Brandenburg

Recent developments:
  • Changes to procedure for election of executive head with the creation of specific ‘finding committees’ to run the process
  • Shift to ‘system accreditation’ with institutions able to accredit their own study programmes if their institutional systems are assessed positively

Organisational autonomy: medium low

The appointment of executive heads requires approval from the ministry. Basic selection criteria for executive heads are stated in the law. The procedure for the dismissal is stated in the law and confirmation of dismissal by an external authority is required. The law also regulates the exact term of office.

Financial autonomy: medium low

Universities receive block grant funding on a two-year basis with no restrictions on the allocation of funding. The allocation of any surpluses is pre-determined by an external authority. Universities can borrow money but only up to a maximum percentage and only from a specific government-backed bank. Universities cannot own buildings. There are no tuition fees for studying at universities in Brandenburg.

Academic autonomy: high

Universities in Brandenburg negotiate with an external authority on overall student numbers. At Bachelor level admission is co-regulated by universities and an external authority. At Bachelor and Master levels all new degree programmes must be submitted to a prior accreditation or are self-accredited by the university. The termination of degree programmes requires negotiation between universities and an external authority.

Staffing autonomy: medium low

The recruitment of some senior academic staff at some universities is restricted. Decisions on individual staff salaries are restricted and salary bands for senior administrative staff are negotiated with an external authority. Dismissals for all staff are strictly regulated. Both academic and administrative staff can only be promoted if there is a post available at a higher level.

Organisational weighted 58% unweighted 55%

0

0% Selection procedure for the executive head

The selection of the executive head is validated by an external authority

87

87% Selection criteria for the executive head

Other restrictions

This applies to 4 other countries: Hesse, Hungary, North Rhine-Westphalia, Serbia

40

40% Dismissal of the executive head

The dismissal is confirmed by an external authority and the procedure is stated in the law

This applies to 5 other countries: Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain

0

0% Term of office of the executive head

The exact length is stated in the law

57

57% External members in university governing bodies

Universities cannot decide as they cannot include external members

This applies to 2 other countries: Latvia, Poland

100

100% Capacity to decide on academic structures

Universities can decide on their academic structures without constraints

100

100% Capacity to create legal entities

Universities can create legal entities without constraints

Financial weighted 44% unweighted 31%

100

100% Length of public funding cycle

More than one year

This applies to 2 other countries: Austria, Luxembourg

100

100% Type of public funding

Block grant and there are no restrictions on the allocation of funding

60

60% Ability to borrow money

Universities can borrow money up to a maximum percentage

This applies to 4 other countries: Ireland, Italy, North Rhine-Westphalia, Slovakia

Universities can borrow money from specific banks (designated by an external authority)

This applies to one other country: Sweden

80

80% Ability to keep surplus

Surplus can be kept but its allocation is pre-determined by an external authority

This applies to 3 other countries: Wallonia, Poland, Sweden

0

0% Ability to own buildings

Universities are not allowed to own their buildings

This applies to 6 other countries: Hesse, Hungary, Lithuania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Serbia, Sweden

0

0% Tuition fees for national/EU students at Bachelor level

There are no tuition fees

0

0% Tuition fees for national/EU students at Master's level

There are no tuition fees

0

0% Tuition fees for national/EU students at doctoral level

There are no tuition fees

This applies to 10 other countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden

0

0% Tuition fees for non-EU students at Bachelor level

There are no tuition fees

This applies to 3 other countries: Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Norway

0

0% Tuition fees for non-EU students at Master's level

There are no tuition fees

This applies to 3 other countries: Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Norway

0

0% Tuition fees for non-EU students at doctoral level

There are no tuition fees

This applies to 6 other countries: Denmark, Finland, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Norway, Sweden

Staffing weighted 58% unweighted 57%

67

67% Recruitment procedures for senior academic staff

Other restrictions

100

100% Recruitment procedures for senior administrative staff

Recruitments are carried out freely by universities

67

67% Salaries for senior academic staff

The decision on individual staff salaries is restricted due to an overall limit for all staff payments

This applies to 3 other countries: Flanders, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia

Salary bands are prescribed by an external authority for some staff

This applies to 2 other countries: Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia

67

67% Salaries for senior administrative staff

Salary bands are negotiated with other parties

This applies to 6 other countries: Finland, Hesse, Iceland, The Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia, Norway

20

20% Dismissal of senior academic staff

Dismissals are strictly regulated due to civil servant status for some staff

This applies to 6 other countries: Austria, Hesse, Ireland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Portugal, Serbia

20

20% Dismissal of senior administrative staff

Dismissals are strictly regulated due to civil servant status for some staff

This applies to 6 other countries: Austria, Hesse, Ireland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Portugal, Spain

57

57% Promotion procedures for senior academic staff

Promotions are only possible if there is a post at a higher level

This applies to 7 other countries: Croatia, Wallonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Serbia

57

57% Promotion procedures for senior administrative staff

Promotions are only possible if there is a post at a higher level

This applies to 4 other countries: Wallonia, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia

Academic weighted 87% unweighted 83%

60

60% Overall student numbers

Universities negotiate with an external authority

60

60% Admissions procedures at Bachelor level

Admission criteria are co-regulated by an external authority and universities

100

100% Admissions procedures at Master's level

Admission criteria are set by the university

60

60% Introduction of programmes at Bachelor level

Other restrictions

This applies to 9 other countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Flanders, Hesse, Iceland, Latvia, Sweden

60

60% Introduction of programmes at Master's level

Other restrictions

This applies to 9 other countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Flanders, Hesse, Iceland, Latvia, Sweden

100

100% Introduction of programmes at doctoral level

Universities can open degree programmes without prior accreditation

60

60% Termination of degree programmes

The termination of degree programmes requires negotiation between universities and an external authority

This applies to 2 other countries: Austria, Finland

100

100% Language of instruction at Bachelor level

Universities can choose the language of instruction for all programmes

100

100% Language of instruction at Master's level

Universities can choose the language of instruction for all programmes

100

100% Selection of quality assurance mechanisms

Universities can select quality assurance mechanisms freely according to their needs

This applies to 2 other countries: Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia

100

100% Selection of quality assurance providers

Universities can choose the quality assurance agency freely according to their needs (including agencies from other countries)

This applies to 7 other countries: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Hesse, Hungary, North Rhine-Westphalia, Switzerland

100

100% Capacity to design content of degree programmes

Universities can freely design the content of degree programmes and courses (other than for the regulated professions)