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State structure reviews

State structure reviews are one of the main tasks of the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR), which was already laid down when the WR was established (Administrative Agreement). These assessments are an offer to the states (Länder) to assess a state’s higher education system, or individual areas of it, and to focus in particular on the regional circumstances and the diverse framework conditions of the respective state.

The reasons for, and objectives of, the evaluations can vary and are closely related to the structural characteristics of the respective state, its higher education policy interests and objectives. What all evaluations have in common is their focus on the performance profiles of the higher education institutions of a state, their collaborative relationships with each other and with non-university institutions, as well as the financing and control relationships between the state and the higher education institutions. The financial situation and the demographic development of a state play a decisive role as framework factors.

Most recently, the WR adopted the following recommendations for further developing state higher education systems or parts thereof (German versions only):

Statement on the further development of University Medicine North Rhine-Westphalia, 2019
Stellungnahme zur Weiterentwicklung der Universitätsmedizin Nordrhein-Westfalen
(Drs. 8064-19), Oktober 2019

State and regional structural assessments: Stocktaking and recommendations, 2019
Landes- und Regionalstrukturbegutachtungen: Bestandsaufnahme und Empfehlungen
(Drs. 7700-19), Mai 2019

Recommendations for the further development of engineering sciences in Thuringia, 2017
Empfehlungen zur Weiterentwicklung der Ingenieurwissenschaften in Thüringen
(Drs. 6603-17), Oktober 2017

Recommendations for the further development of STEM fields at the universities of the State of Hamburg, 2016
Empfehlungen zur Weiterentwicklung der MINT-Bereiche an den Hochschulen
des Landes Hamburg, (Drs. 5085-16), Januar 2016

Recommendations on the further development of the higher education system
of the Saarland, 2014
Empfehlungen zur Weiterentwicklung des Hochschulsystems des Saarlandes
(Drs. 3649-14), Januar 2014

Recommendations on the Further Development of the Higher Education System of the State of Bremen, 2013
Empfehlungen zur Weiterentwicklung des Hochschulsystems des Landes Bremen
(Drs. 3456-13), Oktober 2013

Recommendations for the Further Development of the Higher Education System of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, 2013
Empfehlungen zur Weiterentwicklung des Hochschulsystems des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt
(Drs. 3231-13), Juli 2013