"Innovative technologies can only be developed and brought to market through close co-operation between the worlds of business and science" Prof. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of the University of Heidelberg
"The welfare of our entire region is dependent upon the welfare of the local economy" Dr. Gerhard Vogel, president of the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce
"Our region should become a model for a sustainable, climate and environmentally friendly energy supply system" Dr. Georg Müller, CEO of MVV Energie AG
Pursuit of knowledge, steeped in tradition
The pursuit of scientific knowledge in the MRN has an almost unrivalled longstanding tradition. Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, founded in 1386, is Germany's oldest university. Today, around 89,000 students are enrolled at 22 institutes of further education in the region. Numerous Nobel Laureates past and present have a biographical or scientific connection with the region. National and international ranking lists regularly confirm the excellence of these academic institutions. In the MRN, there are twice as many people employed in the field of research than there are in the rest of Germany. University and non-university institutes enjoy a world-wide reputation and uphold a prolific transfer of knowledge with the production industry.