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HRK President on the debate surrounding the Hungarian Higher Education Law

HRK President on the debate surrounding the Hungarian Higher Education Law

HRK President Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler on the debate surrounding the Hungarian Higher Education Law: “Close academic collaboration within the EU is essential to the competitiveness of our universities and research institutions. The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest makes an excellent contribution in this regard with its research and teaching. I cannot fathom why the existence of one of the leading research universities in Hungary is being put at risk by the current process of amending the Hungarian Higher Education Law. It would be extremely regrettable and damaging if the CEU were to become the victim of pettifogging statutory regulation.” Hippler also referred to the European University Association (EUA), which has called on the Hungarian President not to sign the draft legislation.

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HRK surveys universities about the integration of refugees: Notable successes and new challenges

HRK surveys universities about the integration of refugees: Notable successes and new challenges

Refugees have accessed German universities in significantly increased numbers over recent months. According to a survey conducted by the HRK, 1,140 refugees are currently enrolled in a course of study. That is five times as many as six months ago. Almost 24,000 individual consultations were reported by the universities for the current winter semester – more than double the number of the previous semester. Universities are actively working to support the academic integration of refugees, in particular through measures to facilitate the acquisition of language and specialist skills in preparation for study. With financial support from the Federal and state governments, they are providing special preparatory programmes for refugees who aspire to and are able to study.

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A more precise description of university degrees: New qualifications framework of KMK and HRK

A more precise description of university degrees: New qualifications framework of KMK and HRK

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) has approved the enhancement of the "Qualifications Framework for Higher Education Qualifications" (HQR), first published in 2005, which was formulated in cooperation with the HRK. The HRQ is a key component of the German Qualifications Framework and corresponds to its levels 6, 7 and 8. The enhancement has been initiated and prepared by the HRK because it had become evident, particularly in the context of assigning professional qualifications to the trans-sectoral "German Qualifications Framework" (DQR), that the HQR of 2005 did not describe the specifics of higher education clearly enough. The enhanced HQR was adopted by the KMK in coordination with the BMBF and with the involvement of stakeholders of the Bologna Process.

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