Bavaria will become the first German state to offer elite study courses in autumn this year. Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber said on Tuesday that the state government was looking to develop an internationally competitive higher education system with the proposal. To start with, the state will offer 300 students ten elite study courses and five international courses to pursue doctoral studies. The Bavarian government plans to invest €14 million ($17.31 million) in the project and create 223 new jobs. The elite study courses include five from the natural sciences field, three from engineering and two from the humanities.