Figures and Facts
Centre of Science
Cluster of Excellence for Research and Teaching
The tertiary education institutes in Hannover – which include four universities, one university of applied sciences and arts, as well as various high-ranking private academies – offer degree courses in virtually every conceivable subject and are well-known for their excellent academic quality. Thanks to the forward-looking and practical focus of many courses, numerous graduates from Hannover’s universities also begin their career right here. The state capital has around 40,000 students, including 6,000 from abroad.
With approx. 22,000 students and around 160 full- and part-time courses provided by ten faculties, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University in Hannover is the largest tertiary education institute in Lower Saxony. The recent merger with the universities of Clausthal and Braunschweig to form Niedersachsen Institutes of Technology (NTH) is a further milestone in Hannover’s development as a university location. More than 7,000 students have matriculated at the five faculties of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH), whilst Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) enjoys a special position as the only academy of music in Lower Saxony.
From Hannover out into the world
Hannover is home to leading research centres in the fields of production and laser technology. Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH) in Garbsen puts into practice the vision of bringing business and industry together under one roof: more than 800 scientists and engineers cooperate with partners from industry here. Hannover Laser Centre provides a powerful incentive for firms to set up research and development facilities in this region and also promotes training closely linked to industrial practice. This independent establishment provides R&D and consultancy services in photonics and laser technology and is one of the leading European institutes in these fields. Hannover Laser Centre promotes technology transfer and participates in national and European R&D programmes.
Leadership in Medicine
Hannover Medical School has carried out pioneering work in the field of transplantation and has a worldwide reputation for excellence. With more than 2,800 students, it is also the largest medical training centre in Germany. Especially in the biotechnology sector, it cooperates closely with companies in the nearby Medical Park. This is also where the striking building of the International Neuroscience Institute (INI) is located. Hannover University of Veterinary Medicine, which has more than 2,400 students and dates back to the year 1778, is also a leading international institute.
Ideas to inspire young talents
The IdeenExpo (Expo of Ideas), is an interactive, hands-on fair that deals with all aspects of choosing a career. It encourages youngsters to take a fresh look at the science and research sector. The Maker Faire Hannover calls on all members of the family to take an inventive and fun look at technology. Countless makers, DIY enthusiasts, tinkerers, hackers and artists present their works.