Graduate Kick-off

Welcome at the Graduate School!

We are looking forward to welcome you with the Graduate Kick-off at the Graduate School from 30 September - 5 October 2022. The Kick-off is the joint event for Master's students and doctoral students. Besides getting to know Leuphana and your fellow students, you will also get a first insight into our graduate community by dealing academically with a topic. This year, we will focus on the following topic at the beginning of your studies:

RESEARCH >> FREEDOM
Academic freedom in teaching and research has been repeatedly in the focus of international reporting in recent years. Whether it is the closure of the Central European University in Hungary, the accusation of terrorism against Turkish academics who signed a peace petition or the disturbed academic relations between Russia and Germany (EU) since the Russian war against the Ukraine: academic freedom is in danger. Therefore, it is important that (future) academics deal with the possibilities and limits of academic freedom as early as possible.

Programme Overview Masters

Below you will find the preliminary programme for this year's kick-off. We reserve the right for modifications.

Friday, 30th September 2022

9:00 - 10:00International Breakfastonline
10:00 - 13:30 

Welcome by the General Students' Committee
Introduction to myStudy and qis 
Introduction to IT infrastructure
Introduction to complementary studies & doctoral track 

online
From 15:00Self-guided campus and city tour in small groups Campus

Tuesday, 4th October 2022

09:00 - 10:00  Graduate BreakfastCampus
10:00 - 14:00Ready to Re:Search I - Teambuilding and reflection (incl. lunch)                            Campus
14:30 - 16:30Ready to Re:Search II - Official welcome and panel discussion research >> freedomCampus

Wednesday, 5th October 2022

09:00 - 10:00  Graduate BreakfastC 12.006
10:15 - 12:00

Introduction to the masters programmes                       

C 12.006
From 12:00Time with the student representativesC 12.006

Programme Overview Doctorate

Below you will find the preliminary programme for this year's kick-off. We reserve the right for modifications.

Tuesday, 4th October 2022

09:00 - 10:00  Graduate BreakfastC 12.006
10:00 - 14:00Ready to Re:Search I - Teambuilding and reflection (incl. lunch)                            C 12.006
14:30 - 16:30Ready to Re:Search II - Official welcome and panel discussion research >> freedomAuditorium

Wednesday, 5th October 2022

09:00 - 10:00  Graduate BreakfastCampus
10:15 - 13:00

Introduction to the Doctorate Programme           

Campus
From  13:00Time with the student representativesCampus

Registration

Registration will be possible in the beginning of September.

Detailed Programme Masters

Friday, 30th September

09:00 – 10:00 International Breakfast (online)

The start for international students at Leuphana is something special, as it is usually also their first time studying at a university in Germany. Therefore, Claudia Wölk from the International Office welcomes the internationals at a digital breakfast and addresses the special situation.

You will receive the link to the Zoom Room a day before the event.

10:00 - 13:30 Welcome by the General Students' Committee, Introduction to myStudy & qis, Introduction to IT infrastructure, Introduction to complementary studies & doctoral track (online)

The General Student Committee (AStA- Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss) will open the Graduate Kick-off and welcome you to the Graduate Kick-off format. 
In order to familiarize yourself with the digital tools, the Media and Information Center will explain the most important IT applications to you. Especially interesting for you is our digital course catalog myStudy, where you can register for your courses. The registration for exams via the portal qis will also be explained. 

Afterwards, Claudia Echelmeyer, Head of the Master's Programs and Head of Complementary Studies, will explain the Complementary Studies as a special feature of the study model and will particularly address the Doctoral Track.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each presentation, please insert your name when you " enter " the conference room. The presentation will be given in English, questions can be asked in German and English.
Please be sure to watch the video tutorial about the registration process and read the user guides beforehand. Both can be found by following this link.

From 15:00 Self-guided campus and city tours in small groups

Do you want to get to know your fellow students* and the campus? You can sign up for a guided tour of the Central Building. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to take a campus tour using the app Actionbound or end the afternoon with a drink or meal together. 
Your group will include students from the entire master's program. You will have frequent projects in your studies in which you are expected to collaborate with other Master's programs. Join this informal occasion to make a couple of new friends beyond your program ahead of time!
Please note: The semester ticket is only valid from 1.10.2022. If you are traveling from somewhere other than Lüneburg, please make sure to buy a ticket!

Flexible: Lüneburg City Tour

If you would like to meet personally in a small group, you can do so, for example, on a guided tour of Lüneburg. We have put together a student city tour for you, which you can conduct independently and flexibly with your newly acquainted fellow students using the App Actionbound. You find the guide for the City Tour here.

Tuesday, 4th October

09:00 - 10:00 Graduate Breakfast and the possibility to purchase the Campus Card

Enjoy breakfast together with your graduate programme! Your tutor will meet and greet you in the morning. Please bring your own china, cutlery, and anything else you would like to eat and drink for breakfast.

During breakfast you will also have the opportunity to purchase your Campus Card for 10€. You will need it to eat in the Mensa and to borrow books from the library.


The following rooms are reserved for you on campus:

Management & Entrepeneurship 12.105
Management & Data Science12.101a 
Management & Sustainable Accounting and Finance 12.111
Management & Engineering 12.108
Culture and Organisation 14.102a
Kulturwissenschaften - Medien und digitale Kulturen 14.102b
Kulturwissenschaften - Kritik der Gegenwart 14.103
Public Economics, Law and Politics14.027 
International Economic Law
Int. Law of Global Security, Peace and Development  
14.001  
Rechtswissenschaft 14.006
Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft                                         12.001  
Psychology & Sustainability 12.009

10:00 - 14:00 Ready to Re:Search I - Teambuilding and reflection (incl. lunch)

Rooms: Please stay in the same rooms as in the Graduate Breakfast.
During this workshop you will get the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and participate in a few teambuilding exercises with your study program. In the second part of the workshop, you will reflect on what you have experienced in your educational journey so far and what skills you have acquired during it. After a joint lunch break, you get prepared with information for the academic discourse that will take place after this session.

14:30 - 16:30 Ready to Re:Search II - Official welcome and panel discussion research >> freedom (Audimax)

Room: Audimax
After the welcome by the President Prof. (HSG) Dr. Sascha Spoun, we want to highlight current controversies on academic freedom from a global and local perspective at this moderated panel discussion. Together with researchers from Leuphana and our partner universities as well as students and representatives of NGOs, we would like to critically discuss the question: Quo vadis academic freedom?

Flexible: Lüneburg City Tour

If you would like to meet personally in a small group, you can do so, for example, on a guided tour of Lüneburg. We have put together a student city tour for you, which you can conduct independently and flexibly with your newly acquainted fellow students using the App Actionbound. You find the guide for the City Tour here.

Wednesday, 5th Oktober

09:00 - 10:00 Graduate Breakfast and the possibility to purchase the Campus Card

Have breakfast together with your study programme! Your tutor will meet you in the morning.
During breakfast you will also have the opportunity to purchase your Campus Card for 10€. You will need it to eat in the Mensa and to borrow books from the library.

The following rooms are reserved for you on campus:

Management & Entrepeneurship 12.105
Management & Data Science12.101a 
Management & Sustainable Accounting and Finance 12.111
Management & Engineering 12.108
Culture and Organisation 14.102a
Kulturwissenschaften - Medien und digitale Kulturen 14.102b
Kulturwissenschaften - Kritik der Gegenwart 14.103
Public Economics, Law and Politics14.027 
International Economic Law
Int. Law of Global Security, Peace and Development  
14.001  
Rechtswissenschaft 14.006
Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft                                         12.001  
Psychology & Sustainability 12.009

10:15 - 12:00 Introduction to the masters programmes (incl. lunch)

Rooms: Please stay in the Graduate Breakfast rooms for the introduction.
Your programme directors are pleased to welcome you in this slot. In addition to information about the general course of your studies, elective options and organisation, you can also ask any programme-specific questions at this point.

From 12:00 Time with the student representatives

During the time with the student council you can get to know your student representatives and ask any questions you may have about your degree programme. Furthermore, you have the possibility to connect with other students in your degree programme and to get to know them better. 

Flexible: Lüneburg City Tour

If you would like to meet personally in a small group, you can do so, for example, on a guided tour of Lüneburg. We have put together a student city tour for you, which you can conduct independently and flexibly with your newly acquainted fellow students using the App Actionbound. You can find the guide for the City Tour here.

Detailed Programme Doctorate

Tuesday, 4th October

09:00 - 10:00 Graduate Breakfast and the possibility to purchase the Campus Card (C12.006)

Enjoy breakfast together with the other doctoral students! Dr. Sandra Wienand will meet you on campus in room C12.006. Please bring your own china, cutlery, and anything else you would like to eat and drink for breakfast.

During breakfast you will also have the opportunity to purchase your Campus Card for 10€. You will need it to eat in the Mensa and to borrow books from the library.

10:00 - 14:00 Ready to Re:Search I - Teambuilding and reflection (incl. lunch)

Rooms: Please stay in the same rooms as in the Graduate Breakfast 
During this workshop you will get the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and participate in a few teambuilding exercises with your study program. In the second part of the workshop, you will reflect on what you have experienced in your educational journey so far and what skills you have acquired during it. After a joint lunch break, you get prepared with information for the academic discourse that will take place after this session.

14:30 - 16:30 Ready to Re:Search II - Official welcome and panel discussion research >> freedom (Audimax)

Room: Audimax
After the welcome by the President Prof. (HSG) Dr. Sascha Spoun, we want to highlight current controversies on academic freedom from a global and local perspective at this moderated panel discussion. Together with researchers from Leuphana and our partner universities as well as students and representatives of NGOs, we would like to critically discuss the question: Quo vadis academic freedom?

Flexible: Lüneburg City Tour

If you would like to meet personally in a small group, you can do so, for example, on a guided tour of Lüneburg. We have put together a student city tour for you, which you can conduct independently and flexibly with your newly acquainted fellow students using the App Actionbound. You find the guide for the City Tour here.

Wednesday, 5th Oktober

09:00 - 10:00 Graduate Breakfast and the possibility to purchase the Campus Card (C12.006)

Room: 12.006 
Enjoy breakfast together with the doctoral students! Dr. Sandra Wienand will meet on campus in room C. 12.006 and welcome you. Please bring your own china, cutlery, and anything else you would like to eat and drink for breakfast.

During breakfast you will also have the opportunity to purchase your Campus Card for 10€. You will need it to eat in the Mensa and to borrow books from the library.

10:15 - 12:00 Introduction to the Doctorate Programme (incl. lunch)

Room: 12.006
In this block, you will receive information on the structure of the doctoral programme, the mystudy course catalogue will be explained to you and you will be introduced to the IT infrastructure. In addition, you will get to know your contact persons in the Student Services and the Counselling Office. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the extracurricular offers of the GradSkills and the Summer School. You will also find out what the Qualification Fund is all about.

From 12:00 Time with the Students Representatives

During the time with the doctoral representatives, you can get to know them and ask any questions you may have specifically about your doctorate.

Flexible: Lüneburg City Tour

If you would like to meet personally in a small group, you can do so, for example, on a guided tour of Lüneburg. We have put together a student city tour for you, which you can conduct independently and flexibly with your newly acquainted fellow students using the App Actionbound. You find the guide for the City Tour here.

Infomesse der Einrichtungen

  • AStA
  • Career Service
  • Center of methods
  • Graduate School
  • International Office
  • Language Centre
  • Equal Opportunities and Family Service
  • Ombudsperson for students and lectures
  • Schreibzentrum/ Writing Center
  • Student Counselling Service & MasterSkills
  • Studentenwerk
  • Team Q
  • The Student Initiatives Organisation (DSi)
  • University Sports

AStA

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The General Students’ Committee (AStA) supports students as a direct source of representation for various issues surrounding their studies at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Its work focuses on the cultural, social and political fields, distributed among specialised units and service providers. It works on a voluntary basis. All students are invited to actively shape AStA's work.

AStA's premises are situated in Building 9 on Campus.

For more information about the AStA, click here.

Career Service

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The Career Service at Leuphana University of Lüneburg offers comprehensive services in various fields of activity involving career and vocational orientation linked to programmes of study, as well as the possibility to network with the labour market.
Work experience continues to have great importance for starting a career after graduation. Through internships, students have the opportunity to get acquainted with relevant career fields and to learn how to put their skills to the test and to network with potential employers.

We provide personal advice including the following topics:

  • Vocational Orientation
  • Designing your programme of studies to closely fit the labour market
  • Developing internship strategy
  • Target-setting for a career start
  • Active networking
  • Job application

In addition, you can gain practical insights, get an early orientation and network at various events with employers. Numerous workshops and lectures in the event program offer the opportunity to prepare yourself ideally for the working world.

Career Service's premises are situated in Building 40 on Campus.

For more information about the Career Service, click here.

Center of methods

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The Center for Methods is an inter-departmental facility at Leuphana University, which focus is on disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching, research and handling of methodological issues. The objective of the Center is to provide support for students at all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD, and beyond) with respect to education and training in methods.

Students can achieve expertise at the Center for Methods which deepens and adds to the methods that are being taught during Leuphana's study programs. The Center for Methods' manifold supply enables students of all programs and stages to strengthen their individual profile by gaining methodological qualifications. Seminars, trainings and workshops impart methods and support you in adapting your own applications in the course of your thesis as well as research papers. Our support and backup is granted during your entire studies at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, whether it is a practical seminar during Leuphana Semester or a dissertation. It is our objective to have you gaining profound methodological knowledge in addition of becoming secure in its application.

The Center of Methods premises are situated in Building 40 on Campus.

For more information about the Center for Methods, click here.

Graduate School

The Leuphana Graduate School is based on the Anglo-American model of graduate education: We regard Masters and doctoral programmes as interlocking and mutually enriching phases of study and research. Therefore, a consistently strong connection to research is part of all Masters programmes, and unique formats, such as the Doctoral Track, enable students to enter doctoral studies at an early stage.

The team of the Graduate School ensures that you can study without any issues and organises everything in the back. In addition we offer a professional and independent counselling and coaching for masters and doctoral students.
Attending our ​MasterSkills programm  you can acquire interdisciplinary qualifications for your studies and the time after.

On the websites of the Graduate School you can also find information about your study programme which is useful for the creation of your timetables.

Graduate School's premises are situated in Building 14 on Campus.

For more information about the Graduate School, click here.

International Office

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The International Office is responsible for managing and developing the university's international relations and the coordination of the exchange and mobility programmes. We support international students, guest researchers and staff during their stay at Leuphana, e.g. with residence issues, as well as students, lecturers and staff going abroad.

Master's students who would like to study abroad for a semester as part of their studies can find current information about exchange programs and the application process under Study and Internship Abroad here. Furthermore, you can get further information about study abroad by subscribing the newsletter of the International Office via myStudy as well as on Instagram.

International Office´s premises are situated in Building 14 on Campus.

For more information about the International Office, click here.

Language Centre

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Discover, learn and experience new languages and cultures at Leuphana University's Language Center. In all of the university’s programs of study, we promote and practice multilingualism, intercultural competence, and student mobility - all key goals of the European Union’s language and cultural policy. The high quality of teaching in the Language Center is the result of action research, drawing both on our instructors’ experiences in the classroom and their academic research.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, in the Language Center you can improve your language skills in the classroom and in projects. To help you further your own personal and academic development, we offer language classes with an intercultural focus, international tandem programs, language and learning counseling as well as interdisciplinary exchange programs.

The Language Center offers classes in general language acquisition (BASE) with a broad spectrum of languages and levels (mainly at the A1–A2 level, but also up to the high C1 level), in the Leuphana Semester, and in the Complementary Studies program (starting at the B2 upper-intermediate level) where the Language Center coordinates the specialization profile in North American Studies (NAS). In the Complementary Studies, our action and problem-oriented learning approach will help you improve your language competencies while giving you an opportunity to learn and reflect on a variety of interdisciplinary and cultural topics. The German as a Foreign Language program offers, in addition to its regular courses during the semester, intensive courses at different levels in March and September. International students have the opportunity to take the official DSH German Language Certificate in the Language Center.

In our Self-Access Center, the Selbstlernzentrum or SLZ, you have the opportunity to take placement tests for a number of different languages, deepen your knowledge of a language you are studying in class, or learn a language not currently taught at Leuphana University.

Language Center's premises are situated in Building 9 on Campus.

For more information about the Language Center, click here.

Medien- und Informationszentrum (MIZ)

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The Media and Information Center of Leuphana (MIZ) combines the classic service facilities library, data center and media center in one organizational unit. On the three levels of infrastructure, content and services, we offer central IT services, printed and electronic information of all kinds, a variety of service functions and comprehensive advice and support for students, lecturers and the administration of Leuphana.

For more information about the MIZ, click here.

Equal Opportunities and Family Service

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The Office for Equal Opportunity coordinates measures to promote equality and diversity at Leuphana University. It develops measures for the advancement of women as well as antidiscrimination strategies. The Office for Equal Opportunities is committed to the goal of creating a pleasant study, work, career and research environment for all members of Leuphana University and actively supports a diverse and family-friendly university culture.

The activities of the Family Services are aimed at facilitating studies, career and professional interests, alongside meeting a wide range of private, social, cultural and health demands. Reconciling family and studies, employment or career is also a central element of gender equality within the meaning of gender main-streaming. In addition to counselling for employees, doctoral students and students, Family Services continuously supports the implementation of a family-friendly university through an array of facilities and projects.

The website of the Office for equal Opportunities provides information on subjects, such as BAföG, parental benefit, parental leave, child care, maternity leave, tuition fees, leave of absence, part-time study, scholarships & funding, financial support for foreign families and right of precedence. You are welcome to contact Family Services for all other, as well as individual, queries and issuses.

Office for Equal Opportunities and Family Service`s premises are situated in Building 40 on Campus.

For more information about the Equal Opportunities and Family Service, click here.

Ombudsperson for students and lectures

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The ombudsperson for students and teachers at Leuphana University of Lüneburg provides neutral, impartial, confidential and, if desired, anonymous advice and support in the case of problems, complaints, conflicts, suggestions and ideas from students and teachers in daily academic life. The ombudsperson is the contact person and mediator between the various interest groups at the university and strives to find amicable solutions and developments for all parties involved in conflict situations. The ombudsperson also provides support for university-related suggestions and ideas from students. 

Ombudsperson's premise are situated in Building 10 on Campus.

For more information about the ombudsperson, click here.

Schreibzentrum/ Writing Center

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Considering the distinct needs and the linguistic and cultural background of writers, staff members and peer writing tutors at Leuphana‘s Schreibzentrum / Writing Center offer a wide range of teaching and learning formats on academic writing in German and English to students and faculty. In one-on-one sessions (consultations), we help you to develop your writing skills by providing feedback on work in progress. Our workshops deal with different dimensions of academic writing. On our wiki, you will find information on the writing process and other high-quality resources. Our tutors host our popular Time to Write! sessions, which allow you to be productive during the semester and semester breaks. We also organize events such as Lange Nacht des Schreibens (Long Night of Writing) or writing marathons.

Writing Center's premises are situated in Building 5 on Campus.

For more information about the Writing Center, click here.

Student Counselling Service & MasterSkills

Current students can contact us if they need help in managing and coping with their study challenges. The offer of the Student Counselling Service is always confidential and free of charge.

We support you in answering  i.e. the following questions:

How can I optimally organize my Masters studies?
How do I deal constructively with learning and work problems?
What can I do if I have doubts concerning my studies?
What is the Doctoral Track and under what conditions can I apply for it?
How do I plan my prospects after completing the Masters degree?
Are doctoral studies a perspective?
What are the admission requirements for a doctorate?

The Master is an inspiring, but also busy phase in your life. In order to provide you with the best possible support in your studies, we have put together offers from four areas in the Master Skills for you:
Self-organisation: Acquire the skills to organise yourself, your studies and your master's thesis.
Scientific tools: Learn how to deal with scientific texts, how to quote correctly and how to write your exposès for your master thesis.
Personal development: Explore your strengths, motivation and skills. In this way you can put together your own individual portfolio that you can use for your studies and applications.
Coaching for different study situations: The Student Counselling Service supports you in difficult situations with individual one-on-one coachings.

Student Counselling Service & MasterSkills's premises are situated in Building 14 on Campus.

For more information about the Student Counselling Service & Master Skills, click here.

Studentenwerk

The Studentenwerk (Student Services) is an own institution which is independent from Leuphana University. The Studentenwerk provides information about the Mensa, Housing, Finance, Children and Culture. They also have a special website for Internationals. The Services include social, psychological and law counselling.If you have any questions concerning BaföG, the Studentenwerk is also the correct contact partner for you. Please note, that this website is only partly in English.

Studentenwerk's premises are situated in Munstermannskamp 3, 21335 Lüneburg.

For more information about the Studentenwerk, click here.

Team Q

The system accredited quality management of Leuphana University Lueneburg focuses on quality assurance and quality development in the areas of study and teaching and is networked via interfaces with the areas of research, transfer and management.
Discussions with students and student feedback give essential impulses for developing studies and teaching. Leuphana offers several formats for such discussions and applies regulated QM tools to ensure that the results are used to improve courses, modules, degree programmes and framework conditions.

Quality Circles for all majors and minors are normally held once a year. Programme convenors, students and lecturers discuss and agree quality development measures for the degree programmes. Each subsequent Quality Circle and School directors verify that the measures have been implemented.
Internal teaching evaluation at Leuphana University of Lüneburg comprises a range of university-internal surveys of (former) students and lecturers on study and teaching quality, designed, implemented and analysed by the Leuphana Teaching Evaluation team (LEva). Evaluation processes are used to gather information about teaching quality at different university levels and from different perspectives.
Course evaluation (LVE) is used to evaluate teaching of individual courses. There are also many other ways to gather qualitative feedback in relation to one's own teaching. System surveys focus on whole degree programmes and study framework conditions. 

Team Q's premises are situated in Building 7 on Campus.

For more information about the Team Q, click here.

The Student Initiatives Organisation (DSi)

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The Student Initiatives Organisation (DSi) is the federal organisation of the student initiatives at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg; it promotes the cooperation between the initiatives. The DSi supports the work of the initiatives and represents their interests. In addition to this, the DSi is the starting point for all interested students who wish to get involved. This makes the DSi unique in the German academic landscape and plays an important part in the university’s life and student activities.

DSi's premises are situated in Building 3 on Campus.

For more information about the DSi, click here.

University Sports

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Are you looking for a way to compensate your stressful everyday university life and do you want to work out or relax together with your fellow students? University sport offers you the perfect opportunity to do so!
We offer a variety of fitness and course programmes in Studio 21, as well as teamsports, sport for your health, relaxation and wellness opportunities, outdoor sports, exciting events and sport excursions. Whether you are a beginner, re-starter or advanced: we have the right activity for everyone. There are also many sports activities during the semester break and the fitness area is open for you the whole year.
Highlights are our diverse university sports festival, the campus league and various volleyball tournaments, the end-of-term dance night once a semester, as well as the snow sports excursion in winter and the surfing trip in summer.
University sport is the place to go for sport, games, fun, relaxation and team spirit right on campus.
The new programme and registration starts at the same time as the beginning of the winter semester. For more information, please click here

We look forward to welcoming you to Studio 21! 

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Contact

Tom Kleist
Luisa Reck

Leuphana Graduate School
Master Kick-off
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg
masterkickoff@leuphana.de