The place of science and research Vorpommern offers ideal conditions for education and research. In close co-operation with the universities the institutes for science, technology and research centers form a competent network of the research and development. Likewise Vorpommerns universities co-operate closely with the regional economy as well as with the research. The University of Greifswald as well as the Universities of applied sciences Stralsund and Neubrandenburg form a basis for knowledge transfer, training of specialists and the establishment of enterprises. In the University and Hanseatic town Greifswald more than 11,000 students - 18% of the inhabitants - shape the intellectual climate and intercultural lives.