The decision to set up a Higher Education Management Working Group (HMWG) of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) was taken at the 2008 General Assembly. Gabor Halasz (ELTE University, Hungary) and Attila Pausits (Danube University of Krems, Austria) were asked by the president to lead this initiative and to submit a working plan to the presidency of DRC. The presidency approved the working plan at its meeting in December in Budapest.
In accordance with the approved working plan, a first “Kick Off Seminar” was organised in Budapest in March 2009. The seminar followed the meeting of the steering group of the EHEMD project (a curriculum development project which aims to promote modernization of higher education through the creation of a master level training program in European Higher Education Management and Development) led by the Danube University of Krems. This made it possible that the nine members of the EHEMD Steering Group could also attend the DRC HMWG.