Internationalisation is one of the prerequisites for the successful development of teaching and research at universities. For this reason, the internationality status of the German higher education system is subjected to regular empirical stocktaking to provide politicians and society with comprehensive information.

In this context, “Wissenschaft weltoffen” has established itself as a central source of information on the mobility of students, academics and researchers. The central statistical figures on the international mobility of students, academics and researchers will continue to be the basis of “Wissenschaft weltoffen”. For this year’s 20th edition, however, DAAD and DZHW have fundamentally revised the publication format. As part of this revision, the previous focus chapter has been replaced by the spotlights already introduced in the two previous editions. These spotlights present particularly relevant aspects in depth but, at the same time, as briefly and clearly as possible. Also, instead of a bilingual edition, there will be a separate German and English edition from this year on, as is already the case with the compact edition of “Wissenschaft weltoffen”.

An abridged version of the publication is available (see below).

A detailed spotlight in this issue is devoted to the currently everpresent topic of university teaching under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an attempt to give a first, still incomplete overview of the consequences of the pandemic for worldwide student mobility and a cautious outlook on further developments.

Other spotlight topics in this issue:

  • European academic collaboration in the Horizon 2020 research framework programme
  • Refugees at German universities – a review and outlook
  • International doctoral candidates in Germany