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Higher Education in Germany—Recent Developments in an International Perspective


  • First academic monograph on recent developments in the German higher education system

  • Responds to a renewed international interest in the German higher education system

  • Offers up-to-date theoretical and empirical analyses to be used by both German and international scholars

  • Describes general theoretical concepts in higher education and social science research systematically and can serve for the analysis of other national systems


Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken
    Pages 1-7
  3. Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken
    Pages 9-37
  4. Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken
    Pages 39-97
  5. Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken
    Pages 99-131
  6. Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken
    Pages 133-176
  7. Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken
    Pages 223-255

About this book


Otto Hüther and Georg Krücken analyze the developments of the last 20 years in their new book on German higher education.

The foreign observer of German higher education, even the informed foreign observer, struggles to find denominators, not to mention common denominators of a bewildering array of approaches. Otto Hüther and Georg Krücken, in this book, do an absolutely splendid job of offering theoretical perspectives, qualitative and quantitative data, and comparative assessments

This book discusses the main higher education structures in Germany, both conceptually and with a particular emphasis on recent developments like, e.g., the growth and differentiation of the system, governance reforms, and the Excellence Initiative. It analyses recent developments from an international perspective, as the German system is clearly embedded in broader, transnational trends. As such, the book provides a comprehensive and detailed account of both new dynamics and stable paths in the German higher education system.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students dealing with higher education or Germany as an object of study (e.g. in education research, science studies, organization studies, sociology, psychology, political science), and to higher education managers, leaders, and policymakers who are interested in recent trends in German higher education


reform initiatives in German Higher Education recent developments in German Higher Education governance reforms in German Higher Education Excellence Initiative German higher education system international perspective on German Higher Education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.INCHER-KasselUniversität KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.INCHER-KasselUniversität KasselKasselGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Higher Education in Germany—Recent Developments in an International Perspective
  • Authors Otto Hüther
    Georg Krücken
  • Series Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-61478-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87088-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-61479-3
  • Series ISSN 1571-0378
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1923
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 263
  • Number of Illustrations 41 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
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“The book—based on the authors’ 2016 book in German—is an appealing reading for an international audience interested in HE systems’ developments and in further understanding the particularities of HE in Germany.” (Andrea Detmer, Higher Education, Vol. 79, 2020)