The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" is supported by seven faculties of the Christian Albrechts University Kiel and the non-university partners GEOMAR I Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, the Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design.
Kiel University is Germany's northernmost State University and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At our institutes, more than 24,000 students learn their trade, about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. They educate students in 185 degree programs and approximately 80 different areas ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. Founding members of Kiel University in 1665 were the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Theology, Law, and Medicine. Since then, four additional faculties have been established: Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Business, Economics and Social Sciences, Engineering as well as Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. During its long history, the city of Kiel and the University have formed tight bonds. With its clinic, the University is one of the biggest employers in the region. It sees itself as a modern State University of interconnecting academic cultures.
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. With this broad spectrum GEOMAR is unique in Germany. Additionally, the centre has successfully bridged the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. The GEOMAR is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the federal (90 %) and state (10 %) government. GEOMAR has a scientific staff of 950 and a yearly budget of around 72 Mio Euro.
Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy at the University of Kiel (IfW) is one of the largest centres for global economic research, consultation on economic policies, economic education and documentation for economic science. The institute's main aims are to conduct research into innovative solutions for pressing global economic problems. On the basis of this research, the institute acts as a consultant to decision makers in politics, economics and the community and informs interested members of the public about important aspects of economic policy. In its function as a gateway to the world of global economic research, it cultivates a broad network of national and international experts, whose research either directly or indirectly feeds into the research and consultation activities of the institute. The Institute for World Economics puts particular emphasis on economic education and further education and has the largest library collection on economic science and social sciences in the world.
Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design
Founded on 1st January 2005, the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel is Germany's northernmost and youngest school of higher education. Thanks to an innovative course structure, the University's concept features a diverse programme of curriculum options in the fields of fine art, spatial strategies and design. The history of the University began in 1907 with the founding of separate classes in artistic design at the School of Applied Arts, the Muthesius Academy. It is a story of constant, gradual change in both curriculum and academic structure. The newly founded University of Fine Arts and Design offers approximately 600 places for students with 15% international students from around 33 different countries.
The Muthesius University offers project-oriented and practical instruction in small groups - as well as close contact between instructors and students. What is new is the interdisciplinary course structure, which links all fields at the Art University, thus providing the students with a great diversity of subject areas. As a result, new interdisciplinary projects can be undertaken: an optimal preparation for the students' later professional careers. In this regard, modern media play no less important a role than that of the traditional canons of art and design.