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Chart: Education Monitor 2016

Source: Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) / Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM), "Education Monitor 2016"


In 2016 as well, Saxony defended its first place in a comparison of the educational systems of all German federal states – already for the eleventh time in a row now! This was reported by the Education Monitor 2016, 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 69.6 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 University / MINT  (in each instance, 2nd place).

Thanks to the great progress made in the past couple of years, Saxony has to a large extent contributed to safeguarding a sustainable pool of skilled employees and has, thus, strengthened the growth potentials in Germany. Since 2000, about 62,500 more young academics have left the universities in Saxony with a degree than had been anticipated when considering the graduation rate at that time.

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, 12.5 percent of the students in Saxony are foreign students – in a comparison of all German federal states, this is an excellent 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. 

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Dieter Faust

Managing Director, AOA Apparatebau Gauting GmbH

"The AOA corporation is part of the large German aviation industry supplier Diehl Aerosystems. It founded a branch office in Dresden in 1991. We greatly appreciate our highly qualified employees as well as our outstanding cooperation with the universities and research institutes in Saxony."

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