City of Magdeburg
Magdeburg is the capital of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt and one of the political, cultural and economic centres in Central Germany. The city has 231,000 inhabitants. With 1200 years of rich and colourful history, Magdeburg is one of the oldest cities in the New Laender of the former East Germany.
In the 10th century, when the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation under Emperor Otto I was founded, the city played a central role. In the following centuries it developed into one of the leading European metropolises of the Middle Ages. One of the outstanding historical personalities was the Mayor Otto von Guericke, who is still held in high esteem in view of his long-standing political activities, but also for his scientific work, e.g. researching the vacuum. Today the local university bears his name.
The collapse of the economic system after the political change in 1989 brought about a radical structural change for the city which has not yet finished. Magdeburg is now a service and administrative centre, but also the traditional sectors such as mechanical and plant engineering and logistics have recovered reasonably well without, however, regaining their former role.
Over the last decades science has gained tremendous importance. The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal are two approved institutions for the education of future scientists and researchers located in Magdeburg. At the moment 19,000 people study in Magdeburg. In addition, a wide range of research insitutions, organisations of technological transfer as well as centres of innovation are situated in Magdeburg.
City of Magdeburg
Alter Markt 6
+49 39 15 40 25 62
Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
+49 391 6758548
University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
+49 391 886 4196