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Welcome to Germany Welcome to RhinelandPalatinate Welcome to Koblenz

Prof. Dr. Klaus G. Troitzsch Prof. Dr. Serge V. Chernyshenko Ulrike May
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Summary
Welcome to Germany Welcome to Rhineland-Palatinate Welcome to Koblenz The German education system Welcome to our university

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The Federal Republic of Germany


is composed of 16 federal states (Bundeslnder, comparable to the states of the US or the cantons of Switzerland, with far reaching competences of their own). Three of these federal states (Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg) are city states, the others cover larger areas and are composed of a big number of municipalities (some 14,000 of very different size).

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The Federal Republic of Germany


On all three levels (national, state, municipal) parliaments are elected every four or five years which in turn elect the federal chancellor and the state prime ministers, respectively. On the municipal level, mayors and district magistrates are elected by the people (at least in some of the federal states). The most important competence of the federal states is education. Only the federal states have legislation over schools and universities

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Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate (RheinlandPfalz) is one of the smaller federal states (with approximately 4.9 % of the population and 5.5 % of the area but 70 % of the wine grown in Germany). It was founded after World War II (under French occupation) and is composed of parts of former Prussia, Bavaria and Hesse.

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Welcome to Rhineland-Palatinate
Its coat of arms, however, reminds of pre-Prussian times; it is composed of Note: of the arms of the archbishops In the Holy Roman Empire, archbishops were also Trier and territorial princes! Mainz (who were electors and territorial princes of the Holy Roman Empire until the French Revolution) and of Bavaria (more precisely, of the Palatinate Count, another elector, whose territory was part of Bavaria from 1816 to 1945).

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Loreley

The northern part of Rhineland-Palatinate


The region between Bingen and Koblenz is also known as the Middle Rhine World Heritage.
Kaub: Pfalzgrafenstein

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The inner city of Koblenz

university campus

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Some history

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Koblenz was founded by Celts in pre-Roman time. The Romans built a castle a few years B.C. (castra apud confluentes = the military camp at the confluence of Rhine and Moselle). Place of a palace of the Frank kings in the fifth century. Place of the negotiations (842) of the Verdun treaty (in 843, Charlemagnes empire is divided among his three grandsons Lothar, Ludwig the German, and Karl II) in St. Castors Church near the Rhine Elbow (Deutsches Eck, German Corner, German Intersection, called after the German Order or Teutonic Order or, officially, House of the Hospitalers of Saint Mary of the Teutons in Jerusalem who built an estate there in 1216, their first residence in the Rhine region, which was rebuilt in 1953 and is now a museum of modern art).
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More history
Part of the territory of the Elector and Archbishop of Trier (11th century to 1798). During this time, the fortification of Ehrenbreitstein was first built by expanding Count Ehrenberts castle (built about 1000). The present fortification was built by the Prussian state from 1817 to 1878. Capital of the French departement of Rhin et Moselle (1798 to 1815). Capital of the Prussian Rhine Province (1815 to 1945). Capital Klaus G. Troitzsch: Welcome ... of Rhineland-Palatinate (1947 to November 30, 1950). 2012

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The German education system


polytechnics, universities,

even more branches of upper secondary school several branches of lower secondary school

primary school kindergarden


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Koblenz-Landau University
originated from a collection of teachers training colleges in the late 1960s of which only two campuses are left, one in Koblenz, one in Landau (200 km to the south)
computer science faculty in Koblenz psychology faculty in Landau 3 teachers training faculties in each
education humanities sciences Koblenz campus, built 1998-2000

central administration in Mainz

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Computer science faculty


institutes:
computer science software engineering computational visualistics information systems management computer science (Diplom) since 1978 computational visualistics (Diplom) since 1998 both converted into BSc/MSc programmes in 2006 information management (BSc, MSc) since 2000 (first accreditation of a BSc/MSc program in Germany, reaccredited in 2006)
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programs

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