Crossborder studying and working

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Knowledge region

This is the border area between Rhine and Meuse with the three cities of Krefeld, Mönchengladbach and Venlo!

Cleverland has everything a knowledge region needs:

  • Universities with a wide range of interesting courses
  • Quality education and further education
  • Innovative companies at the top
  • A creative climate for innovation and smart start-ups
  • A high quality of living
  • Innovative research- and development projects

And that’s not all!

  • As a German-Dutch border region, Cleverland combines the open-mindedness and regional awareness of the ‘borderlanders’ from Limburg and Niederrhein.
  • As a region between metropolitan areas, Cleverland connects the wide range of nearby city centers with the benefits of its surroundings.

‘It’s the best thing to cheer with the fans’

“It is mainly the people who make this region so special “, says soccer player Patrick Herrmann. The attacking player is under contract with the football club Borussia Mönchengladbach and plays for the German national team.

He has been playing for the foal elf since 2008 and has his roots in the Lower Rhine. In this interview with Cleverland, Patrick Herrmann explains what he particularly values ​​about this region.


Are you looking for a study that suits you?

Knowledge region Cleverland is a study location that offers a large and diverse range of courses; here you can choose from over 90 different courses spread over the locations Krefeld, Mönchengladbach and Venlo. From agricultural sciences or chemistry to international management and textile design. Everything is possible!

But Cleverland has even more to offer! The colleges work together across borders on joint study options. Education is systematically developed in such a way that you can study on both sides of the border and consequently gain intercultural experience.

That definitely makes studying in Cleverland worth considering!


Companies like to settle in knowledge region Cleverland! The region is characterized by a strong middle class and a large number of so-called ‘hidden champions’. The leading cross-border industries are logistics, agro-business and production management. Companies in the knowledge region of Cleverland are looking for qualified employees.

  • The strength of the region: more about the leading industries
  • Small businesses, hidden champions and large industry: more about companies in the region.


Knowledge region Cleverland is an area with a high quality of living. Life is good in larger cities such as Venlo, Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. There are many urban facilities available; a wide cultural offer, various sports clubs and extensive hospitality and nightlife options.

You can also enjoy nature and the numerous recreational opportunities in a green environment. The costs of living are relatively low and don’t forget another advantage – being located in the heart of Europe. Explore the cities and landscape in Cleverland!


‘It’s the best thing to cheer with the fans’

In this interview soccer player Patrick Herrmann explains what he particularly values ​​about this region. 07-10-2020

‘Cybersecurity gets more relevant’

Prof. Treibert talks to Cleverland about the new Cyber ​​Management Campus Mönchengladbach. 30-09-2020

“The Hochschule Niederrhein looks good on your resume”

Melissa Grustat does research on sustainability in the textile production at the Hochschule Niederrhein. 21-09-2020


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