The German government and the state of Baden-Württemberg have agreed to the merger between Karlsruhe University and the Karlsruhe Research Centre, to be known as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The legal framework for the KIT will be developed in detail up until autumn 2008. With KIT, the partners are working to turn into reality what began with Karlsruhe University’s candidacy in the German government’s excellence initiative. The international reviewers have clearly supported the KIT concept. The two partners have already developed a well-founded concept. The first milestone on the way to a total merger was the signing of a cooperation agreement in 2007, in which the partners agreed to group their organisation structure and adapt their strategic decisions. With the decision of the two ministers to establish a uniform legal framework for KIT, the road towards a total merger has been completed, said Schavan.