Dear DAAD Friends and Alumni!🎓

Welcome to our June 2022 - Winter Edition of the DAAD Australia Newsletter.

With the Winter Solstice now behind us and the Sydney Vivid Festival of Lights having brought warmth to the cooler days we hope that this newsletter finds you well.

Stay up to date with what has been happening and what to look out for in regard to DAAD's activities in Australia and Germany!

This Newsletter includes information and updates on our key topics:

German Universities Score High in Ranking

● DAAD Annual Report 2021: Academic Exchange in Times of War and Crisis

DAAD Alumnus Serhiy Zhadan receives Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2022

● New exciting events are coming up:
  • Falling Walls Lab NSW 2022
  • Research in Germany: Monthly Research Talks (online)

We hope you will enjoy reading this edition.

Stay in touch with our DAAD IC Team in Sydney, with

Best greetings from
Katharina McGrath, Silke Schoppe und Michael Rieke

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German Universities Score High in Ranking

German universities are ranking high among top universities in the world

Germany has put in another solid performance in the latest QS World University Rankings, with 11 German universities ranking inside the top 200. 
Munich remains the place to study in Germany, with the two best-ranked German universities on the QS list in 2023 calling the city in Bavaria home. The Technical University of Munich was once again crowned the best university in Germany, ranking just inside the top 50 at 49th overall. It was closely followed by Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universitӓt München, which climbed a few positions to take 59th.  

Released every year in June, the QS World University Ranking is considered one of the most comprehensive ratings of universities in the world. 

Find the QS Ranking here.
Academic Exchange in Times of War and Crisis

The DAAD presents its Annual Report for 2021

According to the DAAD 2021 heralded a return to normality for academic mobility after Covid-19, although at the same time there was a significant increase in the influence of geopolitics on academic exchange. ‘We are currently experiencing rapid changes in the political and regulatory environment for global academic exchange. Dramatic geopolitical upheavals are having an impact on academia, especially the war in Ukraine. At the same time, the challenges faced by all of humanity, such as climate change and its drastic consequences, increasing shortages of raw materials and the issue of global food security have not gone away and remain urgent,’ said DAAD Prof. Dr Joybrato Mukherjee at the presentation of the Annual Report in Berlin. Ukraine was currently the focus of the DAAD’s work, said Prof. Mukherjee, who acknowledged that ‘Since 24 February we have had to face the reality of a war of aggression in Europe, and we have acted swiftly to get support for Ukrainian students and researchers off the ground.' The DAAD had set up a National Academic Contact Centre Ukraine for refugee students and academics, he said.

Find the article about the DAAD 2021 Report here.
Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2022
DAAD Alumnus Serhiy Zhadan

The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has been awarded to Ukrainian writer and musician Serhiy Zhadan. The jury says he is being honored for his 'outstanding artistic work' and a "humanitarian position which leads him to help people in war, and to come to their aid while risking his own life."
In 2010 Serhiy Zhadan was awarded with the DAAD fellowship 'Berliner Künstlerprogramm / Artist-in-Berlin' and worked as a fellow in Germany for one year. Since 1963, over 1000 outstanding international visual artists, authors, filmmakers, composers, and sound artists have been invited to live and work in Berlin.

Read the DAAD article in German here.
35 Years of Erasmus+
Celebration of the EU Programme:
‘Enriching lives, opening minds’

The EU Erasmus+ programme has been a model of success for 35 years. There are 350 German higher education institutions that participate in the programme for education, training, youth and sport. It follows the motto ‘Enriching lives, opening minds’ to promote cooperation in all areas of education throughout Europe. Various program lines give German higher education institutions the option of funding international exchange among their students and staff, establishing cooperation and partnership programs and exploiting a wide-ranging institutional exchange between higher education institutions in Europe and worldwide.

Read more about the scholarship program and its success here.
Upcoming Events
Falling Walls Lab NSW 2022

The call for applications is now open for Falling Walls Lab New South Wales.
Students, researchers, and early-career professionals who are residents of NSW or the ACT are invited to apply with their ground-breaking research, business models, and initiatives from all disciplines.

The Falling Walls Lab New South Wales is hosted by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the DAAD Australia and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand, and supported by the Australian Academy of Science.

Online Event: 21 July 2022, 5-7:30 pm (AEST)
Closing date for applications: 11 July 2022

Apply here
Research in Germany:
Monthly Research Talks

This is a special offer for PhD and Postdoc Candidates!
Chat online with a DAAD programme officer and learn more about the DAAD scholarships and related application requirements. Take the opportunity to get your questions answered and join the next online research talk for free!
Date: 5 July 2022, 2-2:30 pm (CEST).

Register here.
Scholarships, Grants & Programs
DAAD AINet Fellowship
Networking Tour:
'AI in Cyber Physical Systems'

The call for Postdoc-NeT-AI 10/2022 is out!
The focus is on Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Physical Systems. Twice a year, the DAAD selects a group of outstanding postdoctoral researchers and experienced PhD candidates worldwide to participate in the Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence. The fellowship includes a Virtual Networking Week and a one-week travel stipend with plenty of opportunities to personally connect with leading researchers and research institutions from all over Germany. Fellows will also become part of the DAAD AInet Fellows and Alumni Network, thus expanding and strengthening the cooperation within the group and with the German research community. 

Application deadline for the 10/2022 tour:
1 August 2022,11:59 pm (CET/UTC+1).

Find further information and the application portal, here.
Research in Germany - June Newsletter
Science & funding news from the research wonderland Germany
Take a trip to "Research Wonderland" Germany with our new short film and discover what's on offer for international talents! And there's a lot more to explore: a record-breaking swimming chemistry professor, 1st place again in an ERC award competition, and funding opportunities and events to help you plan your own research trip.

New short film:Two minutes in a research wonderland!
Do you want to join one of the leading research nations in the world and benefit from great career opportunities in a unique research landscape? Check out the latest video published by Research-in-Germany and learn why Germany is a great place for your research!

Find the video and more information here.
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