Gender & Diversity

Furtwangen University is committed to actively supporting equal opportunities and equality between women and men. Our guiding principles show our committment to paying particular consideration to Gender and Diversity at the University:

"We actively support the combination of family and work or studies, consider gender themes and pay close attention to the personal life situations of all University staff and students."

The Equal Opportunities Representative supports the University in the implementation of equal opportunities for women and men. She is the contact person for all female academic staff and students.

The Gender & Diversity Coordinator supports the Head of Administration and the Equal Opportunities Representative in carrying out their responsibilities.

Areas of responsibility:

  • Design and implementation of university-specific Gender & Diversity measures
  • Coordination of Gender & Diversity Senate Advisory Board
  • Member of the Personnel Development Board
  • Support of academic staff within the framework of the "Profesorinnenprogramm II" Programme

Family-friendly University

The goal of the University is to create work and study conditions for staff and students which make the right balance between family and work possible. In doing so HFU uses an open definition of family of a cross-generational alliance in which people take responsibility for one another. This includes foster, adoptive and stepfamily, as well as same-sex relationships. The friendly atmosphere of our university is one of our strongpoints and families in particular should profit from this. To do so we try to create and improve relevant frameworks and structures.

Furtwangen University has been accredited as a family-friendly university since 2008 and was reaudited and received an award in 2011. In 2014 HFU signed the "Family at the University" charterand now belongs to the  Best Practice Club of family-friendly universities in Germany. The charter is a programme set up by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Representatives of the Federal Government for the new States in cooperation with the CHE Centre for University Development.

The University became one of the founding members of the "Family in the University Association (Familie in der Hochschule e.V.) on 1 March 2018. This strengthened our goal to create family-friendly structures for students, teaching and other staff and to support family-oriented standards in the areas of academic and management style, work conditions, health promotion and infrastructure.

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