Globalization has become a fact. The question is no longer whether to act globally but how good we are at it. International comparisons provide a means of orientation. The results show that Germany is in an excellent position!
On the European Commission's Innovation Index 2016, Germany ranks fifth in the leading group and with regard to world-market relevant patents per one million inhabitants, Germany is top placed in international comparison. The same applies to the scientific publications per one million inhabitants. In 2015, Germany ranked with 1,340 publications ahead of the USA and about 27% ahead of the EU average.
In the area of education, Germany is also maintaining a good position: The results of PISA 2015 show that Germany is significantly above the OECD average (mathematics: 490 points, reading: 493 points, science: 493 points) in all three domains (mathematics: 506 points, reading: 509 points, science: 509 points). Germany has improved its results in all the three tested domains in comparison to the first PISA survey in 2000.
Internationalization is one of the Federal Government's priorities in this legislative period. It is pursuing the aim of making even better use of the potential and opportunities of international cooperation. At the same time, Germany will face up to its global responsibility, namely to find pioneering answers to the challenges of globalization and to shape solutions – for example for an even more sustainable economy, the turnaround of the energy system or in the context of skilled staff, migration and professional mobility. Furthermore, international collaborations provide an opportunity to define Germany's role more clearly in the merging economic, science and education areas and to increase efficiently the presence of German science and research abroad. Europe is a mainstay of Germany's international commitment.