Friends of the University Society Kassel
The University Society as a circle of friends
For decades, the Universitätsgesellschaft Kassel (UGK) has accompanied the fortunes of the University of Kassel. Since 1977, the UGK - formerly Kasseler Hochschulbund (KHB) - has helped the university gain more acceptance and visibility, kept it in lively dialogue with the city society, and supported various projects with smaller and larger amounts of money. With the 50th anniversary of the university, these goals have now been achieved. The association structure (Verein) will be disolved on 31.12.2022. Interested former UGK members are informed directly by the university.
The UGK is proud that it has been able to rally so many people from the city and the region behind the idea of the university for decades. In recent years, however, it has become apparent that ties to associations are waning, that lively association work is increasingly difficult, and that our association structure is no longer suitable for the necessary generational change. We have achieved our goals, been able to realize important lighthouse projects such as the International House on the Holländischer Platz campus and the boathouse on the Auedamm, and helped to firmly establish the university in the city of Kassel.
At the latest with the 50th anniversary of the University of Kassel, it has become clear that the university is one of the important players in this city. Anyone from the circle of friends who wants to keep an eye on the prosperity of their university is always welcome. The commitment of the UGK has paid off - the comprehensive university has become a large and efficient university that is recognized nationally and internationally and has gained additional opportunities to realize projects through third-party funding. The staff of UniKasselTransfer and the Communications Department will ensure that the former members of the UGK will continue to be welcome at the University of Kassel as guests, sponsors and interested companions and will have special access to events in the future.
Prof. Dr. Ute Clement, President of the University of Kassel, expressly thanks the board of directors and the members of the UGK, who will retire on December 31, 2022: "Without the support of the University Society, we would not have been able to realize many projects, not to mention the fact that without the committed citizens of Kassel, the university might not have been founded in 1971. The UGK had the welfare of our institution in mind to a very special degree - this benevolent support from personalities of the city society and companies as well as the financial contributions to many projects have greatly advanced the university. For this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Financial means support students
The financial resources available to the UGK, which will be spent by the university after the dissolution of the association, will be used to support university projects and students in need: For example, 72,000 euros over the next five years will flow into 30 individual scholarships of the Deutschlandstipendium and support students. This sum will be doubled by funds from the federal government. The largest sum, almost 100,000 euros, will be made available to students in need over a period of five years through the Studierendenwerk's social fund. The Corona crisis in particular had led to financial hardship for many students and the UGK had already given money to the social fund in recent years to alleviate this situation. 35,000 euros will go to the "University of Kassel Foundation Floor", which will thus be technically and functionally reorganized and reopened together with the outgoing UGK board. The International House (20,000 euros), choir, university orchestra, student theater and the "Soundcheck" series will also be supported with 10,000 euros each. The technology division of the Friends of UGK will continue to support projects in the STEM subjects.
The Friends of the University of Kassel emerged from an initiative of Kassel citizens who advocated the establishment of a university in Kassel. In 1968, the Kassel University Working Group began intensively to make the political demand for an academic educational institution with a scientific and technical focus for Kassel. The working group contributed to the founding of the Gesamthochschule Kassel (now the University of Kassel) in 1971.
The Friends of the University of Kassel emerged from an initiative of citizens of Kassel who advocated the establishment of a university in Kassel. In 1968, the Kassel University Working Group began intensively to make the political demand for an academic educational institution with a scientific and technical focus for Kassel. The working group contributed to the founding of the Gesamthochschule Kassel (now the University of Kassel) in 1971. In 1977, the Kasseler Hochschulbund (KHB) emerged from the "Arbeitskreis Gesamthochschule Kassel". In 2010, this became the Universitätsgesellschaft Kassel e.V. (UGK), which accompanied the University of Kassel in its development. Regarding the self-image of the UKG, it says: "The Universitätsgesellschaft Kassel e.V., as an active community, supports the goals of the University of Kassel and wants to make people aware of the important and creative role of the university in Northern Hesse and to communicate its strengths to the outside. Therefore, the University Society considers it its primary task to support the University of Kassel in realizing its objectives and concepts. With full respect for the independence of science and art, it also sees itself as a mediator between the university and its environment and promotes dialogue as well as cooperation between the disciplines represented at the university and interested individuals and institutions."
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