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Lot of guests joined Ambassador Dr Mueller on 3 October to celebrate the Day of German Unity. We would like to thank our sponsors Audi Centre Canberra, Rolfe Classic BMW, Mercedes Benz Canberra and Gerolsteiner Australia. You made the day perfect.
On September 11 the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Pfeiffer attended the remembrance ceremony at the Bita Paka Cemetery near Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. The commemorations took place to remember the first military engagement of German and Australian soldiers in the First World War, exactly 100 years ago on September 11, 1914.
The Honorary Consul Mr Pfeiffer laid a wreath in remembrance of those who died during the battle that successfully took out a German wireless station.
Wreath Ceremony in Papua New Guinea
The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant events in recent German history: the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.
Understanding the Berlin Wall
30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”
The special issue of DE Magazin Deutschland on the subject “Remembrance and commemoration” focuses on three anniversaries in 2014. The First World War broke out 100 years ago. The Second World War began 75 years ago. The fall of the Wall 25 years ago was the first step on the path to German reunification. Essays by and interviews with renowned historians and political scientists analyse the events and their effects on the present. Young people from Europe, the United States and Israel describe how they feel about these historical events and why they actively support their commemoration.
Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall
Australia is one of Germany’s most important partners in international academic cooperation. Likewise, Australia recently designated Germany as one of its strategic partners in academic cooperation. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has funded more than 280 research collaborations between German and Australian universities since 2005. However, only thirteen Australian universities had been eligible to participate in the funding programme until now. A letter of intent between the DAAD and the Australian higher education association “Universities Australia” now paves the way for project collaboration with all universities on the Australian continent.
DAAD and Universities Australia plan nationwide cooperation