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Educational Equity and Higher Education Reforms

How can universities increase educational equity? How did reform universities pave the way for the higher education reform in West Germany? These are the topics of two talks on June 17 and June 21, 2021. The talks are part of the lecture series marking the 50th birthday of the University of Bremen.

Both of the talks are part of the lecture series “Looking Back – Looking Forward. A Foray into 50 Years of the University of Bremen.” The talks will be held in German. The first talk will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021: The lecture, entitled “The Contribution of Universities to Educational Equity Today,” will look at the many ways in which universities can increase educational equity in Germany. These include the admission of students of all ages, qualification and appointment strategies in staff development, research and teaching on this topic, active networking with schools, and general communication strategies.

Renowned Speaker:

The renowned professor Jutta Allmendinger has been invited as guest speaker. Since 2007, she has been president of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor of Educational Sociology and Labor Market Research at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. Some of the numerous awards Jutta Allmendinger has received include the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Communicator Award – Science Award of the “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft,” and the Schader Award. In May 2017, the scholar was appointed as editor to the new five-member editorial board of the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.

The talk will take place digitally via Zoom.
Participation is possible via the Zoom app or this link:
Zoom ID: 944 9409 6120
Passcode: 670201

Reform Universities Reform Higher Education

The second talk, entitled “Reform Universities Reform Higher Education. New Institutions as a Way to Reform Higher Education in West Germany?” will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
In the 1960s and 1970s, an unprecedented boom in the founding of universities changed the German higher education landscape. During this intensive period of new foundations a number of different university ideas and concepts came to life – sometimes intending to revive the old Humboldtian idea of university, sometimes, however, to radically overcome it, but always driven by the conviction that the hoped-for reforms could best be achieved through the establishment of new universities. Yet, the reform ambitions were quickly followed by disillusionment as many of the young institutions returned to more traditional paths. Dr. Wilfried Rudloff’s talk portrays the new models of higher education of those years and offers some clues as to why many of the reform ideas petered out in the end and why many of the young universities gradually succumbed to the pressure to adapt that came from the old universities.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Wilfried Rudloff is a research assistant at the Documentation and Research Center of the Social Insurance Agencies (sv:dok). Currently, he is engaged in writing a history of the Federal Social Court on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. From 2005 to 2020, Rudloff worked as a research assistant for the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, at the University of Kassel, and was lecturer at the Institute of Political Science (comparative welfare state research).

The talk will take place digitally via Zoom.
Participation is possible via the Zoom app or this link:
Zoom-ID: 935 7214 5978
Passcode: 184513

Lecture Series on the 50-Year History of the University

The lecture series is being organized by the History Department (Modern and Contemporary History) in cooperation with the University of Bremen Archive. It focuses on the history of the former reform university against its social and political background.

50 Years of the University of Bremen – With Warm Thanks To Our Partners:

  • Alumni der Universität Bremen e.V.
  • AOK – Die Gesundheitskasse
  • Bremen NEXT
  • Bremen Vier
  • Die Sparkasse Bremen
  • Gesellschaft der Freunde der Universität Bremen und der Jacobs University
  • Stiftung Bremer Wertpapierbörse
  • Weser-Kurier
  • WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH


Further Information:

  • Information and registration details for the entire lecture series are available here:   (in German only)
  • Read all about 50 years of the University of Bremen:
  • Newsroom: Additional press texts and photos concerning the University of Bremen and the topics surrounding “50 Years of the University of Bremen” are available here:
  • Hashtags: #UniBremen50 / #OffenSeit1971 / #50JahreWarum


Prof. Dr. Cornelius Torp
History Department
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-67235
Email: cornelius.torpprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Sigrid Dauks
Head of the University of Bremen Archive
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-60390
Email: dauksprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de  

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The renowned professor Jutta Allmendinger has been invited as guest speaker for the lecture on June 17. Her area of interest is the many options universities have in order to increase educational equity in Germany.