In 2009, following a successful bid in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in a merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and Universität Karlsruhe (TH). Fulfilling the functions of both former institutions, KIT combines tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation. In 2019, KIT was selected as a University of Excellence in the German Excellence Strategy.
With more than 9,000 employees, 25,000 students and an annual budget of about EUR 900 million, KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide and reaches top results in international rankings, especially in the natural sciences as well as engineering and technology.
KIT is especially known for its engineering department, which not only has a long and successful tradition but also a reputation for its dominance in the number of intakes at the university. This is reflected in KIT being ranked highly in the discipline Mechanical Engineering, e.g. fourth in Germany in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019 and third in Germany in the Shanghai Ranking 2018.
KIT is an institution of top research, excellent scientific education, and a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, unrestricted exchange of know-how, and sustainable innovation culture.
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.
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Recalling the role of optics & photonics as a multidisciplinary enabling technology, it is of crucial importance that engineering as well as basic science departments contribute to the KSOP. Most of the departements are situated on the Campus South, the former area of the Universität Karlsruhe, which is located in the city center of Karlsruhe. The contributing departements are:
- Department of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Physics
- Department of Chemistry & Biosciences
The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics takes also advantage of the excellent infrastructure and technological possibilities at the KIT institutes on Campus North, the former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK). The mutual interaction with the world-class research groups and the possibility to carry out experiments provides excellent conditions for Master and especially for Ph.D. students. Three institutes of the Campus North of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology participate directly in the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics:
- Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)
- Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)
- Virtual Institute for Bio-Imaging