The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) provides those collaborative partners who offer a nationwide degree programme search with data that meets certain requirements and that is updated at regular intervals. This enables collaborative partners to offer a degree programme search on their own websites that incorporates either all programmes of study offered by German universities or a selection of programmes of study chosen according to a specific topic.
Collaborative partners who would like to offer their own degree programme search on their websites receive a data export from the Higher Education Compass. Collaborative partners with their own search forms, which are in most cases already related to the topic of studying in their own editorial context, include the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst), and ZEIT ONLINE. The Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat), which is responsible for accredited study opportunities, and think ING, which provides information on study opportunities in engineering sciences, also offer nationwide searches. These searches, however, are limited in terms of topic.
Some collaborative partners would like to offer a search tool for study opportunities at German universities (either a comprehensive search or a search limited in terms of topic) on their websites without having to maintain and update their own database. Such partners can obtain an "i-Frame" for the advanced search from the Higher Education Compass so they can have a link to this search form on their own website. Collaborative partners of this type include SPIEGEL ONLINE, Clio Online, and the Arbeitskreis Wirtschaftsinformatik (a group for Universities of Applied Science offering programmes in information systems and management).
The Higher Education Compass also collaborates with other university databases by making two-way links available in their respective search results. These partners include the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (Centre for Higher Education – CHE), the Research Explorer from the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation – DFG), and the Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat).