Top quality higher education, however, is not necessarily linkedto economic wealth as the cities of Dresden and Jena show. Thesecities fostered a policy of innovation and excellence in the pastovercoming its problematic former Soviet history.
Overall, Saxonia (of which Dresden is the regional capital)fairs quite well in education. It features the greatest share ofyoung graduates taking more practical degrees from universities ofapplied sciences into account as well.
Big cities such as Hamburg and Berlin have with 33% the greatestproportion of graduates to young people (aged between 25 and 34).In general, studying appears to be more popular in these cities as95% of the young with an appropriate high school diploma choose forhigher education (compared to 85% in small and medium sizedcities).