• 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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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

New HRK publication supports universities in their language policy

New HRK publication supports universities in their language policy

"Language policy is a complex and much discussed topic at our universities," said HRK-President Peter-André Alt in light of the publication of the HRK document ‘Institutionelle Sprachenpolitik an Hochschulen – Fortschritte und Herausforderungen’ (‘Institutional Language Policy at Universities – Progress and Challenges’). He highlighted the importance of dealing with this challenge strategically and in consideration of the different cultures prevailing in individual disciplines.More

HRK President calls for immediate release of Ahmadreza Djalali - Academic refused medical care in Iranian custody

HRK President calls for immediate release of Ahmadreza Djalali - Academic refused medical care in Iranian custody

"I am deeply concerned by reports that Dr Djalali has no access to medical care despite the critical condition of his health. In an open letter I urged the Iranian head of state to release the academic from custody immediately. He has now been detained for almost three years," said HRK- President Peter-André Alt. "We want to make it clear that we will continue to fight for the freedom of Dr Djalali alongside a number of international partners. Respecting human rights and academic freedom is an indispensable prerequisite for cooperation with Iranian universities." More

“Structural disadvantages” - HRK event on women in academia

“Structural disadvantages” - HRK event on women in academia

Women in academia are still subject to structural disadvantages. At an event hosted by the HRK and the University of Göttingen, female university leaders exchanged ideas with female politicians and business experts about causes and counter-strategies. Around a quarter of professorships and university leadership positions are now occupied by women. In 2000, the number of women occupying professorships was still just ten percent. However, this positive trend cannot disguise the fact that women still have a comparatively hard time forging an academic career and rising through the ranks in university management. More

Wiley and Projekt DEAL partner to enhance the future of scholarly research and publishing in Germany
Contract signing: Dr. Guido Herrmann, Managing Director Wiley-VCH, and Dr. Frank Sander, Managing Director Max Planck Digital Library Services (Picture credits: dpa, Tanja Marotzke)

Wiley and Projekt DEAL partner to enhance the future of scholarly research and publishing in Germany

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global leader in research and education, announced today a countrywide partnership agreement with Projekt DEAL, a representative of nearly 700 academic institutions in Germany. Under an annual fee, this transformative three-year agreement provides all Projekt DEAL institutions with access to read Wiley’s academic journals back to the year 1997, and researchers at Projekt DEAL institutions can publish articles open access in Wiley’s journals. The partnership will better support institutions and researchers in advancing open science, driving discovery, and developing and disseminating knowledge. More

EU financial planning: German, French and Polish Rectors' Conferences emphasise the importance of universities

EU financial planning: German, French and Polish Rectors' Conferences emphasise the importance of universities

The German (HRK), French (CPU) and Polish (CRASP) Rectors' Conferences welcome the commitment of EU bodies to negotiating the research, education and structural funding programmes for the years 2021-2027 quickly and effectively. The European Council has already stated its position on the proposals of the EU Commission. It is expected that the EU Parliament will soon comment on EU financial planning.More