Total international academic staff and international professors by key countries of origin since 2010

The number of international academic staff at German universities in 2019 was around 51,800 academic and artistic staff with foreign citizenship. That is 12.7% of the total academic staff. In 2019, a total of around 3,500 professors with foreign citizenship were appointed at German universities. Their number has increased by 9% since 2016.

The key countries of origin of international academic staff at German universities are Italy, India, China, Austria, the US, Russia and Spain. Austria is by far the most important country of origin for international professors, followed by Switzerland, Italy and the US.

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