On shaky foundations

Germany“… German universities are underfunded by international standards. Professors juggle scores of students; at top American universities they nurture a handful. In switching to the bachelors-masters degrees prescribed by Europe’s standardising ‘Bologna process’, many universities tried to cram bachelors degrees into just six terms. Only six German universities are among the top 100 in the Shanghai rankings (Munich is highest, at 55th). Just 21% of each age cohort gets a degree; the OECD average is 37%. A high-wage country with few natural resources cannot afford sub-par universities …” (more)

[Economist, 25 June]

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