Department of Economics

Global Health and Poverty summer school in Göttingen

The Global Health and Poverty summer school at the University of Göttingen will tackle topics related to central health issues with a focus on poverty and economic development at the global level. 30 international master’s and PhD students will meet in working groups from 28 May to 8 June 2018 to discuss issues, for example, the current state and resulting challenges of health systems in developing and emerging countries. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer, Chair of Development Economics / Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) of the University of Göttingen is organizing the summer school in cooperation with Göttingen International.

Participants will study what policy actions have been taken in developing and emerging countries to reduce communicable diseases such as HIV and AIDS, or the impact of the spread of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes on economic development.
In addition, the participants will take a two-day excursion to Berlin to meet with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The program will also offer trips from Wartburg to Eisenach or a city tour of Göttingen with a focus on the founding of the university and its various medical innovations.

The summer school workshops are led by professors in the field of development economics at the University of Göttingen, the University Medical Center Göttingen, as well as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Prof. Stephan Klasen receives an honorary doctorate from Jaume I University in Spain

On April 19, 2018, Prof. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D. was awarded an honorary doctorate from Jaume I University in Spain at a ceremony in Castellón, near Valencia. The laudatory speech was given by Prof. Dr. Celestino Suárez-Burguet from the Institute of International Economics at Jaume I University. In particular, he emphasized Prof. Klasen's research contributions to poverty, inequality, and specifically, gender inequality in developing countries. He also spoke to Klasen's accomplishments in strengthening development economic research in Germany and his role as mentor and supervisor to over 50 doctoral students and young researchers.

Prof. Klasen also gave a speech titled “From #MeToo to Boko Haram: Some comments on the state of gender relations in the world”. During the ceremony, Prof. Alan Kirman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Aix-Marseille III and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, was also awarded an honorary doctorate.

Since 2003, Prof. Klasen holds the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Göttingen Faculty of Economic Sciences. His research covers the areas of poverty, inequality, environment, and gender in developing countries. He is also a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy, President of the European Development Research Network, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the 5th Assessment Report.


CHE master’s rankings: degree programmes of the Faculty were ranked high in the top and middle groups

In the current ZEIT Campus magazine publication, the ranking of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) for master’s programmes at higher education institutes; the master’s degree programmes in economics of the University of Goettingen Faculty of Economic Sciences scored excellent results in the top and middle groups.

The ranking is based on the results of a survey of all participating faculties and departments as well as master’s students, which was conducted for the CHE 2016/ 2017 rankings. As with the undergraduate study programmes (see: the strong results in the CHE 2017 university rankings for business administration, economics, and business information systems -> Link:, the student population was generally very positive about the quality of their studies as well as the quality and offerings of the faculty. In addition to the quality of studies, the faculty’s degree programmes ranked very high in areas such as course offerings, relevance to careers, study support, transition to master’s studies, academic relevance, and IT facilities.

For the current rankings, CHE analysed more than 190 degree programmes at universities of higher education in both Germany and Austria. The master’s programmes were ranked in terms of 20 different indicators. In addition to the evaluation of students, fact-based indicators are included, such as the number of master’s students in a programme, or the international focus of a programme. The CHE university rankings is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in the German-speaking world.

Further information about the ranking results can be found here (in German; registration required):
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