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 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?'

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