Get to know Bavaria
When it comes to education, Bavaria receives top marks. Be it schooling, vocational and advanced training, or university study - pupils and students from Bavaria always perform well in national and international benchmarking.
In the 2002 and 2003 PISA study, Bavaria took first place in Germany and was in the top tier along with Finland, China and South Korea. The Bertelsmann study "Deutscher Lernatlas 2011" (website in German) also gives top marks to the Free State of Bavaria, and confirms that: Within Germany, Bavaria has the best conditions for learning.
The Bavarian school system offers every student various individual educational paths to attain his or her professional goals. After four years of primary school, parents and children decide together which secondary school is appropriate: Gymnasium, Realschule or Mittelschule.
With a good apprenticeship in their pocket, many people in Bavaria take the brave step toward earning their master craftsman certificate. With it, they can start their own business, train others, or even study. The sponsorship figures of the "Meister-BAföG" programme demonstrate that Bavaria is also exceptional in advanced vocational training: In 2011, there were more recipients of funding in Bavaria than in all other German states.
After completing school, graduates can start an apprenticeship. German apprenticeships are internationally recognised and based on the Dual System: Apprentices obtain practical experience, but also theoretical knowledge, as employees in a company. This is supplemented with well-founded professional theory and general education at a vocational school. No other German state shows as much commitment to vocational training as Bavaria. For example, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Chambers of Crafts and Trades support vocational and advanced training by providing high quality facilities with modern equipment.
The well-furnished institutions of higher education also attract many young people to Bavaria. In the 2011 academic year, Bavaria's institutions of higher education showed the highest percentage of growth among all German states in first semester students. Engineering and natural science courses in particular are becoming more and more popular. In 2011, nearly 42 per cent of all first semester students began a course in a so-called "MINT" field. MINT stands for Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology.
Bavarian universities are among the leading educational and research institutions in the world. They are actively integrated in research networks, and collaborate with global corporations and SMEs equally. Moreover, two of the eleven universities sponsored by the "German Excellence Universities" Initiative are located in Bavaria: LMU Munich and Technische Universität München.