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Man and society

Man and society

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People as the source and engine for innovation take centre stage in Saxony’s innovation strategy. In close connection with the »Fachkräftestrategie Sachsen 2020« (Saxony’s 2020 strategy for qualified employees) and in cooperation with the business sector everything possible shall be done to secure the potential of specialists in Saxony. Consequently, tasks and measures are provided on all levels of education: securing high-quality early childhood education as well as primary, secondary, and tertiary education; strengthening the practice-oriented vocational training; expanding life-long learning. By encouraging the thirst for knowledge, the willingness to take risks, the openness toward new ideas and the tolerance for failures Saxony’s innovation culture should be strengthened.


Saxony – Land of engineers

In 2009, a fifth of all enrolling university students in Saxony chose to major in a course of studies in engineering sciences, production and construction. Saxony was therefore five percentage points above the OECD average and in first place among the German states. The percentage of enrolling male students in this subject area even reached 38 %. This was 13 percent points above the OECD average. Saxony was clearly above the OECD average with a percentage of 16 % of graduates in engineering sciences, production and construction fields. Thus, Saxony not only reached a top position in comparison to other states, but is also proving to be the engineering state on an international level with regards to education. In Saxony engineers account for 9 % of all doctorates. Also in this respect Saxony is leading in Germany.

Educational level

The Saxon population is well-trained. This can be seen in the following example:

The portion of the 25 to 64 years old persons with a tertiary degree is 32% (second place after Berlin; Germany: 26%), and the portion of persons without a graduation in secondary education is only 5% (Germany: 14%).

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Source: Federal and State statistical offices (2011): International education indicators in the state comparison of 2011

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