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Quo Vadis Germany?

Quo Vadis, Germany?

First German Conference in Toronto - February 8, 2013 / 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

The German Conference in Toronto is an annual symposium bringing together policy makers, business people, scholars, the media, the German community, students, and the interested public. High-ranking speakers discuss central issues of politics, the economy, business, and foreign affairs from a Canadian and German perspective. By offering a modern perspective on Germany, the conference contributes to building a closer and more productive relationship between Canada and Germany.


Call for Nominations : German Online (GO) Award 2012 - Deadline January 30th 2013

Dear friends of, we are please to announce the  Call for Nominations for the German Online – GO Award 2012!

The Canadian Association for University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the DAAD and UVic co-funded project invite nominations for the 2012 "German Online (GO)" award for the best online course materials in the field of German and Germany-related Studies at Canadian Colleges and Universities.

This award honours the enormous effort scholars and teachers invest in developing online materials and it is also an expression of appreciation for sharing the results. The award carries a prize of $ 1,000 and will be awarded at the annual meeting of the CAUTG in in Victoria, 1-4 June, 2013. The award winner will also have the opportunity to present the project at the conference and will be featured on

We are looking for course pages that show innovative and engaging ways of presenting course-related materials (e.g. modules, student projects), integration of Web 2.0 components, teaching platforms like WebCT, or other internet-based teaching materials for university or college courses. Please also submit a brief statement (no longer than one page) explaining why the site(s) should be considered for this award.

Members of any department can submit online materials for consideration, as long as the content of the materials is related to German studies. We accept self-nominations as well as nominations for other colleagues' site(s). In either case, we will require access to all relevant pages. If this poses a problem, please let us know. All sensitive material will be treated confidentially. The award committee consists of representatives of, the CAUTG and past winners of the GO-Award.

Nomination Deadline: 30. Jan. 2013.

Please send your nominations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or to Beate Schmidtke This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

German programs across Canada adapt to new trends / Les programmes d'Allemand tout autour du Canada: modes et tendances

The recession that hit North America in 2008 has taken its toll on the university system. Smaller language programs have closed and German programs have also suffered, particularly in the United States.

Canadian post-secondary institutions have fared better than those in the U.S. On the whole German programs across the country are stable although the trend has been towards larger units comprised of a number of foreign language programs.