KIT with its concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change” and Heidelberg University with its concept of a "Comprehensive Research University" are two of eleven Universities of Excellence selected for funding by the Excellence Commission from a total of 19 proposals. The decision was announced on Friday afternoon (July 19, 2019) in Bonn.
HEiKA sincerely congratulates its two mother institutions on this success!
Excerpts from the press release of KIT:
“This is a great day for the KIT, acquisition of funding as a University of Excellence is an outstanding success! KIT is one of four universities in Baden-Württemberg that have succeeded in the most important and hardest competition of universities in Germany. A central element of our proposal is enhancing performance and agility of top-level research over the entire research spectrum, from fundamental research to application, by establishing 100 new professorships in the next ten years. Other central elements are intensive dialog and exchange with society and providing reliable academic careers. We will now push our ideas with all our efforts,” says the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka. For this purpose, funding under the Excellence Strategy is highly important, he thinks and adds that funding as a “University of Excellence” also means an enormous image boost. “We want to attract many excellent scientists and students and further strengthen cooperation with partners from science and industry. The title “University of Excellence” is a distinction of all those people at KIT, who worked for this day. My special thanks go to them in particular!”
KIT: The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change
The leitmotiv of KIT’s successful proposal is “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change.” It focuses on three central, interconnected packages of measures, called thrusts: strengthening excellent research and its agility over the entire range from fundamental research to application, intensive dialog and exchange with society, and providing reliable academic careers.
Excerpts from the press release of Heidelberg University:
"Prof. Dr Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Ruperto Carola, called the decision a great and well-deserved success and thanked all those involved, who displayed extraordinary dedication and commitment in preparing the proposal and were instrumental to its success. Heidelberg University already competed successfully with its Institutional Strategies in the two predecessor programmes of the Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012.
Heidelberg University commits decisively to its profile as a Comprehensive Research University
Based on a cross-disciplinary dialogue, it has over the past ten years successfully established numerous structures designed to ensure its continuous self-renewal. The funding from the Excellence Strategy will go towards maintaining and expanding these efforts. The university’s Fields of Focus – four profile-forming research areas in the life sciences, natural sciences, humanities as well as social and behavioural sciences – explore the full complexity and the challenges of a rapidly changing world. They range from the molecular bases of life and the patterns and structures of the material world to cultural dynamics in globalised worlds and questions of social and individual self-regulation and regulation. Beyond these research fields, all areas of the university are connected by three interdisciplinary incubators – the Marsilius Kolleg, which builds bridges between different academic cultures, the Heidelberg Center for the Environment with its focus on the environmental sciences and the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing – that create a fertile environment for new research initiatives.