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Education, Research and Science

Education, Research and Science

Education, Research and Science
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In the fields of education, research and science, the speed of development is incredible. In order to keep pace, cooperation in these areas is particularly important. This applies to learners as much as to those who teach them: pupils, students, teachers and professors alike.

Child day centres

Even very young children are made aware of the language and culture of our neighbours. In many Saxon child day centres, not only English or Sorbian is introduced but there is also an initial encounter with the Polish and Czech languages. This gives children a close relationship to their neighbouring countries from an early age. 

Bilingual school education

Language is particularly important for mutual understanding. This is why many schools across Saxony teach Czech and Polish in language classes as well.

The pupils of the bi-national Friedrich Schiller Gymnasium (grammar school) in Pirna have had the option since 1992 of learning Czech as a partner language. Every year, 15 German and 15 Czech pupils who have passed an entrance examination are admitted to the bi-national course. In addition to the Saxon school-leaving certificate, they get an equivalent certificate which is recognised in the Czech Republic. Using generous grants, especially from the European Union, nine historically valuable houses are being elaborately reconstructed in Pirna, with both internal and external renovation, to provide a bi-national boarding school for the pupils.

This bi-national educational course is unique in the whole country. It gives its graduates better educational opportunities and excellent mobility prospects in professional life. But not just that:  the German-Czech course builds bridges to understanding between the peoples of the two neighbouring countries. German and Czech pupils do not just learn and teach jointly, but also come together for much of the time outside school hours in working groups, school projects or staying with host families on both sides of the border.

The Augustum Annen Gymnasium in the border city of Görlitz also offers a special form of grammar school education. From year 7, pupils here can receive joint bilingual education with Polish pupils. Visits in the neighbouring country and joint lessons on history, culture and way of life stimulate the interest of the young people in the other country. This diminishes prejudices and enables them to enjoy inter-cultural experiences.

High schools and universities

The Free State is party to numerous cooperation agreements for the Saxon state high schools, particularly with the neighbouring countries of Poland and the Czech Republic.

The Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts (SMWK) funds study visits by Polish and Czech students at Saxon institutions every year. The International High School in Zittau offers a particularly large number of grants to foreign students. The SMWK ensures that funding is available in the fields of science and further education for scientific cooperation in the border area.

The Neisse University is an international network of the Technical University of Liberec, the Technical University of Wroclaw and the Zittau/Görlitz (FH) high School, who offer joint courses. This tri-national project is unique of its kind in Europe and should therefore be seen as a pilot. The students spend one year in each high school and are thereby prepared for the expanding EU labour market. With this cooperation model, the high schools of the different countries have shown that not only supplementary education but complete courses of study can be achieved.



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