In Saxony, the total proportion of the population aged between 25 and 64 who earned at least a Secondary Level II degree (at least the general university entrance qualification / completed vocational training, without a master craftsman’s degree) was 95 %. Germany’s nationwide average amounts to 86 %.

Likewise, Saxony does not need to fear an international comparison. With the value of 95 %, Saxony is ahead of all EU and OECD countries. And it is well above the OECD average of 76 %.

From a structural perspective, there are significantly more persons in Saxony who completed a vocational training than those who earned a university and/or college degree. With 29 % of the population having earned a tertiary level degree, Saxony is slightly above the German average (28 %) and slightly below the OECD average (36 %).

With just 5 %, Saxony exhibits the lowest proportion of persons with little qualifications (Secondary Level I or below).

Chart: Qualification of the workforce - International Comparison


In 2017 as well, Saxony defended its first place in a comparison of the educational systems of all German federal states – already for the twelveth time in a row now! This was reported by the Education Monitor 2017, 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 70.4 points.

Saxony exhibits specific strong points, for example, in the categories Support Infrastructure, Overall School Quality, Avoiding Educational Deprivation (in each instance, 1st place) as well as Research Orientation, University / MINT and Internationalization (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, 13.5 percent of the students in Saxony are foreign students – in a comparison of all German federal states (average: 9.5 percent), this is an excellent score.

Chart: Education Monitor 2017

Source: Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) / Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM), "Education Monitor 2017"


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 32.2 percent (Germany’s national average: 20.5 percent), Saxony achieves the absolute top value here in a comparison of all federal states. The replacement rate for engineers is also high, around 10.4 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 7.6 percent. 

Source: Education Monitor 2017, by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) on behalf of the Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM)

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