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At its General Meeting held at the end of 2009, the German Rectors’ Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz – HRK) adopted a National Code of Conduct on studies by foreigners. The Code has been developed within the scope of ‘GATE Germany’, a joint initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and HRK, supporting German higher education institutions and research organisations. The recently-launched Code aims to ensure that students from abroad receive high-quality support and advice while studying in Germany. Thus it defines quality standards for foreigners studying at German universities.
With the code now launched, universities are called to endorse it and comply with its principles. The latter are encouraged and expected to create attractive study and career offers for international students, to develop appropriate frameworks and conditions for their stay in Germany, as well as to make these developments visible and transparent worldwide, by means of specifically designed marketing measures.