Science Region Bonn
The Bonn region is characterised by an attractive university landscape, international research institutions, important national institutions of science policy, administration and promotion 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 about 200 courses of study. As a full university with seven faculties, it offers Bachelor's and Master's degree courses for more than 38,000 students, of which approximately 5,000 are international, some of them part-time. The university has around 6,400 employees, including 555 professors. Together with the University Hospital Bonn, which has around 5,000 employees, it is one of the largest employers in the region. 80 partner universities worldwide represent the excellent international network.
Since 2019, the university has been a university of excellence with its six clusters of excellence and its successful overall concept. Among other things, this status enables the university to expand its international position and to better recruit scientists and scholars. The City of Bonn supports the University of Bonn in its projects by means of a joint Memorandum of Understanding, which regulates the basis for cooperation and its development. The Economic Development Agency cooperates closely with the University, among other things in the areas of career counselling, start-up and innovation promotion and sustainability research.
Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Founded in 1995, the university has around 9,000 students and around 1,000 employees, including 150 professors. It currently offers 36 bachelor and master courses in Sankt Augustin, Rheinbach and Hennef. More than half of its approximately 1,100 graduates per year remain in the region. The Centre for Science and Technology Transfer ZWT promotes cooperation with companies and organisations and advises on funding programmes and exploitation aspects. The Bonn Economic Development Agency works closely with the ZWT and the CENTIM (Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small and Medium-Sized Businesses). Through the Campus to World project of the federal and state funding initiative "Innovative University", activities in knowledge transfer are being expanded in order to network the university with business and society in the region.
The Alanus University of Art and Society is a state-recognised art school in Alfter and part of the Bonn art scene. The university currently has around 1,500 students and 200 employees and offers 27 full and part-time courses. In the economics department contacts with local companies are being developed.
The RheinAhrCampus Remagen is one of three locations of the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz. The strong practical orientation of the studies and the imparting of interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of "Mathematics and Technology" as well as "Economics and Social Sciences" prepare the approximately 3,000 students in about 20 study courses for the job market. As a regional innovation and service centre, the campus is integrated into the regional health network and the science region.
Six Fraunhofer Institutes with locations in Bonn, Sankt Augustin, Wachtberg and Euskirchen and around 1,200 employees stand for top non-university research in the field of information and communication 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. With the University of Bonn, the RWTH Aachen and the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute Centre Birlinghoven is part of the Bonn-Aachen International Centre for Information Technology. The new Cyber Security course at the University of Bonn was developed in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute FKIE. The Economic Development Department strengthens the cooperation between the institutes by actively participating in boards of trustees of FKIE and the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI.
Bonn is the seat of both national and international science policy and of the major German science funding and intermediary organisations. These include the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with its first official seat and the Joint Science Conference (GWK).