"A long-standing and intensive collaboration in research and science has established direct ties between Israel and Germany," explained HRK President Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler. He added that the HRK Higher Education Compass cites over 180 cooperation projects between Israeli and German universities. "As a result, Israel is by far the most important partner in the region for German higher education institutions," said Hippler.
Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin, drew attention to the decades-long academic partnership between the two countries, which he believes was actually the precursor to their diplomatic rapprochement. According to Professor Alt, the network established within the past 50 years "does not just contribute to excellence in research; it helps to facilitate understanding between the two nations."
In their discussions, the university leaders discussed examples of good practice in internationalization and in designing doctoral training programs. During the course of the talks, HRK President Horst Hippler emphasized the nature of doctoral training as independent research work that makes a significant contribution to a discipline's development of knowledge and that is documented in written work.
In a joint declaration, the participants urged the improvement of cross-border career paths after doctoral training. Bilateral research groups should also receive support and funding should be available to ensure the mobility of doctoral candidates from both countries.
View the Joint Declaration
This text was originally published on December 2, 2015, as a press release.