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Tertiary education

Current developments and perspectives in higher education and the organisational structure of higher education institutions are the focus of this department. In addition to fundamental analyses and recommendations on the overall situation of the higher state education system in Germany, on tasks, performance, organisational and decision-making structures, institutional differentiation and internationalisation, questions of the quality of teaching and learning, personnel and career development at higher education institutions and the relationship between higher education and the labour market are also considered here.

Head: Dr Sabine Behrenbeck

The Tertiary Education Committee is assigned to this department:

Chair: Professor Dr Dorothea Wagner
Support at the head office: Dr Sibylle Bolik

The committee is not only dedicated to permanently relevant topics of the higher education sector on which the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR) regularly comments, but is also responsible for the preparation of short-term policy papers on current higher education policy issues. In this respect, the function of the "Tertiary Education" Committee is analogous to that of the "Research" Committee. The chairperson of the WR holds the chair by virtue of his or her office.