The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region contains the highest density of universities and research institutes in Germany, with more than 240,000 students attending 16 universities and 40 universities of applied sciences. A third of these study engineering or natural sciences. Companies in the German capital region of Berlin-Brandenburg have access to 300 research institutes. These include the Fraunhofer Group, the Max-Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association. Research and development projects learn special attention in the State of Brandenburg. Cooperation between industry and research institutes are supported with high subsidies.

The European University Viadrina is undoubtedly one of the beacons of the European university setup. The institution with a 500 year history was re-established in 1991. Today it is lyceum of more than 6,300 students coming from more than 100 countries from all over the world. Internationalism is a top priority at Viadrina University. Its faculties of Cultural Studies, Law and Economics focus on providing an education that is interdisciplinary and internationally orientated. As well as the historical main building, the university campus also comprises ultramodern teaching facilities in the Auditorium Maximum and the Gräfin-Dönhoff building. “Viadukt”, the annual recruitment and training fair, brings together international companies and students. This is where future careers and potential partnerships are launched and initiated. A lot of creative minds are studying at the Viadrina University. They are accompanied and supported by the universities own business incubator. Many young start-ups have already been founded here. In several national and international competitions, the university was placed among the top medium-sized universities and has been awarded for its great start-up environment. Therefore, the university is an integral part of the region that accommodates many international companies.

The IHP – Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics conducts At IHP – Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics more than 320 employees from 23 countries are working on one common goal: the development of innovations. IHP conducts research and development of silicon-based systems and ultra high-frequency circuits and technologies including new materials. It develops innovative solutions for application areas such as wireless and broadband communication, security, medical technology, industry 4.0, automotive industry, and aerospace. The institute has become an internationally recognized competence center for silicon/germanium technologies. One particular strength of the IHP is the development of prototypes and small series on its pilot line using high performance SiGe-BiCMOS technologies. The IHP bridges the gap between universities and industry e.g. through creating Joint Labs with universities in the region Berlin- Brandenburg. The new building was established in the Technology Park Ostbrandenburg in 1999 and comprises more than 6000 m² of research usable surface area as well as a category class 1 clean room including an own pilot-line. In 2013 a new annex building containing space for 70 additional workstations. Currently, the 1,000 m² class 1 clean room becomes an enlargement (see red visualisation).