Higher Education Pact

The number of freshmen will increase significantly in coming years. The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany predicts there will be approximately an additional 310,000 students throughout Germany. This number will increase further due to the suspension of compulsory military service. In line with the Higher Education Pact I and Higher Education Pact II, the federal and state governments want to create additional study capacity in order to enable as many young people as possible to pursue higher education. In the first phase of the Higher Education Pact (2007-2010), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) clearly exceeded the target number of 1,300 additional freshmen agreed with the Ministry of Education, Science, Continuing Education, and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate by creating more than 2,500 additional study places. With funds provided by the Higher Education Pact, an additional 81 jobs could be financed.

An additional 3,250 study places at JGU are planned for the second phase of the Higher Education Pact (2011-2015). Of these, 1,000 will be assigned to natural science degree programs and 2,250 to humanities and social science degree programs. In addition, the State of Rhineland-Palatinate supports interdisciplinary and interdepartmental projects at JGU to ensure and further develop the quality of learning and teaching, as well as to increase the percentage of female academics. These include:

  • the establishment of the Gutenberg Teaching Council,
  • the continuation and expansion of career services for JGU students,
  • the expansion of interdisciplinary compulsory modules for Bachelor's and Master's degree programs,
  • a mentoring program for humanities scholars  and social scientists,
  • a coaching center for female young scientists.