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Germany’s universities acted quickly to respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, making more than 90 percent of course available online in just 30 days according to Stifterverband, a joint initiative of companies and foundations active in education, science and education.
The discussion paper highlights the potential available to EdTech providers to lay the foundation for digital innovation in schools and universities. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation in educational establishments as well as opened up a debate as to the necessary technical innovations and tools required for the future.
According to Stifterverband, higher education institutions are also important co-creators of ideas and innovations in this process.
EdTech providers are making inroads into the German market, with Norwegian provider itslearning recently reaching an agreement with Berlin to provide its learning platform for 400,000 students.
The company is the leading learning-management system provider in Norway, and is already being deployed in other German cities and states including Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Düsseldorf, and Schleswig-Holstein.
Notwithstanding the significant market opportunities in the private sector, Germany spends heavily in the public education sector – about EUR 147 billion (equivalent to 4.2 percent of GDP). Since 2010, the sector has enjoyed annual growth of around 3.6 percent, outpacing overall economic growth of 3.4 percent.
Digital learning will be a priority in the years ahead, as the country draws from the lessons learnt during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its ”Digital Pact for Schools,“ the country’s federal government will spend a total of EUR 5 billion over the next five years to develop digital infrastructure in schools.