In addition to its significance as a university town, Mannheim offers so much potential for graduates, both from an (engineer’s) scientific point of view and professionally. Graduates with a degree in Information Technology (as well as other subjects offered at HS Mannheim) will surely find attractive posts in other places in Germany or abroad after their studies, but fact is, there is certainly a great demand for their expertise right here in the Rhine-Neckar Region itself as well as in the surrounding high-tech regions Rhine-Main (around Frankfurt) and Middle Neckar (around Stuttgart).
Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region
Mannheim is also an important traffic junction within the Central European transport network.
This significance also originates from its industrial history. Traffic Technology has been one industrial focus since in 1886 Carl Benz built the world’s very first automobile in Mannheim, where today modern buses (their technological standard is leading in the international market) are being developed and built. These have lately even been included as innovative elements into the picture of the City of London. The first diesel-fuelled tractor was developed by Heinrich Lanz AG before it was acquired by John Deere in 1956, a company which is our university’s next-door neighbour. Yet another creative inhabitant of Mannheim, Karl Drais, invented the first bicycle. Mannheim’s impressive Museum of Technology and Work documents these and many other technological achievements ‘made in Mannheim’ as well as the entrepreneurial success stories connected with them. Two other nearby cities worth visiting are Sinsheim and Speyer with their Museums of Technology, which exhibit outstanding collections and also invite you to special events.
Other important branches of industry located in the region are production-and-process automation, chemical industry and plant construction. Companies like Daimler-Chrysler, BASF, John Deere, ABB, ALSTOM, Bopp und Reuther, Joseph Vögele/Wirtgen, Freudenberg, Pepperl+Fuchs – to mention but a few – all operate with a global reach. BASF in Ludwigshafen is the world’s biggest chemical company and certainly the biggest company in the Rhine-Neckar region, which is also an attractive location for internationally renowned research institutions such as the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg.
However, none of these companies, no matter which industry or service sector they may operate in, would be able to be so successful in terms of quality, innovation and value added of their products or services without the extensive use of Information Technology. This turns Mannheim into such a convenient location.