The Canary Islands have two public universities, located on the two main islands: the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria. Between them, the two centres had, in 2009, a total of 44,562 students registered, of which over half were studying scientific or technical subjects.
The islands also offer a high teaching potential through public training programs tailored to specific business needs.
There are also training centers that combine the teaching of more traditional careers with new technologies. It is important to remember that, although the official language is Spanish, using English and German are widely spoken.
The Canary Islands are the Spanish region which has most increased its total costs of R&D&i over the last few years. The Canary Islands Government, aligned with the current policies of the European Union devotes significant resources to the development of the Islands as a technological and business centre with the aim of diversifying the economy and strengthening sectors which generated high added value.
The infrastructures of support for innovation in the region of the Canary Islands are backed up by the two public universities and technological institutes which supply the necessary trained human resources for the development of the different business activities and make the Islands a real R&D&i laboratory.
Scientific facilities in the Canary Islands
Oceanographic Centre of the Canary Islands
Canarian Marine Science Institute (ICCM)
Centre of Applied Algology
National Algae Bank (BNA)
- Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands (IAC)
- Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC)
- Technological Institute of Renewable Energies (ITER)
Canarian Institute of Tropical Diseases (ICET)
Institute of Biomedical Technologies (ITB)
Canarian Foundation of Research and Health (FUNCIS)
"Antonio González" University Institute of Bio-organics
Natural Products and Agro-biology Institute (IPNA)
- Canarian Institute of Food and Agriculture Research (ICIA)
These centres make the Canary Islands a leading-edge springboard as they make it possible to carry out technological research of high quality, with well trained professionals, with significant institutional support and with installations which fulfil all the requirements needed to carry out their activity with full guarantees of success.