HRK President Horst Hippler: stand up to xenophobic attitudes

23. October 2015

“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 the German Rectors' Conference today during a meeting of the European University Association in Brussels.

“We will do all we can to stand up to xenophobic tendencies in Germany and Europe. Universities promote and thrive on open-mindedness and internationality. Traditionally, they are places of enlightened thinking where open exchange, a plurality of opinions and tolerance prevail.

Universities want to help prevent inflammatory slogans and aggression from gaining the upper hand. All members of universities are being called upon to play their part in combating xenophobia.”

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