Future learning location Upper Lusatia

Shaping extracurricular STEM education in Upper Lusatia together with the people of the region


In future, the extracurricular educational landscape in Upper Lusatia is to offer even more innovative learning opportunities in the STEM field in order to provide individual support for young people . To this end, the plan is to identify and gradually develop new extracurricular learning venues. At the same time, existing STEM educational opportunities are to be further developed in close cooperation with young people to meet their needs. In addition, the economic, technological, social and ecological development opportunities and risks of Upper Lusatia are to be continuously taken into account.

As part of the University for Future initiative of the Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences , worked together with the people of the region to develop four fields of action in a comprehensive participation process:

  • Objective
    • Involvement of stakeholders in the region (e.g. teachers, entrepreneurs, schools)
      in the design of extracurricular learning locations
    • Development of an overall regional future learning location with centralized, decentralized and mobile workplaces for Upper Lusatia
    • ZukLOS project pursues four fields of action:
      Juniorakademie, Experimentierhaus Görlitz, mobile learning locations and Campus 4 You
    • Further development of existing and establishment of new extracurricular learning locations in Upper Lusatia
    • Development of innovative extracurricular educational programs to promote the STEM skills of young people
  • Target groups
    • Pupils at secondary levels I and II
    • Children and young people in their free time
    • Students
    • Employees of the HSZG
    • Schools, regional business and politics
    • Educational stakeholders in the region
    • People of all generations
  • Initial situation
    • Germany: coal phase-out agreed by 2030/38
    • Ageing population characterizes the demographics of the region (age quotient Ø 58)
    • Shortage of skilled workers is growing, particularly in STEM professions and the teaching profession
    • There is a shortage of STEM specialists at companies and research institutes


The children of today will shape our region in the future and we are creating the conditions for this among young people with the Oberlausitz Future Learning Center
Professor Dr.in. rer. pol. Sophia Keil Sophia Keil, Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs at the HSZG