German Rectors' Conference
The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is the association of universities in Germany. The HRK is an independent organisation, representing all types of higher education institutions. Around 94 percent of all students in Germany are enrolled at its member universities. Hence, the HRK is the political and public voice of the universities and the forum for the universities’ joint opinion-forming process. The HRK helps to set the political agenda and lead public discussion on all issues relating to the universities. In this context, the HRK represents the universities’ positions in Germany and Europe as well as on the international stage. Furthermore, the HRK supports its member institutions and provides them with a platform for exchange among each other.
Social development needs dialogue and understanding. Through its operational projects, in its networks and in conjunction with cooperation partners, the Körber Foundation takes on current social challenges in areas of activities comprising Innovation, International Dialogue and Vibrant Civil Society. At present its work focuses on three topics: “Digital Literacy”, “The Value of Europe” and “New Life in Exile”.
Inaugurated in 1959 by the entrepreneur Kurt A. Körber, the foundation is now actively involved in its own national and international projects and events. In particular, the foundation feels a special bond to the city of Hamburg. Furthermore, the foundation holds a site in the capital of Germany, Berlin.
As one of Germany’s largest higher education institutions and member of the “German U15“-network of leading research universities, Universität Hamburg is the Flagship University in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Found¬ed in 1919, Universität Hamburg is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. The University boasts numerous inter¬disciplinary research projects, covering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law, economics, business administration, the social sciences as well as the natural and life sciences. We combine excellent research with academic breadth in teaching and currently offer 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including teacher training and medicine.
Additionally, we foster an extensive partner network of leading regional, national, and international higher education and research institutions. As part of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments, Universität Hamburg has been granted Clusters of Excellence in four core research areas, all of which will receive substantial funding beginning in 2019: Advanced Imaging of Matter (photon and nanosciences), Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (climate, earth and environment), Understanding Written Artefacts (manu¬script research), and Quantum Universe (particle, astro- and mathematical physics).