“BI4E will strengthen the INGENIUM alliance and thus further drive internationalization at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA). Throughout the project, we will benefit from our partners’ knowledge and experience, get to know our respective institutions better and open up new fields of cooperation. The work package we are leading (Promoting the attractiveness of academic careers) is also an opportunity to improve HKA’s capacity to attract and retain national and international talent and promote diversity in our university”.
Rebecca Koch. BI4E project coordinator for HKA.
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
HKA: Where Applied Sciences and Research Meet Excellence
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) is a leading institution of higher education and applied research in Germany. It offers various academic and professional engineering, natural sciences, and business programs.
HKA traces its origins back to 1878, founded as the Grand Duchy College of Building. Since then, it has undergone several transformations and expansions, becoming a Fachhochschule (polytechnical university) in 1971 and a Hochschule (university) in 2005. Today, HKA has more than 7,000 students and about 600 faculty members. It also has strong partnerships with industry and academia nationally and internationally.
HKA’s strengths lie in its interdisciplinary approach, focus on practical relevance, high-quality teaching and research, international orientation, and social responsibility. HKA strives to give its students the skills and competencies they need to succeed in their careers and contribute to society. HKA also supports its faculty members in conducting cutting-edge research that addresses current and future challenges.
HKA offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as continuing education programs in six faculties: The Faculty of Architecture and Construction Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the Faculty of Computer Science, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Management Science and the Faculty of Information Management.
Within these faculties, HKA offers various areas of specialization that reflect its research strengths and industry collaborations. Some examples are:
• Energy-efficient mobility: HKA develops innovative solutions for sustainable and autonomous transportation systems, such as electric vehicles, smart grids, and intelligent traffic management.
• Digital transformation: HKA explores the impact and potential of digital technologies on various domains, such as health care, education, media, and culture.
• Sustainable agriculture: HKA leads an international research consortium that aims to improve food security and environmental protection in East Africa by applying modern agricultural practices and technologies.
• Urban development: HKA designs and implements projects that enhance the quality of life and resilience of urban communities, such as climate-friendly buildings, green spaces
• Social innovation: HKA promotes social change and inclusion by engaging with diverse stakeholders and addressing societal challenges, such as migration
• Entrepreneurship: HKA fosters entrepreneurial mindsets and skills among its students and faculty members by providing training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. HKA also supports start-ups and spin-offs from its research and teaching activities.
HKA is more than just a university. It is a community of learners with a shared vision of excellence, diversity, and social responsibility.