What Does Germany’s New Government Mean for Higher Ed?
Germany’s recent change in government, after being uncertain for so long, is now complete. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU have now merged with the Bavarian CSU and there are many questions that are unanswered. Many people are concerned about how the move will affect the country’s educational system, more importantly their post-secondary system
Of the six minister named by Merkel, the pick for Anja Karliczek as the Minister of Education and Research is of concern to some, given that not many know much about her. Karliczek is a former banker and hotel manager who has limited experience in both education and government. She does not hold a Ph.D., which to some is of great concern given here position.
While many are concerned about her, others say that the education and research sector may need an outsider to straighten things out. While a fresh mind may be needed, there is yet to be much evidence that an outsider is what is needed.
Science is one thing that the new government has pledged to bolster under the new coalition. They have already promised to spend more money on research and increase funding for research organizations. This comes as a relief to many as Germany has fallen a bit behind other major players in Europe when it comes to research development.
There are also plans to increase migrants into the colleges and universities in order to generate more diversity and attract top talent. The free education provision will remain intact, which is perhaps the biggest exhale among many Germans.