Statue of Wilhelm von Humboldt in front of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which was founded in 1809. Photo: photosite - fotolia.com
Welcome to Berlin – the metropolis of science Students and researchers define Berlin's image and develop exciting new concepts A high density of research, diversity, and excellence – Berlin is the city of the sciences. More than 170,000 students are currently enrolled in its top-notch educational institutions. Four universities and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, seven universities of applied sciences, four arts academies and over 30 private universities make Berlin one of the largest hubs for the sciences in Europe. For international top researchers, the two elite universities in the city – Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – are among the most attractive research locations in Germany. Furthermore, 70 non-university research institutions are also active in the fields of basic and applied research. Among them are the Who's Who of German research organizations: the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, and the Fraunhofer Society. Science is a part of the city's core identity Berlin's eminent science and research landscape forms the strong backbone of the city as an international metropolis. More than 1,700 collaborations connect Berlin's universities with partner universities all over the world and ensure an active transfer of knowledge. Around 17 percent of students come from overseas, most of them from China, Russia, and the US. In total, that makes 30,000 young minds who contribute greatly to forging the character of the city with their creativity and fresh ideas. The Einstein Foundation Berlin creates the prerequisites which enable both top-ranking domestic and international scientists and scholars as well as promising young talent to work in Berlin and continue to strengthen Berlin's position as a science hub. Science and business, hand in hand One of Berlin's most important characteristics is the close meshing of science and business. Mature and growing networks such as Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and the Enterprise Europe Network Berlin Brandenburg ensure that companies are able to find the right research partners. In ten technology parks and eight startup centers, young technology-oriented companies will find favorable starting conditions allowing them to collaborate with universities and non-university research institutions to develop the technologies of tomorrow. Ultimately, it is the numerous new spin-offs founded straight out of its universities which make Berlin one of the most coveted metropolises in Europe for start-ups.