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The HRK says: retain the dynamic of the Excellence Initiative
12.11.2015

The HRK says: retain the dynamic of the Excellence Initiative

The dynamic of the Excellence Initiative must be retained. This will be achieved provided that there is neither a politically specified concentration on a few locations nor a move away from the excell...

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Translating the amendments to the Basic Law into action HRK calls for investment in higher education by the federal government and the federal states
11.11.2015

Translating the amendments to the Basic Law into action HRK calls for investment in higher education by the federal government and the federal states

The federal government and the federal states must now translate the amendment to the Basic Law that was made a year ago into action and bring about agreement on the areas they will finance jointly. T...

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Ahead of tomorrow's hearing on the amendment to Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law: The HRK argues the case for keeping fixed-term opportunities
10.11.2015

Ahead of tomorrow's hearing on the amendment to Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law: The HRK argues the case for keeping fixed-term opportunities

The General Meeting of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) in Kiel has opposed plans to completely do away with fixed-term opportunities for non-academic and non-artistic staff working on third-party...

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HRK Vice-Presidents Ulrike Beisiegel and Holger Burckhart re-elected
10.11.2015

HRK Vice-Presidents Ulrike Beisiegel and Holger Burckhart re-elected

The Executive Board of the HRK will continue its work with the same members. The General Meeting of the HRK confirmed Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisiegel and Prof. Dr. Holger Burckhart in office: Prof. Dr. Ulr...

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Jens-Peter Gaul to be appointed as new HRK Secretary-General
10.11.2015

Jens-Peter Gaul to be appointed as new HRK Secretary-General

Dr. Jens-Peter Gaul is set to oversee the HRK Head Office. The 47-year-old, who holds a doctorate in law, fielded questions from the HRK General Meeting in Kiel today. This step concluded the appointm...

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Prize for Higher Education Communication 2015: Award presented to TU Dortmund University and Fachhochschule Dortmund - University of Applied Sciences and Arts
10.11.2015

Prize for Higher Education Communication 2015: Award presented to TU Dortmund University and Fachhochschule Dortmund - University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The Technical University and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund have received the Prize for Higher Education 2015, which is worth €25 000. It was presented before the HRK General ...

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HRK President Horst Hippler: stand up to xenophobic attitudes
23.10.2015

HRK President Horst Hippler: stand up to xenophobic attitudes

“The incidents over the last few days involving xenophobic verbal and physical attacks are intolerable. They affect humanity and have a negative impact on science and society,” said the President of t...

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HRK Senate: Making long-term integration of refugees possible
16.10.2015

HRK Senate: Making long-term integration of refugees possible

"Higher education institutions require demand-driven assistance to support refugees who are potential students, students and researchers," said HRK President Horst Hippler after the meeting of the HRK...

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BDA, BDI and HRK: Utilising Scope for Access to University for Refugees
23.09.2015

BDA, BDI and HRK: Utilising Scope for Access to University for Refugees

The University/Industry working group of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the HRK is calling for available scope to be actively ...

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Higher Education Forum: 20 theses on digitalising teaching
09.09.2015

Higher Education Forum: 20 theses on digitalising teaching

At its mid-week conference, the Higher Education Forum on Digitalisation will discuss the potential for and challenges of digitalisation for academic teaching, the higher education system and the nece...

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Agreement Signed on German-Japanese Cooperation
29.06.2015

Agreement Signed on German-Japanese Cooperation

On 26 June in Tokyo, the HRK and its Japanese partner organisations – the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU), the Japan Association of Public Universities (JAPU) and the Federation of J...

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HRK President says BMBF initiative encourages the right approach
18.06.2015

HRK President says BMBF initiative encourages the right approach

The HRK President has applauded the BMBF for "encouraging the right approach" with its initiative "Starke Fachhochschulen - Impuls für die Region" ("Strong universities of applied sciences – Impetus f...

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HRK on TTIP: Education is Not a Commodity
18.05.2015

HRK on TTIP: Education is Not a Commodity

The HRK is calling for education to be explicitly excluded from TTIP, the planned free trade agreement between the EU and the USA. In TTIP, education services are not defined as 'public services'. Und...

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HRK Guidelines for Franchising in Medical Degree Programmes
18.05.2015

HRK Guidelines for Franchising in Medical Degree Programmes

At its General Meeting, the HRK has approved guidelines for franchising models in medicine and medical schools. 'Academic franchising' is the term used to describe models in medical studies where fore...

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Horst Hippler re-elected as HRK President
12.05.2015

Horst Hippler re-elected as HRK President

Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), was today confirmed in office by the HRK General Meeting in Kaiserslautern. The second three-year term of office begins on 1...

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HRK Annual Meeting in Kaiserslautern
11.05.2015

HRK Annual Meeting in Kaiserslautern

The situation surrounding the humanities is the focus of the Annual Meeting of the HRK in Kaiserslautern, Germany. TU Kaiserslautern and the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern are jointly h...

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Universities in Europe commemorate the terror victims in Kenya
24.04.2015

Universities in Europe commemorate the terror victims in Kenya

On 2 April 2015, 147 students were killed and at least 78 people injured in a terrorist attack on Garissa University College in Kenya. To commemorate the victims of this attack, the European Universit...

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University presidents from all over the world meet in Hamburg
19.03.2015

University presidents from all over the world meet in Hamburg

From 10 to 12 June 2015, around 50 presidents of leading universities from around the world will come together for the first time for the 2015 Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council. At the ...

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Agreement signed on German-Argentine cooperation
10.03.2015

Agreement signed on German-Argentine cooperation

On 4 March in Buenos Aires, the HRK and its Argentine partner organisations Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional (CIN) and Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Privadas (CRUP) signed a framework ag...

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Rectors‘ Conferences warn that Europe is an endangered research site
26.02.2015

Rectors‘ Conferences warn that Europe is an endangered research site

In a joint declaration, the Rectors‘ Conferences of France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany criticise the planned cuts to EU research funding. The protest is directed against European Commi...

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Universities: Handling university admissions responsibly
05.02.2015

Universities: Handling university admissions responsibly

"Universities have been criticised in the current debate about the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) and places on degree programmes which have not been taken. However they are acting respons...

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New HRK data: more degree programmes, stable admission restrictions
02.02.2015

New HRK data: more degree programmes, stable admission restrictions

Anyone currently looking to study in Germany can choose from more than 17 000 different degree programmes starting this semester. We are also pleased to report that universities have stabilised their ...

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German universities are to strengthen their international profile
13.01.2015

German universities are to strengthen their international profile

More international first-year students, a rise in researchers from other countries and an increase in German professors working abroad: universities in Germany are places of growing internationality...

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