Facts and Figures

The German U15 universities represent their common strategic interests together, in order to further improve overall conditions for science, research and teaching. Their goal is to raise awareness of the teaching and research performance, the social significance and the knowledge-creating and economic potential of the leading German full-scale universities among policymakers, industry and society.

The potential of the U15 universities and their impact on the German scientific landscape is demonstrated by the following figures:

At a Glance

The German U15 universities represent 13% of all 117 German universities and raise 37% of all third-party funds in Germany. They also account for approx. 60% of all third-party funds raised by university medical institutions.

Of the 1.55 million students enrolled in German universities, 32% study at the U15 universities.

35% of all international students in Germany are educated at the U15 universities. Of all non-German students enrolled in German universities, 36% are enrolled in degree programmes and 42% in doctoral degree programmes at the U15 universities.

Of the roughly 1,500 doctoral degrees awarded each year in Germany, almost half (46%) belong to students at U15 universities. 43% of all doctoral degrees awarded in Germany are supervised at our universities. The U15 universities also account for 32% of all other degrees awarded at German universities.

The U15 universities are host universities to 54% of the collaborative research centres currently supervised by the DFG. They also account for 46% of all current DFG research training groups.

Since their inception in 1999, 43% of all Leibniz awards have been conferred upon scientists at U15 universities.

Of all the ERC grants awarded since 2007, 30% of the starting grants and 40% of the advanced grants were given to members of the German U15 universities.