Top credentials as a university hub
There are two dozen universities, colleges and academies with a total of more than 54,000 students in the Stuttgart region, plus four Fraunhofer and two Max Planck Institutes, a Fraunhofer information centre and countless reputable research and development centres, frequently closely intertwined with leading companies.
According to the CHE Excellence ranking, five of Germany’s 26 top universities in the subjects of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics are located in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Stuttgart belongs to the chemistry and physics excellence group. The Stuttgart region is therefore a leading university and scientific community in Europe.
The University of Stuttgart has a strongly technical focus with over 22,000 students in engineering sciences, natural sciences, languages, cultural, economic and social sciences, and also mathematics.
The Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK) of the University of Stuttgart has its pulse firmly on the times. The so-called GreenTeam of this institute was the 2010 winner at the Formula Student Electric with its racing car E0711-1. The next racing car development, the E0711-2, is to be presented in 2011. It is intended to underscore the competitiveness in comparison to traditional combustion engines and achieve an overall win.
The University of Hohenheim’s approx. 9,000 students focus on economic, agricultural, nutritional and natural sciences. Hohenheim is engaged in international cooperation with around 100 countries in the world.
The University of Applied Science looks back on a long tradition in the fields of architecture, building and applied mathematics.
The Stuttgart Media University is unique in Europe in terms of its scope. With 17 degree courses covering all media sectors it truly deserves the title of a one-stop university for the media industry.
A well-established fixture in the region’s cultural life is the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. It intensively encourages networking with partners in practical phases even during study.
With its student body of just on 900 students, the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design is not only the largest art academy in Baden-Wuerttemberg, but it is also one of the oldest institutions of its kind in Germany. Eighteen degree courses are taught in the areas of the visual arts, architecture, design, art education, restoration of cultural artefacts and fine art.
The cooperation between industry and science is also the basis of the “Dual University of Baden-Wuerttemberg” (DHBW), which became the first of its kind in Germany in 2009, created from the fusion of eight former state vocational colleges. The “DHBW Stuttgart” is one of the key DHBW locations. The concept is based on alternating phases of theoretical and practical work as well as close cooperation with industrial partners and social institutions.
The region’s varied offering is rounded off by a college of education and another eleven colleges devoted to various disciplines. Aside from the public universities, the Stuttgart region also offers a wide selection of private universities. The “Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy” in Ludwigsburg, for instance, enjoys an international reputation.
The only private, officially recognised university of applied arts in Germany is the Merz Academy of many years’ standing.
There is something special about by the “Akademie Schloss Solitude”. Funded by a scholarship, artists selected from all over the world can give their creativity free rein. Hundreds of painters, musicians, writers, actors and film-makers have benefited from this opportunity since the academy’s foundation in 1990.
Degree courses in the field of economics are delivered in English at the internationally focused “Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology” (SIMT). SIMT is the largest provider of MBA programmes in Germany, and now also one of the largest in Europe.
The “Stuttgart Region University and Scientific Association” was founded in 2010 â€¨to better present the breadth and quality of university education at national and international level and to strengthen contacts between universities and companies. The region’s Economic Development department acts as an interface for the representation of the universities in general, for instance at international education fairs.