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UDE in International Higher Education Ranking

Among the top 200 worldwide

[22.09.2016] The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has significantly improved in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE). UDE is now one of the world's 200 best universities. Last year, UDE  was ranked as one of the 250 top International Universities.

The Rector, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke said "I am very pleased with the extraordinarily good result of UDE. Especially gaining international rankings, as this is consider as pretty difficult for young universities to come into the lead. Since the University of Duisburg-Essen has been able to increase this in just thirteen years, I am particularly proud of this success. The incentive to continually develop our services has evidently paid off".

UDE has been more international perceived in the field of citations, as often been referred to in professional journals on UDE publications. The indicators, researchers and internationalist also contributed to higher scores compared to the previous year.

However, the reputation of a university among scientists plays a major role in the research and teaching indicators. This usually increases with the age of the University. Thus, the average age of the top 100 universities in the last THE World University rankings were the universities that  had stood for about 200 years old.

That is why there is a separate THE ranking for young universities. Started in this spring, UDE surpassed record-breaking 42 ranking places among the 150 world's best universities, which are not yet 50 years old. UDE occupied the 17th International Rank 2015, in 59th place. The universities, which have developed rapidly and successfully in a short time and are regarded as "rising stars" of higher education.

"These two excellent prove of THE Rank placements shows that we are now among the world's strongest young top universities," said The Rector, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke: "These are important, as research and teaching are referring to the rating. Also in the distribution of international funding, International recognition plays a clear important role.”

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Immersing Cultural Studies in Germany

Published: 3 Feb 2017, by Dr. Che Husna Azhari

Studying in Germany may be a viable option, says PM

Published: 28 Sep 2016, by Mike

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is considering the possibility of sending more Malaysians to study in Germany.

There are a little over 630 Malaysians in Germany pursuing their higher education in various fields, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak praising their efforts during an official visit to the European nation yesterday.

 “I am proud to know that you are doing well and I am proud to know that our students are doing well in Germany,” he said speaking to students at a dinner in the Malaysian embassy in Berlin.

Additionally, he will be taking a personal interest in the possibility of diverting more students to further their studies in Germany.

According to Najib, higher education in Germany is free, but the language is a major barrier to those interested to study there. “If you master a degree of proficiency in the German language, then sending a student to Germany is very viable for us to consider” he said.

Najib hopes that Malaysians in Germany adopt good values such as discipline, hard work, and not to throw the towel when things seem out of reach. These values, if brought back to Malaysia, will help the country reach greater heights.

“I can appreciate some of the traits that the Germans possess that have led them to be one of the most successful nations, amongst them, being very disciplined, focused and self-disciplined and having a sense of not giving up and also working as a team,” he said.

He cited the capabilities of the German football team to work as one body and have an impeccable performance in every tournament, which makes them a worthy and a tough adversary. He also praised the collective spirit of the German people and their ability overcome difficult times. “These are some of the characteristics of the German people that can be assimilated into Malaysian culture.”

According to Najib, Malaysia can be a stronger nation with the adoption of the right values and discipline.

Najib’s visit to the European country is meant to strengthen bilateral ties and discuss the capacity of the two nations working together in trade and investment, vocational training and education, agriculture, science and technology, and infrastructure development.




19th August 2016, Mercator Science and Education (MSE) together with Cultural Centre of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) welcomed a brass orchestra group known as ‘Havixbeck Youth Symphonic Band Germany’ to perform at Dewan Canselor Tun Abdul Razak, UKM.

This collaboration event between MSE and UKM Cultural Centre is intended to attract young communities to involve in cultural activities as well as being a medium to produce a generation of skilled and confident in approaching arts and cultural aspects.

Along with MSE motto ‘Your Bridge to Germany’, this event gives a pathway into German cultures and values which can be seen through music. 

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