It’s hard to escape the reformer’s face during the 2017 jubilee year.
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23.03.2017 in Miscellaneous, Featured

What remains

There’s a Martin Luther Playmobile figure and a Martin Luther noodle. It’s hard to escape the reformer’s face during the 2017 jubilee year. But what does the Reformation have to do with the present day? A lot, say researchers from many disciplines at the University of Halle. Because the Reformation’s legacy extends far beyond that of theology. Artikel lesen

Detail of the Sauer organ
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07.07.2016 in Miscellaneous, People

Wolfgang Kupke plays the university organ

The Sauer organ will now be resounding throughout the main assembly hall more often: In July, university organist Professor Wolfgang Kupke and the University of Halle’s Association of Friends and Sponsors (VFF) hosted the first in a series of concerts that will place the precious instrument firmly back on the university’s musical agenda. Artikel lesen

In 1992 Rector Günther Schilling (right) bestowed the title of Honorary Senator on Hans-Dietrich Genscher for his commitment to the University of Halle.
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12.05.2016 in Miscellaneous, People

"Genscher helped open doors"

Hans-Dietrich Genscher began his law studies at the University of Halle in 1946. Until his death in late March 2016, the former German foreign minister and famous son of Halle maintained a close relationship with his alma mater. He was particularly active on behalf of the university in the years after German Reunification in 1990. The rector at the time, Professor Günther Schilling, reminisces about an extraordinary politician and his achievements on behalf of the university. Artikel lesen

From historical manuscripts to digital databases: Stephan Feller (left) and Stefan Artmann sit down for a chat in the ULB’s Hungarian Library.
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07.04.2016 in Featured, Miscellaneous, Research, Science

Making science freely available: Open access publishing

The open access movement began 15 years ago. Prof. Stephan Feller, a molecular biologist, and Dr. Stefan Artmann, a private lecturer in philosophy, discuss how it will change science in 2016 and the opportunities and challenges that will arise as a result of its development into an open exchange of specialist publications. It is a topic that occupies both men. Feller is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Open Access Journal “Cell Communication and Signalling”. Artmann, who heads up the presidential office at the Leopoldina, is a member of the working group “Open Access”, part of the priority initiative “Digital Information” of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. Artikel lesen

Dr. Manja Hussner, Head of International Office
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16.02.2016 in Study and Teaching, Miscellaneous, Research, Campus, Science

University strengthens links with China

2015 has been a busy year for relations between China and Halle. The first Chinese language teacher provided by the Confucius Institute in Beijing has been working at the University of Halle since this April. In May, the University of Halle and the Beijing University of International Business and Economics sealed a partnership. And through the Panda Programme, the University of Halle was represented at the largest education fairs in China. Artikel lesen

 Still deserted at the time this photograph was taken: Halle University’s newest campus.
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13.10.2015 in Miscellaneous, Featured

Steintor-Campus: All moved in

Winter semester saw classes start up on the Steintor Campus for the first time. The campus is Halle University’s fourth largest after University Square, the Francke Foundations and Weinberg Campus with its nearby hospital. The idea of concentrating all of the humanities and social sciences departments in one location has been 15 years in the making. Artikel lesen

 “The collections are so valuable that they could not be replaced in the event of loss,” says Professor Rüdiger Schultka.
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18.06.2015 in Miscellaneous

Meckel Collections classified as national cultural asset

As of 2015, the University of Halle holds six national cultural assets – more than any other institution in Saxony-Anhalt. The Meckel Collections of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology were included in the database in June this year. The collections contain skulls, organs, skeletons, and much more. Some 8,000 objects are stored in individual glass containers as wet or dry preparations and displayed in large glass cabinets. Artikel lesen

Project director Christine Eichhorn-Berndt checked 1.7 million volumes at the ULB (university and state library). Of those, 57,000 volumes were ultimately returned to their rightful owners.
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19.11.2014 in Miscellaneous

A mammoth undertaking

Libraries had 20 years to check their holdings for books that had been taken into their possession as a result of expropriations in the context of post-WWII land reform – with the goal of returning such books to their rightful owners. That period ended in late November. The University and State Library (Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, ULB) lost thousands of books but also acquired new partners. Artikel lesen