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The German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz)

The German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz – HRK) is the voluntary association of state and state-recognised universities and other institutes of higher education in Germany. It currently has 266 member institutions at which more than 94 percent of all students in Germany are registered.

The HRK is the political and public voice of the universities and other institutes of higher education and serves as a forum for institutes of higher education to participate in a joint opinion-forming process. The HRK addresses all issues that relate to the responsibilities of higher education institutions: research, teaching, studying, advanced academic education and training, knowledge and technology transfer, international cooperation and self-administration.

The work of the HRK focuses specifically on

  • providing member institutions and the general public with information
  • formulating and representing the joint higher education policy positions of the member institutions
  • supporting member institutions in the implementation of reforms
  • advising politicians and government agencies at federal and state level
  • promoting quality assurance in teaching and study programmes as well as student mobility
  • cooperating with other organisations and associations
  • promoting international higher education cooperation
  • representing German institutions within the framework of EU education and research policy

On 11 November 2001, a framework agreement on cooperation between institutes of higher education was signed between the HRK and the two South African university organisations, the "Committee of Technikon Principals (CTP) of South Africa" and the "South African University Vice-Chancellors' Association (SAUVCA)". This agreement includes recommendations for academic recognition of study programmes and degrees with the aim of making it easier for students to continue their studies in another country.