Hesse has an established system of state and private universities, coupled with high-performance non-university research facilities. The promotion of education, research and science is the foundation of Hesse’s regional politics and an important investment in the future.

The Land government has extended the autonomy of the universities by reinforcing their scientific and economic independence. This broadened capacity to act serves the purpose of safeguarding national and international competitiveness in the long term.

The non-university research facilities are integrated to a significant extent in these processes in the context of strategic partnerships.

The objective of university development planning is to establish prestigious research priorities at the universities as a competitive tool. At present, approximately 90 of these priorities have been established; they cover all relevant fields of science and increasingly involve interdisciplinary approaches that also focus on their application.

The enhanced intramural networking is reflected externally in the form of structured consortia. The knowledge-based, thematic collaboration between science and industry is put into practice in key areas according to the so-called ‘House of’ concept in the form of public-private partnerships.

Besides the House of Finance, the House of IT, the House of Logistics and Mobility and House of Pharma and Healthcare, which are already established, the House of Energy was launched in 2015.

A whole host of non-university research facilities is located in Hesse. It is regional policy’s avowed goal to interlink these institutes as closely as possible with the Land’s universities. The broad range of disciplines offered at non-university research facilities and their differing research structures are to be maintained and developed further.

Moreover, emphasis is placed on a sustainable, professional innovation policy and on fostering the transfer of knowledge and technology.