Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) sees itself as an integral part of society with which it works closely and openly; it perceives knowledge transfer as one of its primary objectives. As an open university, JGU has undertaken a broad spectrum of transfer activities over the past few decades; these range from standard forms of technology transfer through a wide range of vocational continuing education courses to numerous concepts designed to promote PUSH (Public Understanding of Science and Humanities). The university is also involved in numerous research projects dealing with knowledge transfer. JGU received national recognition for its transfer activities thanks to the success of the Mainz Research Alliance while competing for the 2011 "City of Science" title. In 2017, the university successfully underwent an audit by the Stifterverband; as a result JGU plans to extend its knowledge transfer activities and to align them with a strategic focus.