According to forecasts, the population in Thuringia

will experience a strong decline over the coming decades. This will be associated with a tremendous decline in potential skilled labour, creating considerable challenges for the economic location of Thuringia in the mid- to long-term.

In this respect, the transdisciplinary HiTh-project will

investigate the extent to which international students and highly-skilled international workers can counterbalance this development. More specifically, it aims at winning over international students for the economic location of Thuringia by facilitating their transition to a local and regional labour market as well as sensitizing companies to the potential of internationally-qualified professionals, to keep highly qualified international professionals that are already in Thuringia here.

The HiTh-project will be in the form of a collaboration

between the Chair of Economics and Public Finance and the Chair of Economic Geography at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, the International Office of the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena and the Business Development Agency Jena mbH. There will also be close cooperation with companies in the region that will be promoted by placing intern students with regional companies and offering an award to companies for their openness to intercultural opportunities.

Focused in the main goal

HiTh - together reach more

In particular the HiTh-project aims

implementation and evaluation measures that will improve the receptivity and capacity of companies in Thuringia to take on and commit themselves to international students and specialists

generaion of a comprehensive database by questioning international students, professionals as well as universities and companies in Thuringia

derivation of  recommendations for future action for regional politics, the economy and universities in Thuringia

transfer of the results of the project to all stakeholders and the general public

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HiTh is funded by the Free State of Thuringia from the European Social Fund (ESF). The runtime of the project is 3 years (06/2016-05/2019)