They still make things, lease is cost effective even in stylish cities, higher education is tuition free and you can get into a top-flight football match for less than 12.

However all these functions of German society have their own expenses and drawbacks, numerous would argue.

I travelled to Berlin and Munich previously this year to research study a feature on the country’s universities, released today. Plenty of things from the trip have stuck in my mind, including (however not limited to) the excellent EUR2.99 weisswurst and fresh pretzel from a Munich butcher’s shop, together with the ominous marionettes and mechanical fairground tourist attractions on the city museum’s strangely quiet top floor. Having actually paid EUR19 (14.82) to travel the six hours from Berlin to Munich on a comfortable, punctual, high-speed Deutsche Bahn train, I am still weeping bitter tears over my own exorbitantly priced season ticket back home.

And I’m still weighing up the contrasts between the German and English university systems, and how they show more comprehensive contrasts in national cultures, societies and political systems (Scottish universities are perhaps more comparablejust like their German counterparts, as Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, has recommended).

The appreciation for Germany’s scrapping of tuition charges from some charges critics in England reminded me of the method some English football authors have actually praised German football as an alternative design to the Premier League.

In the Bundesliga, tickets are low-cost, fans can still stand to watch games, clubs are majority owned by fans, can not be commercially owned (disallowing 2 historic exceptions) and are viewed as neighborhood possessions.

Meanwhile, England’s Premier League, where none of that uses, is richer and without a doubt the larger worldwide player.

Likewise, English universities – where, as in football, entering costs you more cash than in Germany – have greater levels of earnings (per student) and are more successful worldwide (on research and student recruitment).

Just like football clubs, universities are dealt with more as regional assets in Germany, some argue. Howard Hotson, writing in Times Higher Education in 2014, said that Germany has “a cluster of ancient regional universities, supplying a locus of cultural identity and goal”, contrasting this with England’s rigid social hierarchy of universities in which age of organization is frequently a figuring out element. He suggested that a “combination of regional universities, regional politics” led to the “reversal of apparently inescapable tuition charges”.

The relative absence of hierarchy between universities in Germany features a much lower degree of selectivity in admissions. LMU Munich, which at 29th in the Times HigherCollege World University Rankings 2015-16 is Germany’s highest-placed organization, has about 50,000 students – bigger than even the largest UK universities, not to mention the most selective.

The impression I received from speaking with senior figures in German greatercollege is that where you research study will not generally impact the kind of job you can get, although there are ideas that the Quality Initiative select research financing program could alter this.

NumerousA number of the contrasts in between Germany and England in highercollege – and more broadly – come from fundamental distinctions in the choices of voters on higher- and lower-tax routines, and much deeper cultural attitudes to the functions of federal government, policy and markets.

But with universities and more normally, it seems odd that there is not more exchange of concepts in between Europe’s 2 most significant economies and most populated countries.

Undoubtedly 20th-century history has been a significant aspectconsider the disconnect, however the movement to local devolution in the UK – where universities might have an important function – may make federally degenerated Germany a closer cousin. The 2 countries do have a shared sense of the importance of universities, football and sausages, nevertheless various they all look in each country.