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A fresh breeze in education and science

Two universities with the richest traditions in Northern Europe and five modern universities of applied sciences offer students, scholars and scientists excellent opportunities, luring them with its maritime flair. Students find not only the best possible conditions for study here but also an excellent quality of life. Researchers profit from professional networks and modern facilities. Since the foundations of a good education are laid in school the region takes particular care ensure that its own young people are given every encouragement. There are courses available at the region’s "Volkshochschule" adult education centres for all those who wish to continue educating themselves as adults.

Students find not only the best possible conditions for study here but also an excellent quality of life. (Images: Hochschule Neubrandenburg / Hochschule Stralsund)

Between the beach and the lecture theatre

The two Universities in Rostock and Greifswald, which both enjoy a long tradition, and five modern universities of applied sciences in Neubrandenburg, Güstrow, Stralsund, Wismar and Rostock offer teaching and research at the highest level. The degree courses are often the only ones of their kind in the fields of high-tech, the environment, biology and medicine and also in Music. Those who want to study Aquaculture, Demography, Piano Duets, Culture - Interculturality - Literature or Digital Logistics and Management are drawn to the Baltic Sea.

MV also has a lot to offer students aside from the wonderful conditions for study. Everything close at hand and a family atmosphere facilitate the start of student life. Intact nature is there right on the doorstep for those seeking recuperation from the stress of studying. Lakes and rivers, beaches and the sea are never far away and offer many opportunities for sport and action.

The "Sea your future" website contains important information students need and useful links to do with studying at the region’s universities and life at the various university locations.

A haven for science and research

A brisk wind and free space for good ideas are what scientists and researchers are looking for. The fact that there are ample quantities of both in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is demonstrated by the two universities and five universities of applied sciences out of which an innovative network of scientific and research institutes has grown. In addition, there are many excellent non-university research establishments in MV which are looking for answers to the questions of the future. Their spectrum of research topics ranges from satellite-aided earth observation to atomic fusion and from the science behind ageing processes in humans to livestock research.

The research facilities' excellent reputation and endowment with facilities and equipment entices many persons with higher degrees to come to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. There are reputed professors and numerous research groups along the Baltic coast addressing maritime topics ranging from ocean biology to ship design. They are traditionally "state of the art" in their field. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a favourite haven for science and research because it combines a solid bedrock with a steady stream of fresh ideas. The combination of tradition and progress form a breeding ground for ideas.

Good education pays off

Children and adolescents represent the future of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A good education is the most important thing we can give them. Young people are supported according to their ability by a wide range of school types. The region has more than 500 public general and vocational schools. This is supplemented by numerous private schools.

Children and young people represent the future of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (Image: Jens Büttner)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has a two-level school system: it begins in primary school which covers Years one through four. This is followed by the two-year school type-independent orientation stage in which pupils are prepared for their move to Year 7 of secondary school. A decision is made on future school careers at the end of the orientation stage: the grammar school leads to a qualification for university entrance, the Abitur. At regional schools, pupils can acquire a qualification to enter a trade or their secondary school level I certificate. Comprehensive schools generally offer all three possible qualifications.

Education for all

The adult education centres in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offer a broad programme which ranges from school-leaving qualifications through language and creative courses to health training and courses for continuing professional education. The courses, events, lectures and other formats are offered across the region, close to home and at low cost. They attract people of all ages and aspire to have a socially integrating effect.

As an approved course provider for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, all Volkshochschulen in the region make a major contribution to the linguistic and cultural integration of foreigners and German resettlers from Eastern and Southern Europe in MV in the field of languages. As a privileged partner of the naturalisation authorities they determine the language skills of naturalisation candidates in numerous examinations and perform naturalisation tests.