Bavaria - A State with a Future
Institutions of Higher Education in Bavaria
The Bavarian institutes of tertiary education offer students a wide range of courses in all fields. The nine state-run universities and seventeen state-run universities of applied science cover the entire spectrum of modern university education, from the arts and humanities, through economics and natural sciences, to technical subjects such as information technology and engineering.
There are also four state-run art academies and two further institutions subsidised by the state: the Academy for Film and Television and the Virtual University of Bavaria. In addition, there are fourteen other institutions of higher education, supported either privately or by the church. Everybody can find the course that suits them best in Bavaria.
Approximately 250,000 young people are enrolled at the institutions of further education in Bavaria. More than 10 per cent of them have come here from abroad. In future the demand for highly-qualified university graduates will increase further. That is why the quality of the education at university is the top priority in Bavaria. Practically oriented studies, interdisciplinary work, and a high level of teaching and research regularly result in a leading position for the Bavarian universities in the university league tables.
The general introduction of the internationally recognised Bachelor's and Master's degrees will provide even more professional opportunities for the students both at home and abroad. Good conditions for studying are also a reason why students complete their courses more quickly in Bavaria than elsewhere - on average one semester sooner than in the other federal states.
Academia needs freedom. The new Bavarian university law grants the universities in Bavaria considerably more autonomy and freedom of organisation. To a large extent each university can choose its own structural form itself and tailor the regulations governing courses and examinations to suit its own needs. This additional flexibility means that Bavaria's universities can concentrate totally on academic excellence and provide its students with the best professional qualifications.
In the first stage of the "Initiative for Excellence by the Federal Republic and the Federal States to Promote Science and Research at German universities" the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and the Technical University Munich were both placed in the highly desirable third level of support "Future Concepts", which will involve extensive funding. Thus two of the three "elite universities" chosen for the third level of support in autumn 2006 are located in Bavaria.
Bavarian Nobel Prize Winners
- William Conrad Röntgen (Würzburg University) 1901
- Wilhelm Wien (Würzburg University) 1911
- Rudolf Ludwig Mößbauer (TU Munich) 1961
- Theodor W. Hänsch (LMU Munich) 2005
- Johann F.W.A. von Baeyer (Munich University) 1905
- Richard Martin Willstädter (Munich University) 1915
- Heinrich Otto Wieland (Munich University) 1930
- Hans Fischer (Technical University Munich) 1931
- Ernst Otto Fischer (TU Munich) 1973
- Robert Huber (Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry) 1988
Physiology / Medicine
- Karl von Frisch (Munich University) 1973
- Konrad Lorenz (MPI for Behavioural Psychology) 1973
Basis for inclusion: The Prize was awarded because of or during research work at a Bavarian institution
Feodor Lynen (MPI for cell chemistry, Munich) 1964