Brain City Berlin

Brain City Berlin

Innovation doesn’t just happen – it is the end product of a long, arduous process of research and development. When embarking on a new project, it certainly doesn’t hurt to build up a sound network of specialists to get the go-around. Berlin, with its high density of researchers and students (more than 175,000 registered students and over 30,000 employees in Research and Development as of 2016) is the perfect hotbed of activity to see your ideas come to life.

International Connections

More than one million people with migrant backgrounds have decided to set up camp in Berlin and benefit from its diversity of expertise and open research atmosphere. This is not surprising, given that around a quarter of the 180,000 Berlin companies have an international character and most research institutions work in international teams.

In 2017 more than 36.000 students came from abroad, making up around 20 percent of all students in Berlin. Most foreign students came from China, Russia und the USA. There are many cooperative projects with partner universities from around the world and interdisciplinary networks supporting the international exchange in research and science.

Attractive employment market for scientists 

The science industry in Berlin doesn’t just educate talented scientists, but is also one of the largest employers. Over 30,000 people are active in research and development and work at universities, non-university research institutions and research companies.

An overview of the job vacancies in the Berlin science industry and in research companies can be found  here.

Diverse TOP-level research landscape

Berlin boasts one of Europe’s largest and most diverse higher education landscapes to study at, collaborate or synergize:

  • 4 Universities
  • 7 Universities of applied science
  • 4 art colleges + institutes
  • 23 state-recognized private universities and colleges and
  • 70 non-university research institutes
Info Graphic Universities in Berlin

In international rankings, Berlin’s science continually reaches the top. The FU Berlin made it to the top 100 of the “Times Higher Education,” the British academic magazine’s influential ranking. The university ranking by the British agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) named the capital to one of the most popular study locations world wide.

Info Graphic Research Institutes in Berlin


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