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Shorter degree system pays off, study shows

Germany’s decision to shorten its university degrees in line with the Bologna Process has not had a negative effect on graduates’ performance in the labour market, according to a report.

Graduates of three-year bachelors degrees in Germany are performing well in the workforce and earn slightly more than people who completed the longer, traditional German degrees, the analysis, which was reported by the newspaper Times Higher Education on 11 May, found.

At the turn of the century, Germany started to replace its traditional four-to-six-year diplomas with bachelors and masters degrees, bringing it closer to the UK model and thus working towards the standardisation aimed for in the Bologna Process.

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