Education and Science
Mainz offers its residents and inhabitants of the surrounding region a wide range of educational institutions. It has primary schools close to children's homes, a plural choice of secondary schools, a university rich in tradition with internationally recognised institutes, a university of applied science and colleges with an independent profile as well as an attractive range of further education opportunities of great variety
The range of schools has been continuously expanded in the past few years. In addition to a variety of municipal, private and denominational primary schools, secondary modern and junior high schools, and high schools, there are two integrated comprehensive schools and a Waldorf school. Since the school year 2002/2003, the provision of all-day schools in Mainz is being expanded with a new concept within the framework of an initiative by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Five primary and secondary schools provide all-day schooling in a new form on 4 days in the week from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Through the greater time thus available, school is meant to become to a greater degree a place for living and learning, and the compatibility of family and work is intended to be improved. This offer is to be continuously expanded in Mainz until 2005. There will be a total of 300 such schools throughout the state.
From the school year 2004/2005, for the first time there will be a school for highly talented pupils in Mainz.
The Volkshochschule (Adult Education Centre) in Mainz is the largest state-recognised further education institution in Rhineland-Palatinate. The courses offered cover the topics of human beings and society, work and occupation, health, art and culture, as well as various type of school leaving certificates.
Science and research
With more than 36,000 students from about 130 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the ten largest universities in Germany and the academic centre of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Some 4,150 academics teach and conduct research at JGU's more than 150 departments, institutes and clinics. As an academic centre, Mainz University is particularly distinguished by the quality of its equipment. The university positions itself by its costly large installations that are intensively used by international teams of researchers.
The research centre Mainz does not only enjoy a good reputation in Europe, but also makes a name for itself internationally again and again. Only recently, two exploratory devices from the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Analytic Chemistry of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Mainz Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Chemistry landed on Mars with the US space probe "Spirit". The Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 also went to Prof. Crutzen of the Mainz Max Planck Institute.
The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), the Fachhochschule Mainz (Mainz University of Applied Science), the Max Planck Institutes of Chemie (Chemistry) and Polymerforschung (Polymer Research) and further academic and research institutions in Mainz offer a range of education that ensures qualified workers for all sectors of the labour market. The planned extension of the university campus to provide a special area for the university and trade and industry closely linked to the university will open up further opportunities for knowledge, research and training. In this connection, the Technologiezentrum Mainz (TZM) (Technology Centre Mainz) and the Technology Park Mainz support the plans for establishing young companies there.
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