Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) / Kiel University

Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel – CAU) is a full university, strong in research with more than 27,000 students and approximately 2,000 scientists. Among the programs of its eight university schools there constantly appear dynamic interfaces that are reflected in a profile that is both integrative research and instruction.

Through research, instruction, and the transfer of knowledge, “CAU” contributes to the solution of today’s greatest challenges. Kiel University, with its total of 190 courses, offers multiple possibilities for compiling an individualized study cycle. It is typical for Kiel, right from the beginning, to make available an integrated view of what happens in the field of today’s research, as well as access to the fundamentals of working in conjunction with cross-disciplinary teams. Added to this are open networks, “Service-Learning”, or an attractive seaside living environment.

Along with a heavy emphasis on individual research, CAU created four knowledge areas on which it focuses its research: Life Sciences, Oceanography, Nanoscience, Surface Sciences, as well as Sociology, Environment, and Culture in Evolution. Each specific area gives focus to the expertise of the several university schools in the fields of Science, Sociology, Engineering, Law, and Human Sciences. The main fields of research are heavily integrated with the structures of the universities and constitute the university bas for the cluster of excellence of “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation“ (PMI), as well as “ROOTS – Connectivity of Society, Environment, and Culture in remote worlds“.

These areas of emphasis are characterized by international visibility, innovative potential, and successful joint projects, in at least two of the eight university schools. They are based on the cooperation of excellent classes, on the development of new joint interfaces for research, instruction, and stimulus for the new generation, transfer, and equality of opportunities, as well as via successful long-term partnerships with partners outside of the university milieu.

Close cooperative relationships already exist with Brazilian universities and research institutes, which have been active in the areas of Oceanography and Geoscience, Romance studies/Linguistics, and Geography for many years. However, there are existing and consolidated relationships in several programs with practically all of Kiel’s university schools, starting with Agronomy, following with Medicine and Nanoscience, and on to Psychology and Law. Worthy of special mention are the cooperation agreements of the university schools with USP, binational stimulus processes, a “Double-Degree Program” with UFPE, and cooperation with the UFRGS in the Center for European and German Studies.

Within the context of the systematic expansion of cooperation, CAU desire to deepen the cooperative work that is being done with the Society for Business Development and Transfer of Technology: Schleswig-Holstein Ltda. That is, in German, “Wirtschatsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH” (WTSH), which has maintained a representation office in São Paulo since 2008.


Dr. Martina Schmode

Head of the International Center