The Mazovia region is an area populated by more than 5 million inhabitants, in which the population of Warsaw is estimated to be 1.7 million. At the same time, the population of Warsaw constitutes more than 5 percent of Poland’s entire population and respectively, of country’s labour market.
Warsaw as a capital city is the biggest metropolitan area in Poland and has a significant impact on regional and national economics.
The GDP created in Warsaw in 2001 equalled about 61 percent of GDP of Mazovia region and 1/8 of the national GDP. The value of GDP per capita is about 3 times higher than Poland’s average, being much higher than in any other of the big cities in Poland.
In Warsaw one can notice a concentration of education activity, with over one third of the national scientific and technological potential.
Almost 250 000 young people are currently at schools of primary and secondary levels.
There are around 60 universities (public and private) with almost 300 000 students (almost 20 percent of all students in Poland). More than half of the private schools and universities have a business profile and 1/6 of the universities have scientific and R&D programs. The overall number of students in Warsaw has increased by 18.2 percent within the last two years.
In Mazovia there are 83 scientific institutes out of which 73 in Warsaw. These represent about one third of all Polish scientific institutes. There are also 42 other R&D centres in Mazovia out of which 38 in Warsaw representing about 40 percent of all Polish R&D centres. Together they have over 33 000 employees which constitutes a quarter of all Polish scientists and researchers. Warsaw also hosts 39 out of 80 Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Currently Warsaw is the focal point of the hi-tech industry of Poland with multiple centres of advanced technology, centres of excellence or academic pre-incubators.
One of the latest initiatives taken jointly by the Ministry of Science and Education and the Capital City of Warsaw is the Warsaw Science and Technology Park. It will be equipped with modern research and development infrastructure, allowing for the realization of innovative projects in the BIO-INFO-TECHNO fields, enabling the use of the enormous research and development potential that Warsaw possesses, as well as accelerating the growth of innovative companies and projects in the entire Mazovia region.