Students in front of the main entrance of FHWS in Schweinfurt

Quality Pact For Teaching

The “Quality Pact for Teaching”, a joint programme of the Federal Government and the Länder, is funding 186 institutions of higher education in all 16 Länder. These institutions get financial support to improve study conditions and the quality of teaching and mentoring for students. To do so, the institutions of higher education need additional personnel that are qualified for teaching and mentoring. The goals of this programme are improved staffing at institutions of higher educations, supporting qualification/further qualification of their personnel, and the safeguarding and development of top-quality higher education.

The German institutions of higher education are increasingly directing their attention to the quality of teaching and study conditions; the Quality Pact for Teaching addresses this need by supporting these institutions in their diverse approaches to achieving this aim. The Pact is giving a new impetus to the further development and implementation of adequate measures.

A total of ninety percent of the universities that were eligible to applicate took part in the initiative. A committee chaired by Prof. Dr. Karin Donhauser (Humboldt University Berlin) was responsible for selecting the institutions from the pool of applications. The committee is made up of twelve experts from science, higher education management and the general student council as well as representatives of the Federal Government and the Länder. The most convincing schemes from among those submitted were selected in two rounds of selection. Some of the institutions of higher education have made a dual commitment by participating in the programme as both a single entity and in a collaborative project. Funding is therefore being provided to a total of 250 individual and collaborative projects.

The Federal Government has earmarked about 2 billion euros for this campaign from 2011 to 2020. The 78 universities, 78 universities of applied sciences and 30 colleges of art and music selected for funding initially have until 2016 to put their plans to improve teaching and study conditions into practice. A positive mid-term review of the funded projects will determine whether funding will be extended through the end of 2020.

The basis of this funding programme is the administrative agreement between the Federal Government and the Länder that is about a joint programme for improved study conditions as well as improved teaching quality from 30 September 2010. The Federal Government provides funds to universities who aim at implementing innovative measures; the individual Länder in which the universities are located guarantee overall