Cosmopolitan research system
More and more international researchers are working in Germany.
Researchers from all over the world come to Germany to teach and do research. In recent years their numbers have steadily grown: 40,000 international researchers were working in German higher education in 2014. That is an increase of 84% compared to 2006. Non-university research institutions are also attractive for international researchers. Their number has risen to roughly 9,000, which is 20% of all non-university research personnel. These results are findings of the report “Wissenschaft weltoffen 2016”, which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) recently presented jointly with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). The most important countries of origin of international researchers in Germany include China, Italy, Austria, Russia, India and the USA.