50 years after the foundation of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and 181 years after the foundation of Universität Karlsruhe, both institutions were successful in the Excellence Initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States 2006. Our concept for the future envisaged the unique merger of both institutions into Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). On October 01, 2009 did both institutions merge into the new legal entity of KIT.
In its tenth year of existence in 2019, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology once again successfully asserted itself in the funding line "Excellence Universities" in the Excellence Strategy competition of the Federation and the Federal States: with its concept "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association | Living the Change".
Precursory institutions of the KIT: Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH