Germany Names "Teutonic Ivy League"

October 25, 2006

Last week, a German government committee anointed three institutions as elite universities, out of 376 in the country -- Karlsruhe, the University of Munich, and the Technical University, also in Munich. The long-awaited decision entitles the schools to more than $100 million each over the next five years. German universities are perceived to have been in a decades-long decline, and "cutting the great from the merely good" was seen as essential to compete internationally. The committee also selected 18 promising graduate programs and 17 research clusters for special funding. International Herald Tribune