Science and innovation

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Science at the highest level

In the 2021/22 winter semester, more than 200,000 students opted for the courses offered by the internationally renowned Berlin universities and colleges. Berlin enjoys global popularity as a place to study: 22% of its students come from abroad. They come to be part of one of the largest and most diverse centres for science and research in Europe:

  • 4 universities plus 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, unites the medical institutions of the Humboldt-Universität and the Freie Universität.

The “Berlin University Alliance” of the Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität and Technische Universität was recognised as an alliance of excellence by the Federal and State governments as part of the excellence strategy.

(Quelle: Berlin Business Location Center, 2022)

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. Innovation funding

The city’s technology parks and business incubators offer young technology-oriented companies favourable conditions for developing innovative technologies in partnership with the city’s universities and research facilities. Numerous spin-offs from universities have made Berlin one of Europe’s most sought-after hot spots for start-ups.

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.

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Business portal Berlin

Information on Berlin as a location for science and research in the Berlin Business Location Center business portal More information

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Senate Department

Information from the Senate Department for Higher Education and Research, Health, Long-Term Care and Gender Equality More information

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Science portal

Brain City: Discover the multi-faceted Science Metropolis More information