Close interaction between research and education
The Max Planck Institute has actively supported the introduction of new and future-oriented degree programs. The program Systems Engineering and Cybernetics (Systemtechnik und Technische Kybernetik) is jointly organized by the Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Max Planck Institute. Another program – Biosystems Engineering (Biosystemtechnik) – was established in cooperation with the previously mentioned faculties and as well as the Faculty for Natural Sciences and the Faculty for Medicine.
Furthermore, university students work as teaching and research assistants at the Max Planck Institute. Although the University was founded in 1993 and is among the youngest in Germany, it has a long and successful tradition: it has evolved from the former University of Technology, a Teacher’s Training-College and the well-known Medical Academy at Magdeburg. At the time of writing, about 12,500 students are studying at one of the nine departments within the university. They can choose among 62 degree programs. It is worth mentioning that 12% of the students are from abroad. With this amount the Otto von Guericke University is above the German average.