Germany's "Excellence Initiative"

  • Daniel Fallon
Keywords: Reform and Change, World-Class University, Europe, Germany


In January 2004, German federal minister for higher education and research in the Social Democratic government started a process called the Excellence Initiative, which simply selects and supports six universities to be Germany's top institutions of higher learning, with an intensive finance from the federal and state governments. Three competitions were organized for the initiative: graduate schools, excellence clusters, and futures concept. The Excellence Initiative has been breaking the previous notion of the equivalence of universities, in order to maintain international competitiveness of German higher education.
How to Cite
Fallon, D. (2008). Germany’s "Excellence Initiative". International Higher Education, (52).
Western European Developments