Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany

No. Students: 20,000
Funding type: Public
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Research

KIT is among the leading engineering research institutions worldwide. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the largest science organization in Germany, our institution makes major contributions to top national and international research.

Teaching

In 60 study courses, KIT students acquire knowledge and skills for new scientific breakthroughs and the development of viable applications. Combination of the strengths of the University and Research Center is the basis of excellent education and advanced training.

Innovation

Research results are not only intended to be of theoretical use, but to be applied in practice. The KIT Innovation Management Service Unit supports the direct transfer of new findings, innovative ideas, or know-how to industry and society.

About

The University offers a wide variety of studies: 40 different degree programs and the countless international exchange program for students and instructors. Again and again, the university suceeds in rankings.

On October 01, 2009, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe.

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. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation.

Services

KIT is divided into a university sector and a large-scale research sector with a number of scientific facilities and organizational units rendering infrastructure and administration services.
Centers and focuses are organizational units bundling KIT research projects. They are the basis of strategic research planning. Research and development activities of the large-scale research sector are embedded in the superordinate program structure of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association and focus on four research areas with a total of twelve programs. Research work in the university sector is carried out in eleven departments.

KIT works on a better compatibility of career and family. One step forward is the certification with the audit career and family.

Hand in hand with employees, representatives of the Presidential Committee, the Human Resources Management and the Equal Opportunity have defined spheres of activity, achievements and chances for improvement. In August 2010, KIT received the certificate.
As a familiy-friendly institution, KIT focuses on information, consulting and well-directed support.

Computer facilities

The Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC), named after Karl Steinbuch, is the institution which was formed in 2008 out of the merging process between the main computer facilities of the University of Karlsruhe and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. It is responsible for the university's IP connectivity and provides central services (Mail, Web, Campus management) for students and employees. It supplies students with 10 fully equipped computer rooms, one professional print office and a wireless network over the whole campus area. Some departments, like computer science, physics, and mathematics, run their own computer rooms as well.

The SCC runs some of the fastest computers in Germany:

* HP XC3000 (334 nodes with 8 cores each, 27.04 TFLOPS),
* HP XC4000 (750 nodes with 4 cores each, 15.77 TFLOPS),
* a cluster bought by a corporation of institutes of different disciplines (200 nodes with 8 cores each, 17.57 TFLOPS),
* the two vector parallel calculators NEC SX-8R and NEC SX-9

Libraries

The KIT Library is the main library of KIT. Its two branches on Campus South and Campus North provide literature for research and study for about 25,000 students and 8000 scientists with a widespread, interdisciplinary book stock of over 2 million volumes, reports and 28,000 periodicals in print and electronic form. The emphasis of the collection lies on natural and engineering sciences.

Student life

KIT offers more than 80 modern degree programs: in Engineering and Economics, Natural Science and Informatics, Mathematics and Humanities. In Bachelor and Master programs as well as teaching degree programs for secondary school, in international und continuative courses, the students benefit from very good suppport and outstanding infrastructure at KIT.
Jürgen Becker, who is responsible for teaching at KIT, says: "From the start, the students can acquire qualifications, that go beyond specialist knowledge: ability to work in a team, learning and acting with regard to projects, intercultural competence."


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