Press Release 145/2011

Start of Studies at KIT

Welcome of Freshmen at the Kongresszentrum Karlsruhe
Willkommen in Karlsruhe: Das KIT begrüßt seine Erstsemester.  (Foto: KIT, Jana Mayer)
KIT welcomes its freshmen in Karlsruhe. (Photo: Martin Lober, KIT)

About 4200 young people will start their studies at KIT in the coming 2011/12 winter semester. At a celebration, KIT will now welcome its freshmen and present its competencies in research and education. The freshmen welcome event on Friday, October 14, at the Schwarzwaldhalle of the Kongresszentrum Karlsruhe will start at 18 hrs. Representatives of the media are cordially invited.
The Chief Higher Education Officer of KIT, Professor Jürgen Becker, will present to the students and their families the excellent opportunities associated with education at KIT. As the largest German research and education institution, KIT offers its students a unique environment for studies in Germany, which results from the close connection of large-scale research on Campus North with teaching on Campus South. The students will be given exciting insights in scientific projects. KIT’s faculty-student ratio is excellent. Interdisciplinary research is of high priority: At the KIT Centers and KIT Focuses, scientists of various disciplines cooperate. Important research topics are Energy, Nano- and Microtechnology, Mobility Systems, Climate and Environment, Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics, and others. 

During the freshmen welcome event, 39 students will be honored for their high commitment in scientific, social, economic, or cultural university groups or student associations. In addition, the Henning Tögel talent foundation will award its prize for excellent scientific achievements.

The Career Service of KIT will provide all freshmen with a backpack. Among other things, it will contain information of various KIT institutions and university groups, of the Studentenwerk (Student Union), and the Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss (AStA, General Students Committee). The brochure “Erstsemester-Guide to KIT“ (KIT Guide for Freshmen) contains important information on studies, central institutions and services, and counseling offers at KIT. 
Information on studies, exciting insights into the professional world, and impressions of the life on campus can also be found in the online students magazine ClicKIT at

Program of the Freshmen Welcome Event
Friday, October 14, 2011
Schwarzwaldhalle, Kongresszentrum Karlsruhe, Festplatz 9
Beginning: 18 hrs; admission from 17.30 hrs
Prelude of the KIT Big Band
Conductor: Dr. Günter Hellstern
Welcome by the Presidential Committee
“Excellent Research – Excellent Education: Studies at KIT“
Professor Jürgen Becker, Chief Higher Education Officer
Welcome Address of the City of Karlsruhe
Norbert Käthler, Director of Stadtmarketing GmbH
Welcome Address of the UStA Chairman
“From Students for Students“
Tobias M. Bölz
Honors for excellent student commitment 
Talent Prize
Professor Jürgen Becker, Chief Higher Education Officer
Freshmen Quiz
Sven Varsek, Agentur blue event
Comedy Show
Christoph Sieber
Presenter: Sven Varsek

Information stands and get-together with professors in the entrance hall of the Schwarzwaldhalle

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 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 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.

or, 06.10.2011


Monika Landgraf
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