Press Release 135/2015

KIT President Hanselka: Sending Clear Signals for Open-mindedness

KIT Supports Action against Xenophobia – Hanselka: Science Lives on Cross-border Thinking between Cultures

Open-mindedness, tolerance, and diversity of opinions are high goods of our society, which have to be preserved and defended. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) supports the action of the German Rectors’ Conference “Weltoffene Hochschulen – Gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit” (against xenophobia - universities for a global community) launched today.


The President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka, says:


“With 4500 foreign students and 100 international scientists, KIT clearly stands for a global community and tolerance. Science lives on cross-border thinking and open exchange of ideas and opinions between cultures – it is international! Global challenges can only be mastered in a transnational manner. The same holds for the generation of scientific knowledge. Work of our scientists has long ceased to stop on nations’ borders. For this reason, we clearly reject any xenophobic attitudes in our country. Science in the service of mankind means enlightened thinking – universities and research institutions live on a global community!”



More information: 


Link to the HRK webpage „Weltoffene Hochschulen – Gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit“:


Link to the press release of the LRK BW (State Rectors‘ Conference of Baden-Württemberg) (in German only):


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.

lg, 11.11.2015

Margarete Lehné
Chief Press Officer (acting)
Phone: +49 721 608-41105
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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