Berlin - According to the Federal Statistical Office, around 20,000 students received Germany scholarship last year. Measured against the total number of students, the number of Germany scholarship holders reached share of 0.76 percent, writes the Alliance 90 / Greens parliamentary group in the German Bundestag in small question. In 2012 it was 0.6 percent, in 2011 0.2 percent.
If the increase remains at the level of the last three years, the goal of supporting eight percent of all students with Germany Scholarship will be achieved in around quarter of century said the group. According to the coalition agreement between the CDU / CSU and the SPD, two percent of students should receive Germany scholarship by the end of the legislative period in 2017.
The Greens claim that the Germany scholarship is not only from the opposition in the German Bundestag, but is also viewed critically by student associations, trade unions and organizations. Criticisms include the short funding period, the loss of the scholarship after changing university and high degree of subject dependency of the funding.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (), on the other hand, had always been positive about the Deutschlandstipendium and its development. "The Deutschlandstipendium is becoming more and more popular with universities, students and private sponsors," declared Federal Education Minister Johanna Wanka (CDU).
Not only the students benefited from the scholarship, but also the universities and the networks Companies and other sponsors in their region. The minister emphasized that the scholarship holders corresponded in origin and gender to the average of all students. The proportion of BAföG recipients is around quarter and the proportion of women almost half of those receiving funding.
Germany scholarships have been in existence since 2011. They are intended to support high-performing and socially committed students with 300 euros month each - for one year at time. Half of the money comes from companies, foundations, associations or private individuals, the other half is contributed by the BMBF.