In a Europe without borders and in a climate of accelerating globalisation, experience abroad, when coupled with tolerance and open-mindedness towards other cultures, is a key asset for the future. A good education is essential if one is to make the most of the opportunities offered by open borders and the possibilities of global communication.
The Federal Government, the German states and German science and commerce are keen for their country to be seen as an excellent choice for those who wish to use education and research to further their careers. German colleges and universities are enhancing their international credentials with a view to making the country’s educational institutions more attractive to foreign students and scientists.
Successful attempts have also been made in Saxony-Anhalt to increase the international profile of its colleges and universities. In 2005 there were 4,483 foreign students studying in Saxony-Anhalt, of whom 2,835 attended the two universities, 1,488 the universities of applied sciences and 150 the colleges of art and theology. This is four times as many as in 1995, and these figures reflect the excellent conditions for study to be found in Saxony-Anhalt. Halle and Magdeburg, Dessau and Halberstadt, but also Köthen, Merseburg, Wernigerode, Bernburg and Stendal have grown increasingly in stature, and are drawing in students from many different countries.