Quality work begins at school and in apprenticeships. After all, the schoolchildren and apprentices of today are the engineers and specialist staff of tomorrow. That is why the State of Bavaria is investing in a high-performing education system to form the basis of economic success and an innovative, liveable society.
Education & Talents
Education and training are the largest single items in Bavarian state spending, and the result is something to be proud of. Bavaria's school students have been among the best in Europe for many years, and lead most rankings among German states, too. Numerous international schools and a growing number of opportunities for multilingual education underpin the international standards of education and training in the state and make it easier for young immigrants to find their feet.Bavaria's many universities are training the next generation of highly-qualified academics for a wide range of sectors and companies. The dual apprenticeship system consisting of both practical experience in a company and school-based training also provides more staff for the future. This is not only the basis of Germany's success as an export nation, but is also developing into an export hit in its own right.Find out more about the Bavarian education system here.
Global players need an internationally orientated environment. The State of Bavaria offers ideal conditions for foreign investors in education, too. Numerous international schools teach in English or the languages of other countries of origin, leading to internationally recognised qualifications. When children from all over the world learn together in one class, it creates an intercultural, open-minded atmosphere – the ideal approach for foreign companies who wish to establish themselves in Bavaria along with their employees and their families. And the ideal starting point for Bavarian workers when preparing for a move abroad with their families.
You can find an overview of the international secondary schools in Bavaria here. Additionally, there are many nurseries and schools for citizens of certain countries of origin. For information relating to a specific country, you are welcome to contact our relevant investor adivser.
Bavaria is one of the world's leading locations for science and research. The state's modern and internationally-orientated universities are the driving force behind innovation and progress. Their graduates are outstandingly educated and highly motivated professionals whom companies in the business location of Bavaria can rely on.
Nine state and multiple non-state universities educate the next generation of academics in Bavaria. Successful careers in science and practice await these highly qualified graduates with their internationally recognised degrees. Both universities in Munich (LMU and TUM) have been recognised as elite universities on a number of occasions as part of the excellence initiative run by the national and state governments.
Even when it comes to preparing students for work life, the two universities are playing internationally in the top league. Human resource managers from large companies across the globe rated more than 250 universities in a ranking published by the Times Higher Education magazine. The result: the TU ranks first in Germany and second in Europe. The LMU is number two in Germany and comes eighth in the European comparison. The good preparation of students for their future professional life is not just the focus at the universities.
Furthermore the 17 state and eight non-state universities of applied sciences train students specifically for careers in financial, technical or social professions. The degree courses are more practically orientated and are targeted exactly towards specific professional requirements. Bavarian universities of applied sciences are thus securing the next generation of outstandingly qualified professionals who can be immediately entrusted with positions of responsibility within companies.
Education investments in digital talent
Digital companies need one thing above everything else: people who are familiar with digital topics and can drive these forward. The good news is that they will find them in Bavaria. The wide range of education on offer provides a large pool of talent with the two pillars of dual vocational training and the Bavarian higher education landscape that are equally as strong in theory and practice. Bavaria also offers a wide range of continuous education and training on digitalisation outside vocational training too. The key player here is Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern. BayernLabs or the #Lernen.Digital project for vocational training also offer options to expand your own digital skills. The many opportunities ensure that companies can find outstandingly qualified talent locally, which is a clear advantage today in these times of a skills shortage. In addition, a ranking by the Times Higher Education magazine shows that the two Munich elite universities occupy top positions in European comparison, when it comes to preparing students for their future professional life: the Technical University (TU) ranked 6th in the study, and the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) ranked 8th. For companies setting up here from abroad, there are also options to employ non-German staff thanks to various models.
No standing still here: Bavaria’s future plans
Standing still is actually taking a step back, especially when it comes to digitalisation. The state is empowering professional newcomers through the Hightech Agenda Bayern investment programme so that education and training can keep up with the demands of a digital economy in future too. This is being done by setting new standards in digital education at Bavarian schools and boosting young academics in the core digital disciplines. Resulting in additional courses on offer for the digital topics of the future, such as Human Centric Engineering at the TUM and LMU universities in Munich and other courses in all basic and application fields of digitalisation. In addition, the Software Engineering training offensive is going to create more professorships throughout Bavaria. In line with the Bavarian government’s “Digital Education in Schools, Universities and Culture” strategy for the future, the following applies to all measures: digitalisation is a tool and subject at the same time in the education process.
Dual apprenticeship system
The dual apprenticeship system is firmly embedded in Bavaria. It perfectly combines practical experience in a company with theoretical training, benefiting both the companies based here and their specialist staff.
The parallel transfer of knowledge at the company and the vocational college in these dual apprenticeships ensures that the apprentices acquire theoretical knowledge in conjunction with practical skills. Professional experience and academic learning complement one another perfectly and guarantee a high standard of training.
The dual degree programmes at Bavarian universities open the door to excellent career prospects. Thanks to the way theory and practice are interlinked, it takes just a short time for graduates to acquire a highly qualified and comprehensive academic education which absolutely matches what companies are currently looking for.
Bavarian State Ministry of Teaching and Education
An overview of all information on education in Bavaria.
My education pathway
An online guide to the multifaceted education system in Bavaria.
Find all schools in Bavaria
On this site, you can search for a Bavarian school near you, a type of school and various educational opportunities.
State Institute for School Quality and Education Research (ISB)
The ISB makes research findings and practical experience usable for schools.