The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is committed to bringing universities and industry even closer together. The education agenda within the engineering sciences has always focused on practical applications and work with R&D departments. The fast-moving dynamics of digitalization demand that even qualified engineers regularly retrain and acquire new qualiifications. So cooperation between industry and academic institutions is critical.
As a nation of engineers, Germany offers optimal conditions for foreign companies to invest. Last year, it attracted almost 1,000 production and technology projects from overseas investors.
Germany’s SMEs are just as important as the global market leaders. They will be responsible if Germany takes the lead in technologies such as robotics, smart medicine or 3D printing. And last but not least, the country’s central location plays a decisive role for foreign companies looking to invest. Germany offers prosperous regional metropolises, supported by stable infrastructure and a robust political and legal environment. The interaction of high-quality education, research investment and a central location forms the basis for Germany’s future success.