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Some 150 different programs of study, ground-breaking research on problems of broad significance, and a lively and international student scene. - All this and more make LMU a real "universitas". And each week our homepage turns its "Spotlight" on one of the many facets of this cosmopolitan kaleidoscope.

Sinksar Ghebremedhin

Giving refugees a voice

Many passers-by no doubt take him to be a refugee. But Sinksar (25) is a native of Swabia. He seldom corrects the misconception: “In Munich, I’m less afraid of being taken for an Eritrean than I am of being recognized as someone from Swabia,” he jokingly remarks.

insightLMU

Dedicated to the European Idea

Stimulating dialogue and fostering exchange in the field of European Studies is the primary goal of the Europaeum, a network of leading European Universities. Four of the six recipients of the Europeaeum’s latest Jenkins Scholarships are linked to LMU.

Internet services

Who pays the piper?

The World Wide Web has turned copyright infringement into a pastime of the masses. In the following interview, LMU jurists Matthias Leistner and Ansgar Ohly discuss the naïveté of users and the legal position with regard to liability.

Lehre@LMU

Prizes for Master Pieces

Anitha’s MSc thesis deals with the effects of air and noise pollution on urban dwellers, while Hannes analyzed newly released government files relating to German-Israeli relations. Both have now won LMU’s Prize for Student Research.

Astrophysics

Dust to dust

Til Birnstiel studies the mode of formation of planets from miniscule dust grains. His own professional evolution has just entered a new phase, with a Starting Grant from the European Research Council – and a Physics professorship at LMU.

Social Anthropology

A day-trip to the bottom

From slum to tourist attraction: An interview with Eveline Dürr on the unlikely but booming phenomenon of slum tourism.

Truth and the media

The rise of fake news

Up to 20 percent of the public are not following the news on a regular basis, and may thus be especially receptive to fake news and the misleading assertions of populists. This attitude represents a threat to our society, says LMU communications expert Reinemann.

DenkStätte Weiße Rose

Permanent exhibition reconceived

The first members of the White Rose were convicted of treason 74 years ago. The DenkStätte Weiße Rose in LMU’s Main Building commemorates their bravery and sacrifice. The exhibition has now been redesigned.

Learning strategies

“Fear of exams can be overcome”

What lies at the origin of the fear of examinations, and what can students and lecturers do to allay it? In the following interview, LMU Professor Anne Frenzel (Chair of Psychology in the Learning Sciences) answers both questions.

Sustainability

Thinking things through …

The term ‘sustainability’ has become something of a cliché – and its exact meaning is unclear. LMU academics from a range of disciplines are now engaged in clarifying its significance for a truly sustainable future.

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