• New HRK brochure: "German Rectors' Conference: The Voice of the Universities"

  • New folder "German Universities: Excellence in Education, Research and Innovation"

  • New: leaflet "Right of residence for researchers from non-EU countries in Germany" available in English

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Challenges and Future Prospects for the Internationalisation of German Universities – Annual Conference of the project HRK EXPERTISE Internationalisation

Challenges and Future Prospects for the Internationalisation of German Universities – Annual Conference of the project HRK EXPERTISE Internationalisation

What are the current framework conditions and challenges for the internationalisation of German universities? How does the German higher education system compare with the rest of the world? What future prospects for action and development opportunities can be identified? Around 200 university leaders, staff from international offices, researchers, teachers and representatives of science ministries and organisations will discuss these questions today and tomorrow at the annual conference of the project HRK EXPERTISE Internationalisation of the HRK in Berlin. More

Springer Nature and DEAL: Considerable progress in negotiations

Springer Nature and DEAL: Considerable progress in negotiations

Springer Nature and Project DEAL of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany have made considerable progress in their negotiations on a groundbreaking model for publishing and reading scientific literature, as the project’s negotiation leader Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, and Dagmar Laging, Vice President Institutional Sales Europe at Springer Nature both report. The joint objective of Springer Nature and Project DEAL is to bring negotiations to a successful conclusion by mid-2019 at the latest. More

Student numbers at new record high: successor to Higher Education Pact more vital than ever before

Student numbers at new record high: successor to Higher Education Pact more vital than ever before

In response to the latest figures issued by the Federal Statistical Office concerning students at German universities, the President of the German Rectors' Conference, Professor Dr Peter-André Alt, has commented: "Student numbers have been breaking records for more than ten years. This year, a new record high has been reached with almost 2.9 million students. Once again it is clear that the growth in student numbers was not a one-off effect of the doubling of the number of young people achieving the Abitur qualification; instead it is largely attributable to the greater participation in education."More

New HRK data: drop in admission restrictions continues

New HRK data: drop in admission restrictions continues

The number of courses subject to admission restrictions has fallen again slightly. This was revealed by the latest statistics from the HRK. In the current 2018/2019 winter semester, admission restrictions applied to 42.1 per cent of the more than 10,000 undergraduate courses on offer. This is down from the previous year's 44.2 per cent and 49.5 per cent in the 2014/2015 winter semester. The proportion of admission restrictions is particularly high in Berlin (64.6 per cent) and Bremen (62 per cent). More

Federal/State Government programmes: progress and setbacks for universities of applied sciences

Federal/State Government programmes: progress and setbacks for universities of applied sciences

"The fact that the Joint Science Conference agreed on two programmes specially tailored to universities of applied sciences in the last week is a good sign given the important role of these universities in the German higher education system," said HRK-President Peter-André Alt. "We are delighted that a programme aimed at facilitating the recruitment and development of professors at universities of applied sciences has now been adopted after long negotiations and some delays," commented the Spokesperson of the HRK Universities of Applied Sciences Member Group, Prof Dr Karim Khakzar.More

HRK recommendation towards a culture of sustainability at universities

HRK recommendation towards a culture of sustainability at universities

HRK member universities affirmed their responsibility for sustainable development at their General Assembly. In doing so, they alluded to the guiding principle of the United Nations that humanity must satisfy its needs without endangering the fundamentals of future generations. “Universities, in particular, can make a substantial contribution towards achieving this goal,” HRK President Peter-André Alt told the press. More