German Rectors' Conference (HRK)
The Voice of the Universities
The German Rectors' Conference/Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) is the voluntary association of state and state-recognised universities in Germany. It currently has 267 member institutions serving more than 94 per cent of all students in Germany.
The HRK is the political and public voice of universities and provides a forum for the process of forming joint policies and practices. The HRK addresses all manner of topics related to universities: research, teaching and learning, continuing professional education for academics, knowledge and technology transfer, international cooperation, and administrative self-management.
The work of the HRK involves
- providing member institutions with relevant information,
- formulating and representing the joint higher education policy positions of the member institutions,
- informing the general public about higher education,
- advising the German government and federal states on HE issues,
- promoting quality assurance in teaching and learning,
- supporting student mobility, cooperation with other national organisations and associations, promoting international higher education cooperation,
- collecting and documenting relevant literature and information,
- managing a unique collection of documents (and literature) related to higher education.
The HRK is a member of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and of the European University Association (EUA).
The HRK was first established in 1949 as the Westdeutsche Rektorenkonferenz (WRK). Following the unification of the two German states in 1990, the first universities from the new Länder (former East Germany) were accepted as members on 5 November 1990 and the WRK became the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK).
The work of the HRK is supported by a foundation Stiftung zur Förderung der Hochschulrektorenkonferenz as its financial and legal sponsor.