Munich Adult Education Center

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Munich Adult Education Center
Gasteig glass hall entrance.jpg
Entrance to the Gasteig , the main building of the Munich adult education center
type of school Community College
founding 1896

Kellerstraße 6
81667 Munich

place Munich
country Bavaria
Country Germany
Coordinates 48 ° 7 '53 "  N , 11 ° 35' 29"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 7 '53 "  N , 11 ° 35' 29"  E
student approx. 261,000 bookings per year (as of 2018)
Teachers over 3,000
management Susanne May, Klaus Meisel,

The Münchner Volkshochschule (MVHS) is the largest adult education center in Germany and was founded at the end of the 19th century. Their program for the state capital of Munich and the municipality of Grünwald in the south of Munich includes over 19,000 courses , seminars , workshops , lectures , symposia , excursions , ( city ) tours , exhibitions , study trips , forums and cultural events, which have around 250,000 participants ( Status: Jan. 2020).

As a cooperation partner of associations, church, city and state institutions, the MVHS is a central authority for knowledge transfer between actors from science , education , social affairs , politics , art and culture and the citizens of Munich.

Program areas

The program is divided into the following program areas:

Open academy

The focus here is on public discourse and knowledge transfer in the areas of culture, (urban) politics and science with panel discussions, symposia, dialogues, lectures, readings, cultural events and exhibitions by the aspects gallery. The Open Academy sees itself as a forum that deals with questions that affect everyone and thus also provides impetus for Munich's urban culture and politics by taking up, discussing and deepening relevant topics.

People, society, politics

Here you will find offers on politics and society , city district topics (inner city), philosophy , religions , psychology, learning and memory, Studium Generale and MVHS on the go.

Health, nutrition and cooking culture

This program area is divided into the areas of health informative, health active, health active for seniors as well as cooking culture and nutritional knowledge.

The MVHS is in the field of health education with over 2,000 events annually the nation's largest provider of prevention courses and information sessions on health topics . This area is divided into two subject areas: active health and informative health . In both subject areas, topics for the 50+ target group and senior citizens are also offered. The active health department offers courses and open programs in gymnastics and fitness , exercise and body experience as well as stress reduction and relaxation . The informative health department offers around 200 lectures annually with topics from A to Z. Interested physicians and experts in the respective medical field can ask their personal questions in the health forums " Talking to doctors " .

The culinary culture and nutritional knowledge specialist area offers cooking courses for beginners, gourmets , regional and international cuisine as well as cooking events and wine courses in around 500 events per year .

The environmental education takes place mainly in the ecological education center (ÖBZ). This is part of the MVHS operation, the other half of which is used by the Munich Environment Center.

Culture, art, creativity

Around a quarter of all participants in the Munich Adult Education Center (approx. 50,000 annually) take advantage of the cultural-art-creativity program. With over 4,000 offers annually, it is - measured by the number of events - the largest program area at the MVHS.

The fields of fine arts , literature , word & text - writing workshop ( creative writing ), understanding of music , making music , music podium, MVHS on the go, MVHS in the museum , guide network, art and cultural history, aspects of gallery, photography and video / film , understanding of film, theater , In seminars, workshops, lectures, excursions and study trips, dance , fashion and textile design offer an examination of culture in theory and practice - for interested beginners, for advanced learners and also for ambitious participants who develop their artistic skills individually in special projects or annual courses and develop.

The offers of the program area Culture-Art-Creativity are organized in studios, which are distributed as professionally equipped specialist rooms over the city of Munich. Their layout and equipment correspond to the special requirements of the respective work or cultural technology.

The MVHS studios in Frohschammerstrasse are an excellent place for artistic work. 14, where own studios for large-format painting , metalwork, wood and stone carving, ceramics , printmaking and printing techniques are housed in former workshops.

In the Gasteig cultural center in Munich, there is a dance room and various studios that are set up for offers in the areas of gold and silversmiths, graphic design, drawing, painting, fashion, handicraft and artistic design. Here there are also seminar and lecture rooms for offers in art and cultural history, music understanding, literature, photography as well as a photo laboratory and a photo studio. In addition, creative offers take place in the entire city of Munich. So z. B. the district center of the Munich adult education center at Harras, among other things, a professionally furnished wooden studio.


In addition to English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, the range of languages ​​offered by the Munich Adult Education Center includes 53 other less-learned languages. In addition to the world languages ​​Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese, this also includes language courses for Albanian, Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish, Irish, Hindi and Vietnamese.

Further education and profession

The spectrum ranges from further training for companies, real estate, pension provision, money, commercial and business management skills, writing techniques, communication and leadership skills, rhetoric, information technology to the Internet and multimedia.

German and Integration

The MVHS addresses immigrants and their family members with the German integration courses. It offers general integration courses (A1 to B1) as well as special integration courses with literacy for women and young people.

German courses include intensive and standard courses from language level A1 to C2. German exams and exam training at all language levels and the naturalization test complete the course program.

The literacy and basic education area is aimed at people who want to improve their reading and writing skills. In addition to free courses and open learning workshops, basic training courses in English, PC, arithmetic and finance as well as lectures in simple language are also on offer.

Buchenried House

Villa Hackländer , part of Haus Buchenried (behind the new building)

This is the MVHS education and seminar center in Leoni (municipality of Berg ) on the east bank of Lake Starnberg for conferences, weekend and weekend seminars from all program areas of the MVHS - with guest houses and restaurants for accommodating and catering for the participants.

Target group offers

Learning barrier-free

With this educational offer, the Münchner Volkshochschule addresses people with and without disabilities who want or have to learn in a different way. In contrast to the regular MVHS offers, the participants can determine their own learning pace in small learning groups. Since a large number of the lecturers themselves have a disability, they can support the participants with their own experience in order to achieve their personal learning goal.

People who are not disabled but would like to acquire skills for assistance and integration can also take part, so that they can be good partners in coexistence with people with disabilities.

Ultimately, existing barriers and hurdles in everyday life should be dismantled in the offers through shared learning and experience, for example by providing help for independent living or learning sign language by hearing people.

Project “mona lea”: Qualification and integration

In the “mona lea” project, immigrants who already have a good knowledge of German are given the opportunity to continue their professional and linguistic training. Since the educational work here takes place in the module system, the participants can qualify flexibly and individually.

Senior Adult Education Center

The focus here is on areas of learning and action that are of interest to older people, because lifelong learning is an element of educational work at the Munich Adult Education Center.

The educational program promotes "active aging" as defined by the WHO ( World Health Organization ): The central goals here are to promote mental, psychological and social well-being as well as commitment and joy, while maintaining physical health.

Youth and education

The Young Adult Education Center is aimed at young people and young adults. Young people can choose from over 70 events in the fields of art, languages, fashion, music, cooking, media, politics or work. In addition to learning aids, the learning studio offers courses on exam preparation.

In all of the offers, young people have the opportunity to try things out with their peers and discover new things. All events at the Junge Volkshochschule are offered at significantly reduced prices.

There is also a special program for young people with a migration background who have little knowledge of German, who want to spend their free time in a meaningful way or who are aiming for a school leaving certificate. The offer ranges from career advice and learning aids to climbing courses.

"Starting instead of waiting" project

This project is aimed at young people with a migration background who want to catch up on a secondary school leaving certificate. Here, too, a good knowledge of German is a prerequisite, whereby the participants receive additional support from the area of German as a second language . In addition, job-related basic qualifications are acquired here.

FLÜB & S project - Refugees at work and at school

In the FLÜB & S project, underage refugees have the opportunity to obtain a secondary school diploma or a qualifying school diploma through educational measures . For this they receive special funding in German as a second language and are supported in developing career prospects and in applying for a training position .

Finally, the Munich Adult Education Center also offers something for children and families.


The Münchner Volkshochschule as the municipal training center of the city of Munich is committed to supporting lifelong learning . It also wants to enable second educational opportunities as well as transitions between the educational areas. Your program is based on a basic offer, but also reacts to new requirements in changing collaborations and partnerships. The VHS is politically and ideologically independent and is open to people of all social classes, milieus, nationalities, religions, cultural orientations and age groups. The educational work stands in the tradition of the Enlightenment and humanistic educational thinking .

The educational principles of the Munich Adult Education Center are:

  • The methodology and didactics of the events encourage active participation and encourage independent further work.
  • Promotion of the examination of different points of view, which at the same time rejects dogmatic influence.
  • Friendly and competent advice
  • Transparent description of the offer

The following standards are aimed for in service:

  • Registration should be participant-friendly.
  • Many event locations should enable barrier-free access .
  • The MVHS offers should be accessible over short distances.
  • Those responsible for all areas are clearly identified and can be reached personally.
  • Terms and conditions as well as program announcements should be clearly recognizable in the overall program.
  • There is a quality management system.

The Munich Adult Education Center is also committed to a transparent way of working. It wants to use its resources economically.


The MVHS is represented in all Munich districts, like here in the Seidlvilla in Schwabing

The “Volks-Hochschul-Verein München e. V. ”was launched in 1896 and is considered the forerunner of the Munich adult education center. Ten years later, the "Academic Workers' Courses e. V. “founded. Finally, both associations merged in 1923 to form the “Volkshochschule München e. V. "

The first office was set up in the Isartor , where the Valentin Museum is now located , and in 1930 100 events with 90 lecturers were offered in the summer course. English, French, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian could also be learned.

At that time there was already a “women's program” that comprised ten courses and reflected the need and tradition of the time: “The woman as ruler in the house and kitchen”, “How do I maintain my joie de vivre despite the most economical management?” Or “The woman as the spiritual center of the house ”. Such titles were in great demand at the time.

In 1933 the “Volkshochschule München e. V. ”of the“ Capital of the Movement ”established the first adult education center in Germany to serve the Nazi state . But this could not avert the synchronization and the associated dissolution of the adult education center.

After the end of the Second World War , the “Münchner Volkshochschule” was founded in spring 1946 with the blessing of the American military government . The first MVHS curriculum with 130 courses was approved by the American military authorities on April 3, 1946. The founding fathers of the Munich Adult Education Center at that time included the Lord Mayor of Munich Karl Scharnagl , the second mayor Thomas Wimmer , the city library director Hans Ludwig Held and the city school councilor Anton Fingerle , who designed the program with almost 100 lecturers. The range of courses remained rather modest until the end of the 1950s.

An important step for the Munich adult education center was the acquisition of the Buchenried house in Leoni on the east bank of Lake Starnberg in 1953, which has since served as a permanent place of learning for conferences, weekend and weekend events - with guest houses and restaurants to accommodate and board the participants.

It was not until 1960 that the MVHS was able to move into its own premises. Before that, she was housed in the offices of the New Town Hall. Her first own office was now on Rheinbergerstrasse near Odeonsplatz . At the same time, as a result of the Sputnik shock in West Germany at the beginning of the 1960s, more emphasis was placed on education , which also had an impact on the Munich Adult Education Center: The educational offer was gradually expanded and improved in all program areas - based on the needs of participants - over the next few decades. In addition to the expansion of cultural, political, linguistic, health and vocational education, special target group offers were developed in the following decades: for senior citizens, young people, people with a migration background and young people.

In the 1970s, after the Olympic Games in 1973 , the Munich Adult Education Center opened the Health Park in the Olympic Park , which from then on provided important impetus for health education as a center for holistic health promotion . In 1977 the Münchner Volkshochschule broke new ground again by offering its events in the various districts of Munich in a way that is close to the people. The first branch office was opened in Aubing - four urban centers in the north, south, west and east of Munich with over 17 branch offices followed. In 2009 a new branch office was opened again in the Neuhauser Trafo in Nymphenburger Strasse near Rotkreuzplatz - more are to follow in the next few years. The Munich adult education center also plans and organizes the adult education program for the community of Grünwald south of Munich.

The Gasteig cultural center in the Haidhausen district of Munich - main building of the MVHS

In the 1980s, the move of the Munich adult education center into the new cultural center - the Gasteig - in Munich's Haidhausen district gave the MVHS a special boost, making it the largest urban adult education institution in Germany and Europe. Childcare facilities have also been set up at the Munich Adult Education Center, offering free childcare for 2 to 6 year olds while the parents or one parent attends an MVHS event - the events are marked in the program with a corresponding symbol.

In 1994 the MVHS was converted into a non-profit GmbH , whose partner is the state capital Munich and whose supervisory board was chaired by Munich's Lord Mayor Christian Ude . In 1997 the Association of Sponsors and Friends of MVHS e. V. founded in order to sustainably support the educational work of the Munich Adult Education Center. It promotes projects with which new milieus or target groups are addressed or finances research projects.

In July 2001 the Ecological Education Center (ÖBZ) was opened. Since then, events on classic environmental education have taken place in this environmental education center in the east of Munich , as well as offers on sustainable urban development or on social challenges from global, economic, technical and economic developments.

In 2013 the renovation of Haus Buchenried was completed. The seminar and conference center on Lake Starnberg had been completely renovated and expanded since 2009 by the state capital of Munich and the Munich adult education center.

In March 2017 the new education center in "Einstein" near Max-Weber-Platz at Einsteinstraße 28 was opened. Two event halls, more than 60 classrooms, health rooms, the children's house offer space, light and air, the café "Über den Tellerrand" and a campus.

The MVHS now has over 19,000 courses and events in its program every year. The offer is used by around 240,000 Munich residents.

Partners and Cooperations

Jewish adult education center in the community center (left) and Jewish Museum (right)
Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus

State capital (LH) Munich

  • LH Munich
  • Equality office for women of the LH Munich
  • Intercultural office of the LH Munich
  • Municipal department of the LH Munich
  • Cultural department of the LH Munich
  • Planning department of the LH Munich
  • Department for Health and Environment of the LH Munich
  • Department for Education and Sport of the LH Munich
  • Social department of the LH Munich

Grünwald community

  • Community Gruenwald
  • Environment office of the community of Grünwald

Free State of Bavaria


Science and Research





Civil society and social affairs

Health, environment, ecology


The Munich adult education center has over thirty locations of its own. A cross-sectional program takes place in all city areas (center, north, south, west, east and Grünwald), which is planned in coordination with the city area managers from the departments of the various program areas. The Münchner Volkshochschule provides impulses for the development of Munich's urban areas through on-site educational offers.


  • MVHS im Gasteig , headquarters, Rosenheimer Straße 5
  • Education center Einstein 28, Senior Adult Education Center Stadtmitte, Einsteinstraße 28
  • MVHS in Landwehrstrasse 32 a
  • MVHS in Schwanthalerstraße 2
  • MVHS in Schwanthalerstraße 40, 1st floor
  • MVHS at Orleansstrasse 24

North city area

  • City center north, Troppauer Strasse 10
  • MVHS am Scheidplatz, senior adult education center, barrier-free learning, in the Forum am Luitpold, Belgradstraße 108
  • MVHS in the Seidlvilla, Nikolaiplatz 1b
  • Freimann district center, Keilberthstrasse 6, 2nd floor
  • MVHS in Moosach, Baubergerstrasse 6 a

City area south

  • City center south, Albert-Roßhaupter-Straße 8 (at Harras )
  • Stadtteilzentrum Fürstenried -Ost, Forstenrieder Allee 61
  • Stadtteilzentrum rags , district cultural center Guardini90, Guardinistraße 90
  • Stadtteilzentrum Fürstenried -Ost, Forstenrieder Allee 61

City area east

  • City center east and senior adult education center Giesing, Werinherstraße 33
  • MVHS in the Anton-Fingerle-Bildungszentrum, Schlierseestraße 47
  • Bogenhausen district center in Arabellapark , Rosenkavalierplatz 16
  • Neuperlach-Süd district center in Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium, Max-Reinhardt-Weg 29
  • Ecological Education Center (ÖBZ) ( Englschalking ), Englschalkinger Straße 166

City area west

  • City center west, Bäckerstraße 14
  • District center Laim, Fürstenrieder Straße 53
  • Neuhausen district center in the Neuhauser Trafo, Nymphenburger Strasse 171 b
  • Allach-Untermenzing district center in the EVERS shopping center at Oertelplatz, Oertelplatz 11

Buchenried House

  • Buchenried house, education and seminar center, Assenbucher Straße 45, 82335 Berg-Leoni am Starnberger See



Supervisory board

The highest decision-making body of the MVHS is the supervisory board . It elects and controls the management ( Susanne May - program director, Klaus Meisel - management director), meets four times a year and also decides on the budget that the management has drawn up.

Composition of the supervisory board:

  • Lord Mayor or mayor responsible for culture
  • Cultural advisor and school advisor of the LH Munich (with advisory voice)
  • Eight representatives of the city council
  • Two elected representatives of the MVHS workforce
  • Two elected representatives from the MVHS Board of Trustees
Overview of the members of the supervisory board (as of 2020)
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Christine Strobl (Third Mayor of the City of Munich)
  • Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board: City Councilor Ulrike Grimm
  • Other supervisory board members in alphabetical order: Reinhold Babor (city councilor), Sonja Haider (city councilor), Charlotte Knobloch (president of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Munich ), Sabine Krieger (city councilor), Anton Biebl (cultural advisor of the city of Munich), Haimo Liebich (city councilor), Hans Georg Lößl , Thomas Ranft (City Council), Rita Schösser (Munich Adult Education Center), Frieder Vogelsgesang (City Council), Christian Vorländer (City Council), Michael Widl-Stüber (Munich Adult Education Center), Beatrix Zurek (City School Councilor)

Board of Trustees

Overview of the members of the Board of Trustees (as of 2020)

Advisory boards

  • Advisory Board for Political Education (as of 2020): Edgar Grande , Birgit Harprath, Armin Nassehi , Petra Schmid-Urban, Martin Schulze Wessel, Meike Zwingenberger
  • Advisory Board for the Ecological Education Center (ÖBZ) (as of 2020): Steffi Kreuzinger, Harald Lesch, Silvia Liebrich, Rudolf Vorteilel, Stefanie Reichelt, Manuel Schneider, Werner Zittel
  • Advisory board on religion (as of 2020): Ellen Presser, Andreas Renz, Gunther Wenz, Gönül Yerli
  • Advisory Board Philosophy (as of 2020): Michael Reder, Christian Schröer
  • Advisory Board Psychology (as of 2020): Heiko Ernst, Dagmar Olzog, Sabine Walper
  • Advisory board Haus Buchenried (as of 2020): Daniel J. Schreiber, Jan Ströter, Elisabeth Tworek


  • (2015): Münchner Volkshochschule. (Semester program) Spring / Summer 2015. Ed .: Münchner Volkshochschule GmbH.
  • Regine Mickler, Christian Haager (2014): Münchner Volkshochschule. 2013 annual report . Ed .: Münchner Volkshochschule GmbH.
  • Michael Schanz, Johano Strasser , Reiner Bernstein, Matthias Gaertner, Petra Groß, Britta Loebell, Gabriela Aigner, Gershom von Schwarze, Reinhard Bögle , Hedda Maria Fraunhofer, Monika Mauerer-Morgenstern (2003): 50 years of the Buchenried House . Munich Adult Education Center (Ed.)
  • Joachim Becker, Annette Hempfling (1997): Long live the adult education center! Photos and texts for the 100th birthday of the Munich Adult Education Center . Ed .: Münchner Volkshochschule. Bavarica-Verlag, Munich
  • Michael Schanz (1988): Buchenried House 1953 to 1988. History and educational work of a folk high school . Munich Adult Education Center (Ed.)
  • Karl Witthalm (1959): Munich Adult Education Center . Volksbildungsheim Haus Buchenried, Leoni am Starnberger See . Wulff publishing house, Dortmund
  • Birgit Ertl, Mark Schmid-Neuhaus, Jürgen Tempel (1998): Quality of life for high performance. The health promotion project for bus, tram and subway drivers of the Munich public transport company . Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Verlag für neue Wissenschaft, Bremerhaven, (Volume 20 of the series Health - Work - Medicine ), ISBN 3-89701-245-6 (report on a company health promotion project that the Munich adult education center carried out in its health park for nine years).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mission statement of the Munich Adult Education Center
  2. Franz Kotteder (2013): "Learning with a lake connection". Süddeutsche Zeitung from May 16, 2013.
  3. Einstein 28 - The beginning has been made!