We advocate a versatile scientific system, which can offer everyone, who wants to participate and benefit from it, ideal and differentiated development opportunities in a changing environment. Three central challenges present themselves here:
Using and shaping autonomy
Higher education institutes should develop and maintain analytical and decision-making abilities on different levels as well as a capacity to act in order to be able to take advantage of their opportunities against national and international competitors. The basic conditions set by the government should be formulated accordingly to allow higher education institutes to act widely on their own responsibility.
Creating and implementing diversified profiles
The scientific system fullfils very different and continuously changing social duties. Higher education institutions face the challenge to take responsibility for particular aims and activities and to create and foster a unique identity through specific and differentiated profiles. The criteria for evaluating the performance and quality of higher education institutes should be heterogeneous as well as distinct.
Assuming social responsibility
Higher education institutes, ministries and parliaments should recognise social demands in time and respond to them adequately. The various actors are hereby linked through their responsibility to identify public and individual interests, to constantly implement them in the higher education system in a continuous and flexible manner and to highlight successes.