We are a city packed with human capital
It’s all about people
Life is good in Flanders. Unemployment is low, productivity is high, trust in the economy is rising and the wounds of the financial crisis have healed almost completely. In the midst of these uplifting economic factors, you’ll find a highly trained and well motivated workforce.
Antwerp has its own university with a great number of spin-offs and start-ups located nearby. But the appeal of the city reacher a lot wider. Many young graduates come to Antwerp to start their careers and their lives.
|Euro / person employed|
|Prov. Antwerp||90 349|
|European Union||63 952|
An indicator for labour productivity is the gross domestic product per employed person. In order to make a comparison between different countries possible, the gross domestic product is expressed in ´purchasing power standard´ (purchasing power per capita).
The labour productivity in the province of Antwerp is higher than the Flemish, Belgian and EU averages.
Labour productivity in the province of Antwerp is lower than in the economic world centres of London, Luxembourg, Brussels and Paris. Hamburg too scores better than Antwerp. Labour productivity in Antwerp is higher than in the other German and French cities and in the Dutch cities.
Like the rest of Flanders, Antwerp is a Dutch-speaking city. The average Fleming, however, has a good command of several languages, most commonly English and French. However, many also have a command of German, Spanish and/or other languages. From an international perspective, language skills in Flanders are unique.
Highly skilled staff
Antwerp’s workforce is highly trained. Over 1 in 3 people aged between 25 and 64 have graduated from tertiary education. One university and several colleges in Antwerp educate nearly 40 000 students per year.
The university’s key research domains are in the fields of harbour & logistics, sustainability, science & engineering, and medical sciences.
In addition, Antwerp is home to a number of specialised knowledge centres linked to the university or the colleges.
Some differences between major cities underline this point:
|Degree higher education (in%)||Region|
|38,1||Province of Antwerp|
Source: Eurostat, 3/2016
Accreditations & Rankings
The University of Antwerp was the first Belgian university to receive the renowned and prestigious international AACSB accreditations as well as AMBA for its MBA-degree. Its executive MBA program (89th place) as well as its Master in Management (29th place) are also ranked in the yearly Financial Times rankings. The University of Antwerp attained 13th place as well in the top 50 universities under 50 years in 2015..
The university’s key research domains are in the fields of harbour & logistics, sustainability, science & engineering, and medical sciences. In addition, Antwerp is home to a number of specialised knowledge centres linked to the university or the colleges.
Frontline Research Domains
- Drug Discovery and Development
- Ecology and Sustainable Development
- Harbour, Transport and Logistics
- Infectious Diseases
- Materials Characterisation
- Socio-Economic Policy and Organisation
- Urban History and Contemporary Urban Policy
Expatriates and International Schools
Antwerp has four international schools specifically directed at the children of expatriates. They offer high-quality education paths from kindergarten up to and including a high school diploma offering access to the world’s top universities.
|DY Patil ABS||Joint venture between Indian and British international school|
|English language / Overseen by The University of Cambridge|
|The Antwerp International School (AIS)||English language / CIS and NEASC accredited|
|Da Vinci International School Antwerp||English language|
|Lycée Internationale d'Anvers||french language (can be combined with English or Dutch) / MEN and AEFE accredited|
Antwerp is the frontrunner in Belgium when it comes to knowledge-intensive high tech jobs.
There are 91,000 STEM employees (people with high tech jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics who are employed in all sectors, not just high-tech).
In the high tech industry, Antwerp is also in the fore. In the province of Antwerp there are 477,000 people with a final school certificate in the science and technology fields and/or people employed in this field – the highest number in
|Belgium||2 872||2 474||1 640||1 242|
|Flanders||1 690||1 441||999||751|
Over 15,000 people in the province of Antwerp work in research and development. That is over a quarter of all the people in Flanders employed in R&D.
|Number||Number FTE||% Active population||% Total employment|
|Belgium||94 424||62 895||1.94||2.09|
|Flanders||56 195||39 215||1.95||2.04|
|Antwerp province||15 195||11 235||1.98||2.11|
The province of Antwerp devotes 1.9 billion euros to research and development. That is 23% of the Belgian total and 37% of the Flemish total, which puts Antwerp in first place in Flanders.
|Million EUR||EUR / Resident||% GDP|
|Antwerp province||1 889||1 065.30||2.75|
The province of Antwerp is the frontrunner when it comes to the number of patent applications, with its 129 patent applications making up 25% of all such applications in Flanders. Over half of these patent applications were made by companies in the district of Antwerp.