German vocational training enjoys a very good reputation internationally. The combination of theory and practice prepares trainees optimally for their future working lives. Prestigious qualifications ensure the quality of the training – and if skilled workers want to continue or further their education, NRW is also the right place for them.
The labor market in NRW is one of the largest and most diverse in Europe, and the density of highly qualified specialists and academics is particularly high here. Young people are educated here at around 70 universities and universities of applied sciences: Year after year, more than 110,000 students earn a university degree – many with a technical, engineering or IT focus.
NRW's bright minds: Europe's largest talent pool
In Germany, NRW is regarded as the No. 1 pool of skilled workers: No other federal state has as many students at universities as here. They come from all over the world and, after completing their education, form a large, international talent pool right on the spot. Both the domestic business community and international companies at the location benefit from the high availability of these qualified specialists in NRW.
More than 750,000 students
are currently enrolled at universities in NRW – that's about as many as in the two academic hotspots Greater London and Île-de-France combined.
More than 100,000 international students
are educated at NRW universities, more than in the neighboring Netherlands and Belgium. One in eight students has a foreign passport – the largest group comes from Turkey, followed by China, India and Syria. NRW's educational and innovative strength is also fueled by this international diversity.
4,700 different study programs
are available in NRW. From traditional fields of study such as economics, law and social sciences to STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), art and music – graduates enter the job market with a wide range of educational backgrounds.
500 STEM study programs
form an important focus of the subjects studied in NRW, as most of the training courses have a technical, engineering or IT focus. STEM subjects, together with economics, are particularly popular with international students.
More than 110,000 graduates
complete their studies in NRW year after year. The university location is particularly attractive for students from all over Germany: Every fourth university graduate in Germany was educated in NRW – skilled labor made in NRW secures the growth of numerous companies.
Network of universities in NRW unique in Europe
In NRW, a broad and excellent network of around 70 universities ensures the training of highly qualified specialists and researchers. There are 14 public universities in the region alone, including two elite universities: RWTH Aachen University and the University of Bonn. NRW also has 16 universities of applied sciences under public law, seven state colleges of art and music, 25 recognized private and church colleges and five administrative colleges.
14 clusters of excellence offer cutting-edge research and teaching. The clusters of excellence provide project-based funding for internationally competitive fields of research at universities or in university networks. This enables scientists to recruit top international researchers and at the same time train excellent young researchers. Often, different disciplines and institutions work together on one research project.
International schools and cultural diversity in NRW
The choice of schools in NRW is also intercultural: Seven international and eleven foreign schools lay the foundation for globally oriented educational paths and are an important location asset for the families of company employees from all over the world.
International schools are educational institutions run by private sponsors. Here, students can obtain internationally recognized degrees in order to gain access to the numerous universities and courses of study.
In addition, there are also schools from different countries of origin, such as France or Japan, where the organization, teaching and school regulations correspond to the respective country – students are prepared here for the respective national qualifications.
Personnel development in NRW: talent advancement in the dual system
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