COLOGNE, Germany — Following 12 years of elementary- and high-school education in Germany, 22-year-old Sabrina Kleinsorg had to make a decision for her professional career two years ago. “Most of my fellow students wanted to go to university, opted for a higher education, but I wanted to earn money immediately, while learning a profession at the same time,” Kleinsorg says. Her own family history includes mostly blue-collar workers, and Kleinsorg’s parents favored an education in skilled crafts and trades for their daughter. Apprentice Sabrina Kleinsorg talks to trainees Fabian Hartmann, left, and Andre Etzweiler, right, at the Ford plant in Cologne, Germany. For Kleinsorg, the choice was easy: She opted for an apprenticeship in the field of engineering.
An American university has once again been crowned best in the world, so what is it US institutions have over their UK competitors – and why are British students shunning their country’s offerings and flocking overseaFor the second year running, the California Institute of Technology has trumped UK competition to take the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012-13.