The Excellence Initiative was introduced to focus attention on internationally leading German universities. It was also intended to give the German higher education system the opportunity and an incentive to modernize. To be successful in the first round it was necessary to establish a Graduate School, a Cluster of Excellence and a Future Concept for the university.
In this innovative atmosphere, the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics was founded. As the first Graduate School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KSOP played an essential role for the application of the former University Karlsruhe to be successful in the first round of the Excellence Initiative in 2006.
After the 5 years of funding, KIT unfortunately lost its “Excellence” status, whereas the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics was able to convince the international jury of its continuing excellence. Based on this recommendation the funding was extended for a further five years.
Nowadays, KSOP is an internationally highly renowned graduate school. Our master and PhD students, our alumni and our academic staff - more than 600 KSOP members- continue to develop, improve and innovate the concept at the interface of natural and engineering sciences.
That is why the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics is excellent for both Education & Research.