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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - The Research University in the Helmholtz Association



As “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT fully exploits its synergy potential resulting from combining tasks of national big research with those of a state university. To fulfill its three core tasks of research, higher education, and innovation, KIT is organized in five Divisions: Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering; Informatics, Economics, and Society; Mechanical and Electrical Engineering; Natural and Built Environment; Physics and Mathematics. KIT has been successful in important rankings, for example, those of the journal Times Higher Education (THE).



KIT’s research profile is determined by the disciplines pursued and by work on topics sharpening this profile, in particular in the society’s areas of demand of energy, mobility, and information. Recruitment and support of excellent young scientists are of high strategic relevance. Seven KIT Centers pool joint research activities across disciplines:

Higher Education
KIT stands for a research and students-oriented teaching and learning culture. After having completed their studies, students are prepared for assuming responsible positions in a globalized world with densely networked media. Studies at KIT enable students to develop sustainable solutions with the help of scientific methods. Studies programs have an international orientation. KIT offers both, German as well as English bachelor’s and master’s programs. Eleven KIT Departments organize all higher education activities and academic affairs: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and Biosciences, Chemical and Process Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Informatics, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Economics and Management.

KIT understands the transfer of scientific findings to application as a basic innovation principle and contribution to its societal mission. KIT’s research and innovation activities are in line with the federal government’s High-tech Strategy and the continued Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation of Germany’s federal and state governments and science organizations to enhance networking of good education, excellent fundamental research, and applied research in science and industry.

KIT as Employer
Qualified and motivated employees are the most important basis of success of KIT. Observation of the principle of equal treatment in any dimension of diversity, including equal opportunities of women and men, is a central concern of KIT. KIT considers an inspiring work environment and cultural diversity of its researchers, teachers, and students to be enriching and supports the integration of international students and employees not only on the basis of personal competences of acting persons, but also by using latest equipment and providing favorable research and teaching conditions.