Accessing Higher Education in the German State of Brandenburg

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Brandenburg’s economy is undergoing structural change, which opens exciting new prospects for highly skilled workers. The state has intensified efforts to diversify the economy towards cleaner and more knowledge-intensive industries, including the development of advanced manufacturing, spill-over effects from the start-up scene in Berlin, fostering entrepreneurial activities at its own higher education institutions, promoting innovative places for working and living, and phasing out of coal production in favour of next-generation technologies. As the engine of skills development and research, the higher education system will play an important role in helping the state unleash these opportunities. The German State of Brandenburg has therefore entrusted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – in close collaboration with and supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support – with the development of recommendations on how to enhance the visibility of its institutions’ programme offer, align this offer with the skills and innovation demand, and make it more attractive to prospective students from the state and beyond.

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System performance in terms of graduate pathways

This chapter profiles Brandenburg’s higher education graduates, examining their ease in entering the labour market, pathways for higher education graduates and job prospects. The different perceptions of job quality among graduates from different fields are also explored. In addition, this chapter assesses the challenge of “brain drain”, including trends of higher education graduates taking up jobs in Berlin or in other states. The assessment and policy recommendations propose strategies for Brandenburg to capitalise on its proximity to Berlin, while encouraging skills created in the state to contribute productively to its economic development.

English Also available in: German


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