The Research University in the Helmholtz Association

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. From fundamental research through to application, it excels in a broad range of disciplines, i.e. in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. It makes significant contributions to the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information.

With about 9,300 employees, including roundabout 6,000 scientists and lecturers, and 25,000 students, KIT is a big science institution holding a leading position in Europe. KIT offers research-based study programs to prepare its students for responsible positions in society, industry, and science. Its innovation efforts build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural bases of life.

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 fulfil 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. These Divisions link research, teaching and innovations to their respective institutes. The KIT Departments are responsible for university education, while program-oriented research is organized in Helmholtz-Programmes, with both structures being assigned to one of the Divisions.

Qualified and motivated employees are the most important basis of success of KIT. Accordingly, transparent and responsible staff planning, support, and recruitment and staff work characterized by mutual respect, cooperation, trust, and subsidiarity are objectives that are given highest priority.

KIT strives for transparency, reliability, and trusting cooperation both internally and externally. 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. For the second time in succession, KIT has been certified as a "family-friendly university".

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 favourable research and teaching conditions.

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Key facts

  • Number of Employees - 9,300
  • Campus location/s - 3
  • Number of students - 25,000
  • University Ranking - #23 in "Natural Science"; #40 in "Material Science" QS world university rankings by subject