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Quality of higher education under threat

Quality of higher education under threat

Worldwide, the demand for an academic education continues to grow. The result is the rapid expansion of higher education institutions; the private sector, in particular, is booming. In countries through- out the world, it is thus becoming increasingly difficult to safeguard the qualiity of higher education. This is a finding by the second Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council. Forty-seven university leaders from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America came together to attend this Council. They discussed and debated the consequences of the trend towards academisation and the future of higher education at the invitation of the German Rectors’ Conference, the Körber Foundation and Universität Hamburg.

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Broadening the base of internationalisation of universities:
launch conference of HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation project

Broadening the base of internationalisation of universities:
launch conference of HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation project

Who is accountable and responsible for the internationalisation of German universities? How can awareness of international aspects in study programmes, research and everyday university life in general be promoted at German universities? This is where the HRK EXPERTISE Internationalisation project comes in. The launch conference explores avenues for ensuring that all university staff actively assume responsibility for internationalisation. Representatives of 120 universities are meeting to exchange views and information on this topic.

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Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council

Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council

Around 50 presidents of leading universities from around the whole world will assemble for the second Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council from 7 to 9 June 2017. At the invitation of the HRK, the Körber Foundation and the Universität Hamburg, they will discuss differentiation in university systems and the future of higher education. University leaders from all continents and from 27 different countries will come to Hamburg: presidents from Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Columbia, China, India and Japan, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa, the USA and Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy and Russia, among others, will express their opinions on a meaningful differentiation of the higher education landscape. The Council will also devote itself to current pressing issues: in view of increasing restrictions in many countries, the experts will debate academic freedom and university autonomy.

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