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Turkey: Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany denounces interventions in the academic freedom

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Alliance of Scientific Organisations on EU Research Framework Programme

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DEAL – nationwide licensing of the products offered by major science publishers: start of negotiations with Elsevier

“We need significant improvements in the provision of information to academia. Now for the first time, the major German research institutions are entering into negotiations with one of the most important science publishers to obtain fairer terms for the purchasing of literature”, says HRK-President Horst Hippler. The negotiations were prepared as part of the DEAL project – nationwide licensing of the products offered by major science publishers which was launched by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany at the initiative of the HRK. Upon conclusion of the preparatory work, negotiations headed by the HRK President started with Elsevier on a nationwide licence agreement. The objective is to sign an agreement with a term beginning on 1 January 2017. Initial exploratory talks are being held with Springer Nature and Wiley publishers.



HRK university clearing system will start on 1 August already - Overview of study places available for the autumn semester

The nationwide university clearing system provided by the HRK will go live once again. This is where anyone who is looking for a study place for the upcoming autumn semester will find the ones not yet allocated by the universities. The clearing system contains undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes for which there are places still available. The universities post information not only about places on degree programmes with local admission restrictions but also on programmes with free access.



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.