HRK Hochschulrektorenkonferenz Die Stimme der Hochschulen

Alliance of Scientific Organisations on EU Research Framework Programme

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New Berlin Office at
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European Rectors' Conferences want to safeguard collaboration with Great Britain

The Presidents of Rectors’ Conferences in 24 European countries have proclaimed their support for continued collaboration with British universities, even after a Brexit. In the joint statement, also signed by HRK-President Horst Hippler, the Presidents point to the great significance of the collaboration for the development of universities throughout Europe. They say that pooling infrastructure, data and expertise is of fundamental importance in knowledge-based societies.



HRK President expresses his protest against treatment of academic staff in Turkey

“Germany’s universities are shocked by the current developments seen at Turkish universities. The drastic and apparently unscrupulous curtailments of academic freedoms by the Turkish government leave us all speechless. We protest in the strongest terms against such actions”, said HRK-President Horst Hippler. “The news we are getting indicate that such actions constitute systematic intimidation and are aimed at destroying freedom of thought: the dismissal of more than 1500 deans, suspensions, travel bans on academics and recalls of those who work abroad, academic staff under general suspicion, arrests. We empathise with the academic staff affected and assure them of our solidarity.”



KMK and HRK give clear commitment to European Study Reform

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the HRK have stated their firm commitment to the European Study Reform. In a joint declaration issued on Friday, the two conferences gave a generally positive summary of the results of the reform process launched in Bologna in 1999. The key objectives of the European Higher Education Area, agreed on to date by 48 countries, have been established to a great extent at universities. These objectives include in particular the two-tier degree structure with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, quality assurance based on common standards and guidelines, as well as shared instruments of transparency for the recognition of academic achievements.