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The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. At present, about 85,000 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna, in close to 180 courses. The University of Vienna is also the largest teaching and research institution in Austria with close to 8,600 employees, 6,500 of which are scientists and academics.


The German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW – Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung) conducts basic and application oriented research in the fields of higher education and science studies. The institute’s research activities inform higher education and science policy making. Much of the research conducted at the institute is longitudinal, often taking on an interdisciplinary and internationally comparative perspective. The DZHW considers itself to be a leading partner of the scientific community, shaping educational and science policies and providing services in the area of higher education.


Situated in the heart of Western Europe, K.U.Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, K.U.Leuven bears the double honour of being the oldest existant Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries.