Seal of quality
In 2006 the University of Münster was one of the first universities in Germany to be awarded the Seal of E-Quality. The Seal, which has been awarded annually since 2005 by the National Erasmus Agency at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is presented to universities in recognition of particularly good, innovative implementation of European mobility measures.
The condition for a university to receive assistance from the DAAD is a successful application to the EU Commission for the Erasmus University Charter. The text of the Charter, and the Erasmus Declaration on University Policy, can be read here:
Münster University has particularly large numbers of Erasmus students and occupied first place in Germany in 2007. For this reason, in 2009 a student at Münster University was honoured as the “300,000th Erasmus student”, in recognition of all who had gone before.
EURAXESS Service Centre
EURAXESS Germany is part of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and provides information and advice to internationally mobile researchers who come to Germany to undertake research work, or to those who want to go abroad. The University of Münster is a EURAXESS Service Centre which works closely together with EURAXESS Germany.
Excellent support for foreign students
The International Centre at Münster University – “Die Brücke” (“The Bridge”) – has already received an award twice from the German Foreign Office for providing excellent support for its foreign students:
- German Foreign Office award for providing excellent support for foreign students: “Die Brücke” support scheme (1999)
- German Foreign Office award for providing excellent support for foreign students: “CONNECTA International Münster” project (2007)
National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities
The National Code of Conduct was drawn up in the spring of 2010, taking as its model similar documents from the Netherlands, Australia, UK, France, USA, Canada and New Zealand. The aim of the Code is to guarantee the quality of support given to international students at German universities. To this end, the Code formulates quality standards covering information on studying, advice and advertising, admission procedures and measures relating to support and follow-up support.
The Code represents a voluntary commitment by participating universities. The University of Münster signed up to the Code in June 2010. Foreign students can contact the relevant office at their university if the Code is not being adhered to. At Münster University this is the Vice-Rectorate for International Affairs.