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Quality Pact for Teaching - championing ideal study conditions

The Quality Pact for Teaching of the Federal Government and the Länder has introduced two rounds of funding to ensure widely effective and regionally balanced support for good study conditions at German institutions of higher education. The Federal Government has earmarked about 2 billion euros for this campaign from 2011 to 2020 - a sign of a commitment to higher education teaching heretofore unknown in the history of German higher education policy. A total of 186 institutions of higher education in all 16 Länder will benefit from this funding: 78 universities, 78 universities of applied sciences and 30 art and music colleges.

More information about the funding programme and all of the funded projects is now available at

www.qualitaetspakt-lehre.de.

Broad range of funding options for institutions of higher education

The Quality Pact for Teaching offers institutions of higher education a broad spectrum of effective support in improving the conditions of study and teaching quality which is tailored to specific local needs. The basis for the Quality Pact for Teaching (in German only) is a joint agreement between the heads of government of the Federal Government and the Länder, which was adopted on 10 June 2010. The Federal Government is providing roughly 2 billion euros up until 2020 for better study conditions at German institutions of higher education. More than 90 per cent of the institutions eligible for funding made either individual or joint applications for funding. Two rounds of selection in a quality-controlled procedure identified the most convincing schemes for high-quality study and teaching. The selection was made by a committee made up of experts in higher education, students and representatives of the government at federal and Länder level.

The pact funds a broad spectrum of measures:

The focus of many applications was firstly to increase staffing at institutions of higher education at all levels - from professorships to junior academic staff through to tutors. The Länder must ensure that this does not affect capacity and that the student-to-staff ratio at institutions of higher education is actually improved.  

Secondly, funding was sought for measures to qualify staff in higher education in the areas of teaching, mentoring and advisory services. The measures are aimed at both young teaching staff at the beginning of their careers and experienced teachers in higher education.

Thirdly, funding is meant to give fresh impetus to the further development of teaching quality and to the professionalization of teaching. These developments include the institutions' own approaches to testing innovative teaching formats or collaboration on subject teaching or methods, for example in the areas of e-learning, engineering studies or medical training.

The stated aim of many of the institutions of higher education is to optimize the structure of the orientation phase and how to deal with the ever more diverse academic backgrounds that students have today.

Details on funding and the application procedure are laid down in the announcement of funding regulations by the BMBF.

186 institutions of higher education in all 16 Länder receiving funding

Since the 2011-2012 winter semester, there are now 111 institutions of higher education receiving federal support to improve conditions for study - from the research-intensive university that offers a full range of subjects to the university of applied sciences with a regional focus.

A second round of selection allocated funding to many additional institutions of higher education as of the summer semester 2012. The Quality Pact for Teaching is providing funding to a total of 186 institutions of higher education in all 16 Länder, or 77 per cent of all public institutions of higher education. This figure includes 78 universities, 78 universities of applied sciences, and 30 colleges of art and music.



Table: Distribution of institutions of higher education selected for funding (individual and joint applications), by Land and type - overall result

 Länder  Total number of funded institutions of higher education  Number of universities  Number of universities of applied sciences  Number of colleges of art and music
 BW  29  14*  12  3
 BY  28  9  14  5
 BE  10  3  3  4
 BB  9  3  5  1
 HB  3  1  1  1
 HH  5  3  1  1
 HE  8  5  2  1
 MV  4  2  2  0
 NI  17  9  6  2
 NW  27  11  12  4
 RP  6  3  3  0
 SL  3  1  1  1
 SN  13  5  5  3
 ST  7  2  4  1
 SH  8  3  3  2
 TH  9  4  4  1
 Total  186  78  78  30

* including 5 colleges of education



Funding is currently limited to a maximum of five years until 2016. A mid-term review will determine whether funding will be extended through the end of 2020.

The experts on the Selection Committee for the Quality Pact for Teaching:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Ahn, Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design
  • Prof. Dr. Monika Bessenrodt-Weberpals, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Daniela Braun, Koblenz University of Applied Sciences
  • Yasmin Bushra, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Donhauser, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Harendza, Hamburg University
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, German Institute for International Educational Research
  • Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  • Daniela Teodorescu, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Elke Wild, Bielefeld University
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

 

Additional information

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