The state, the universities and the research institutions are working together in partnership to further develop North Rhine-Westphalia as a competitive location for science and research. Basic research and applied research and development (R&D) are on an equal footing, as both contribute to scientific knowledge gain and to the innovative strength of the state.
With 70 universities, around 770,000 students and more than 50 non-university research institutions, North Rhine-Westphalia has the densest science and research landscape in Europe. In addition, there are around 100 research institutes located at the universities, as well as 7 medical faculties and university medical centres.
Through higher education legislation that is committed to the guiding principle of university autonomy, the state is reinforcing the independent creative potential of the universities and thus creating an important prerequisite for successfully developing North Rhine-Westphalia as a key science location.