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higher education institutions do not charge programmes leading to double degrees. tuition fees gives them a further advantage. Many higher education institutions are involved in the development of German study The Federal Government and the states are courses and the founding of higher educa- tackling the increasing numbers engaged in tion institutions based on the German academic study together: In late 2014, as model, which exist in Egypt, China, Jordan, part of the Higher Education Pact 2020, they Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Oman, Singapore, resolved to finance up to 760,000 additional Hungary, Vietnam, and Turkey. university entrants in the coming years. For the entire duration of the Higher Education Increasing foreign mobility among Ger- Pact from 2007 to 2023, the Federal Govern- man students is likewise being funded. ment will provide 20.2 billion euros, and the Among 30 percent already spend time states 18.3 billion euros. studying abroad. In future it is intended that every second German graduate of a Initiatives for more excellence and greater higher education institution gain experi- internationalisation ence abroad while studying. Scholarships such as the Erasmus+ programme support Since 2005 the Federal Government and the these valuable study visits. states have been funding particularly outstanding research projects and facilities through the Excellence Initiative. In the current stage of the programme (2012–2017) 45 graduate schools, 43 clusters of ex cellence and 11 institutional strategies spread across 44 universities are receiving funding. The volume of funding in this period totals 2.7 billion euros. A similar level of funding is intended after 2017 as well. Internationalisation remains an important topic. A 2014 joint study by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference, and the Humboldt Foundation identified around 31,000 international cooperation agreements concluded by almost 300 higher education institutions with 5,000 higher education partners in 150 countries, among them many INFO Programme for Women Professors Women in Germany are nowadays more likely than men to study, and write almost half of all doctoral theses – but only 21.3 percent of professors are female. This is why in 2008 the Federal Government and the states launched the Programme for Women Professors. With a budget of 300 million euros up until 2017, the programme is designed to increase the number of women professors and promote equality. May 2015 saw the appointment of the 400th woman professor whose position is funded by the programme. → bmbf.de/de/494.php