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Bildungsmonitor 2016 says Hamburg is attractive city for research

No other German state spends more than Hamburg on academics. City also in top group with best overall results

Researchers in Hamburg have the best working conditions, the Institute for German Economic Research (IW) announced Thursday (August 18th) citing the published results of the latest Bildungsmonitor carried out on behalf of the New Social Market Economy Initiative (INSM).

Hamburg leads Germany in terms of expenditure on researchers. This figure came to EUR 123,300 in 2013. Professors in the Hanseatic city also educate high numbers of academics, as indicated by the above average number of postdoctoral qualifications and dissertations (4.9 per cent and 6.6 per cent in 2014).

High share of academic personnel

The study examined the proportion of personnel expenditure to administrative expenditure, which was above average in Hamburg. The same applies to the share of academic personnel in overall personnel, which came to 41.3 per cent in 2014. The study praised the comparatively high expenditure on research at Hamburg’s universities and colleges. This puts Hamburg in third place throughout Germany in terms of research orientation. Hamburg came fifth across Germany overall and made it into the top group of states with the highest-performing education systems.

First place for internationalisation

Hamburg came first in reference to internationalisation. The Hanseatic city offers a vast range of foreign language instruction for vocational school students further boosting its score. Apart from the subcategories of research orientation and internationalisation, rankings were drawn up in ten other categories including expenditure prioritisation by the German states for their education systems and the quality of education. A total of 93 indicators were considered to gauge the performance of the education systems based mostly on data from 2014 and 2015.

Great improvement over 2013

Hamburg increased its total improvment score by seven points to 56 out of 100 over the Bildungsmonitor 2013 and was beaten only by the state of Saarland with 69.9 points – the highest improvement among all German states. Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Würrtemberg ranked ahead of Hamburg, which came fifth and was followed by Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, North Rhine Westphalia and Brandenburg. Berlin came 16th with 41.6 points.

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