DZHW carries out basic research with practical applications in the field of higher education and the sciences. It sees itself as a partner of as well as service provider for science and science policy. Therefore, its research is both theory-driven and related to practice. As a part of the scientific community, DZHW introduces the results of its research into the scientific discourse.Furthermore, with its analyses, DZHW supports higher education institutions and educational administration in shaping higher education in Germany and Europe. It provides important data supporting a comprehensive and sustainable evidence-based higher education policy.