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Why KSOP is excellent

In 2006, the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation was launched to promote top-level research and foster excellence in education.

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.


For the standards of excellence to be accomplished in the best possible way, KIT's research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects.


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 and research.