Politics & partners

Kiel University, with 27,000 students and approximately 3,700 employees, is one of the most modern universities in Northern Europe. It has consistently found solutions for the urgent issues of the day for over 350 years as a result of outstanding research and teaching, and close cooperation between science and business, society and politics. The CAU therefore considers itself to be a credible, citizen-centred service provider and source of inspiration for the scientific, social and economic development of the city and state.

The university’s new role

Globalisation and digitalisation in many areas of life means that the tasks, roles and social perception of research and teaching are also changing at an unprecedented rate, and the boundaries between scientific disciplines are becoming blurred. What were once individual islands of education, science, business, politics and society are increasingly merging into a social conglomerate in which the residents are mobile and moving in all directions in real-time.


In doing so, they inspire and motivate each other to new peaks of performance, innovation and social progress. In light of these fundamental changes, it is necessary to create and sustain a modern, peaceful and liberal society, one that is characterised by mutual respect, recognition, acceptance and zest for action. Clusters of knowledge, business and politics attract brilliant minds from all over the world and are key success factors for the competitiveness of universities, cities, regions and entire economies. The CAU and its partners are actively involved in this process.


The cluster strategy in Schleswig-Holstein

The strategic realignment of Schleswig-Holstein’s business cluster strategy has enormous potential, which will be developed and strengthened by targeted funding and excellent networking.

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Future Ocean

To understand the ocean is to shape the future.

The ocean. It covers more than two thirds of our planet and plays a central role in mankind’s future. How does the ocean influence the climate and the environment in a time of increasing global warming? How can the living and non-living resources be utilised in a sustainable or low-impact way to balance the use and protection of the ocean?

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Kiel Centre for Globalization

Globalization is changing business and society every day. The shared centre run by the IfW and the CAU is one of three new ScienceCampi in Kiel, and researches the consequences of globalization, both positive and negative, with a focus on the growing worldwide supply chains.


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The Gustav-Radbruch-Network is a joint organisation of all faculties at the CAU, which forms an interface between the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and humanities. It strengthens the ethical reflection skills and interdisciplinary understanding between the individual sciences. It also participates in courses offered in "Environmental Philosophy and Ethics". The network develops and coordinates research projects, and cooperates with the university’s priority research areas and the faculty’s focus areas.


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Lorenz-von-Stein Institute for Administrative Sciences (LSI)

The Lorenz-von-Stein Institute for Administrative Sciences (LSI) is a research institute for administrative sciences that belongs to Kiel University. The institute’s name comes from Lorenz von Stein, a jurist and political scientist who studied in Kiel in the middle of the 19th Century. It advises and assists public institutes with administrative issues.

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