02 August 2019
In recent years several countries have announced programmes to improve the status and quality of higher education and research. Among them is Germany which in 2006 announced the Excellence Initiative to provide funding for graduate schools, clusters of excellence, and universities of excellence.
German universities have often produced research of a high quality but have generally failed to make a significant impression in the global rankings.
Recently there was an announcement that eleven universities out of nineteen applicants had been declared Universities of Excellence for the next seven years. The selection was made by a committee of 39 experts mostly from outside Germany, ministers from the federal states and the federal minister of education and research. The selected universities are:
- RWTH Aachen University
- Berlin University Alliance: Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität, Technische Universität Berlin
- University of Bonn
- Dresden University of Technology
- University of Hamburg
- Heidelberg University
- Karlsruhe University of Technology
- University of Konstanz
- Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
- Technical University of Munich
- University of Tübingen.
These universities will receive funding from the federal and state governments for the promotion of cutting-edge research with the expectation that they will achieve world-class status.