Science, Research, Innovation

Ostrava has excellent research and development infrastructure including two major state universities and one private university, creating strong potential for innovative business ventures. According to data from the Czech Republic Technological Profile, Ostrava is home to 151 innovation companies.

  

Innovation processes, seen as the engine of competitiveness growth, play a major role in creating the image of the region and facilitating its positive development. In cooperation with the Moravian-Silesian Region, Ostrava is mightily striving to provide a base for new technologies and the development of modern technological procedures, supported by research and development.

The projects, such as the IT4Innovations or 4Medical Innovations Ostrava give a clear signal to investors that the region has been developing significantly in the area of the most advanced technologies and the centres of education, research and development. The Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava deals with the formation and strengthening of the innovative ecosystem and support of entrepreneurial activities of mainly the new but also the existing innovative companies.

The private sector and universities remain the two key pillars supporting and driving research and development. Private-sector companies in the Region have substantially increased their investment in research and development during recent years as you can see from the graph below. For an overview of innovative companies in the Moravian-Silesian Region and the city of Ostrava go HERE.

 

Source: Czech Statistical Office (April 2019), own processing

 

Universities

Thanks to 5 large traditional universities with 27,000 students, the region offers an educated workforce, in addition to excellent science and research facilities. Three of those universities with more than 22,000 students are situated directly in the city of Ostrava. The universities are aware that high-quality teaching must be based on high-quality research – so that students are taught by experts who are able to explain the very latest knowledge and trends in their fields. Highly qualified graduates command an excellent position on the job market.

 

More information about to find in the city Factsheet, Chapter 11 - Research, Development and Innovation, HERE.