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Baden-Wrttemberg: research

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Baden-Wrttemberg views education, science and research as its most important investment for a secure future. As a region poor in natural resources, its most important capital are the skills and abilities of its population. Despite tight budgetary restrictions over recent years, expenditure on research has undergone a steady increase. According to an innovation index presented by the state Statistical Office in 2008, Baden-Wrttemberg came out on top of all the regions of the European Union in terms of its innovative drive. A study performed by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young verified Baden-Wrttemberg as the undisputed number one state on a nation-wide comparison in the key field of "Education and Research". Research expenditure well above the EU average Expenditure on research on development in Baden-Wrttemberg (according to the latest figures from 2008) accounts for 4.2% of the gross domestic product in 2005, placing it well above the EU average (1.9 %) and the German national average (2.5 %), and even well out in front of the USA (2.6 %). According to a survey by the European Statistical Agency Eurostat, among the 15 European regions ploughing the greatest proportion of the gross domestic product back into research and development in 2001 were the administrative district of Stuttgart in third place with 4.82% after Braunschweig (6.21 %) and Vstsverige/Sweden (5.27 %). The administrative district of Tbingen came seventh (4.22 %). Baden-Wrttemberg backing research More than one quarter of all outlay expended by German industry on research and development originates from Baden-Wrttemberg. This makes perfect sense, as the standard of living and incomes can only be sustained in the long term through the development of sophisticated products and their sale in world markets. The state Government implements a policy of intensive promotion of education, science and research. With nine universities, 25 state-run technical colleges, six teacher training colleges, eight art and music colleges, a film academy, a pop academy, nine vocational academies, seven non-state run scientific universities and eleven state-recognized technical colleges, Baden-Wrttemberg has more institutes of higher education than any other German state. More than 100 independent research institutes enjoy close links to the state's universities and colleges. Research interacting with practice Baden-Wrttemberg also offers a varied higher education landscape. The necessary conditions are in place to ensure that every inhabitant has the opportunity to achieve an education commensurate with their capability and inclination. In no other state of the Federal Republic of Germany today is there such a degree of research competence, from fundamental through to applied research, as in Baden-Wrttemberg. Just as important for the state Government are the promotion of technology transfer and the foundation of new businesses by university graduates or former employees of research institutes. Today, research scientists are working in Baden-Wrttemberg on all the most important future technologies, and have established an international reputation in their respective fields. These include, for instance, the Nobel Prize Winner Christiane Nsslein-Volhard, Klaus von Klitzing and Bert Sakmann. For companies aiming to settle in Baden-Wrttemberg, this dense research and development infrastructure offers a major advantage: Practically every field of industry or science will find qualified experts to assist them in one of the many institutes operating within the state. 1/1

Molecular biology lab, University of Heidelberg