• New HRK brochure: "German Rectors' Conference: The Voice of the Universities"

  • New folder "German Universities: Excellence in Education, Research and Innovation"

  • New: leaflet "Right of residence for researchers from non-EU countries in Germany" available in English

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Carola Jungwirth elected HRK Vice-President

Carola Jungwirth elected HRK Vice-President

The President of the University of Passau, Carola Jungwirth, becomes Vice-President of the HRK. The HRK General Assembly elected her today in Rostock at the recommendation of the President. As of 1 June 2019, she will be responsible for the area of Teaching and Learning on the Executive Board. More

Concerns for university autonomy in Brazil

Concerns for university autonomy in Brazil

There are now also reasons to be concerned about the future of academic freedom in Brazil. Newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro announced on Twitter that the government is planning extensive cuts to funding for Brazilian state universities and to suspend funding entirely for faculties of philosophy and sociology. The French Rectors' Conference (CPU) has already declared solidarity with Brazilian universities. HRK President Peter-André Alt joined this appeal with the following statement: "Strong, independent universities are important components of democratic social order. It is alarming that they are to be openly undermined in this capacity in Brazil." More

HRK on the successor to the Higher Education Pact: a joint effort for higher education

HRK on the successor to the Higher Education Pact: a joint effort for higher education

HRK-President Peter-André Alt commented on the agreement reached by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) about the research pacts as follows: “I am very relieved that an agreement has been reached between the Federal and State Governments despite difficult negotiations. The Federal and State Governments are assuming joint responsibility. All those involved have looked beyond their own individual interests and thus made this result possible."More

Growing expectations placed on universities

Growing expectations placed on universities

The list of requirements placed on universities is long. They are expected to make higher education available to a growing number of students, attract new social groups to study programmes and meet diversified labour market requirements. At the same time, internationally competitive research is expected to solve issues concerning the world's future and applied research is supposed to boost the economy at the local level. These were the key findings of the study "The Place of Universities in Society" by the University of Oslo, commissioned by the Körber Foundation. More

HRK President appalled at repression of Turkish researchers: Strong protest against imminent imprisonment of Professor Dr Füsun Üstel

HRK President appalled at repression of Turkish researchers: Strong protest against imminent imprisonment of Professor Dr Füsun Üstel

Around three years after the petition "We Will Not Be a Party to this Crime!" was published, the repression of researchers by the Turkish authorities has taken on a new dimension. The President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), Professor Dr Peter-André Alt, stated his views on this: "I am alarmed, or rather appalled, at the events at Turkish universities since the petition "We Will Not Be a Party to this Crime!" was published. More

7. HRK survey of universities: Continual sharp rise in number of newly enrolled refugees

7. HRK survey of universities: Continual sharp rise in number of newly enrolled refugees

The academic integration of refugees at German universities continues to progress well. An increasing number are successfully making the transition from the orientation and preparation phase to their chosen course of study. This was revealed by the most recent survey by the HRK, which has seen the best response to date, of its member universities in the 2018/2019 winter semester. The number of new enrolments with a refugee background has risen sharply from 3,000 in the previous winter semester to almost 3,800 in the current winter semester.More