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Higher Education in Germany The German Universities today find their origins in the monasteries and churches of the Middle Ages Access to these schools was limited to nobility and those being trained for the clergy Today access is much more open but over the years as more and more people were able to enter the university more problems arose Many in Germany are looking for ways to solve problems in higher education and there are solutions to some of them that have been suggested but must be agreed upon Among the most important problems are overcrowded schools majority of teachers retiring less opportunity for female students and staff dropouts length of study and controversy over the Abitur which is needed in order to be eligible for higher education This paper will briefly touch on the structure of the higher education system highlight the problems facing higher education and shed light on the paths to reform that have been discussed by others Institutions of higher education include Universities technical universities colleges of education for teacher training colleges of art and music Fachhochschulen for higher professional training Gesamthochschulen amalgamated universities distance learning universities and Berufsakademien professional academies Lingens 15 Most students attend a traditional University Here they can find the broadest range of subject Some universities focus on certain fields of study and are well known in special areas but there is not as much difference among universities as there is in the United States Schools also do not offer much in the way of campus life buildings are spread out all throughout a city and sports programs are basically non-existent Germany A Country Study 237 There is no group of elite universities in Germany as in the United States Each university must offer all subjects in order to be recognized There also are no tests that have been developed to rank schools on teaching and research achievements Schools are thought to all have the same
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