Education and research are the foundations for their future. The promotion of education, science and research by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research represents an important contribution to securing their country's prosperity.
They promote education and research for they are the foundations on which they will build their future in a changing world. Education provides the basis for leading an autonomous, responsible and participatory life within industry and society. Education provides their children with the tools they need to meet the challenges of a changing and increasingly globalized world. Research helps us to discover the new and improve on the known. Thanks to excellent research they are finding solutions to global problems and devising strategies for sustainable growth. Research creates previously unknown opportunities in all domains of life, and it keeps their products and services innovative and competitive.
Their responsibility in the area of education addresses every stage of human life, beginning with early childhood learning through to continuing education and lifelong learning. Whereas school and university education are mainly in the remit of the Länder, the Federal Government also plays a significant role - for example by means of the Higher Education Pact, through award of scholarships, or through the Alliance for Education. They share responsibility with the Länder in the fields of non-school vocational training, training assistance and continuing education. One of their priority concerns is the establishment of social equality in education to ensure that a person's background no longer determines his or her chances to get an education and that no talent is wasted. International exchange in education and science is also one of their responsibilities.
Research excellence is a must in a country whose prosperity is built on the innovative strength of its industry. The aim of the High-Tech Strategy is to make Germany a leader in providing scientific and technical solutions to the challenges in the fields of climate/energy, health/nutrition, mobility, security, and communication. Innovative technologies and services create new jobs, and thus every generation will have its chance to develop its potential. The Excellence Initiative and the Pact for Research and Innovation are injecting new life into the research community and promote young research talent.
Education and research are a Federal Government policy priority, which is reflected in the development of the funding it is making available to these fields.