13% of foreign graduates from German universities are Chinese

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A look at the latest figures shows that the number of international students graduating from German universities rose to 38,300 in the 2011 examination year, eight per cent more than in 2010. Around 13 per cent of foreign graduates were Chinese, seven per cent Turkish and five per cent Russian nationals.

In recent years the number of international students at German higher education institutions has risen most in the engineering sciences. Today, roughly one in ten of Germany’s over two million students comes from abroad. The proportion of foreign graduates is also around 10%. Germany is the third most popular destination for European ERASMUS exchange students. Participants in German study programmes abroad, which are held in many countries, including Egypt, Jordan, South Korea and Russia, can receive a DAAD scholarship to fund a stay in Germany. Nearly 6,000 foreign students have already been supported in this way since 2006. The internationalisation of higher education should also lead to greater mobility among researchers. However, there is significantly less information available than there is about student mobility. The only data collected across Europe is the proportion of foreign doctoral students: the European average is approximately 20%. In Germany it is also known that roughly 10% of the academic staff in higher education come from abroad. In 2010 they were joined by some 30,000 funded international visiting researchers. In the same year, roughly 8,000 German researchers were able to complete a stay abroad with support from one of the large German funding organisations. However, non-funded foreign stays are not recorded in Germany.