The International Centre for Higher Education Research-Kassel (INCHER-Kassel)

Established in 1978 as an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of Kassel, the Center for Research on Higher Education and Work (known as WZ I) was approved initially for a foundation phase. Since 1982, it is a permanent unit of the University. In March 2006, the Centre changed its name to "International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel" (INCHER-Kassel). The new name was chosen in order to stress more on the international character of the Centre's activities and at the same time have an acronym easily comprehensible in an international context.

Research Priorities

INCHER-Kassel conducts research on questions concerning higher education institutions and tertiary studies as well as on topics at the interface between higher education and other fields of society.

The research questions are addressed in a structure of four thematic areas:

Additionally, cross-cutting issues such as globalisation, social inequality and gender-addressed questions have significance in all four areas.


The Centre was awarded substantial grants over the years for projects from the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology and the Volkswagen Foundation. Among the various additional sponsors were ministries of education of all the German Länder and some Länder ministries in charge of economic, social and interior affairs, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, various German and foreign foundations, the Federal Employment Agency, some German development aid agencies, intergovernmental agencies as well cooperating umbrella agencies in higher education both in Germany and other countries. Various projects were undertaken in direct cooperation with other agencies, e.g. the German Academic Exchange Service, the Rectors' Conference, the CRE - European Association of Universities, with research institutes in other countries, e.g. the European Institute of Education and Social Policy and the Japan Institute of Labour, and through the establishment of teams of cooperating researchers both in Germany and across various countries.

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