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Civilian Service[edit]

The times have changed a lot. While I was serving the Red Cross in 1998/99 it was 10 month for the guys in the army and 13 (!) for the conscientious objectors like me. Only during the very final stages of compulsory service the time you had to serve either the army or any civilian institution was the same (from 9 month down to 6).

I can't remember there was a 6 months service. I was one of the last who had to do the compulsory service and it was definitly 9 months!

Research vs. teaching in German universities[edit]

I find the following statement slightly problematic:

"Most German universities focus more on teaching than on research. Research is mostly exhibited in independent institutes that are embedded in academic clusters, such as within Max Planck, Fraunhofer, Leibniz and Helmholtz institutes. "

This could give to some people the impression that most German universities are similar to teaching colleges in the US, where the teaching load is heavy and the time and resources available for research are very restricted. However, that impression would be wide off the mark. I am a professor of physics at a German university, and I can attest that research plays a more dominant role than teaching. This can be seen in many aspects: (i) Hiring professors is done almost entirely on the basis of their research track record. (ii) The official teaching load for a professor (in Bavaria) is nine hours per week, with the rest of the time supposedly spent on research (plus the unavoidable paperwork and committees). This is significantly less than would be expected at a teaching-dominated university. (iii) Research accomplishments play a far larger role in evaluations of departments than teaching. (iv) Research funding by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and other organizations for research at universities is very impressive. Actually, German universities receive research funding at a larger percentage of GDP than US universities. At the level of individual university professors this means that their research funding is on average better than that of US university professors.

I would propose the following comes closer to a realistic picture (implement it if you like, I do not have time to enter a long editing fight here...):

German universities traditionally emphasize the combination of teaching and research. In addition, research is performed at independent non-university research institutions, such as within Max Planck, Fraunhofer, Leibniz and Helmholtz institutes. Many of these institutions have also established close connections with nearby universities.

F.M. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.7.38.30 (talk) 19:20, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Agree. The whole paragraph also needs to be referenced. --Boson (talk) 23:35, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
It's indeed a more sound solution now, thanks. -- Horst-schlaemma (talk) 12:33, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

List of seaside resorts in Germany[edit]

Just created this lovely list, feel free to participate and turn some of the red into blue links! :) Cheers Horst-schlaemma (talk) 14:41, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 March 2014[edit]

fuuug zu supertoll und aber natürlich!!!!

145.108.140.41 (talk) 15:00, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done --Boson (talk) 15:04, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Deutsch first use[edit]

Hello, does any one knows when the word deutsch was first used in reference to the german people? Pfzin (talk) 14:39, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

see here: Theodiscus. It became unique, when the Dutch began to name their language "nederlands" after becoming independent in the 17th century. --Kgfleischmann (talk) 15:59, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
Thx for the answer, but the article just attest the first use of the word referring to the language, not the people. Pfzin (talk) 02:45, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 April 2014[edit]

41.98.62.236 (talk) 10:03, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Not done: as you have not requested a change.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Please also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to any article. - Arjayay (talk) 10:21, 2 April 2014 (UTC)