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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Conditions for the use of survey- and process-based data in higher education development (NuDHe)
Evaluation of the federal and state program for promoting young scientists
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
The Digitization of Scholarly Communication: Discourse and Practices, Measurements and Identity Formation
DZHW-Research Group „Tenure Track“
Paths, Spaces, and Networks: On the interaction between physical, virtual and cognitive mobility in knowledge production (InterMo)
Information system on Federal Government research expenditures (DASTAT) for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the reporting system FOSTAT (2022-2024)
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey 2022
Internationalisation in the Digital Transformation: Strategies of German higher education institutions (INDISTRA)
European Network on International Student Mobility: Connecting Research and Practice (ENIS)
Profitable dropout? Non-monetary returns of multidimensional studying experiences
Importance of legal regulations (institutional context) on dropout and long-term study (BiK)
Student Life Cycle Panel (SLC)
KonsortSWD: Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational and Economic Sciences


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