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Academic Relations

The Canadian government promotes the study of Canada abroad and the mobility of students and researchers to come to Canada.
 
The Association for Canadian Studies in German speaking countries (GKS) is the third largest Canadian Studies Association worldwide (after the USA and India). The annual GKS meeting takes place every February in Grainau (near Munich). There are 23 Canadian Studies Centres in Germany and Austria. Canadian Studies are also taught at Swiss universities. Altogether, there are more than 400 exchange programs between German and Canadian institutions of higher education. In June 2006, Canada and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strenghten youth exchanges between the two countries and ease administrative procedures.

Every year, over 2,200 German students go to Canada for a full academic year or high school year. Many more students travel to Canada for a short term study, research or internship.

Academic relations is an important component of Canada's relationship with Germany. It is articulated through the following initiatives:

  • Over 400 university-to-university exchange agreements: Search the AUCC's Canadian University International Exchange Agreements Database (CUE)
  • Diefenbaker Award, funded by an endowment managed by the Canada Council, enables a German scholar to stay in Canada for a period of one year to complete a research project on Canada
  • Details of the extensive mobility programs in place between Canadian and German institutions are available under the Bridge Project report
  • Programs by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS)

In Germany the scholarly study of Canada dates back to the 19th century. German geographers, historians, economists and scholars of literature dealt with Canadian topics intermittently in the first half of our century. In 1975 Canada and Germany signed a cultural agreement. Shortly after, the Department of Foreign Affairs launched specific promotional measures to encourage Canadian Studies. Founded in 1980, the Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS) comprises over 600 members and is the third-largest Canadian Studies organization outside Canada. Members are recruited among students, school teachers, librarians, university professors, from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada and a number of other European countries.

Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS)
Young Scholars' Canadian Studies Network
 
Annual Canadian Studies Conference
The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries conference which takes place annually in Grainau, Germany, attracts many Canadians from different disciplines.

 
RISE Undergraduate Program by DAAD
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to offer - in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany - undergraduate students from the US and Canada in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering to apply for a summer research internship in Germany. RISE summer placements are provided by German university research groups where the trainee will cooperate with a doctoral student and assist him/her in his/her experimental work. This program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour as part of the European Recovery Program (ERP).

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Cultural Relations

Canada and Germany cultivate an active cultural exchange. Many Canadian artists became an integral part of German cultural life and German artists are active in Canada.

Canadian visual artists are represented in major art museums and galleries. Canadian Dance companies are well established and German theatres produce Canadian drama. Canadian classical musicians are represented in concert series and popular musicians enjoy a huge followership in Germany. German readers are very fond of Canadian litrerature. More than 1,600 Canadian titles are listed in the Bibliography of Canadian authors in German translation. There are numerous coproductions between Canadian and German film companies. Young filmmakers participate in German film festivals such as the Berlinale.

A cultural agreement between Canada and Germany was signed in 1975.

 

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  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts and New Media
 

The objectives of the Cultural Relations Section of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin are to give the German public an overview of the contemporary cultural scene in Canada and to increase the presence of Canadian artists in Germany.

We cooperate with experts from all areas of the German cultural scene to enable Canadian artists to take part in cultural events in Germany and to encourage the exchange between German and Canadian cultural representatives. We support projects of German cultural institutions which involve Canadian artists or which are developed in cooperation with Canadian cultural institutions.

Acting as advisers and mediators, we encourage contacts between German and Canadian representatives of the cultural scene and inform experts about the cultural networks in both countries.

About Canadian Culture
Canada has two official languages - English and French - and a highly diverse culture, thanks to the contribution of Canadians of all origins. Because of its relatively short history, Canadian culture is above all contemporary.

This is particularly evident in its writers like Margaret Atwood, Nicolas Dickner, Barbara Gowdy, Yann Martel, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler or Gaétan Soucy, who are well-known in Germany. Over 1,600 Canadian literary titles have been translated and published in German.

In recent decades, Canada has gained recognition in Europe in the visual arts thanks to cutting-edge artists. Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, Ken Lum, Ian Wallace and Geneviève Cadieux introduced new uses for photography techniques, Janet Cardiff and Louis-Philippe Demers used new technologies in artistic creation, and Jana Sterback invented never-before-seen conceptual environments. Each year, Canada receives awards for its new media creators at Berlin's Transmediale or the European Art Festival in Osnabruck.

Cinéma d'auteur is becoming increasingly common, thanks to veteran filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, Denys Arcand and Léa Pool, but also because of young directors such as Jean-François Pouliot, Denis Villeneuve, Don McKellar, Keith Behrman and Guy Maddin.

Flowing from a very strong oral tradition, Canadian theatre has not only world-renowned stage directors such as Robert Lepage and Denis Marleau, but also a large number of authors who have been translated into many languages, including German. In this vein, German companies recently staged works by Michel-Marc Bouchard, Daniel Danis, Michel Tremblay, George Walker, David Young and Colleen Wagner.

Canadian modern dance has made noticeable inroads in German festivals in recent years. Many companies were invited, the most famous of which were Lalala Human Steps, Marie Chouinard, O'Vertigo, and Holy Body Tattoo.

Canadian composers and performing artists enjoy international recognition and are regular guests on German stages. The name Glenn Gould (1932-1982) stands out from others. Called the "James Dean of the piano", Gould left an impressive collection of recordings and his theories continue to be discussed. Contemporary pianists like Marc-André Hamelin and Louis Lortie perform regularly in Germany, as does the young pianist Jan Lisiecki, who, aged just 19, is the shooting star of the scene. Composers such as R. Murray Schafer, Claude Vivier, Robert Normandeau and Robin Minard are represented in German repertoires. Schafer became world famous for his ecological sound research and Robin Minard's sound installations can be seen at international new music festivals. Stars like Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Paul Anka represent the early years of Canadian popular music. With his poems and recitals, Leonard Cohen is a singer-songwriter legend.  

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Canada-Germany Relations

Canada and Germany enjoy a close and friendly partnership, reflected in their active cooperation on the international stage as well as their healthy economic and investment relations.

Both countries benefit from their strong cultural connections and people-to-people contacts. Almost 10% of the Canadian population claim at least partial German ancestry and about 500,000 Canadians travel to Germany each year, with about the same number of Germans visiting Canada.

Academic links are also vibrant. Every year, several thousand German students spend a full year at a Canadian university or high school. Many more travel to Canada for short-term study, research or an internship.

The Canadian embassy to Germany is situated in the heart of Berlin where the Berlin Wall used to divide the eastern and western parts of the city. The building was opened in 2005 by then governor general Adrienne Clarkson. Canada has consulates in the cities of Munich and Düsseldorf, which focus on trade promotion and investment relations.

There is also cooperation between Canadian provinces and German federal states, such as Alberta with Saxony, British Columbia with Rhineland-Palatinate, Ontario with Baden-Württemberg, and Quebec with Bavaria, Saxony and Brandenburg. Alberta and Ontario have each opened an office in the Munich consulate, while Quebec maintains offices in both Berlin and Munich.

In addition to the embassy in Ottawa, Germany maintains consulates in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.   

Political and economic relations
Canada and Germany are like-minded global partners. We champion common values and interests in areas such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law, international peace and security, global trade, the environment and climate change, and promoting a rules-based international system.

Germany and Canada—long-standing partners in NATO—cooperate closely on security and defence issues. We are also both members of the G7 and G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Germany is a permanent observer in the Organization of American States and on the Arctic Council. Canada and Germany share a long-standing partnership in the Arctic, with German experts regularly visiting the Canadian Arctic to pursue science and research projects.

Trade and investment
Germany has the largest economy in the EU and the fourth largest in the world. Canada’s bilateral trade with Germany has grown considerably since German reunification. Germany is Canada’s largest export market in the EU, and our sixth-largest trading partner globally. Canada’s top merchandise exports include machinery, mineral ores, scientific and precision instruments, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and mineral fuels and oils. Germany is the ninth-largest foreign direct investor in Canada.

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