Higher education and research

Higher education and research

Leipzig is home to a wide range of higher education and research. The city’s Healthcare and Biotech Cluster includes two universities and a university hospital as well as several esteemed research centers. Powered by a 41,000-strong workforce, it also has another 6,000 students and trainees waiting in the wings – your future employees, perhaps?

Leipzig is home to a wide range of higher education and research. The city’s Healthcare and Biotech Cluster includes two universities and a university hospital as well as several esteemed research centers. Powered by a 41,000-strong workforce, it also has another 6,000 students and trainees waiting in the wings – your future employees, perhaps?

Research institutions

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Laborfoto / Research

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Leipzig is a nucleus of innovative research offering plenty of scope for collaboration with its thriving research base. Pioneering research in areas such as the life sciences, energy, environmental technology, and ICT is driven by synergistic cooperation between research institutes, higher education, the manufacturing sector, and the City of Leipzig. Economics meets science meets economics – that’s how Leipzig works! It goes without saying that research is high on the agenda at Leipzig University and the HTWK Leipzig University of Applied Sciences. The prestigious research centers in the Healthcare and Biotech Cluster include three Max Planck Institutes, two Fraunhofer Institutes, two Helmholtz Centers, five Leibniz Institutes, three ZUSE Institutes, and the BBZ Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Some of them are introduced in more detail below.

BBZ Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine

The BIO NET building photogriphed from the street

BBZ

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The BBZ is based at BIO CITY LEIPZIG, which was founded in 2003 as part of a biotechnology drive spearheaded by the government of Saxony. The BBZ has an R&D program addressing future therapy and diagnostics. Its research groups combine cutting-edge technology and methodological solutions from molecular cell biology and genetics with nanotechnology, biophysics, pharmacy, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and biomedical engineering. The BBZ includes departments from six faculties at Leipzig University, the second-oldest university in Germany. Teaching 150 degree programs in subjects ranging from biotech to digital humanities to over 31,000 students in 14 faculties, the university’s strategic research areas include Sustainable Foundations for Life and Health. Among the BBZ’s neighbors at BIO CITY LEIPZIG are the iDiv German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the IZI Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology.

HTWK Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

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HTWK

Swen Reichhold/HTWK Leipzig

… is distinguished by its particularly wide range of disciplines in engineering, technology and life sciences as well as its emphasis on practical teaching and research since 1992.
Its high standard of research excellence is underlined by externally funded research projects totalling some €15 million annually. Attended by about 6,500 students, HTWK is one of Germany’s  top-ranking universities of applied sciences.

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

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HHL

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Originally founded in 1898, HHL is Germany’s oldest business school, and still the country’s most popular center of management training. Focusing on entrepreneurship and leadership, it has a proven track record of being at the forefront of change and transformation. Since being re-established in the 1990s, HHL graduates have been responsible for over 350 startups and the creation of an astonishing 40,000 jobs. HHL is known for its strong sense of community and international spirit with 780 students from more than 50 countries. And it’s also known for the Leipzig Leadership Model, which advocates moving away from short-term profits and focusing on responsibility and sustainability. One of HHL’s MBA programs is called Leadership for Experts in Medicine and Healthcare. Taught by the Center for Healthcare Management and Regulation, it’s been devised to help medical graduates change their career path while harnessing their experience by switching to a management role in the healthcare sector.

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Leipzig: The Meeting place

Above the roofes of Leipzig. In the front the university library and the federal administrative court. In the back the Panaroma Tower and the new town hall

Panorama

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The City always offers visitors a warm welcome and has a wide variety of options for hosting conventions and other events. Find out more about the venues available.

Infrastructure

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Next3D

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Leipzig has an outstanding infrastructure in the areas essential to life science projects such as networking, research incubators, and funding for startups. What’s more, most of its research institutes are within walking distance of each other. But should you need to travel further afield, it also has a superb transport infrastructure.

Place to be

Augustusplatz in Leizig with the Panaorame Tower and the Gewandhaus in the back

Cultural city

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You might be surprised to learn what a great city Leipzig is to live in! Affordable rents, plenty of parks and other green spaces, a fascinating arts scene, and no shortage of charming places for a drink and a meal when the day’s work is done – no wonder it’s especially attractive to young people!

Hub of innovation

3D-Model of the new building for the Center for Mediacal Innovation

CMI

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There’s a spirit of innovation in Leipzig that translates life-changing ideas into reality. Learn about the biotech cluster and the startup scene in Leipzig – and how they come together in the quest for new medicines.

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