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State University Presidents’ Conference Statement

Before the coalition negotiations start in Berlin, the Bremen universities have stated their support for the demands made by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) to the partners in government: A focus must be placed on the strengthening of the university system in a possible coalition agreement.

“The German university landscape is dependent on the structural financial support from the government,” explains the chair of the Bremen State University Presidents’ Conference, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, President of the University of Bremen. “This applies even more so in Bremen than in other states. Due to the pandemic, the growth of our state universities that has been deemed necessary is already in serious danger.”

In Bremen, researchers from the universities and non-university research institutes carry out joint investigations into current issues. Some examples:

  • Bremen scientists are involved in leading marine, polar, and deep-sea research. They also hold comprehensive potential in the related field of sustainability and climate research. A strong research focus has been established in the past decades. The professor of physics Veronika Eyring received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize this year as she has significantly contributed to the understanding of climate forecasts by means of process-oriented modeling and model evaluation and the improvement thereof.
     
  • Digitalization has long become an interdisciplinary topic spanning all fields. At the university, digitalization is anchored as a motor for future-oriented research in AI, physics, health sciences, air and space travel, as well as logistics and production engineering. In October 2019, the Data Science Center (DSC) was established. The center is an interdisciplinary institute that bundles, coordinates, and further develops the competencies and projects of the University of Bremen in the field of data science.

“Underfunding of the universities is a macrosocial debacle, which needs to be addressed now,” states Bernd Scholz-Reiter. “In many fields - whether this be digitalization, the climate, social research, or air and space travel - science offers the best chances for a worthwhile future. We owe the young generations the best possible education opportunities. This applies even more as this generation has had to accept pandemic-related educational losses already.” Bernd Scholz-Reiter is hoping to receive support from Bremen State politicians in the frame of the upcoming coalition negotiations in government.

Further Information:

You can read the HRK press release here (in German):
www.hrk.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilung/meldung/hrk-praesident-vor-moeglichem-start-der-koalitionsverhandlungen-staerkung-des-hochschulsystems-basis/

 

Contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
President
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-60011
Email: rektorprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter is standing in the campus park. You can see the MZH building in the background.
"A focus must be placed on the strengthening of the university system in a possible coalition agreement", states the chair of the Bremen State University Presidents’ Conference, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, President of the University of Bremen.