German Graduate Panel 2017


Prof. Dr. Georg Krücken (Project management INCHER-Kassel)

Dr. Choni Flöther (INCHER-Kassel)

Dirk Reifenberg (ISTAT)

Gregor Fabian (Project management DZHW)


July 2017 -  June 2020

gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Link to the external AP2017 project homepage with detailed information about the project background, participation and process.

German Graduate Panel 2017

Graduate surveys are the central source of information on the match between higher education qualifications and labour market requirements: They provide information on the professional fields and main activities of graduates, income and working hours, the fit between professional activity and the curriculum and retrospective evaluation of study programmes.

The Graduate Panel 2017 is the first nationwide project in graduate research in Germany to be carried out by a supra-regional group of research institutes. The group partners (DZHW, INCHER, ISTAT) intend to take into account the interests of a range of user groups as comprehensively as possible, with the aim that the network concept AP2017 may prove to be a long-term, workable solution. This new approach makes possible to use data not only for national education monitoring, scientific research in higher education but also for quality assessment of individual higher education institutions. Furthermore, parallel surveys by different actors are avoided. At the same time, the instrument allows for a seamless continuation of most of the time series that originated in the DZHW graduate survey, the KOAB studies or a format based on one of these two types.

The collaborative research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).