The University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd is a dynamic university with an especially long tradition in teacher training, namely since 1825. Formerly a teacher's seminar, it now has university status with a broad range of courses, comprehensive research in many scientific projects with dissertations and post graduate work, as well as international networking in research and teaching. As a centre of educational competence in East Württemberg, the university is an important partner for the science and education community in the region, with around 300 staff in scientific and non-scientific services. In addition, it is an important employer in the area. Teacher training still represents the university's principal pillar and is of central importance for the supply of teachers in the region. In the last decade in particular, the university has extended its teaching and research activities to include other fields of education and has strengthened its educational profile through the creation of new Bachelor and Master programmes.