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Munich is located in the heart of Europe and is with 1.36 million people the 3rd biggest city in Germany. The city combines tradition and modernity, economic strength and quality of life. Global players are just as at home in Munich as the hidden champions of the middle-sized sector and the many emerging start-up enterprises. These highly favourable conditions, known as the 'Munich Mix', guarantees Munich's position as the German metropolis with the strongest economy and brightest future. The Munich Metropolitan Region is the market leader nationwide in the fields of research and development. Munich is a commercial hub, the seat of two excellent universities and more than 340 public schools (from primary to secondary and vocational schools), with orchestras that are in the top tier of the world, with international trade fairs and a regular influx of tourists from all over the world.

The percentage of early school leavers in Munich is 11 % and hence slightly better than the German average (11.6 %) and the EU-average (EU-27: 13,5 %). Nevertheless, Munich has not yet reached the target of the Europe 2020 strategy (less than 10 %) and wants to improve this situation. “Nobody should get lost” (Niemand darf verloren gehen) is Munich's motto.
The social background of young people has a high influence on the chances to get a good school leaving certificate and to be able to start a vocational training or studies. Munich has set itself the target to increase equal opportunities in education e.g. to increase the participation in education of disadvantaged persons and in deprived city areas. The Munich strategy for life-long learning also emphasizes the importance of parents in the process of their children's education.
Education must be seen as a life-long learning process: Especially with parents in disadvantaged areas it is important to start to support them when their children are small in order to find a good way to accompany them through different institutions until the transition from school to work.

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