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Broadening the base of internationalisation of universities:
launch conference of HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation project

Broadening the base of internationalisation of universities:
launch conference of HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation project

Who is accountable and responsible for the internationalisation of German universities? How can awareness of international aspects in study programmes, research and everyday university life in general be promoted at German universities? This is where the HRK EXPERTISE Internationalisation project comes in. The launch conference explores avenues for ensuring that all university staff actively assume responsibility for internationalisation. Representatives of 120 universities are meeting to exchange views and information on this topic.

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Nationwide increase in doctoral degrees awarded to graduates of universities of applied sciences

Nationwide increase in doctoral degrees awarded to graduates of universities of applied sciences

New data on doctoral degrees awarded to graduates of universities of applied sciences and those completed through cooperative doctoral training was presented by the HRK on the occasion of its General Assembly. The HRK surveyed all German universities on both these topics for the academic years 2012 to 2014. Looking at doctoral degrees successfully completed at universities by graduates of universities of applied sciences, it is clear that there has been a steady rise in numbers since the 1990s to at least 1,245 people in the period now surveyed. Compared with the years 2009 to 2011, this is an increase of over 30 per cent. The HRK also asked about rules that guarantee non-discriminatory access to doctoral training. Around 90 per cent of university leadership teams that responded confirmed the existence of such rules in the relevant university regulations.

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HRK: No institutionalised programme funding for teaching

HRK: No institutionalised programme funding for teaching

The idea of an independent organisation for funding higher education teaching was rejected by the General Assembly of the HRK. The German Council of Science and Humanities had recommended the week before last that this idea be examined. In the Council’s view, such an organisation would enable the Federal and State Governments to support quality improvement in teaching through long-term funding opportunities and systematic networking. Following the meeting, HRK President Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler clarified the General Assembly’s position: “What we need now, and also after 2020, is not new institutions, but above all clearly formulated, reliable higher education funding as a matter of joint responsibility of the State and Federal Governments."

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