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Third Mission

Lifelong learning

The educational opportunities of the University of Cologne are unique in scope and breadth. As a classic comprehensive university with more than 50,000 students, it offers a comprehensive range of subjects with more than 330 degree programmes. The University’s educational portfolio, however, extends far beyond higher education for young people, covering the entire life span: The Koordinierungsstelle für Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit (coordination unit science and public sphere) serves the educational needs of all age groups, offering special courses for children, young people and senior citizens. Citizen Science project groups and the ProfessionalCenter focus on research-based learning approaches. The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education works to improve language education. With its research and scientific services, it contributes to more equal opportunities in the education system. In addition, working students can make use of the various continuing education courses.

Teacher training also plays an important role in lifelong learning. With over 14,000 teacher education students, the University of Cologne is the largest training institution for teachers in Germany with an extensive network: the Centre for Teacher Education lists around 800 cooperating schools. Also, educational research and practice are combined in the inclusive university school Heliosschule. Degree programmes in media, early childhood and intercultural education also support these educational aims.