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The President of the HRK on the signing of the Higher Education Pact: a decision in favour of the universities – still with significant omissions
12.12.2014

The President of the HRK on the signing of the Higher Education Pact: a decision in favour of the universities – still with significant omissions

Following the signing of the Higher Education Pact III by the Prime Ministers of the federal states and by Chancellor Merkel, HRK-President Horst Hippler said: "The continuation of the Higher Educatio...

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Meeting of KMK and HRK on inclusion competences in teacher education
01.12.2014

Meeting of KMK and HRK on inclusion competences in teacher education

What competences do teachers need to teach a group of young people with different learning needs? This was the question under discussion at a joint meeting of the KMK and the HRK in Berlin on Monday, ...

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'Help-yourself' on all sides jeopardises top-level European research
28.11.2014

'Help-yourself' on all sides jeopardises top-level European research

HRK-President Horst Hippler warned of the severe consequences for higher education institutions caused by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's infrastructure investment fund: "We must not fu...

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2014 Ars Legendi Prize goes to Frankfurt am Main and Hohenheim
18.11.2014

2014 Ars Legendi Prize goes to Frankfurt am Main and Hohenheim

The 2014 Ars Legendi Prize for Research-Based Learning has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Martin Blum at the University of Hohenheim and Prof. Dr. Daniela Elsner at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Bot...

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HRK General Meeting: BAföG funding must come to the universities
07.11.2014

HRK General Meeting: BAföG funding must come to the universities

The HRK called upon the federal states to use most of the 'relief funding' under BAföG (the German Federal Law on Support in Education) to improve the basic finances of the universities. However, it s...

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Universities spurred on by positive student feedback
30.10.2014

Universities spurred on by positive student feedback

"The 12th Student Survey shows that universities are making good progress in the implementation of the European Study Reform and the creation of a better framework for higher education," said Holger B...

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The dispute between the federal states and the federal government is putting research at universities at risk The HRK is calling for financing to cover the real costs
16.10.2014

The dispute between the federal states and the federal government is putting research at universities at risk The HRK is calling for financing to cover the real costs

The Senate of the HRK has emphatically urged the federal government and the federal states to put aside their dispute over financing of what is called the "overheads" of research projects. "If the d...

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German-Japanese conference on the role of universities in the future
09.10.2014

German-Japanese conference on the role of universities in the future

What can and should be the role of universities in Japan and Germany in the future? Around 250 experts met on the invitation of the HRK, the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo and the Universi...

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HRK President on the new OECD education figures: Germany cannot ease up
10.09.2014

HRK President on the new OECD education figures: Germany cannot ease up

On the occasion of the publication of the OECD Statistics "Education at a Glance", Professor Dr. Horst Hippler, President of the HRK, warned about systematically continuing along the same course in pr...

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Study place exchange back online
01.09.2014

Study place exchange back online

Still looking for a suitable university place? Germany's nationwide study place exchange is now back online, listing places that are still available. The site is updated daily to show the degree progr...

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New HRK project to support universities in the Study Reform
06.08.2014

New HRK project to support universities in the Study Reform

The HRK, with the support of the BMBF, has launched a new project to help universities with the continued implementation of the European Study Reform. The project "nexus – Forming Transitions, Promoti...

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The HRK Senate on the planned minimum wage
24.06.2014

The HRK Senate on the planned minimum wage

The draft legislation on an across-the-board statutory minimum wage must not put useful work placements for students and university graduates at risk. The Senate of the HRK therefore called for change...

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HRK says: MOOCs are not instruments with which to make savings
24.06.2014

HRK says: MOOCs are not instruments with which to make savings

The Senate of the HRK has rejected any ideas that given the debt brake, funding might be saved with MOOCs: "MOOCs are very resource-intensive and are therefore not suitable as instruments with which t...

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HRK formulates a framework for the evaluation of research performance
14.05.2014

HRK formulates a framework for the evaluation of research performance

Yesterday in Frankfurt am Main, the General Meeting of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) positively acknowledged the procedure developed by the German Council of Science and Humanities for the eval...

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The University of Vechta becomes a member of the HRK
14.05.2014

The University of Vechta becomes a member of the HRK

The University of Vechta was yesterday admitted as a new member university by the German Rectors' Conference at its General Meeting in Frankfurt am Main. The HRK now has 268 member universities.

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HRK recommendation on improved support for early career researchers
14.05.2014

HRK recommendation on improved support for early career researchers

The heads of the German universities wish to create greater certainty and transparency in the career planning of early career researchers. The 16th General Meeting of the German Rectors' Conference (H...

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Three new members elected to the HRK Executive Board
13.05.2014

Three new members elected to the HRK Executive Board

From August, the Executive Board of the HRK will have three new members: Professor Dr. Andreas Bertram, Professor Dr. Ulrich Rüdiger and Professor Dr. Johanna Eleonore Weber were elected HRK Vice Pres...

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HRK President opens the Annual Meeting in Frankfurt am Main
12.05.2014

HRK President opens the Annual Meeting in Frankfurt am Main

HRK President Horst Hippler has welcomed over 160 university heads together with many other guests to the Annual Meeting of the HRK. The University of Frankfurt, celebrating its centenary this year, i...

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HRK President to revised forecast for first-year student numbers: collapse threatens if no help is forthcoming from the federal government and the federal states
09.05.2014

HRK President to revised forecast for first-year student numbers: collapse threatens if no help is forthcoming from the federal government and the federal states

The HRK-President responded to the new projection of first-year student numbers by the KMK: "These high figures for first-year students definitely do not represent a one-off peak but a high-level plat...

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HRK on the lifting of the cooperation ban
04.04.2014

HRK on the lifting of the cooperation ban

The Universities Members' group and the President of the HRK are calling on the Federal Government, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat to implement without delay the statement in the coalition agreement ...

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Finding a university place online: clearing open until end of April
01.04.2014

Finding a university place online: clearing open until end of April

School-leavers who have not received any offers for their chosen university courses can search for a suitable alternative using the university clearing system provided by the German HRK. Access is fre...

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European Research Area must allow room for individual strengths
11.02.2014

European Research Area must allow room for individual strengths

"The European Research Area must promote better collaboration between and integration of the 28 national research systems, not centralisation and standardisation," said HRK-President Horst Hippler. In...

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The Rectors' Conferences of Greece and Germany meet in Athens
09.01.2014

The Rectors' Conferences of Greece and Germany meet in Athens

Representatives of the Greek Rectors' Conference and the HRK held their first meeting to discuss future collaboration between their two organisations. The consequences of the financial crisis for the ...

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