Magdeburg is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt and has a population of 242.000. With 1200 years of rich and colorful history, Magdeburg is one of the oldest cities in the New Laender of the former East Germany. The capital city has now firmly established itself as a destination of choice for innovative enterprises as well as a centre of logistic competence and practical research and development, leading to the emergence of a comprehensive scientific landscape in the region.
Today the Otto von Guericke University and the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal are well-known educational institutions, appealing to students from across Germany and other countries. Magdeburg is also home to institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Max Planck Society, Helmholtz and Leibniz Association, all ranking among the top institutions worldwide in their fields.
In the past few years, Magdeburg has adopted an urban policy and development agenda with a view to using science deliberately and intensively as an instrument and driving force behind the structural change.