In location policy discourse, education occupies a prominent position for companies and families. For this reason, the city administration and the WFMG initiated the MGconnect interface in 2006 to improve relations between students, teachers and the local economy. In order to safeguard their activities in the long term, the stakeholders and Mönchengladbach-based companies set up the non-profit MGconnect foundation in 2010. Since its launch, the foundation has been working on getting young people excited about their future career at an early stage and setting goals for their school performance to help them to choose a university degree course or vocational training. Through MGconnect and the zdi-Zentrum Mönchengladbach initiative, the WFMG acts as an interface between the local economy and the specialists of tomorrow. Mönchengladbach is also home to the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany.