The "Research and Innovation" and "Higher Education" departments of the Ministry for Higher Education and Research are in charge of defining, coordinating and implementing research and development (R&D) and innovation related policies for the public sector.
The "Research and Innovation" service defines, coordinates and implements Luxembourg's policy on public research. It encourages the concentration of the national R&D effort on a limited number of themes with clear potential for Luxembourg. The department encourages and promotes the establishment of public-private partnerships, with a view to establish scientific and technological centres of excellence in Luxembourg. In addition, it manages the Higher Committee for Research and Innovation in collaboration with the Ministry of the Economy. The objective of the department is also to promote entrepreneurship, technology transfer and innovation.
The department coordinates multi-annual programmes for public R&D actors:
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The department is also one of the founding members of Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research.
The department coordinates a policy for the valorisation of public research results by encouraging, for example, the establishment of public-private partnerships for R&D and innovation, knowledge transfer and awareness-raising. One of the department’s priorities is the consolidation, mobility and enhancement of human resources that are necessary for the expansion of research on a national level. It is also responsible for promoting scientific and technological jobs and for raising the awareness of science and technology among the youth.
In addition, the department is responsible for the coordination and implementation of scientific and technological collaborations at the interregional, European and international levels. The service ensures Luxembourg’s representation in the committees in charge of R&D within the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Additionally, in order to fully benefit from Luxembourg joining the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2005, the department is overseeing a national action plan for space and aeronautical sciences and technologies.
The department particularly encourages the increased participation of Luxembourg actors in European scientific and technological cooperation programmes and initiatives through the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU.
The "Higher Education" department ensures the growth and sustainability of the higher education sector in Luxembourg. It is responsible for the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg International University Institute (IUIL) as well as for the training for Higher Technician Certificates (BTS).
The department is in charge of documentation and information on higher education, both in Luxembourg and internationally, and manages financial aid for higher education through the Centre for Documentation and Information on Higher Education (CEDIES). CEDIES is responsible for the management of student loans and scholarships, and provides information on universities and courses, student accommodation and the student status. It maintains close ties with student associations.
On a European level, the department is actively engaged in monitoring the Bologna Process. It has also appointed the Anefore Agency to manage the European Erasmus programme in Luxembourg. The department is in contact with the College of Europe in Bruges (BE) and in Natolin (PL) as well as with the European University Institute of Florence (IT).
In addition, the department is responsible for the official recognition and accreditation of university qualifications. It is also active in several committees, such as the National Consultancy Commission on Ethics for Life and Health Sciences. Finally, among the attributes of the department is the RESTENA Foundation (National Education Telematics Network) which operates the high-speed network of the education and research community in Luxembourg.
Minister for Higher Education and Research: Claude MEISCH
Department of Higher Education: Germain DONDELINGER
Department of Research: Pierre DECKER