KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

In October 2009, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded by a merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH).

Since this fusion, the KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: a university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Thereby, the KIT aims at being Europe's largest facility for research and education. In 2019, KIT was selected as a University of Excellence in the German Excellence Strategy.

The strategic reorientation of the KIT since the merger is of high relevance for visibility and aspiration of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics. The vision of the KIT holds true for the Graduate School as well:

  • The KIT attracts the brightest minds worldwide
  • The KIT sets new standards in teaching and the promotion of young scientists
  • The KIT will be the leading center for energy research in Europe
  • The KIT is a leading partner for innovation of the industry

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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. The contributing departments are: