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Chart: Education Monitor 2021

Source: Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) / Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM), "Education Monitor 2021"


In 2021 as well, Saxony defended its first place in a comparison of the educational systems of all German federal states – already for the sixteenth time in a row now! This was reported by the Education Monitor 2021, a comparative study conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) on behalf of the Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM).

Saxony scored high points in most of the 12 fields under investigation. Saxony achieved the top position with a total of 66.8 points.

Saxony exhibits specific strong points, for example, in the categories Support Infrastructure, Overall School Quality, Research Orientation (in each instance, 1st place) as well as Avoiding Educational Deprivation, and Internationalization (in each instance, 2nd place).

The business model Germany is based on high tech branches with strong export activities. That’s why it is so important to train and educate a sufficient number of MINT specialists. Towards this end, Saxony is Germany’s incubator for engineers. This is due to the high proportion of graduates in engineering sciences among all graduates. With 27.5 percent (Germany’s national average: 18.6 percent), Saxony achieves the absolute top value here in a comparison of all federal states. The replacement rate for engineers is also high, around 8.7 out of 100 employed engineers who were subject to mandatory social insurance contributions in Saxony were new engineering graduates. The German national average has only a replacement rate amounting to 6.3 percent. 

For the upcoming years, the bachelor’s and master’s programs of studies provide particularly superb opportunities of attracting students from abroad and, thus, counteracting the demographic change. Today, 15.8 percent of the students in Saxony are foreign students – in a comparison of all German federal states (average: 11.4 percent), this is the second best score.


A globally unique master’s degree course – “Organic and Molecular Electronics” – is taught at Dresden University of Technology. In an entirely new, practically oriented instructional approach, the disciplines physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, and materials sciences are closely tied to one another.

TU Dresden’s Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) educates and guides the best junior scientists in the sectors cell and developmental biology, computational biology, biomedicine, molecular bioengineering, and biophysics as well as regenerative medicine on their way towards the doctoral degree. 


The Freiberg University of Mining and Technology applies its 250 years of materials competence to instruction. For example, those who graduate from the program of studies “Electronic and Sensor Materials,” which is unique in all of Germany, are in high demand among semiconductor companies. In addition, the interdisciplinary Diplom-degree course “Nanotechnology” is available in Freiberg. 

Best practice 3: DIPLOM + MASTER

Together with the Chemnitz Chamber of Crafts, the Zwickau University of Applied Sciences (WHZ) has developed an attractive educational model for electrical engineering as well as for supply and environmental engineering. It permits the skilled professionals of the future to get their apprenticeship and master’s certificates parallel to their Diplom-degree within a period of only five (instead of the usual eight) years. These studies are completed with vocational training in a company while studying at the university. 


The private Dresden International University provides the truly “global” master’s degree course “Clinical Research.” Its special feature: The classroom is virtual. With the help of ultramodern live videoconference technology, elite universities from around the globe impart the fundamentals of clinical research at the highest level. The course “Principles and Practice of Clinical Research,” for example, is created by the Harvard Medical School. Dresden’s University Hospital “Carl Gustav Carus” supports the students with financial subsidies. 

We support Saxony.

Dr. Christoph von Plotho

President & Chief Executive Officer, Siltronic AG

"In 1995, we picked Freiberg as our new location; and the past 20 years have clearly demonstrated why this decision was the right one. Today, Freiberg is one of our most important production sites for 300-mm wafers. This is no coincidence because Saxony’s microelectronics tradition dates back many decades. And that’s precisely why we find those well-educated employees in this region whose competence and willingness to work hard have become the foundation for our economic success.

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