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HRK protests against another attack on academic freedom in Hungary

HRK protests against another attack on academic freedom in Hungary

“The recent publication of the names of members of the Central European University (CEU) in a Hungarian newspaper with close ties to the government is clearly an attempt at intimidation. I view this as a serious attack on academic freedom in an EU Member State,” says HRK President Horst Hippler. “I stand in support of the recent protest by the European University Association (EUA), which counts HRK and many German universities among its members.” Back in June 2017, the HRK President reached out to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a letter sent jointly with the co-organisers of the Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council and demanded that measures were taken to safeguard freedom within academia.

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HRK President supports March for Science

HRK President supports March for Science

HRK President Horst Hippler has expressed his support for the March for Science again this year. “As a researcher and as a representative of the universities, I will be participating with great conviction. I would like to express my respect and gratitude to the organisers of this true grass-roots movement for their commitment,” Hippler said. He went on to say, “The freedom of science, research and teaching must be actively championed and fought for again and again. In many regions of the world, it is perpetually curtailed or endangered. However, the fact that it is also being attacked in a number of democratically constituted states, that anti-science tendencies seem to be on the rise even in Germany, especially concerns us.

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HRK survey: more and more refugees gaining academic qualifications - Enrolments almost triple – growth consistent with expectations

HRK survey: more and more refugees gaining academic qualifications - Enrolments almost triple – growth consistent with expectations

The integration of refugees at German universities is progressing as expected. An increasing number of refugees are successfully making the transition into their chosen course of study. This is a finding from a survey by the HRK of its member universities. New enrolments in the current winter semester have risen to 3,000, almost triple the number for the previous winter semester. This figure represents enrolments for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Responses from the universities also show that the number of individual consultations provided is continuing to grow. This is consistent with the trend since the surveys began in the winter semester of 2015/2016.

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