Jahrestagung des Bundesverbands Hochschulkommunikation 2018


So lautet das Rahmenthema der Jahrestagung des Bundesverbands Hochschulkommunikation e. V., die vom 12. bis 14. September 2018 (Vortagung 11. und 12. September) in Heidelberg stattfinden wird.

Vor dem Hintergrund der aktuell wahrgenommenen „Wissenschaftsfeindlichkeit“ in den USA und den Auswirkungen des „Brexit“ wird sich Tagung auf internationale Kommunikation in all ihren Facetten richten: Welche Punkte sind bei internationaler Kommunikation zu beachten? Wie können deutsche Hochschulen sich als attraktive Orte für Forschung und Lehre positionieren – und vor allem zeigen, dass sie dies bereits sind? Wie können sie Wissenschaftler_innen und Studieninteressierte aus anderen Ländern ansprechen? Wie sieht eine gemeinsame Willkommenskultur von Hochschulen, ihren Städten und Regionen idealerweise aus? Und was bedeuten die aktuellen Entwicklungen für die Markenbildung von Hochschulen?

Die Jahrestagung widmet sich diesen Aspekten in zahlreichen Vorträgen, Workshops, Best Practice-Beispielen und anderen Formaten. Auch auf Internationalisierung ausgerichtete Initiativen der Bundesländer, außeruniversitärer Wissenschaftseinrichtungen oder der Kommunen sollen angesprochen werden.


Die Online-Anmeldung ist möglich bis einschließlich 2. September 2018.

EUPRIO 2018 – Sevilla

JUNE 03-06, 2018

Conference 2018

As recent technological developments are poised to impact teaching, learning and research in higher education, Communications Departments are facing critical challenges. What are these critical challenges and how can we strategise solutions?
EUPRIO’s annual conference 2018 held in Sevilla (Spain) on 3-6 June focused on these challenges and how to develop a culture that can thrive in a digital world.
The digital revolution that is changing our world is about more than digital products and services; it’s also about the processes that create, enable, manage, and deliver them. It’s about working in a new culture which requires real institutional transformation.

Today’s digital tools have empowered our stakeholders, as never before, to search, to compare, and above all, to demand that information be delivered in a form that reinforces the usability and time value of that information. Communications departments play a key role in this transformation because they are responsible for building relationships with the different publics of HE institutions and driving cultural change. Their contribution is not only to develop a strategy for digital transformation but to help sharpen understanding of the sector, the university, its competitors, and its stakeholders.

Issues such as big data, business intelligence or customer experience require the Communications Department and the IT Department to create a common ground for effective relationship management and engagement with the key stakeholders of universities. A willingness to listen to faculty, staff or students who are online discussing a vast range of topics is essential in formulating such a strategy. Subjects ranging from problems with wi-fi, to course registration, to the cost of coffee on campus will form part of the daily digital conversation and should be part of an internal communications portfolio that encompasses the full range of platforms from social networks to blogs.

In this environment it can nevertheless be difficult to deliver messages to students, particularly as there is a growing reluctance to use email. Fortunately, students have smartphones…the time has surely come to better integrate mobile communications into strategic thinking. And let’s not forget the ever increasing importance of digital libraries and online courses.

This comprehensive approach has been broken down into four main themes:

  • The electronic internal communications portfolio
  • New opportunities in the relationship between the Communications Department and the IT Department
  • A “Mobile first” approach
  • Digital evolution in HE outputs such as University digital libraries and virtual campuses

Conference 2018

EUPRIO 2017 – Mannheim

JUNE 29-JULY 2, 2017

Conference 2017

he interactive relationships between universities and their environment are not limited to mere direct communication. Nowadays, universities rather network on multiple levels with cities, communities, regions and regional and national companies. They offer training and postgraduate professional education, start-up and transfer opportunities, service learning and children’s universities. They work together with enterprises in research alliances, conduct research through company funded chairs or foster and maintain company contacts for fundraising and sponsoring purposes.

Furthermore, universities are players in city development. They are members of round table discussions with mayors and administration officials and are a vital part of city marketing. In the area of regional development, universities work in close cooperation with other scientific institutions, regional associations and representatives of the metropolitan area. These activities and positions are characterized by their reciprocal relationships between the universities and external actors. However, they are strongly connected to the two key missions: research and teaching, the cornerstones of each higher education institution.

In an era of globalization, it has become clear that international networks are of growing importance and that universities need to cherish these bonds. Since communication is more often than not carried out through modern channels, it poses new challenges to tackle. Communication, fundraising and marketing departments embrace new and exciting tasks in modern networking, creating new opportunities in strategic planning, communication and cooperation, alumni relations as well as marketing.

EC2017-General Assembly Awards 6The Mannheim Conference is built around the concept of universities as key connectors in wider local, regional, national and international networks. This comprehensive approach is broken down into four main themes: universities, cities and territory, public engagement, universities and industry, international networks.

Jahrestagung des Bundesverbands Hochschulkommunikation 2017

Welche Kommunikation brauchen Hochschulen?

Hinter dieser Frage, mit der sich Hochschulkommunikator_innen tagtäglich beschäftigen, verbergen sich viele Aspekte. Es geht um verschiedene Bereiche der Kommunikation, wie z. B. interne oder politische Kommunikation. Es geht aber auch um Controlling und die strategische Reflexion unserer Arbeit. Und nicht zuletzt um die Glaubwürdigkeit von Hochschulkommunikation und Wissenschaft im Allgemeinen.

Die Jahrestagung des Bundesverbands Hochschulkommunikation, die vom 19. bis 21. September 2017 an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Standort Halle) stattfand, widmete sich in zahlreichen Vorträgen, Workshops, Best practice-Vorstellungen und anderen Formaten diesen Aspekten.