der Ulrich Bernath Stiftung für Fernstudienforschung

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The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning
Wichelnstr. 27a
26122 Oldenburg, Germany
Tel: 004915255735511

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation, located in Oldenburg, is an independent foundation under civil law, governed by the State of Lower Saxony. The Ulrich Bernath Foundation is represented by its Board of Trustees and Directors.


Responsible supervisory authority:

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Inneres und Sport
Regierungsvertretung Oldenburg
Theodor-Tantzen-Platz 8
26122 Oldenburg/Germany



In spite of ongoing editorial control, we accept no liability for the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of website contents. Any access of contents takes place at the user’s own discretion and risk. No contractual agreement between the Ulrich Bernath Foundation and users ensues through accessof the website. This website contains several studies, reports and papers that have been prepared in compliance with the mission of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official policies or positions of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.

This website contains links to external Internet sites. These links are purely informational in nature and are checked at the time of installation for any potential illegalities. Links provided here evinced no illegalities; we have no influence ontheir subsequent development. The operators of any linked sites are therefore solely responsible for their content.

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation has no connection to any content changed following installation of external links. Unless concrete evidence exists, we do not monitor external links for illegal activities. Should we be made aware of illegal activity, weimmediately remove the link in question from our website.


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Generally, other websites may link to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s website without seeking permission from the Ulrich Bernath Foundation. However, such use must clearly identify the Ulrich Bernath Foundation as the source of the information displayed including the URL, and Further, such links must preserve the integrity of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s web pages.

Generally, users may quote content from the Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s website without seeking permission from Ulrich Bernath Foundation, but such use must clearly identify the Ulrich Bernath Foundation as the source of the information displayed including URL, and Further, such use must preserve the integrity of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s content and not be taken out-of-context in such a way that the meaning of the content could be misconstrued.

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation would appreciate being notified whenever links are created to its website or content is quoted.



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Data Protection

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation values the protection of personal data. All Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s web activities comply with European Union guidelines and recommendations of the GBDe issued in September 2001. The Ulrich Bernath Foundation also complies with the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany on data protection and data security.

These data protection guidelines mandate that, as a user, you be informed about how the Ulrich Bernath Foundation treats personal data collected when you visit the Ulrich Bernath Foundation website.


Collection and processing of personal data

“Personal data” includes all information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, your e-mail address or your postal address. Such data are stored only if you provide them to Ulrich Bernath Foundation.


Use and disclosure of personal data

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation uses your personal data exclusively for purposes of technical administration of the website and for otherwise communicating with you. The Ulrich Bernath Foundation will neither disclose your personal data to third parties nor use them for other purposes. The Ulrich Bernath Foundation requires its employees to maintain confidentiality.


Freedom of choice

You are free to decide which information you provide to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation. If you wish to change your personal data (e.g., postal code, e-mail or mailing addresses), you can also contact the Ulrich Bernath Foundation directly. Please use our contact form for that purpose.


Automatically collected information

When you access the the Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s website, general information that is not personally identifiable (e.g., the Internet browser used, number of visits, average duration of stay, pages visited) is collected automatically (that is, without registration). We use this information to improve the attractiveness, content and functionality of our website. No other use is intended, and no data are disclosed.



The Ulrich Bernath Foundation takes care to protect your personal data from loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorized access. The statutory provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding data protection are observed as a matter of course.


Links to other Internet websites

This data protection policy applies to the Websites and The Ulrich Bernath Foundation’s web pages also contain links to other, external websites. The Ulrich Bernath Foundation accepts no liability for the content of these external websites. When you leave the Ulrich Bernath Foundation website, we recommend that you carefully read the data protection guidelines of every website that collects personal data.


Right to information

If you have questions about the processing of your personal data, please contact the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.Upon request, you will receive written notice, in accordance with applicable law, as to whether the Ulrich Bernath Foundation has stored any of your personal data and, if so, which data has been stored using the web technology we employ.


Notice of revisions

If these data protection guidelines are revised, such revisions will be noted in these guidelines, on our homepage and in other appropriate venues.