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ID 37020
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creator
Balve, Johannes
subject
Demographic change
higher education development
German higher education
NDC
Education
abstract
It is a well known fact that the majority of European societies are confronted with demographic changes due to declining birthrates. This article tries to broach the issue how lower birth rates and changing demographic structures affect German higher education. While the results are already visible in the German schooling system, effects on higher education have not yet become reality but are expected within the near future. As student enrollment numbers are currently rising, there does not seem to be any pressure to address this issue. However, it is already certain that higher education in Germany will be confronted by declining student enrollment beginning at the latest in 2020. Given these facts it is worth to asking if declining student numbers and a rising educational demand of older persons will change higher education and how should higher education policy respond by strategies and new educational offers. As demographic changes and higher education development correlate in a complex manner there will be the need to consider other influencing factors, particularly the demand for labor force, regional developments, migration and internationalization.
journal title
Higher Education Forum
volume
Volume 11
start page
1
end page
9
date of issued
2014-03
publisher
Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University
isbn
978-4-902808-82-7
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Research Institute for Higher Education
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