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Strong science and efficient cooperation

Strong science and efficient cooperation

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With regards to the economic utilization of research results, Europe is far behind the USA. This »European paradox« applies to Saxony, too. With four universities (Dresden University of Technology as »University of Excellence«), five technical universities, sixteen Fraunhofer Institutes, six Max-Planck Institutes, six Leibniz Institutes, two Helmholtz Centres and forty industrial research institutes, Saxony has an outstanding research environment with an excellent international reputation. Compared to the universities in other German states the Saxon universities register the most patents.

However, the existing knowledge still has far too little influence on Saxony's economy.

To better exploit the existing potential in this regard, the transfer of knowledge and technology from science to business must be further increased. The innovation strategy therefore includes a number of measures that are meant to strengthen the cooperation between the research institutions and companies in Saxony.


Research and development in Saxony

Seventh place among the most innovative regions in Europe: According to the newest statistical data, the expenses for R&D in comparison to the gross domestic product in Saxony increased from 2.88 % (2010) to 2.92 % (2011) (the national average increased from 2.8 % to 2.91 %). The Free State of Saxony is getting closer and closer to the European Union's goal of increasing the expenditures for research and development to 3 % of the gross domestic product.

R&D cooperation partners and their significance

R&D cooperation partners (in %, 2009) and their significance (1 - very important, 6 - insignificant)Icon zoom in

Source: Institute for Employment Research (2011): IAB project report: Innovations in the Free State of Saxony: Empirical findings, results from the project “Innovations in Saxony”

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