Science Region Bonn
The Bonn region is characterized by an attractive higher education landscape, international research institutions, major national science policy, administration and funding institutions and large research departments of companies and federal institutions. It is one of the leading locations for science, research and innovation.
University of Bonn
The 200-year-old Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an internationally operating, cooperation- and focus-oriented research university with a broad range of currently around 200 degree programs. As a comprehensive university with seven faculties, it offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, some of them part-time, for more than 35,000 students, including about 3,500 international students. Of the approximately 7,000 doctoral students, 2,000 are from abroad. The university has around 6,000 employees, including 545 professors. Together with Bonn University Hospital, which employs around 8,000 people, it is one of the largest employers in the region. 80 partner universities worldwide represent the excellent international networking.
Since 2019, the university, with its six clusters of excellence and successful overall concept, has been a university of excellence. Among other things, this status enables the university to expand its international position and better recruit scientists*. The City of Bonn supports the University of Bonn in its projects through a joint Memorandum of Understandig, which regulates the basis of cooperation and its development. The Economic Development Department cooperates closely with the university, among other things in the areas of career counseling, start-up and innovation promotion, and sustainability research. To this end, it works together with the university's Transfer Center enaCom. The cooperation of enaCOM with the Digital Hub Region Bonn makes start-up activities even more visible centrally in downtown Bonn.
Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Founded in 1995, the university has around 9,500 students and about 1,000 employees, including 150 professors. It currently offers 38 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Sankt Augustin, Rheinbach and Hennef. More than half of its approximately 1,200 graduates stay in the region each year. The Center for Science and Technology Transfer (ZWT) promotes cooperation with companies and organizations and advises on funding programs and exploitation aspects. The Bonn Economic Development Agency works closely with the ZWT and the CENTIM (Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs) and supports the Start-up-Manufaktur. This is an initiative of the SUPRA project (Start-up Program Rheinbach Sankt Augustin), which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the EXIST program. Through the Campus to World project of the federal-state funding initiative "Innovative University", activities in the area of knowledge transfer are being expanded in order to network the university with business and society in the region.
The Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences is a state-recognized art university with two locations (in Alfter and Mannheim) and part of the Bonn art scene. The university currently has around 1,900 students and 235 employees (including 77 professors) and offers 27 full- and part-time degree programs. In the Department of Business and Economics, contacts with local companies are being expanded.
The RheinAhrCampus Remagen is one of three locations of the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. The strong practical orientation of the studies and the teaching of interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of "Mathematics and Technology" and "Economics and Social Sciences" prepare the approximately 2,900 students in around 20 study programs for the job market. As a regional innovation and service center, the campus is integrated into the regional health network and the science region and also offers numerous part-time distance learning courses.
Six Fraunhofer Institutes with locations in Bonn, Sankt Augustin, Wachtberg and Euskirchen and around 1,200 employees stand for non-university cutting-edge research in the field of ICT technologies and form an interface between science and industry. They cooperate with local institutions and work in areas such as security research, sensor technology, data analysis and optimization. Together with the University of Bonn, RWTH Aachen University and Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Birlinghoven Institute Center is part of the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology. The new Cyber Security degree program at the University of Bonn was created in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute FKIE. The Economic Development Agency strengthens cooperation between the institutes through active participation in boards of trustees of FKIE and the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI.
Bonn is both the seat of national and international science policy and of Germany's major science funding and intermediary organizations. These include, among others, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with its first office and the Joint Science Conference (GWK).