Hochschulforum Digitalisierung was initiated by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, CHE Centre for Higher Education and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). It is financed by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Stifterverband is a joint initiative of the German business community with 3,000 members consisting of large and small companies, associations, foundations and private individuals. It advocates long-term improvement of the German education and research landscape. To this end, Stifterverband supports higher education institutions and research institutes, promotes young talent and analyses the science system, deriving from it recommendations for policy makers and the business community.
The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is the voluntary association of state and state-recognised universities in Germany. It currently has 267 member institutions serving more than 94 per cent of all students in Germany. The HRK is the political and public voice of universities and provides a forum for the process of forming joint policies and practices.
CHE Centre for Higher Education is sponsored by the Berterlsmann Foundation and the Foundation to Promote the German Rectors’ Conference. CHE advocates a versatile scientific system that can offer everyone who wants to participate in and benefit from it ideal and differentiated opportunities for development.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes education in all stages of the life course. Although higher education is primarily the responsibility of the German state governments, the federal government makes important contributions in this area as well. In addition, the federal government has launched the high-tech strategy, designed to make Germany a pioneer in creating science and technology-based solutions for the challenges of the future.