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 2017, Germany ranks seventh in the leading group, and is also among the global leaders in terms of the number of patents of world market relevance in proportion to its population. The same applies to the ratio of scientific publications to its population. With 1,397 publications per million inhabitants in 2017, Germany ranked ahead of the USA and some 28% ahead of the EU average.
Germany has high levels of educational enrolment and attainment by international standards, both among women and men. A well-educated, open-minded society is the best prerequisite for dealing with new challenges posed by technological change. Degrees in MINT (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, technology) subjects are more popular in Germany than in any other OECD country. Over a third of all graduates obtained a tertiary qualification in a MINT subject in 2016, whether from an academic or vocationally oriented higher education institution.
The transition from the education (and training) system to employment also works particularly well in Germany. The percentage of young people in Germany who are not in education, training or work is 9.5% and thus well below the OECD average of 14.5%.