Education System

Education in Saxony, and thus in Dresden, runs the whole gamut from elementary schools, high schools and vocational schools to special colleges for continuing professional education.

Top in Education Studies

Numerous education studies and comparisons of the federal states have put the Saxon education system ahead of the others, e.g.:
  • Education Monitor run by Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM): 1st place (in 2013, for the eighth year in a row)
  • Comparison between german Federal States in maths, natural sciences skilss (IQB-Ländervergleich 2012): 1st place 
  • German Learning Atlas, run by Bertelsmann Foundation: 2nd place among big German cities; Dresden is in 1st place in the 'School Education' category
The studies highlight the above-average number of students with non-German roots gaining their high-school diploma and praise the particularly high level of skills in the natural sciences.

Universities & Student Life

Dresden is one of Germany's largest university and college cities. There are currently almost 45,000 students; more than ever before. 

Altogether, one third of all school-leavers in Dresden have the necessary qualifications for university.

What is more, there are more schools offering classes and after-school activities throughout the afternoon than anywhere else in Germany, as was shown in a study by the German Youth Institute (DJI) for the Bertelsmann Foundation.

The eleven higher education institutes provide a spectrum of courses wider than does almost any other German center of learning. From the natural sciences to engineering, music and dance, they cater for every student's wish.

Every year almost 7,500 graduates leave Dresden's higher education institutes, almost 40 percent with qualifications in engineering or the natural sciences.

Consistent promotion of young talent

To ensure that Dresden, as a location for the high-technology sector, can rely on a continued supply of qualified personnel, even the very youngest generation is deliberately targeted to awaken an interest in science and technology.

Some successful examples of this are the School Computing Center, the university's courses for children, and the 'Dresden, City of Science' network projects.
Lehrer und Schüler-Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik Dresden - business and science location – Office of Economic Development Dresden (Saxony)

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.