One of Europe's most important high-tech regions is located in the heart of Germany, the federal state of Hessen. Hessen's 40 universities and institutes of higher learning have a workforce of more than 30,000, and taken together are one of the most important employers in the state. The universities offer courses of study in the technologies of tomorrow – IT and communications, environmental and biotechnology and material engineering.
About 240,000 students are matriculated in Hessen's universities and 36,000 graduate annually, helping to drive Hessen's economic strength. Hessen has a pool of high-trained experts in technologies of tomorrow. The internationally oriented universities offer numerous bilingual and English-language courses, helping to attract students and researchers from all over the world. At the same time, Hessen's universities have close cooperations with many international partner universities and research institutes.
Hessen's universities are continuing to gain in national and international ranking, as the state government continues to invest in universities and institutions of higher learning. The Hessen state government has guaranteed five years of stable investments from 2011-2015. More than 1 billion Euros will be invested in modern infrastructure from 2008 to 2020 as part of the HEUREKA program. And the federal government's LOEWE project invests millions in top-level research in Hessen.
Whether it’s extracting an antibiotic from a lady bug or discovering new chemical elements, researchers in Hessen proudly present their success stories in research and development.
www.hessen-schafft-wissen.de (available only in German)
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