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New HRK data: Further slight drop in admission restrictions
15.12.2016

New HRK data: Further slight drop in admission restrictions

Admission restrictions at German universities have again fallen slightly, despite continuing high demand for study places. This was revealed by the latest statistics from the HRK. Of over 10,000 under...

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HRK, Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, and VG Wort develop common solution for digital course materials
09.12.2016

HRK, Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, and VG Wort develop common solution for digital course materials

The HRK, Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and VG Wort make the following joint announcement: The three partners h...

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HRK calls for European Education, Science and Innovation Community
17.11.2016

HRK calls for European Education, Science and Innovation Community

“The European Union's current crisis demands new political thinking and action,” says the President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), Prof Dr Horst Hippler. “Europe is looking for supports to s...

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Part-time study – from stopgap solution to modern study option
17.11.2016

Part-time study – from stopgap solution to modern study option

The demand for part-time study opportunities far exceeds supply. The General Assembly of the HRK analysed this situation in a recommendation adopted last week, giving universities concrete guidance on...

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Planned copyright law reform very welcome and urgently needed
17.11.2016

Planned copyright law reform very welcome and urgently needed

“Education and science need copyright law that can hold its own in times of increasing digitalisation. This is also in the interests of academic authors, who are also researchers and teachers. And it ...

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Doctoral degrees in medicine: HRK recommends improved quality assurance
08.11.2016

Doctoral degrees in medicine: HRK recommends improved quality assurance

The General Assembly of the HRK formulated key parameters for doctoral degrees in medicine. These key parameters are intended to ensure compliance with general quality standards for dissertations, whi...

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HRK proposals for reorganisation of accreditation
08.11.2016

HRK proposals for reorganisation of accreditation

The HRK has presented detailed proposals for the future structure of the accreditation system and the accreditation process. The General Assembly adopted the recommendations, after key parameters had ...

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Practical guidelines regarding refugees at university
24.10.2016

Practical guidelines regarding refugees at university

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK), German Academic Exc...

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HRK calls for workable regulations for digital teaching materials
13.10.2016

HRK calls for workable regulations for digital teaching materials

The Senate of the HRK has called for workable options for the use of copyright-protected materials in digital teaching. The framework agreement reached between the Standing Conference of the Ministers...

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German Federal Employment Agency, Confederation of German Employers' Associations and HRK on the inclusion of people with disabilities: Towards more self-determination in work and education
05.10.2016

German Federal Employment Agency, Confederation of German Employers' Associations and HRK on the inclusion of people with disabilities: Towards more self-determination in work and education

On the occasion of the joint event “Lebensverläufe– Inklusion praktisch” (Lifecourses – inclusion in practice), the German Federal Employment Agency (BA), the Confederation of German Employers' Associ...

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KMK and HRK give clear commitment to European Study Reform
15.07.2016

KMK and HRK give clear commitment to European Study Reform

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the HRK have stated their firm commitment to the European Study Re...

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HRK President on the recommendation of the Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures: an important reference point for developing research data management
28.06.2016

HRK President on the recommendation of the Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures: an important reference point for developing research data management

HRK-President Horst Hippler has described the publication by the Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (RfII) as a very helpful and well-informed statement on the current state of researc...

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HRK President on Brexit: Profound impact extends to universities
24.06.2016

HRK President on Brexit: Profound impact extends to universities

“Universities will also be profoundly affected by Brexit,” said HRK-President Horst Hippler, responding to the vote in Great Britain to withdraw from the European Union. "The consequences will hit Bri...

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HRK President expresses relief at decision on new funding programmes
17.06.2016

HRK President expresses relief at decision on new funding programmes

HRK-President Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler has expressed relief at the agreement between the Prime Ministers of the Federal States and the Federal Chancellor on the Excellence Strategy, Early Career Pact a...

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Mandatory attendance is a matter for the universities
15.06.2016

Mandatory attendance is a matter for the universities

The question whether attendance of courses and lectures is an absolute necessity can only be answered by the universities themselves. Consequently, it would be inappropriate to legislate on this issue...

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New balance needed in accreditation system
11.05.2016

New balance needed in accreditation system

The General Meeting of the HRK seized the opportunity of the Federal Constitutional Court's recent ruling on programme accreditation to pass an initial recommendation which responds to the essential p...

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HRK Executive Board elections
10.05.2016

HRK Executive Board elections

From August, the Executive Board of the HRK will gain a new member. The General Meeting elected Prof. Dr. Monika Gross to the Executive Board for a two-year term of office. Two Executive Board members...

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HRK Annual Meeting at the Freie Universität Berlin
09.05.2016

HRK Annual Meeting at the Freie Universität Berlin

The HRK focuses on the topic of "Universities and Industry - Scope and Limitations of Partnership" at its 2016 Annual Meeting. This and the General Meeting of the HRK are taking place at the Freie Uni...

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New study: international researchers feel at home in Germany
23.03.2016

New study: international researchers feel at home in Germany

According to international researchers, German universities excel at offering attractive research conditions, a good working atmosphere and equal opportunities. These are the key results of a study re...

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HRK Senate: universities want dynamic funding for excellence
15.03.2016

HRK Senate: universities want dynamic funding for excellence

The universities in Germany are of the view that the federal government and the federal states are sending important and appropriate signals concerning a new joint initiative to succeed the Excellence...

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HRK ahead of the recommendation by the Imboden Commission on the Excellence Initiative: Do not place the future procedure under false time constraints
26.01.2016

HRK ahead of the recommendation by the Imboden Commission on the Excellence Initiative: Do not place the future procedure under false time constraints

German universities are anxiously awaiting the so-called Imboden Commission's recommendations on the Excellence Initiative. HRK President Horst Hippler: "I am confident that the commission will make o...

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The HRK university clearing system opens on 1 February
25.01.2016

The HRK university clearing system opens on 1 February

Already from 1 February, German universities will once again be providing information on available study places via the HRK university clearing system platform, where they announce the degree courses ...

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Mourning for the Terror Victims at Bacha Khan University in Pakistan
20.01.2016

Mourning for the Terror Victims at Bacha Khan University in Pakistan

German universities have reacted with horror to the terrorist attack that took place today at Bacha Khan University in the Pakistani city of Charsadda. According to media reports, more than 20 people ...

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Jens-Peter Gaul becomes Secretary-General of the HRK
11.01.2016

Jens-Peter Gaul becomes Secretary-General of the HRK

Jens-Peter Gaul today took office as the Secretary-General of the HRK. In this position, he will oversee the central administration function of the HRK with its staff of 92 employees at locations in B...

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