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Iran: Academic Ahmadreza Djalali facing death penalty - HRK President renews protest

Iran: Academic Ahmadreza Djalali facing death penalty - HRK President renews protest

Iran's highest court has declined to review the death sentence issued against the academic Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, who has now been imprisoned for almost two years. The President of the HRK responded with a renewed call for the immediate reversal of the death sentence and the unconditional release of the academic. In an open letter to the Iranian head of state, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the HRK President also appealed for Dr Djalali to receive immediate access to proper medical treatment. The academic’s health has evidently deteriorated significantly during his imprisonment. Hippler urged Iran to respect human rights, protect academic freedom and recognise the principles of the rule of law.

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HRK President on cooperation agreement: Strong foundation for progressive higher education policy despite some weak points

HRK President on cooperation agreement: Strong foundation for progressive higher education policy despite some weak points

“As far as the universities are concerned, there is a basis for moving forward now.” This was the reaction of HRK-President Horst Hippler to the recently published draft of the CDU/CSU and SPD cooperation agreement. “Given the gratifyingly high priority that the parties intend to place on education, science and research, we now hope that the grand coalition will be formed expeditiously. Essentially, the agreement would be a strong, noticeably improved foundation for the progress that is needed in higher education policy, and it reflects a great deal of what the HRK has formulated and proposed in the past.”

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HRK in Brussels: European Excellence Initiative – European Universities

HRK in Brussels: European Excellence Initiative – European Universities

Do we need a European Excellence Initiative for universities, especially in the economically weaker member states of the EU? What is the vision for the twenty ‘European Universities’ recently proposed by European heads of government? These questions were discussed at an EU strategy day for university leaders organised by the HRK, in a public debate with political and academic experts. The representatives of German universities generally welcomed the interest of EU heads of government and the European Commission in creating strong university networks with the title ‘European Universities’. They expressed the view that universities, researchers and students would all benefit from such a strategic partnership.

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