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.