Germany “A LAND OF IDEAS”- is the third most popular destination among international students. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from other countries. Germany is an attractive place to study (Bachelors /Masters) and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide
Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan country distinguished by its openness, a high standard of living and multi-national diversity. Freedom of worship and the separation of church and state are the cornerstones of the legal system. The German way of life is characterized by a colorful culture offering diverse opportunities for leisure activities and encounters.
Listening to music and enjoying the comfort of home are Germans favorite leisure activities, and some like to read a book or a magazine at the same time. Socializing is also popular: spending time with friends, receiving guests and activities with the family are all high on the list of preferred leisure pursuits.
In Germany there is a comprehensive range of culture offered by private and public institutions. Almost all theatres, museums and libraries are funded with public money so that as a rule entrance fees are affordable. In addition to the cultural centers, smaller towns and communities offer various cultural and sporting events.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955), a genius, who emigrated from Germany in 1933, gave a new dimension to the concept of space and time by his theory of Relativity (E=mc²). In 1995, it was the Germans who made the dream of MP3 player become a reality. A team at the Fraunhofer Institute, under Karlheinz Brandenburg, developed this method of audio compression. The country also has to its credit a total of 76 Nobel Prize winners till date, 65 of whom have won the prize for their contributions to the natural sciences or medicine. The very first Nobel Prize for Physics went in 1901 to Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen for”a new type of ray”. Robert Koch , Max Planck , Albert Einstein, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Horst L. Störmer, Herbert Kroemer, Wolfgang Ketterle, Theodor Hänsch, etc. are some of the German winners of this prestigious honour.
Companies in Germany have created the German economy to be the largest in all of Europe. This economy, in fact, is the third largest in the world. Billions of Euro in investment money come into Germany each year. To maintain the high standard of living in Germany takes a lot of hard work. German companies contribute to this high standard of living in the quality and popularity of their products and services. And they do this by excellent manufacturing and engineering.
Of the world's 500 largest stock market listed companies measured by revenue, the Fortune Global 500, 37 are headquartered in Germany. In 2010 the ten largest were Volkswagen, Allianz, E.ON, Daimler, Siemens, Metro, Deutsche Telekom, Munich Re, BASF, and BMW. Other large German companies include: Robert Bosch, ThyssenKrupp, and MAN (diversified industrials); Bayer and Merck (pharmaceuticals); Adidas and Puma (clothing and footwear); Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank (banking and finance); Aldi, Lidl and Edeka (retail); SAP (computer software); Infineon (semiconductors); Henkel (household and personal consumer products); Deutsche Post (logistics); and Hugo Boss (luxury goods). Well known global brands are Mercedes Benz, BMW, Adidas, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, DHL, T-Mobile, Lufthansa, SAP, and Nivea.