Founded in 1878 as the "Grand Duchy of Baden College of Building", Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) is today one of the largest institutions of its kind in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, with some 8,200 students and an extensive range of study programmes in the fields of engineering, computer science, and business. The university's 23 Bachelor's and 20 Master's degree programmes as well as cooperative PhD programmes are taught across the following six faculties: Architecture and Construction Engineering, Computer Science and Business Information Systems, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information Management and Media, Management Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. The university was a founding member of HAWtech, an alliance of Germany's leading universities of applied sciences, and it is the only German university so far to have been awarded the European Union's ECTS label in recognition of its efforts to facilitate international student mobility.
In order to narrow the gap between the theoretical world of lectures and the practical world of the workplace, degree programmes at the university are specifically designed to combine an academic education with the requirements of industry. Important elements of the application-oriented curriculum are the industrial and business experience of the teaching staff, industry-relevant work in laboratories and practical courses, integrated internships in industry, application-oriented project work, and the final thesis.
HsKA's approach to educating its students for the workplace has been validated by numerous national university rankings. In an extensive survey of German personnel managers, carried out annually by the prestigious Wirtschaftswoche business magazine, the university has for several years been named one of the universities of applied sciences that best prepares its students for their careers in industry.