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The State as Patron of Education and Science

The dissolution of 150 monasteries in 1802/03 created central scientific collections and archives that primarily benefited research at universities. The state became the patron of education.

The kingdom of Bavaria reduced the number of university towns from nine to three: Erlangen and Würzburg for the Protestant and Catholic Franconians, and Munich. Today over 200,000 students study at nine state-run universities and 17 institutes of higher education, as well as at other centres of academic learning run by non-state institutions such as the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1759, and today comprises 39 specialist committees with over 300 employees.