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[Germany] Court overturns university admissions restrictions regime

According to a recent Federal Constitutional Court ruling, the procedure for allocating places to study medicine in Germany is unfair. The court calls on federal and state governments to establish new procedures. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 09 January 2018 Issue No:488
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[Germany] Politicians discuss federal-state HE ‘cooperation ban’

While moves towards a new government in Germany have so far made little overall progress, the four parties involved in the current talks on forming a coalition could reach agreement on some education and research issues. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 03 November 2017 Issue No:481
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[Germany] HE funding, tuition fees pushed in federal elections

[Germany] HE funding, tuition fees pushed in federal elections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Despite falling behind Chancellor Angela Merkel in recent polls, Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats or SPD still believes he has a chance of winning the federal elections in September. Meanwhile, the small Free Democratic Party or FDP has made education its prime topic in a bid to gain a junior role in what is likely to become a coalition government. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 25 August 2017 Issue No:471
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Germany and Poland launch research ‘twinning’ effort

Germany and Poland launch research ‘twinning’ effort | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bilateral partnership may provide new blueprint for EU east-west collaboration. (...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier & Alison Abbott, 04 July 2017

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Ongoing Negotiations between Elsevier and German Universities and Scientific Organizations

Ongoing Negotiations between Elsevier and German Universities and Scientific Organizations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite interim measures allowing for limited subscription journal access, a comprehensive agreement between Elsevier and German academic institutions remains elusive. (...) - Blog Open Science, by Pablo Markin, May 25, 2017

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[Germany] University tuition fees back on the election agenda

With elections ahead in Germany, the issue of tuition fees in higher education has resurfaced. While the Social Democrats reject fees, views are split among, and even within, some of the other parties. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 24 March 2017
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Deal impasse severs Elsevier access for some German universities

Deal impasse severs Elsevier access for some German universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As talks with the publisher stall, researchers in the country weigh whether they can cope without a deal (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, January 6, 2017

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Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

Libraries pursue alternative delivery routes after licence negotiations break down.


Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a licence. (...) - Nature by Quirin Schiermeier & Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, 23 December 2016

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En Allemagne, les hauts fonctionnaires sortent tous de l’université

En Allemagne, les hauts fonctionnaires sortent tous de l’université | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

 Les hauts fonctionnaires d’outre-Rhin ont souvent étudié dans des universités diversifiées, à Berlin, Munich, Bonn ou Cologne. (...) - LA Croix, pa Delphine Nerbollie, 02/09/2016

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German university says it will rewrite controversial funding deal

German university says it will rewrite controversial funding deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Critics said donor had too much control over faculty hiring, publications (...) - Science, by Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup, July 7, 2016

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Germany axed tuition fees – but is it working out?

Germany axed tuition fees – but is it working out? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Critics of Britain’s education revolution cite the Berlin model. But it’s not that simple. (....) - The Guardian, by Philiip Oltermann, 4 June 2016

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[Germany] Universities want transparency in links with industry

German university heads have welcomed proposals by the Stifterverband – a network of foundations, businesses and individuals supporting the country’s higher education and research – for improved transparency in collaborations between universities and industry. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 22 April 2016 Issue No:410
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Germany’s excellence program gets good grades

Germany’s excellence program gets good grades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A decade-long focus on excellence has inspired positive change in the university system, commission says.


BERLIN—Germany should award millions of euros in extra funding to its 10 top-performing universities, an international commission recommended today. That is one of the best ways to build on the country’s Excellence Initiative, a decade-long program that was supposed to boost German universities to world-class status. The commission, chaired by physicist Dieter Imboden of the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, presented its long-awaited evaluation of the program today. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vohel, Jan. 29, 2016

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Hundreds of German universities set to lose access to Elsevier journals

Hundreds of German universities set to lose access to Elsevier journals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Negotiations to reduce journal prices and promote open access are progressing slowly. (...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier, 2017/12/05

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The secret to Germany’s scientific excellence

The secret to Germany’s scientific excellence | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

With a national election this month, Germany proves that foresight and stability can power research.


Ask any German researcher why the country’s science base is blooming, and they are bound to mention Chancellor Angela Merkel. The world’s most powerful woman, they say, has not forgotten her roots as an East German physicist.  (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott, 6 Sep 2017

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A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Consortium hopes to make all German-authored papers free to read by paying annual fee.


The library at Berlin's Humboldt University is one of many that won't renew its Elsevier subscriptions. HUUBOA/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing By Gretchen Vogel, Kai KupferschmidtAug. 23, 2017 , 12:15 PM BERLIN—In a third-floor conference room here overlooking the famous Potsdamer Platz, once bisected by the Berlin Wall, the future of academic publishing is being negotiated. The backdrop is fitting, because if the librarians and academic leaders at the table get their way, another major divide will soon fall: the paywall that surrounds most research papers. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vogel, Kai Kupferschmidt, Aug. 23, 2017

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German universities oppose plan to compete on teaching quality

German universities oppose plan to compete on teaching quality | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But plan could still go forward.


German universities have emphatically rejected a proposal that they fear could mean competing for funding on the basis of their teaching quality, but the plan is not off the table.  (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by David Matthews, May 26 2017

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Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free

Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University leaders see benefits to policy in a country with aging population, but some states have been trying to move away from the approach. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by David Matthews, April 27, 2017

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[Germany] Call for withdrawal of doctorate for Turkish premier

[Germany] Call for withdrawal of doctorate for Turkish premier | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A petition has been launched by the student union at Technische Universität Berlin, or TU Berlin, calling for the withdrawal of an honorary doctorate awarded to Turkish Premier Binali Yildirim, maintaining that he “plays a crucial role in the authoritarian restructuring of the country”, which has included the arbitrary dismissal of thousands of academics and the detention without due process of some. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner and Brendan O'Malley, 24 February 2017 Issue No:448
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German researchers start 2017 without Elsevier journals

In Germany, negotiations between scientific publishing company Elsevier and a consortium of hundreds of universities, technical schools, research institutes, and public libraries stalled in December 2016. As a result, more than 60 institutions have lost their online access to Elsevier's journals effective 1 January, although some can still access archived articles published before that date. The price of the journals is only part of the problem. The consortium wants to move toward a new type of agreement that would make all papers by German authors open access, and it wants to make details of the deal public, a move that Elsevier vehemently opposes. A new round of negotiations is scheduled to start in late January. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vogel, 6 January 2017

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[Germany] Tuition fees to be reintroduced for non-EU students

Tuition fees are to be reintroduced for international students in Germany’s south-western state of Baden-Württemberg. The state government says that it needs the money to cover costs. Tuition fees were scrapped in Baden-Württemberg in 2011, under a newly elected Green-Social Democrat government, by Green Party higher education minister Theresia Bauer. Funding lost through the measure was fully compensated for by the government. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 11 November 2016 Issue No:436
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No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation

No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ruhr University of Bochum seeks candidate with different profile for its professorship (...) - Nature, by Frank van Kolfschooten, July 21, 2016

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University jobs: Germany to fund tenure-track posts

Federal government will create 1,000 professorships.


German chancellor Angela Merkel and state prime ministers have signed a €1-billion (US$1.1-billion) agreement to fund 1,000 new tenure-track professorships, in the hopes of retaining and recruiting top academic talent in the nation.(...) - Naturejobs, by Amber Dance, 6 July 2016

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[Germany] Programme to create ‘Ivy League’ gets extra funds

The programme designed to create a German ‘Ivy League’ will be extended indefinitely, giving a handful of the country’s top universities a yearly bonus of at least €10 million (US$11.3 million) in extra funding, writes Gretchen Vogel for Science. (...) - University World News, by Science29 April 2016 Issue No:411
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 [Germany] Reforms give university researchers greater security

After years of campaigning by the union for education and science, the German government has passed a law that will improve the conditions that apply to contract employment in research, writes Andrew Bonnell for The Australian. (...) - University World News, by The Australian, 26 March 2016 Issue No:406
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