• 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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Growing need for the social engagement of universities

Growing need for the social engagement of universities

Rising expectations and pressure to legitimise: at the third Global University Leaders Council Hamburg, 45 university leaders from 23 countries gathered from 5 to 7 June to discuss the rela-tionship between universities and society. It is marked by increasing, some-times conflicting expectations placed on universities to contribute to social development on top of their core commitment to research and teaching. As a result of their exchange, the participants of the Council jointly organ-ised by the HRK, the Körber Foundation and the University of Hamburg, adopted the "Rebuilding University – Socie-ty Relationships" declaration.More

Presidents of DFG and HRK recognise the agreement between federal and state governments on university funding

Presidents of DFG and HRK recognise the agreement between federal and state governments on university funding

After the 'Future Contract' and the 'Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation' was signed by the Federal Chancellor and the heads of the federal states, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz) thanked those responsible for their joint effort for universities. HRK President Peter-André Alt: "The fact that both pacts have been signed at the highest level by the federal and state governments highlights their importance."More

Amendment of the Vocational Training Act: HRK President warns of confusion over terms

Amendment of the Vocational Training Act: HRK President warns of confusion over terms

The President of the HRK, Prof Dr Peter-André Alt, said the following after the Federal Cabinet adopted the draft amendment to the Vocational Training Act: "The new terms for vocational qualifications set out in the amendment ought to be revised. Changing the designations from ‘Berufsbachelor’ (as previously suggested by the Ministry of Education and Research) to 'Bachelor Professional' (as currently set out in the draft), or from 'Berufsmaster' to 'Master Professional' does nothing to reduce the confusion caused, even if they are intended as 'additional designations'. More

HRK places high demands on satellite campus models in medicine

HRK places high demands on satellite campus models in medicine

Quality should not be sacrificed in the cooperation between universities and municipal or private hospitals in medical training. The HRK stressed this at its General Assembly. It called on the federal states to carefully review such satellite campus models. Satellite campus models are being established more and more in recent times, with the main objective being to increase the number of study places in medicine. The hope that the impending shortage in medical services in rural areas will be countered is also connected to this. More

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

Sharp increase in doctoral degrees awarded to graduates of universities of applied sciences - Findings of HRK survey of universities

Sharp increase in doctoral degrees awarded to graduates of universities of applied sciences - Findings of HRK survey of universities

The HRK published the findings of its survey of all German universities at its General Assembly in Rostock today. It enquired about doctoral degrees awarded to graduates of universities of applied sciences and those completed through cooperative doctoral training for the academic years 2015 to 2017 respectively. It was revealed that the number of doctoral degrees successfully completed by graduates of universities of applied sciences has risen steadily since the 1990s. More