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HRK: The international character of German universities must be maintained during the COVID-19 crisis

HRK: The international character of German universities must be maintained during the COVID-19 crisis

The HRK welcomes the fact that there is still undiminished interest among international students in studying at German universities in spite of the COVID-19 crisis. In the HRK's view, to ensure that international students can actually enter Germany for the winter 2020/21 semester, it is crucial that the necessary visas can be applied for and approved promptly.

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DAAD, DFG and HRK call for improvements to new EU budget: Stronger emphasis on education and research essential

DAAD, DFG and HRK call for improvements to new EU budget: Stronger emphasis on education and research essential

The funding earmarked for education and research in the new seven-year EU financial framework and the “Next Generation EU” coronavirus recovery plan have thus far failed to meet expectations and future requirements in the view of the DAAD, DFG and HRK. The three science organisations therefore welcome the EU Parliament’s cross-party call for improvements to ensure more innovation and successful crisis management.

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DAAD and HRK criticise new visa rules in USA

DAAD and HRK criticise new visa rules in USA

German students in the USA are facing an uncertain future due to the new visa rules in the coronavirus crisis. The US immigration agency ICE had announced last week that foreign students who were participating exclusively in online courses at an American university would have to leave the country – or face deportation. The Presidents of the HRK and DAAD have sounded a warning about the consequences.

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New European university alliances funded – 20 German universities participating

New European university alliances funded – 20 German universities participating

HRK-President Peter-André Alt has made the following comments regarding today’s announcement of the further 24 European university alliances funded by the EU: “All universities participating in the selected European networks are to be congratulated. With 20 universities participating in 18 of the selected alliances, Germany’s presence is even more gratifying than in the first round. A total of 15 German universities were involved in 14 of the 17 networks in that round. This is an impressive achievement."

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HRK Senate: Priority for health protection – as much face-to-face teaching as possible

HRK Senate: Priority for health protection – as much face-to-face teaching as possible

The Senate of the HRK has unanimously affirmed its commitment to making health protection an absolute priority in the organisation of the upcoming winter semester. It was completely undisputed that universities are and want to be attendance-based institutions – now and in the future. However, it considers the call for an immediate return to face-to-face contact to be inappropriate given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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HRK Senate on cross-sector and lateral entry into the teaching profession: Academic standards are non-negotiable

HRK Senate on cross-sector and lateral entry into the teaching profession: Academic standards are non-negotiable

Academic standards in teacher education are non-negotiable for cross-sector and lateral entry into teaching. This was stressed by the Senate of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) in a resolution issued, which noted that there should not be any “second-class teachers” with quality and acceptance issues due to inadequate further education.

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