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December 2022

The year is ending and we all reflect on our 2022. But what does 2023 have in store for us? In this issue, we will show you the results of the THE World University Rankings 2023 and how German universities did in an international comparison. If your new year’s resolution is to learn a new language, you might want to check out the free German courses by Deutsche Welle.  A village in Germany called Feldheim sets a green energy example for the future. And of course, we will count down the days to the holidays with you with our Research in Germany advent calendar! Happy reading!

9 German universities among the top 100 in the THE World University Rankings 2023

Stats & numbers
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and LMU Munich are the best universities in Germany according to the World University Rankings 2023. And they are in good company: 7 other German universities have also made it into the top 100 despite almost 1,800 competitors across 104 countries and regions.

Waving flags in front of a TUM building

Learn German free online with Deutsche Welle's language courses

Living in Germany
Whether the new year begins for you on 1 January or at another time – have you already made plans for 2023 (or indeed any other new year)? We have a suggestion: Why not learn a new language? Whether you are a beginner or highly proficient, with DW's online courses you can learn German easily and free of charge. For German teachers there are teaching materials and the latest on German language teaching. Let's go!

Young woman in sunglasses sitting on a skateboard on the beach

Christmas countdown with Research in Germany

Recent activities
Counting the days until Christmas is a long-standing tradition in Germany. Children (and sometimes even adults) can open a window in their advent calendar and find a little surprise every day. Join the fun and discover what we have hidden for you every day from today until 24 December on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Advent calendar

An energy independent village

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Living in Germany
The village of Feldheim has been producing all its own green energy for more than ten years and is the first and only fully energy self-sufficient village in Germany. Solar, wind and biogas have replaced fossil fuels for electricity and heating. And what is also unique in Germany: The people of Feldheim banded together to operate their own electricity and heating grid. How did they do it?