Hesse has a well-established system of state and private universities and productive non-university research institutions. Promoting education, research and science is the focus of Hesse’s state policy and an important investment in the future.

The state government has extended the autonomy of the universities by strengthening their scientific and economic independence. This extended scope ensures that national and international competitiveness is sustained long-term. Universities are financed via product budgets – individual budgets are parameter-driven and allocated globally. Strategic development management entails setting target agreements, each of which covers a five-year period.