Education and science hold back innovation potential

Germany falls from fourth to sixth place in the "innovation indicator" of the german telekom foundation and the federation of german industries (BDI). Switzerland, singapore and sweden take first place.

Business is the driving force behind innovation, study finds. It improves in its partial ranking from sixth to fourth place. Measured against the rather low level of investment and despite all the difficulties, germany has "a comparatively high innovation performance," the mayor emphasized.

The sub-sectors of science and education are only ranked 11th and 17th in the comparison. Despite the billion-euro excellence initiative for universities, which has been running for seven years, the conclusion is: "the structures of the science system stand in the way of a more efficient use of funds and drive many young scientists abroad, where their careers can be planned more securely."

With the exception of vocational training, there is a "need for reform in the entire education chain: from kindergarten to university and into further training in companies".

The study takes a special look at the most innovative and most populous federal state in germany. Baden-wurttemberg’s economic and scientific successes put it in second place in the ranking, right behind switzerland. North rhine-westphalia is weak, coming in at only 13th place, but scores well in education with 9th place – well above the overall german figure. In the next year, the innovation capability of all federal states will be examined.

Numerous individual indicators were included in the study, including factors such as value added per hour worked and business sentiment.

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