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German Rectors' Conference and German Library Association emphatically welcome draft reform of copyright law

German Rectors' Conference and German Library Association emphatically welcome draft reform of copyright law

The reform of copyright law drafted by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and currently under discussion is emphatically welcomed by the HRK and the German Library Association e.V. (dbv). The research-friendly changes envisaged are an appropriate response to the increasing digitalisation of research, teaching and methods of lifelong learning, the resultant innovative usage possibilities and new technical conditions. There is the serious risk of Germany falling behind without appropriate reforms in support of education, research, teaching and instruction. Much to their dismay, the HRK and dbv realise that shareholders in the publishing sector are making false and misleading allegations in an attempt to block this legislative reform.

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Science is International

Science is International

Together with eight other German science organisations, the HRK has commented on the immigration ban into the United States, which applies to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. Especially in times of international crises, science is a valuable link between nations, which must be protected with great urgency. The German Scientific Organizations call upon the U.S. government to immediately repeal the immigration ban.

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HRK clearing system for study places opens on 1 February

HRK clearing system for study places opens on 1 February

German universities will once again provide centralised information about available study places. The clearing system for study places provided by the HRK will allow people interested in studying to find courses that still have study places available for the 2017 summer semester. Since last year, the clearing system has started at the beginning of February, because even by then admission procedures at some universities are so far advanced that processing of subsequent offers – the so-called “move-up process” – is complete. Other universities will reach that stage some time in the coming week.

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