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. More than 92 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-Stiftung 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: "Technology needs Society", "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.
Designated a University of Excellence by the German Federal and State Governments in 2019, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it fosters innovative, cooperative contacts with partners inside and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge-exchange locally, nationally, and internationally. The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary research projects covering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law, economics, business administration, social sciences and the natural and life sciences.
We combine excellent research and academic breadth in teaching and currently offer 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including teacher training and medicine. Additionally, we maintain 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 for 4 core research areas:
- CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter (photon and nanosciences);
- Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) (climate research);
- Understanding Written Artefacts (manuscript research);
- and Quantum Universe (mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology).