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106 | 107 EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE TOPIC NETWORKING ACADEMIA Globalisation is also presenting the German beneficial, for having returned to their home academic landscape with new challenges. The countries, they often become important net- ability to network knowledge and academics work partners for further collaborations. plays a major role here. In this respect, Germany has positioned itself well. Almost half Many academics from abroad are attracted to of its academic publications are now written Germany by the country’s excellent research by researchers working on international co- infrastructure, which includes the opportun- operation projects. According to data com- ity to work on large-scale research facilities, piled for the “Wissenschaft Weltoffen 2015” which in some cases are the only ones of their report, which provides facts and figures on kind in the world. The Helmholtz Association the international nature of studies and re- alone operates some 50 large-scale facilities search in Germany, there were 38,094 aca- for a wide range of research fields. Numerous demic and artistic members of staff, among academics from abroad, who are leading in them 2,886 professors, working at the 399 their field, come to German universities on a higher education institutions – that is 10 per- Humboldt Professorship, Germany’s most cent of all employees. Since 2006 the number highly endowed research prize, which is worth of foreign academic staff has risen by 74 per- five million euros and is awarded by the Hum- centage points; the number of professors boldt Foundation. grew by 46 percent. The recently simplified visa procedures for academics from non-EU 17,686 German academics have received member states has likewise played a role in funding to conduct research abroad; the most promoting this development. important sponsors are the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Marie Curie A positive trend can moreover be observed in Fellowship programme, and in particular the the number of foreign researchers receiving German Ac FV֖2W