Thank you Germany: Part 098: In Germany, all universities offer the highest quality

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The German higher education system ensures a further level of quality. It not only offers a particularly large number of universities, including some truly elite universities. It is also characterised by a very special quality that can be described as a unique selling point worldwide: There are also elite universities in other countries but usually these universities also have very poor programmes elsewhere. In Germany, every university offers a programme of study at a high level.

In this sense, there is no university that offers truly miserable study programmes. The hurdles you have to overcome in Germany to become a professor at a German university are too high. In addition, German universities have an internal quality management system that guarantees good study programmes. Finally, there are external agencies that also scrutinise the courses on offer. The overall result is a level of quality at all universities that enjoys a good reputation worldwide. Germany can be proud of this special quality. Instead of working towards differentiating the various universities with excellence initiatives and other measures, we should focus on this important quality.

It characterises the German higher education system worldwide. We can be proud of this quality and should make it the basis of every higher education policy decision. The targeted promotion of basic funding and the safeguarding of existing quality has also been promoted by many decisive measures in recent years. However, as with all other political decisions, there are fierce disputes about the best possible use of the money available. Some people are in favour of targeted support for elite universities, while other rectors are in favour of broad-based support and a good general basis. Who is in favour of what probably also has to do with the location from which someone comes. In any case, however, the high quality of German universities has so far been maintained. Many academics around the world admire Germany for this. But students also like to spend an exchange semester in Germany. They can simply be sure that they will be offered a corresponding level of quality locally.

The outstanding research achievements of German professors are also the reason for the excellent reputation of the German higher education system. Teachers at German universities are also well networked internationally. They are involved in a wide variety of research projects and advance important studies. German academics are always welcomed here to work together due to their particular thoroughness and comprehensive education. Many elite universities in the USA therefore also collaborate with researchers from Heidelberg or Berlin.

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Sanjay Sauldie, born in India, grew up in Germany, studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Cologne, did his Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK) on digital disruption and digital transformation (2017) and was trained at EMERITUS (Singapore) in the MIT method of design thinking (2018). He is Director of the European Internet Marketing Institute EIMIA. Awarded the Internet Oscar "Golden Web Award" by the International World Association of Webmasters in Los Angeles/USA and twice the "Innovation Award of the Initiative Mittelstand", he is one of the most sought-after European experts on the topics of digitalisation in companies and society. In his lectures and seminars, he ignites a firework of impulses from practice for practice. He manages to make the complex world of digitalisation understandable for everyone in simple terms. Sanjay Sauldie captivates his audience with his vivid language and encourages them to put his valuable tips into practice immediately - a real asset to any event!
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