Presentation of the Region
Upper Austria is located in the heart of Europe in Austria. The region is one of nine federal states in Austria. Itself the region is further divided into four quarters – Mühlviertel, Innviertel, Hausruckviertel and Traunviertel. Compared to the rest of Austria, 16.7% of the whole population of Austria are living in Upper Austria. This means in total numbers 1,482,095 inhabitants in 2019.
Upper Austria offers a number of Universities, universities of applied sciences, schools of live sciences, higher technical colleges and research centres. With an R&D quota of 3.46%, Upper Austria currently exceeds the Austrian average of 3.19% and the 2.06% average within the EU. By 2020, the R&D quota in Upper Austria should reach 4%. Regional government funding has been increased by € 8.5 million and is to be tripled in the period up to 2020.
Upper Austria can be characterized in a nutshell as a strong technology location with major industrial companies and innovative SMEs. As the nation’s leading export, technology and industrial region, Upper Austria offers everything that companies in international competition need in the shape of first-class infrastructure, qualified specialists, a creative environment and the highest living standards.
Upper Austria has locational advantages in the following areas in both a corporate and research regard: mechanical engineering and mechatronics, mobility, plastics, ICT & digitization, lightweight technology and logistics.
Upper Austria focuses on S3 and the rapid transfer of research results into business applications in order to place Upper Austria at the forefront of technological developments. We build on the existing strengths of our economy and support our leading companies in expanding their technological lead. Through early recognition of disruptive technologies and the rapid identification of areas of application, we can accelerate development of new business models to create future-proof jobs. We build on our existing regional and national networks and continue to drive internationalisation forward. Our objective is to think more in interdisciplinary approaches in order to make maximum use of the competences and expertise available in Upper Austria.
At the centre of #upperVISION2030 www.uppervision.at are people who are skilled and educated and represent a key location factor for Upper Austria. They form the basis for stable growth. In addition, there are key technologies and core competences that make Upper Austria independent of a particular industry or subject area. To meet future challenges, the existing core competencies and key technologies are being continuously developed and expanded. Digital transformation stands as an enabler for all business sectors. The three content-related fields of "Systems & technologies for people", "Efficient and sustainable industry & production" and "Connected and efficient mobility" follow with their respective thematic focuses.