Czech Republic

A science location with tradition

The South Moravian region with its centre Brno represents – next to Prague – the second largest centre of research and science in the Czech Republic. In 2008, more than 2% of all employees in the region worked in research and development, which puts the region in 2nd place in the country. South Moravia was the first region of the Czech Republic to systematically focus on support for innovation. It was also the first region to formulate a regional innovation strategy (RIS), leading to the development of infrastructure needed for innovation.

At present, there are five public universities and one state university, comprising 29 faculties with more than 60,000 full-time students enrolled. Part-time students and those engaged in postgraduate studies amount to another roughly 5,000 students. Next to Masaryk University Brno, the Brno University of Technology and the Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in particular constitute the scientific base of the region, which also hosts seven private universities. Every academic discipline (except theology) available in the Czech Republic is represented in the South Moravian metropolitan area.

Moreover, the Czech Academy of Sciences maintains 16 research institutions in Brno, with an emphasis on natural sciences. A number of non-public institutions oriented towards applied research strengthen the scientific base in such traditional industrial sectors as chemistry, engineering, electrical engineering and textiles. Most of the leading companies, including Honeywell Controls, Siemens, Vodafone Czech Republic or IBM Global Services Delivery Center Czech Republic, are located in the Czech Technological Park, which is a joint investment of the City of Brno and the British multinational company P&O and co-operates closely with Brno Polytechnic University. A long term co-operation of St. Anne’s Faculty Hospital with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, led to the setting-up of the International Clinical Research Center Brno.