Project nexus: Tasks and Goals

The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the project “nexus – Forming Transitions, Promoting Student Success” (2014-2020) in order to help universities with the continued implementation of the European Study Reform.

Project nexus adresses three main challenges shares by many German universities. These are:

„Student Lifecycle“ as a Point of Reference

The project addresses the most important stages in the 'student lifecycle' and aims to facilitate transitions such as: How to improve access to the universities for students with different biographies and backgrounds as well as helping them to succeed?; How can course credits from different universities be recognised in a transparent process; How should academic study be structured to ensure that graduates are successful on the employment market?

A Framework for Implementing Measures in Undergraduate Studies

A framework for implementing measures in undergraduate studies
„Round Tables“: Generic Solutions for Engineering, Economic and Business Sciences, and Healthcare/Medical

Selected groups of experts from the field of engineering, economic and business sciences, and healthcare/medical work with nexus to develop generic solutions. Each discipline hosts a "Round Table", in which problems and potential solutions are explored in greater detail. The Round Tables bring together professors, teachers in HE, educationists and students of each respective discipline. Further experts are consulted where necessary.

Example: Poster "Round table engineering" (PDF, 600KB)

Recognition of Internationally Acquired Course Credits

A fourth round table is concerned with the recognition of course credits. Its main focus is to improve the recognition of qualifications gained at universities abroad. One of its aims will be to develop a user-friendly guideline on the application of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) in universities, along with conducting seminars on the principles and application of the LRC.

Completed Projects

The HRK has been offering its member universities guidance and support on implementing the European Study Reform for over ten years. The following projects have been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):  

nexus brochures available in English

Printed editions of the nexus brochures "Committed Universities: innovative models for bachelor degree courses" and "Good Teaching - Fresh Wind in the Sails of German Higher Education" are available again.

You can order a free copy by sending an e-mail to
nexus(at)hrk.de.

The brochures also are available for download:

Comitted Universities
(PDF, 83 pages, 7,3 MB).

Good teaching
(PDF, 100 pages, 8 MB)