Number of the Month: 38,094

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The German higher education and research scene offers first-class career opportunities and thus attracts people to the country from all over the world. According to the report “Wissenschaft Weltoffen 2015”, a total of 38,094 people of non-German citizenship worked in academia and the arts at German higher education institutions in 2013 – which accounts for more than ten percent of the entire academic staff employed there.

Most of them come from one of the following countries:

  • Italy (6.8%)
  • China (6.6%)
  • Austria (5.5%)
  • Russia (5.2%)
  • USA (5.2%)
  • Spain (4.8%)
  • India (4.5%)
  • France (4.4%)
  • Great Britain (3.8%)
  • Poland (3.4%)

2,886 international professors

2,886 of the aforementioned 38,094 were professors, the majority of them from Austria, followed by academics from Switzerland, the USA, the Netherlands and Italy.

Students from around the world

research system is an attractive employer for people from all over the world.

International students are also flocking increasingly to Germany: in 2014, the number of international students was 301,350 – the first time the 300,000 mark had been exceeded – meaning that nearly one in ten students was from abroad. “Worldwide mobility not only fosters academic and cultural exchange; we also want to recruit skilled personnel to Germany. We need the best people, wherever they come from, if we are to maintain our capacity for innovation and overcome the challenges posed by demographic shifts”, stressed Federal Research Minister Professor Johanna Wanka.