The Global Competitiveness Report of 2016-2017 released by the World Economic Forum ranks Belgium, and Flanders as a region, at the top of the charts in R&D, innovation and collaboration between industry, academic and governmental institutions. The rankings tell the tale, as Belgium is:
- the 4th highest-scoring nation globally in innovation;
- 6th worldwide for quality scientific research centers;
- 9th worldwide for collaboration between industries and universities;
- the European #1 for cooperation between science and SMEs.
the 13th most innovative economy in the world.
(Sources: ZEW, Center for European Economic Research, Manheim, Innovation Indicator, 2014; Innovations Indikator 2015; Community Innovation Survey 2012, Bloomberg Innovation Index 2017).