Science and innovation

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Science at the highest level

In the 2022/23 winter semester, about 200,000 students opted for the courses offered by the internationally renowned Berlin universities and colleges. Berlin enjoys great popularity worldwide as a place to study: 23.7 percent of the students come from abroad. They are all part of one of the largest and most diverse science regions in Europe:

  • 4 universities, the Charité University Hospital
  • 4 universities for the arts,
  • 5 universities of applied sciences,
  • 25 private universities,
  • approx. 70 non-university research facilities


The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the largest medical faculty in Europe and one of the oldest and most traditional hospital companies in Germany, combines the medical institutions of Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität.

The “Berlin University Alliance” of Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität and Technische Universität has been recognized as an excellence alliance under the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.

(Quelle: Berlin Business Location Center, 2023)

Vibrant exchange of knowledge and technology transfer

Companies benefit from the scientific expertise and great potential of the thousands of qualified professionals in the city. The close proximity and close networking of companies and scientific institutions guarantee a wide range of cooperation opportunities.

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Innovation Funding

To turn your innovative ideas into marketable products, extensive funding and advisory services support you in determining your innovation needs and in finding the right partners from science and industry. More information

In technology parks and incubators, young technology-oriented companies find favorable starting conditions to develop innovative technologies together with universities and research institutions. Numerous spin-offs from the universities make Berlin one of the most sought-after start-up metropolises in Europe.

Research landscape and science policy

With the joint innovation strategy innoBB 2025, the States of Berlin and Brandenburg are strengthening the innovation dynamics of the capital region.

Further information

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Berlin Business Portal

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Senate Department

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Science portal

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