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Germany a centre of global researchers

85,000 foreign scientists either taught or researched at German universities or other academic institutions

Berlin (GTAI) - A recent report from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has revealed that Germany is fast becoming a centre for researchers to locate to from abroad, as well as being a global research hub. The study, ‘Science Open to the World 2016’, states that around 85,000 foreign scientists either taught or researched at German universities or other academic institutions in 2014, while 43,000 of their German counterparts were located abroad.

The report, conducted by the BMBF in conjunction with the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Centre for University and Scientific Research, specifically focused on the theme of international mobility in scientific personnel. Just as impressive was the number of foreign students learning their trades in Germany in 2015: around 321,000 came over to up their experience in Germany, with a particular increase in master degrees (25%+) or doctorates (3%+).

“These are indicators of the attractiveness of Germany as a place of learning and cutting edge research,” said Dr. Benno Bunse, CEO of Germany Trade & Invest, the country’s federal economic development agency. “As Germany presses ahead with strategic programmes such as High-Tech 2020 and Industrie 4.0, we can expect more foreign academics and scientists coming over to enjoy the good conditions we offer to our guests.”

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