Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre

The city of Kiel and it's University

Kiel is a special city: Its charm is enhanced by its long tradition as a port and nautical centre. At quays located directly behind the central railway station, the ferries of the Scandinavian lines dock alongside chooners and cruising ships. The city's annual »Kieler Woche« is the world's largest sailing festival. The sea is simply part of life in Kiel. Kiel is Sailing City! Over the centuries, the University has forged close links with the city. Just as the body of students attending CAU (Christian-Albrechts-University) has increased to over 20,000, so the range of subjects offered has long been extended to include economics, the natural sciences, agriculture, engineering, and education sciences. In the former workplace of Max Planck and Heinrich Hertz, the teaching staff of 600 passes on its knowledge to students from Germany and more than a hundred other countries. Kiel is well aware of its special role as the only university in Schleswig-Holstein offering a spectrum of subjects sufficiently wide enough to serve the requirements of school-graduates in the region seeking a university education within their own federal state. At the same time, its clear academic profile and areas of specialization reflect a determination to accept the challenge of national and international competition among universities. Some 2,000 foreign students are currently enrolled at CAU. In view of the constantly increasing importance of international academic collaboration and the geographical location  of the university it is strengthening its already close links with the neighbouring countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. CAU has also established far-ranging academic relationships on the basis of  partnership agreements with 59 universities in Europe, the Americas and Asia. These official channels are complemented by the personal links between members of CAU staff and their fellow scholars around  the world, which bring about guest lecturers, new research projects, and a lively exchange of information and students.”