Did You Know…

…what All You Can Learn In Jena?

A school for advanced learning was established in Jena as early as in 1548 and declared a university nine years later. As part of his training as a a machinist, a certain ZEISS attended lectures there. He opened a workshop for precision mechanics in 1846 and succeeded his mentor Friedrich Körner as the University Mechanician in 1860.

The ZEISS company has enjoyed close interaction with what is now known as Friedrich-Schiller University and its scientific institutes for more than 160 years. The collaborative relationship focuses on optics. In this vein, ZEISS recently increased its sponsorship of the Abbe School of Photonics to a total value of 500,000 euros through 2014. The company will hold its 6th open house on 1 October for anyone interested in taking a closer look at the Optics departments of ZEISS in Jena, or at any of the company’s other divisions.

The city of Jena itself has also become a center for science and research, with more than 25,000 students enrolled at its two universities. Among the 30 internationally renowned research institutes are three Max Planck institutes, two Leibniz institutes, and one Fraunhofer and Helmholtz institute each. Advances in medical research are achieved at the university hospital, which offers its patients the very highest level of medical care. According to a study by Wirtschaftswoche magazine, 26 percent of all inhabitants of Jena have a university or technical college degree. This has not gone unnoticed in Germany, as evidenced by the fact that the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association of Sponsors of German Science) bestowed the title of “City of Science” on Jena in 2008.

22 March 2011