of...

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Appointment law and practice in a German federal states comparison (BuBiL)

Securing and expanding university autonomy is one of the core demands that Berlin's universities repeatedly make to the Berlin Senate Administration....

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National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) - Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (2023 - 2027)
Transformationen und Kontinuitäten im wissenschaftlichen Publikationswesen – Zeitschriften und Verlage als Akteure des Wandels? (TRUK)
Abbildung des Impacts medizinischer Forschung durch Leitlinien- Zitationen und -Autorschaften in fakultären Evaluationskontexten
Evaluation of the federal and state program for promoting young scientists
Conditions for the use of survey- and process-based data in higher education development (NuDHe)
Academic Freedom in the People’s Republic of China (WFCXI): Bibliometric pilot study
Discipline-based knowledge transfer practices: expectations, practices, and effects of knowledge transfer in a cross-disciplinary perspective (DiTraP)
Office of the Commission for Research Information in Germany
Information system on Federal Government research expenditures (DASTAT) for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the reporting system FOSTAT (2022-2024)
Paths, Spaces, and Networks: On the interaction between physical, virtual and cognitive mobility in knowledge production (InterMo)
DZHW-Research Group „Tenure Track“
BMBF data portal on education and research/StaGuS - Basic and structural statistical data (2022-2023)
The Digitization of Scholarly Communication: Discourse and Practices, Measurements and Identity Formation
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey 2022
Internationalisation in the Digital Transformation: Strategies of German higher education institutions (INDISTRA)


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