Mannheim’s innovative strength is unbroken

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    Mannheim’s educational institutions are shining examples as well as guideline and yardstick for other institutions of higher education. In 1974 Mannheim introduced the University of Cooperative Education model as the first city after Stuttgart. The practice-oriented education of this university is now playing a pioneering role for today’s requirements in the tertiary education sector.

    In addition: The Mannheim Castle University (Schloss-Universität) continually wins the first places in nationwide rankings.

    The Mannheim University of Applied Sciences was voted Germany’s best Practice University in 2004.

    Mannheim’s Think Tanks provide for an innovative climate.
    Here, science and industry communicate, reforms are implemented, students and lecturers tread unorthodox paths. These are the prerequisites for integrating original ideas into industry and society as ground-breaking innovations.

Which innovation will shape future society most of all?

The microchip, the Internet, genetic engineering? We don’t know. But one thing’s for sure: Mobilisation has modified society profoundly – and it all started in Mannheim. In the Rhine-Neckar metropolis, Baron von Drais invents the walking machine, the predecessor of the bicycle; Carl Benz develops the first patented motorcar in the middle of the Squares. The Mannheim Company Heinrich Lanz manufactures the automobile tractor for agriculture; the considerations of the Lanz-constructor Fritz Huber then lead to the manufacture of the first crude oil tractor in the world – the Bulldog.

It was in 1998 when the Mannheim physicist Steffen Noehte had a stroke of genius in the field of storage technology – the Tesa-Rom. The adhesive tape which is used contrary to its purpose as a digital memory has considerable advantages. The roll can store much more data than a CD-Rom. In contrast to the disc, it fits into cameras and video cameras. By the way, the public and professional circles first thought that the announcement of the University of Mannheim was an April Fools' joke.

And this is only one example of Mannheim’s unbroken innovative strength.

There is still much to tell about the innovative history of Mannheim, and to learn. Even from more recent years. That’s what we are going to do in the next few months. And in addition, we will also take an optimistic look into the future.