Guidelines for Staff DevelopmentThilo Vogel
RWTH Aachen puts a high value on promoting its employees. Human resources develoment is important to us. Under the motto "Inspire, Empower, Initiate," the university has created guidelines that form the foundation for the University's human resources development activities.
Inspire, Empower, Initiate
RWTH Aachen places a high value on human resources development and responsible contact with employees. As the largest employer in the Aachen region and one of the most visible universities in Germany, RWTH Aachen commits itself to create a space for people, where they can optimally develop their potential, regardless of their background, culture, abilities, or sex. In December 2011, RWTH Aachen adopted guidelines for a human resources development strategy, under the direction of Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development, Professor Doris Klee. This is valuable for all pre-existing and new measures. Furthermore, it is linked to the University's institutional strategy (de).
Fields of Action for Human Resources Development
We will reach the following goals among both our management and employees through the human resources measures:
|Enhance teaching competency|
|Promote capacity for innovation and research|
|Build a sense of community and "We-Feeling"|
|Promote commitment to performance|
|Promote personal development|
|Strengthen equality and diversity|
Together with other guidelines, standards and strategy papers for all staff development activities at RWTH Aachen, the present guidelines constitute our value framework. Also, RWTH is committed to the DFG Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality, whose implementation is particularly important in the area of staff development.
Value Framework for Human Resources Development at RWTH Aachen
Our value framework is based on:
- The Rector's Office guidelines for cooperative behavior at RWTH Aachen (de)
- The RWTH Aachen 2020 Institutional Strategy
- The National Code of Conduct Concerning International Students at German Universities
- The Charter of Diversity (de)
- The Family-Friendly University Audit (de)
- The University’s Action Plans for the Promotion of Women
- The “Golden Rules” of Family-Friendly Leadership (de)
Measures for Human Resources Development
Whether central further education offers or individual seminars, courses, or workshops - RWTH Aachen offers its employees a broad spectrum of development opportunities. There is also a comprehensive advising and support service available to you.
We will gladly look over your current situation with you and advise you in an in depth conversation about our services and possibilities.
Conversations with RWTH Aachen Employees
The so called "Conversations with RWTH Aachen Employees", MAG for short, are held between management and employees as a concrete measure for staff development at RWTH Aachen. This is an instrument to support employees. It ensures that management and the employee discuss basic topics about the work situation once year between just the two of them. The goal is to initiate a constructive dialogue that leads to improvements for both sides. The framework conditions and guidelines for implementing a MAG are determined in the General Handbook. You can find more information about MAG on the intranet pages of the human resources department.
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