Quality Improvement Funds
The Quality Improvement in Teaching and Learning at North Rhine-Westphalian Universities, Studiumsqualitätsgesetz for short, took effect on April 30, 2011. The act guarantees annual funds of at least 249 million Euros, which make up for the absence of tuition fees starting winter semester 2011/2012 at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia.
These quality improvement funds, the so called tuition fee replacement funds, are distributed according to the number of students in the standard one and a half long period of study, and must be used for the improvement of quality in learning and teaching. These funds are an addition to the university's basic funding. It is ensured that the funds do not lead to raising the capacity level, but rather are used for additional human resources, such as hiring teachers and tutors.
Each faculty has its own procedure for appropriating the funds. The procedure of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering as well as financed measures will be presented in the following.