KIT bundles two missions: A university with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting programme-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.
Green science and technology
The institute conducts research in a number of scientific disciplines, especially the natural sciences and engineering. With research centres specifically focused on energy and mobility, as well as climate and the environment, KIT addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time and seeks to develop new approaches and solutions that will lead to a more sustainable use of our planet's resources.
A global institute
International cooperation and exchange are an essential part of the institute's success. In order to make the university's academic resources accessible to a broad range of students, the institute offers English-language master's degree programmes in a range of subjects including Resources Engineering, Optics and Photonics, and Utilities and Waste. The new programme Energy Engineering and Management addresses young executives in industry. The university also offers dual degrees in a number of subjects with universities in France, Poland and Italy, including a degree programme in Environmental Science. KIT actively supports international students in their efforts to plan and prepare their stay and to adjust to life and work in Karlsruhe once they arrive. For international scientists KIT maintains a "Welcome Office" that deals exclusively with their specific needs. The institute conducts research projects in cooperation with many academic and industry partners both in Germany and abroad and has launched numerous research networks ranging from the Young Investigator Network (YIN) and the Franco-German Initiative (KIT-DeFI) to NanoMat, a superregional network for nanotechnology materials.