Terms A-Z

This glossary contains definitions of the terms from the topic areas Education, Science, Research and Innovation, and is regularly updated. The glossary terms are alphabetically ordered.

Percentage of people who pursue higher education

This refers to the share of school-leavers qualified to enter higher education in any given year group who have already started a degree course or have the firm intention of starting one. It is calculated on the basis of a representative survey by Hochschul-Informations-System GmbH. In addition to this group (people with a firm intention of pursuing higher education), people who are not yet sure about going to university or are considering it as an alternative can also be factored in. A maximum percentage is calculated in this way.