Utilising and shaping autonomy
In order for universities to make the most of the opportunities offered by an environment of national and international competition, they should actively develop and cultivate the ability to analyze, make decisions and act at various levels. The framework conditions set by the state should be designed in such a way that universities can act independently and in the spirit of individual responsibility as far as possible.
Establishing and making use of
The role of the higher education system in society is a diverse and constantly evolving one. Universities face the challenge of assuming responsibility for certain goals and services through individual and differentiated profiles, as well as developing and maintaining a distinctive identity. The criteria by which the performance and qualities of universities are assessed should accordingly be as heterogeneous as they are clear.
Universities, ministries and parliaments need to anticipate the needs of society in good time and pay adequate attention to them. The various actors are linked by the responsibility to identify legitimate social and individual interests, to implement them again and again in a continuously and flexibly evolving higher education system, and to make the successes visible.