Germany

A look inside the world of fraternities in Germany

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Image problems, outdated traditions (required sword fights) and scandals make it tough to recruit students these days.

Germany's Humboldt University tries to return to its interdisciplinary roots

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Humboldt University of Berlin was founded to train students to think beyond single fields. After shifting away from the model, it has recently started a series of programs to encourage it.

Study finds many European academics are reluctant to teach in English

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European universities are adding English-language programs, especially at the master’s level, but many faculty members object.

Poll finds stronger support in Europe for investing in vocational education than in universities

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Poll indicates stronger popular support across countries for job-related training than for universities.

German universities oppose plan to compete on teaching quality

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But plan could still go forward.

Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free

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University leaders see benefits to policy in a country with aging population, but some states have been trying to move away from the approach.

Study of German academics suggests that professors respond to bonus pay for research productivity

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Study of German academics suggests that extra pay concentrates talent and boosts output from some institutions, with corresponding losses elsewhere.

New data show countries gaining and losing in European research competition

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Scientists based in Britain win more grants than those of other countries. But Belgium, Germany, Israel and Switzerland have some boasting rights as well.

Study links procrastination and bogus excuses by German university students

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In Germany, university students who delay their work are more likely than others to lie about it and to engage in other forms of academic misconduct, study finds.

Plan seeks to encourage many more German students to study abroad

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Aim to send 50 percent of students abroad by 2020 and boost foreign cohort at home.

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