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Turkey: HRK President criticises trials of academics
08.12.2017

Turkey: HRK President criticises trials of academics

In an open letter to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, HRK President Professor Dr Horst Hippler has expressed strong criticism of the prosecution of a...

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New HRK data: Further slight reduction in admission restrictions
07.12.2017

New HRK data: Further slight reduction in admission restrictions

Despite the new record number of students, admission restrictions at German universities have once again fallen slightly, by one percentage point. This was revealed by the latest statistics from the G...

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German Future Prize 2017: winner from the University of Hanover
06.12.2017

German Future Prize 2017: winner from the University of Hanover

Prof Dr-Ing. Sami Haddadin from Leibniz University Hanover and his partners Dr med. Simon Haddadin and Dipl.-Inf. Sven Parusel in Berlin were awarded the German Future Prize 2017.

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DAAD and HRK hold conference with university managers from developing countries - Study by Boston College provides exclusive insight into training programmes worldwide
27.11.2017

DAAD and HRK hold conference with university managers from developing countries - Study by Boston College provides exclusive insight into training programmes worldwide

Around 130 experts from industrialised and developing countries are addressing the management of universities. They will discuss common and specific challenges surrounding adequate strategies and the ...

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HRK Vice-Presidents Ulrike Beisiegel and Holger Burckhart re-elected
14.11.2017

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

The General Assembly of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) confirmed Prof Dr Ulrike Beisiegel and Prof Dr Holger Burckhart in office. Ulrike Beisiegel, President of the University of Göttingen, has ...

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DEAL and Springer Nature: First results of the negotiation
12.10.2017

DEAL and Springer Nature: First results of the negotiation

Project DEAL of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and the publisher Springer Nature are negotiating a forward-looking model for publishing and reading scientific literature. After the l...

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Researchers resign editorship of Elsevier journals
12.10.2017

Researchers resign editorship of Elsevier journals

As the dispute between German research organisations and the academic publisher Elsevier continues, the first researchers have resigned from their positions as editors and members of the editorial and...

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Negotiations continue between DEAL and Wiley
22.09.2017

Negotiations continue between DEAL and Wiley

Project DEAL representatives from the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and representatives of publishing house Wiley announced their continued negotiations on a future-oriented model for t...

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Latest OECD figures confirm deficits in higher education funding
12.09.2017

Latest OECD figures confirm deficits in higher education funding

HRK-President Horst Hippler commented on the OECD figures: “The figures confirm the good overall performance of the German education system, in particular its universities. However they also uncover i...

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One month today until the Bundestag election: HRK surveys the parties
30.08.2017

One month today until the Bundestag election: HRK surveys the parties

The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) has documented the higher education policy positions of the parties in the Bundestag election on its website. The answers to ten election touchstone questions have...

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HRK President on copyright law reform: Digitalisation without compromise
23.06.2017

HRK President on copyright law reform: Digitalisation without compromise

“If Members of the Bundestag genuinely want to advance digitalisation and promote German research, they must not cross the red lines drawn by the universities,” said HRK President Horst Hippler, refer...

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Quality of higher education under threat
09.06.2017

Quality of higher education under threat

Worldwide, the demand for an academic education continues to grow. The result is the rapid expansion of higher education institutions; the private sector, in particular, is booming. In countries throu...

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Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council
18.05.2017

Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council

Around 50 presidents of leading universities from around the whole world will assemble for the second Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council from 7 to 9 June 2017. At the invitation of the H...

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HRK model for future university funding: “Two pillars plus"
11.05.2017

HRK model for future university funding: “Two pillars plus"

The HRK has called for higher education funding that stays abreast of the high demand for study places and concurrently secures internationally competitive frameworks for research and teaching at univ...

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HRK: No institutionalised programme funding for teaching
09.05.2017

HRK: No institutionalised programme funding for teaching

The idea of an independent organisation for funding higher education teaching was rejected by the General Assembly of the HRK. The German Council of Science and Humanities had recommended the week bef...

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Worldwide boom in post-secondary education
22.02.2017

Worldwide boom in post-secondary education

As the knowledge-based society grows, so too does the global requirement for academics and highly trained professional staff. The rising demand for higher education and growing worldwide economic comp...

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Science is International
03.02.2017

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 S...

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HRK clearing system for study places opens on 1 February
30.01.2017

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 f...

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