Materials Science in Kiel

When establishing the master course as a study course in 1996 the Institute for Materials Science could draw upon long term international experiences of their professors and chair holders. They worked at several famous institutes like Stanford University, Cornell University, IBM Research Center Yorktown Heights, Argonne National Laboratory and others Anglo Saxon education centers. The system of master and bachelor studies was established there long ago while in Germany still Vordiplom and Diplom were the usual grades.
Additionally there were impulses from Prof. Huggins, founder of the Materials Research Society and the Center for Materials Research at Stanford University while he is honorary professor at Institute for Materials Science in Kiel.

With one of the first master courses in the country of Schleswig-Holstein the institute would catch the attention of talented students from all over the world as well as raise the interest of German pupils for natural science and techniques. By the mix of different cultures an international atmosphere at the Faculty of Engineering in Kiel should be established by which it is characterized till this day. Thereby the Institute for Materials Science was a pioneer to give new impulses to the country and the economy of Schleswig-Holstein by new study systems with international compatibility.

And really the institute could reach this sublime goal some years later. Many additional students from foreign countries and renowned universities were guests in Kiel which was also seen from other research institutes and companies.
The highly skilled alumni entered positions in Germany’s global players as well as in famous research institutes like Max-Planck-Gesellschaft or Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. But also local economy profited from the course of the institute like small companies with special products for e.g. semiconductor industry. Today nearby 97% of the alumni went directly into a job.

Basing on these achievements the institute established a bachelor study course for materials science in Kiel in 2005. To be a consecutive study course to the international master course it starts in German language and ends in English so the students can follow up directly in the master study course. The mix up of the students in the master course is increased by this which leads to a higher exchange and motivation inside the classes.

Once again the institute of materials science was a pioneer in this field by creating the first bachelor study course at University of Kiel.
The number of students is still increasing and the part of female students is at a stable level around 30% which is a high number for a technical study course.
For supporting education the service center was established in 2009. It is a single point of contact for the students as well as for the lectures for all topics belonging to learning and teaching.

From this the institute itself and the university were profiting. The number of the chair holders was increased in the last years from former 6 (4 full professors, one professor from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISiT) in Itzehoe and one professor of the Helmholz Center for Materials and Coastal Research in Geesthacht) to 12 professors (6 full professors, 4 external professors from Itzehoe and Geesthacht and 2 Heisenberg-Professors which are founded professorships from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)).
By this the institute intensifies their third party projects with economic and science partners all over the world. The budget of these corporations is actual the largest for a single institute at the University of Kiel.

The Kieler Nanolabor, the second largest clean room in Schleswig-Holstein, and the center for high resolution TEM were build up at the campus in Kiel for research on the highest level.
Many large research projects could be raised like SFB 677 and SFB 855. While education in Kiel is always directly linked to research program the level of lectures also increases. By this the students get knowledge of the state of the art in technology.