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Reduced capping leads to rise in student numbers

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German universities have reduced the overall proportion of courses that have a cap on student numbers, Germany’s national association of rectors has said.

The HRK report, published on 15 December, says that the proportion of capped courses across Germany has fallen from 49.5 per cent in the winter semester last year, to 46.1 per cent in the winter semester of 2015.

The Hochschulpakt—an agreement outlining federal funding on higher education, for which about €2.2 billion was set aside for additional study places between 2011 and 2015—is thought to have contributed to the overall decrease in capping. “The efforts of universities to enable as many candidates as possible to take up a course of study have, with the help of the Hochschulpakt, had an effect,” Horst Hippler, the president of the HRK, said.

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