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Luxembourg allocates largest R&D budget per person in the EU

Government budget allocation for R&D.

The highest Research & Development allocations were recorded in Luxembourg.

How much does Luxembourg government allocate for R&D? How does it compare with other EU countries?

According to Eurostat, Luxembourg devoted the highest allocations in the EU with €648 per person in 2020. In comparison, government budget allocations for R&D at an EU level stood at €225 per person.

Research & Development a priority for Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s commitment to investing in R&D is partly motivated by the fact that the research ecosystem is the main catalyst for the country to seize new opportunities for sustainable and responsible development. Research Luxembourg generates the innovations that can improve the quality of life of tomorrow.

What our researchers say

The Luxembourg government has made research, development and higher education one of the cornerstones of the nation’s vision for the future.

Here are what our young researchers have to say about the commitment of the country in investing in research

Dr Chiara Amorino

“I strongly recommend Luxembourg as a research destination. Research infrastructures are very good, they show the strong commitment of the country in investing in research.”

Dr Sunday Ojochegbe Okutachi

“The country invests heavily in obtaining state-of-the-art equipment in biomedical research. Consequently, researchers are able to carry out their work with minimal hassle. Indeed, the commitment of the relevant authorities to make the country a leading scientific hub is highly commendable.”

Daniele Proverbio

“Researchers can benefit from competitive funding, state-of-the-art facilities and assistance for outreach and networking.

Dr Susheel Bhanu Busi

“The resources made available to researchers via the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) […] would be ideal for researchers at all career levels.”

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Luxembourg a leader in the EU for internet quality

What’s the digital quality of life like in Luxembourg? Where does the country stand in Europe and globally? The 2021 Digital Quality Life index assesses 110 countries on the quality of a digital well-being. The global research, which covers 90% of the global population, is calculated by looking at the impact of five core pillars:…

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The University of Luxembourg reached its highest ever score in research

The University of Luxembourg achieved its highest ever score in the categories of research and industrial income. In terms of international outlook, it scored an astounding 99.5. A research-oriented university With a score of 39.2 in the research category, The University of Luxembourg achieved its best performance ever. In comparison, it is on a par…

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University of Luxembourg: 20th top young university

Top three in international outlook category The University of Luxembourg performed particularly high in the international outlook category, coming in third position. Its overall score was 59.84 across the categories teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The Young University Rankings considers universities aged 50 or younger. The top spot was occupied by Nanyang…

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Digital Quality of Life Index 2021.

According to the 2021 Digital Quality of Life index, Luxembourg scores high globally in terms of internet quality, e-infrastructure and mobile broadband growth.

What’s the digital quality of life like in Luxembourg? Where does the country stand in Europe and globally?

The 2021 Digital Quality Life index assesses 110 countries on the quality of a digital well-being. The global research, which covers 90% of the global population, is calculated by looking at the impact of five core pillars: internet affordability, internet quality, e-infrastructure, e-security, and e-government.

Luxembourg ranks high in internet quality, e-infrastructure and mobile speed growth

For the first time, Luxembourg has taken part in the Digital Quality Life index. Overall, the country ranked 15th and 10th in Europe in the study conducted by cybersecurity company Surfshark.

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In the 2021 index, Luxembourg has the highest internet quality in the EU and the sixth highest in the world. The country also has the fastest mobile speed growth in the world and the second highest mobile internet stability.

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As for e-infrastructure, Luxembourg ranks 9th globally, behind Germany and ahead of the UK.

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What our researchers say

A post doctoral researcher in the Bioinformatics Core group of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg, Dr Soumyabrata Ghosh highlighted the high digital quality of life in Luxembourg.

“I like Luxembourg a lot. It is a nice and welcoming place to stay. Life is peaceful and internet bandwidth is high.”

Dr Soumyabrata Ghosh, researcher in the Bioinformatics Core group of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg

Read Soumyabrata Ghosh‘s complete interview.

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Luxembourg allocates largest R&D budget per person in the EU

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Luxembourg – a strong innovator

On the 2021 European Innovation Scoreboard, which assesses the performance of countries in the field of innovation, Luxembourg is a strong innovator and stands out in attractive research system, human resources, intellectual assets indicators. Second most attractive research system Luxembourg ranks second most attractive research system, after Switzerland. Luxembourg scores particularly high on Foreign doctorate students,…

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Towards 2030: How Luxembourg is transforming?

Second largest patenting country per 100,000 inhabitants According to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2021 and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, R&D personnel rose from 9.34 per 1,000 inhabitants to 9.60 between 2020 and 2021. As such, Luxembourg ranks 5th in this respect. In the same vein, the number of scientific articles published in Luxembourg increased…

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The University of Luxembourg reached its highest ever score in research

Times Higher Education Rankings.

The University of Luxembourg ranks among the top 18% of universities evaluated in the new World University Ranking 2022 published by Times Higher Education.

The University of Luxembourg achieved its highest ever score in the categories of research and industrial income. In terms of international outlook, it scored an astounding 99.5.

A research-oriented university

With a score of 39.2 in the research category, The University of Luxembourg achieved its best performance ever. In comparison, it is on a par with Politecnico di Milano and Pompeu Fabra University.

Its ambition to produce top-class research output, addressing society’s challenges through interdisciplinary approaches is paying off.

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A world leader in international outlook

Standing at 99.5 in the International Outlook category, the University of Luxembourg confirms its leadership in the world.

This area is based on the ability of a university to attract undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty from all over the planet is key to its success on the world stage. Another indicator calculates the proportion of a university’s total relevant publications that have at least one international co-author and reward higher volumes.

A top 300 university

In the World University Rankings, the University of Luxembourg ranks among the 251-300 best universities among the top 1,662 universities worldwide.

The world ranking of universities is based on scores assigned in five categories: Teaching, Research, Citations, Industry income, International outlook.

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University of Luxembourg: 20th top young university

University Rankings.

The University of Luxembourg has been ranked 20th in the 2021 World Young University Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE).

Top three in international outlook category

The University of Luxembourg performed particularly high in the international outlook category, coming in third position.

Its overall score was 59.84 across the categories teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The Young University Rankings considers universities aged 50 or younger. The top spot was occupied by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Paris Sciences et Lettres, in France, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The 2021 ranking includes more than 450 universities, up from 414 in 2020. The ranking is based on the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, using weightings adjusted to the characteristics of younger universities.

Among the world’s best 250 universities

In the World University Rankings, the University of Luxembourg stands at 201-250 among the top 1,527 universities worldwide. In addition, the university ranks among the top 25% of universities in the categories Teaching, Research and Citations.

THE World University Rankings are one of the most important university rankings worldwide. Indeed, it evaluates the strengths of universities in the categories Teaching, Research, International Outlook, Industry Income and Citations based on 13 performance indicators.

International to the core

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is located on three campuses, in Belval, Kirchberg and Limpertsberg. The university brings together 6,783 students, including nearly 5,000 full-time students, who span some 130 different nationalities.

The University of Luxembourg is strongly research-oriented. It has a distinctly international outlook and its ambition is to produce top-class research output, addressing society’s challenges. It conducts cutting-edge research across multiple fields in its three faculties and three interdisciplinary research centres.

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Research Luxembourg takes part in Beyond UNIVERSEH

UNIVERSEH focuses on the development of educational activities and innovative collaborations in the European space sector. The University of Luxembourg is a member of the UNIVERSEH consortium, which also includes Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi Pyrénées (France), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf […]

Research Luxembourg and government together during the pandemic

On 5 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel and Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Taskforce met to discuss the milestones of their collaboration while looking at the actions carried out and to come. Mobilising research towards the […]

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Luxembourg – a strong innovator

Attractive research system.

The European innovation scoreboard 2021 shows that Luxembourg’s strengths lie in attractive research systems, human resources and intellectual assets. The top-3 indicators include foreign doctorate students, trademark applications, and international scientific co-publications.

On the 2021 European Innovation Scoreboard, which assesses the performance of countries in the field of innovation, Luxembourg is a strong innovator and stands out in attractive research system, human resources, intellectual assets indicators.

Second most attractive research system

Luxembourg ranks second most attractive research system, after Switzerland.

Luxembourg scores particularly high on Foreign doctorate students, Employment in knowledge-intensive activities, Population with tertiary education, Trademark applications, Lifelong learning, and International scientific co-publications.

EU keeps on improving innovation performance

The 2021 edition of the innovation scoreboard shows that Europe’s innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. Overall, the EU has improved its innovation performance by 12.5% since 2014. There is continued convergence within the EU, with lower-performing countries growing faster than higher-performing ones, therefore closing the innovation gap among them. 

The European innovation scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours.

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Towards 2030: How Luxembourg is transforming?

Luxembourg 2030

Luxembourg 2030 is underway. The Covid-19 crisis marked a slowdown on the macroeconomic level. This situation should partially change Luxembourg’s trajectory, particularly by accelerating the efforts undertaken in recent years. Thus, the economic recovery is set to focus on five growth niches, including research and development and innovation

Second largest patenting country per 100,000 inhabitants

According to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2021 and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, R&D personnel rose from 9.34 per 1,000 inhabitants to 9.60 between 2020 and 2021. As such, Luxembourg ranks 5th in this respect.

In the same vein, the number of scientific articles published in Luxembourg increased from 814 to 869.

Finally, when it comes to patents, Luxembourg is a highly attractive country. Indeed, it ranks second, behind Switzerland, for the number of patents held per 100,000 inhabitants.

Five growth niches

Luxembourg has given a new impetus to its strategy and carried out ambitious projects to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness of its economy and industries. Ensuring that the pension system is sustainable, maintaining an attractive legislative framework and strengthening social cohesion are all among the projects that Luxembourg is taking on. The main stake for the the country’s economy is to anticipate the economic world of tomorrow.

Five growth niches have been identified, with the aim of developing internationally competitive clusters based on the model of the Financial Centre.

The Luxembourg five growth niches:

biomedicine & health technologies

renewable energies & eco-technologies

logistics

space technologies

information & telecommunication technologies

The development of new growth niches should lead to a more diversified economy, of which the international financial centre would continue to be the major driver. The country’s infrastructure challenges and steady population growth will reinforce the need for greater interconnections with the Greater Region. The country should by then have become a European leader in digitalisation.

Making digitalisation happen

Digitalisation is one of the cornerstones of the global economy. For now, companies and countries at different stages of the digital transition for now. In this respect, Luxembourg has the potential to successfully complete its digital transition.

In particular, it can count on a strong orientation towards the service sector and, more generally, the structure of the different sectors of activity supporting the use of digital technologies as a supplement rather than as a substitute. According to LISER’s “Les cahiers de la Grande Région #4”, the digital transition and Work 4.0 as a whole could increase GDP per capita by 1.7% and employment by 1.0% in Luxembourg. The effect on employment would be spread between replacing 13% of jobs, creating 4.5% of digital jobs and 9.5% of non-digital jobs.

Sources from LISER’s Les relations entre l’Ostbelgien, la Wallonie et le Grand-Duché : vers un «Grand Luxembourg» ? and Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce TURNING THE CRISIS INTO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPETITIVENESS

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