Cologne: An epicentre for science, technology and academic inquiry

Cologne is one of the most important and innovative science hubs in Germany and in the heart of Europe. Numerous institutes from all disciplines conduct internationally recognised cutting-edge research in a wide range of scientific disciplines. A combination of interdisciplinary research, highly qualified specialists and an innovative startup ecosystem makes Cologne the ideal location for companies with strong research and development capabilities.

22.00 Institutions of higher education in Cologne
12.00 Research centres
14000.00 Graduates/year

14,000 skilled graduates every year

More than 100,000 students live in Cologne which makes it the third-largest student city in Germany. Most of these are studying at the University of Cologne – established in 1388 and one of the largest universities in the whole of Germany where some 50,000 students are enrolled.  

The largest public university of applied sciences in Germany also has its home in Cologne.  Around 25,000 students are enrolled at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences.  Cologne also boasts two of the largest European schools in the areas of sport and music with the German Sport University (DSHS) and the University of Music and Dance. 

More than 14,000 highly qualified graduates enter the labour market every year.  Most of them start their careers in the region and therefore represent a significant factor when it comes to location for companies based in Cologne.

Excellent academic network

Cologne has an extensive network of non-university research centres including four Max Planck institutes with a range of disciplines from the biology of ageing and metabolism, to plant breeding and social research. The city’s scientific ambitions are not constrained by gravity either! The European Astronaut Centre, located at the European Space Agency (ESA), prepares astronauts for their missions in space. Cologne is also home to the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), one of Germany's biggest research centres

International corporations such as LANXESS, INEOS and Ford as well as hidden champions like Courage + Khazaka Electronic, Igus and Schwank also enrich Cologne as a centre for R&D focussed industries.