The OstWestfalenLippe region

OstWestfalenLippe (OWL) is “at the top of North Rhine-Westphalia”. And not just in geographical terms: with 120,000 companies and a gross domestic product of EUR 60 billion, the region is one of the strongest commercial areas in Germany. When it’s OWL was named one of the winners in the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the distinction highlighted that OWL is among the strongest high-tech centers in Europe and safeguards production in Germany.

The regional economy is marked by a broad mix of industries, with a focus on the manufacturing sector. Medium-sized, family-run firms offer attractive working conditions and outstanding career opportunities. A dynamic research commnunity focused on the field of intelligent technical systems allows scientists to find interesting fields of activity – and offers companies direct access to cutting-edge research.

The cities of Bielefeld and Paderborn, mid-sized towns and rural areas are home to around two million people. Situated in central Germany, OWL is easily accessible by road, rail and air. With a wide variety of natural landscapes such as the Teutoburg Forest, historical old towns and an inviting social scene, it has something to suit every taste and lots to offer in terms of leisure.

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