Berlin - In 2012/2013 around 2.5 million people will study in Germany. 492,700 of them are new students in their first semester. In view of these figures from the Federal Statistical Office, the (DSW) is calling for the federal and state governments to rapidly expand the social infrastructure at universities.
Advisory services for students urgently needed, ”said DSW President Dieter Timmermann. He called on the federal and state governments to act together now and to expand the social infrastructure in parallel with the university pacts. "We need concerted action," said Timmermann.
Meanwhile, Federal Education Minister Annette Schavan (CDU) sees the new budget of the (BMBF) as success for education and research. Its budget increased in 2013 compared to the previous year by 6.2 percent to total of 13.7 billion euros. “Securing the future opportunities of the young generation is one of the most important tasks of society. By creating good conditions for education, training and study, we ensure Germany's future viability, ”said Schavan.
Universities and students are particular focus for the BMBF. With the Teaching Quality Pact, they received further 200 million euros in 2013 for improving study conditions and the quality of teaching. According to the minister, the federal states will have around 1.85 billion euros available for additional study places as part of the 2020 university pact.