Press Release 088/2009

Federal Republic and State Sign KIT Administrative Agreement

Unterzeichnung KIT Verwaltungsvereinbarung
Signature of the KIT Administrative Agreement. (Photo by: M. Breig)

In addition to the KIT Act, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Annette Schavan, and the Baden-Württemberg State Minister of Science, Research, and Art, Peter Frankenberg, signed the KIT Administrative Agreement on Thursday, July 30, 2009. This document outlines the fundamentals for the further development of the KIT.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represents the merger of the Universität Karlsruhe funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the large-scale research institution of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe financed from federal funds. Practical implementation of this merger requires a KIT Act which was adopted by the Baden-Württemberg parliament on July 8 and an Administrative Agreement to be signed by the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Baden-Württemberg. For the KIT Act, click:

This document outlines details of the further development of the KIT, including its increase in responsibility and the overcoming of rigid structures. For example, the KIT is planned to be assigned the authority to award construction contracts. In addition, it is planned to take measures to enhance KIT’s competitiveness in attracting the best experts. Moreover, KIT’s capacity to act rapidly when participating in companies and research institutions as well as when founding subsidiaries in Germany and abroad shall be developed.

The Administrative Agreement was signed by both ministers in the presence of several thousands of KIT employees and students on July 30, 2009, 14.30 hrs. The joint press release of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Science, Research, and Art of Baden-Württemberg dated July 30, 2009 can be found under:

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

zk, July 30, 2009

Monika Landgraf
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