Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was only officially established in 2009, following the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Center.
Its predecessor’s roots, however, stretch back much further. The University of Karlsruhe was established in 1825, while the KRC was founded as a nuclear research facility, previously called Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe, in 1956.
KIT has several campuses in Karlsruhe, the second biggest city in the sate of Baden-Württemberg. The north campus north is located in the town’s administrative district, while its south campus is in the heart of the city centre.
Since 1902, the university has also been referred to as the Fridericiana, an homage to Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden, who officially elevated the University of Karlsruhe to Hochschule status – making it a fully-fledged university in the late 19th century.
Many of the most significant inventions and innovations started life at KIT. Former students include Karl Friedrich Benz, the automobile engineer who designed the “Benz Patent Motorcar”, widely considered the first practical car; and Karl Ferdinand Braun, who developed the cathode ray tube commonly used in televisions.
The Institute can also lay claim to six Nobel laureates, including the 1909 winner for physics, Ferdinand Braun; Fritz Haber , who won the chemistry prize in 1918; and, most recently, Herman Staudinger who won for chemistry in 1953.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a member of the TU9 German Institutes of Technology, which represents the largest and most prestigious engineering and technology specialist universities in the country. It employees about 9,300 people, and hosts some 25,000 students.
KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency. The scientists of KIT communicate the contents and results of their work to society.
Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology. For this 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. Scientific sincerity and the striving for excellence are the basic principles of our activities.