Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia

Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia

Professor Carola Jungwirth, President of the University of Passau

Professor Carola Jungwirth, the President of the University of Passay

‘The University of Passau stands for excellent research and innovative teaching, and diversity and an openness to the world are essential preconditions for such excellence. In Passau, science, culture and an entrepreneurial spirit find their unique combination. People from all over the world regularly meet in the baroque Old Town and talk to each other about their academic, artistic, entrepreneurial or political projects. Without an openness to the world and diversity this close connectedness – one of the big strengths of our University – would not materialise.’

Professor Ursula Reutner, Vice President for International Relations

Professor Ursula Reutner, Vice President for International Relations

'The racially motivated attacks on refugees and volunteers in recent times have been deeply unsettling. Let us be clear that international students are a great asset to our University and the region, regardless of their citizenship or which part of the world they may come from.
We firmly believe that, for integration to succeed, we must offer them the best possible start for their studies, their life in Germany and good employment prospects. This also necessitates that we, as a university, do what we can to ensure that prejudice, hostility and hate cannot find room to grow in our society.'

Professor Harry Haupt, Vice President for Research and the Advancement of Early Career Researchers

Professor Harry Haupt, Vice President for Research and the Advancement of Early Career Researchers

'Our work spans languages and cultures; it transcends academic boundaries and physical borders: it is, by definition, done person-to-person.
What goes for academic research is equally true for all other facets of our lives. How much richer are our lives when we follow Humboldt's adage, and as citizens of this world treat each other as equals, in peace, not only tolerating but actively seeking out and embracing cultural exchange?'

Professor Rainer Wernsmann, Vice President for Teaching and Studies

Professor Rainer Wernsmann, Vice President for Teaching and Study

'Our University is well-known internationally for placing a cosmopolitan outlook and cross-cultural skills firmly at the core of the education it delivers. Clearly, our globalised world requires the peaceful co-existence of cultures.
As a university, it is therefore our obligation not only to prepare our students for this world as best we can, by helping them to develop mature personalities and by giving them the best education; our institution must also stand visibly and unambiguously for the values we seek to impart every day – including the understanding that all people on earth can and must live together peacefully for sustainable prosperity.'

The University of Passau participates in the nationwide 'Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia' initiative of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK).