While the prospect of religious education in public schools may confound or upset Americans, it is a common aspect of the German education system. In addition to many other major differences between the U.S. and German public schooling, German schools offer Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish religion courses for students hoping to infuse… Read more >
The Muslim community is at the forefront of public debate, not only as a result of the post 9/11 era, but more so because of questions related to Islam and its convergences with a democratic, pluralistic society. Whereas some Muslims ignored these inquiries into their faith for too long, others sincerely tried to engage in discussion.
The German and American public education systems differ substantially. American students who attend public high schools can enroll in classes in a wide range of subjects. Regardless of whether they are high-achieving, academically-driven individuals or students with interests more pertaining to trade-related or vocational careers, students may elect to enroll in courses… Read more >
The New Role of Universities in the Twenty-first Century: Universities as Engines of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hubs
Universities can be a driving force for innovation, as discussed in this Policy Report
Ms. Tonia Bieber is a research fellow at DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 597 “Transformations of the State” at the University of Bremen, and a PhD candidate at the Bremen International School of Social Sciences promoted by the German Excellence Initiative. Ms. Bieber holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from… Read more >
Building a Bridge over the Atlantic? The Impact of the Bologna Process on German and U.S. Higher Education
Driven by the Bologna Process, European higher education has undergone substantial changes in the past ten years. DAAD/AICGS Fellow Tonia Bieber discusses the changes from the Bologna Process and whether the reforms will have an influence on American higher education.
On January 27, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), together with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), hosted a workshop on “Education, Organization, and Technology: The Keys to Muslim Integration in the U.S. and Germany.” The workshop was generously supported by the Draeger Foundation. Bringing together an interdisciplinary… Read more >
On November 10, 2011, the American Institute for Contemporary Studies (AICGS) hosted a discussion on “Transatlantic Convergence in Higher Education? Comparing the Influence of the Bologna Process on Germany and the U.S.” The discussion was supported by a generous grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Ms. Tonia Bieber, DAAD/AICGS Fellow,… Read more >
On June 9, 2011, AICGS was delighted to host a conference on “The New Role of Universities in the Twenty-first Century: Universities as Engines of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hubs.” The discussion was generously sponsored by the Deutsche Stifterverband. The conference began with keynote remarks by the Honorable Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the… Read more >
Although Germany’s share of immigrants ranks third in the EU behind Luxembourg and Switzerland, Germany still seems to struggle with being a country of immigration, writes DAAD/AICGS Fellow Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio. Regarding the increasing relative size of the first, second, and third generation immigrant population, however, it is a crucial question for Germany’s future development whether their integration will be successful. In this light, Prof. Dr. Windzio offers an overview of theories of immigrant incorporation in social networks and empirical results on segregation in social networks in the U.S. and Germany, further examining how the German and American debates on integration differ.