Launched in May 2018, the Heidelberg Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership encompasses all joint bilateral activities of KIT and Heidelberg University. The focus of the collaboration is on research, teaching, innovation and promotion of young talent.
A Strategic Board will be jointly set up by the Rectorate of Heidelberg University and the Presidium of KIT in order to strategically steer the four HEiKA priority areas (research, study programs, promotion of young scientists and innovation).
Geographically located in the extended Rhein-Necker area and with a distance of just 56 km between the Rectorate in Heidelberg and the Presidium in Karlsruhe, the oldest university and the largest scientific institution in Germany are not only located in the immediate vicinity.
Both, the KIT and Heidelberg University, have succeeded in attracting two of their proposed Clusters of Excellence. The jointly proposed cluster "3D Matter Made to Order" is amongst the successful initiatives that have been approved for funding and it is rooted in three out of six HEiKA research bridges
In October 2011, KIT and the University of Heidelberg launched the joint research platform "Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership" as an efficient tool for improving joint research achievements in selected areas and their international visibility.
As part of the German science system, the University of Heidelberg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are facing growing challenges in regional, national, european and global context. HEiKA is a strategic answer to these growing challenges.