Berlin (dpa) – Roughly every second university in Germany plans to focus on research areas with digital subject matters in the future, according to a survey released on Monday that looked at the replacement of professors, among other things.
The survey of university leaders showed that three out of 10 newly hired professors in 2018 were specialized on digital issues such as data analysis or the digital economy.
Besides reorienting their research focal points, many university rectors and presidents want to cooperate more closely with partners outside the scientific community and develop their schools into regional innovation hubs.
Overall, the mood among university leaders is cautiously positive, according to the study by the Stifterverband, an organization promoting education, science and innovation that involves DAX-listed companies, mid-size companies, company associations, donors and individuals.
Private universities are somewhat more satisfied than state institutions when it comes to general issues such as equipment, financing and staff. In state instutitions, leaders were particularly worried about their staffing situations.
University rectors overall predicted that their competitiveness in terms of research and teaching will remain very good over the next five years.
University leaders are surveyed annually on their current situations and their future expectations for the Stifterverband’s so-called university barometer.