The town of Eberswalde on the doorsteps of the city of Berlin can look back at a long tradition of forestry and wood science research. In 1992, the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde was established on these grounds. With about 1,500 students and 50 academic staff it is the State of Brandenburg's smallest university of applied sciences. By now, 14 programmes have been developed which have shaped the university's profile as a place of genuine commitment to the concept of sustainable management. It is Germany's only university which brings together different disciplines that relate to the rural area, i.e. forestry, landscape management and nature conservation, organic agriculture, wood science and technology, regional management and tourism. These attractive, partly unique programmes lure students from all over Germany and abroad to Eberswalde.