Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 07/2008

Engineer Worldwide

The Studies Course of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Has Been Accredited Internationally
A visit in the studies course of electrical engineering and information technology: Whoever has graduated, may set up as an engineer worldwide.
Photo by: Universität Karlsruhe

Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer

Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 721/608-2089
Fax: +49 (0) 721/608-3658

The studies course of electrical engineering and information technology at the Universität Karlsruhe is the first in Europe to have been recognized internationally by the worldwide leading US accreditation agency ABET. This means that all graduates, and later also the masters, of the studies course of electrical engineering and information technology will be granted a professional license that allows them to set up as an engineer anywhere in the world. This does not yet apply to accreditations by German agencies.

For details, please contact:

Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Prof. Jürgen Becker

Prorector for Teaching
Institut für Technik der Informationsverarbeitung (ITIV)

Phone: +49 (0) 721 608-2502

“With this, research-oriented teaching at the Universität Karlsruhe is given a visible, internationally acknowledged, and profession-related recognition”, says the prorector for studies and teaching at the university, Prof. Jürgen Becker. In the future, every student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology will be given a certificate after the successful completion of his/her studies to confirm the internationally acknowledged accreditation of the studies course. As soon as the first students will be granted the new master’s degree, accreditation will be transferred to the new master’s studies course.

The ABET agency is the oldest institution in engineering in the world and considered to be leading in the recognition and quality assurance of studies courses at universities and colleges in the field of engineering, applied technical sciences, and information science. For international accreditation, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology prepared a report of nearly 1000 pages. For three days, ABET representatives interviewed students, professors, and lecturers of the studies course as well as members of the university management and administration. “We are especially proud of the fact”, says Becker, “that ABET has granted international recognition without making any additional requirements. Hence, no adjustments will be necessary.” The evaluators in particular complemented the university on its close-to-industry orientation of research and teaching at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as on its consistent quality management (TQM) in teaching.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represents the merger of the Universität Karlsruhe with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Altogether, it has 7500 employees and an annual budget of 600 million Euros.

The KIT will be an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. KIT shall attract the best experts from all over the world, set new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists, and establish the leading European center in the field of energy research. KIT will assume a leading role in nanosciences worldwide. It is the objective of KIT to be one of the most important cooperation partners of industry.

lg, February 12, 2008
Monika Landgraf

Monika Landgraf
Head of Corporate Communications, Chief Press Officer

Phone: +49 721 608-41150
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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Deputy Head of Press Office

Phone: +49 721 608-41157

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