1st place position in 2 categories: Hochschule Geisenheim convinces with its international profile


1st place position in 2 categories: Hochschule Geisenheim convinces with its international profile

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A study about the international approach of German universities shows that, of all small universities (< 5,000 students) in Germany, Hochschule Geisenheim University has the highest number of students doing an ERASMUS internship abroad – and the most international cooperations.

One in four students (25.2%) at Hochschule Geisenheim University takes an internship abroad under the ERASMUS program as part of his or her studies. This means that in this ranking Hochschule Geisenheim University clearly takes first place position out of all small universities (average:  2.4 %) and, in addition, by far exceeds the average of all German universities (1.8 %). This data is based on the study "Profildaten zur Internationalität der deutschen Hochschulen 2017" (Profile Data on the Internationality of German Universities 2017) carried out on behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors´ Conference (HRK) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). In this connection, all institutions with less than 5,000 students are considered small universities.

Also with its number of international cooperations (ERASMUS not included) Hochschule Geisenheim University is number 1 in the list of all small universities: with 2.47 cooperations per professorship it is again clearly above the average of all small universities (0.29) and above that of all universities (0.36). Hochschule Geisenheim takes further top places in terms of the share of international students in the Master´s Degree Programs (ranked 4th) as well as referring to the sum of DAAD funds per student (ranked 3rd).

"Of course, our students benefit most from the international approach of Hochschule Geisenheim University and its stong global network.  However, this also provides an advantage for those industry sectors and companies that employ our graduates since they hire young people who have been taught both practice-oriented and research-based and have international experience," says Prof. Dr. Hans Reiner Schultz, President of Hochschule Geisenheim University. "It is our aim to stabilize these excellent results and achieve a positive development in all areas that provide room for further growth of our young university."

A clear improvement was reached by Hochschule Geisenheim when comparing the numbers of ERASMUS students who came to Germany in 2014 with those of 2015 (+ 16 places) and the share of foreign students in the number of graduates (+ 21).

The study also suggests that in Geisenheim this international approach is being practiced both in teaching and research – especially on a European scale: in 2015, scientists and the University's International Office were able to raise EU third-party funds amounting to €17,841 per professorship. This means that also here Geisenheim clearly exceeds the average of all small universities (€3,587) and is notably above that of all universities (€15,518).