Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

The University of Kaiserslautern has the distinction of being the only university in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with a strong orientation on technology. Special networks link the engineering and natural sciences with the social and economic sciences. It consists of 12 departments and offers over 100 courses to 14,500 students. Our 12 departments: Architecture, Business Studies and Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Mathematics, Mechanical and Process Engineering , Physics , Urban and Environmental Planning, Social Sciences. The University of Kaiserslautern offers an excellent student-teacher ratio, which ensures close personal supervision and a fast track towards the jobs market. The university’s program of quality postgraduate studies includes integrated work experience, an early exposure to academic networking, and ample opportunities to earn an independent student income. The intensive collaboration with national and international corporations is a special feature of our graduate education. Many of our partners (e.g. BASF, Daimler) are located close to Kaiserslautern. Students benefit from these networks through instruction that is strongly linked to the demands of the global market, participation in industry research projects (e.g. for a master thesis or internship), and the availability of various qualifying jobs at the departments. Our twelve departments attract students from around the world: 14 percent of the student population comes from more than 100 countries. More than 60 percent of the on campus students are postgraduate and doctoral students. This reflects the university’s emphasis on post graduate and doctoral training as well as on scientific research. The University has an inviting modern campus (approx. 36 football fields) that is located close to the French and the Benelux borders and the Frankfurt International Airport is just an hour away. Kaiserslautern is centrally located in the heart of Europe and represents an important economic center for science and research companies. The University of Kaiserslautern is renowned for its excellence in research and higher education. In the nation-wide “Excellence in Higher Education” competition, the University was recognized as one of the six "Top Universities" in Germany. This award is solid evidence of the high educational standards. The University of Kaiserslautern has earned a reputation for excellence in the area of applied mathematics and computer sciences which has attracted international attention. For example, four major institutes have established facilities on or near campus. These include: two Fraunhofer Institutes (the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE)), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. Other satellite institutes include: the Institute for Surface and Film Analysis (IFOS) in the field of physics, laser physics, and materials research; and, the Institute for Composites (IVW), which conducts research in the areas of mechanical engineering, composite materials and process engineering. Kaiserslautern is recognized as one of the largest IT clusters in all of Europe. The University of Kaiserslautern is also home to two government sponsored research centers (Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling, (CM)², http://cmcm.uni-kl.de) and Center for Optics and Material Sciences (OPTIMAS, http://optimas.uni-kl.de). Their goal is to organize major, collaborative research projects in special research areas and successfully compete for national and international project funding within the framework of the Excellence Initiative. Collaborative Research Centers SFB Transregio 49: Condensed Matter Systems with Variable Many-Body Interactions, www.tr49.de SFB Transregio 88: Cooperative effects in homo- and heterometallic complexes (3MET), www.uni-kl.de/3met SFB 926: Component surfaces: Morphology on a micro scale, www.sfb926.de

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