Gender Monitoring



Sonja Mausen

Consultant of the Equal Opportunity Officer


+49 241 80 99238



RWTH has set ambitious goals when it comes to gender equality: By 2030, the proportion of female professors shall increase to 30 percent.

Using the "cascade model", equal-opportunity quotas are determined for the various qualification levels (the current quotas for the individual subject groups are specified in the following official announcement).

  Bar Chart: Number of Female and Male Professors at RWTH in 2022. “W3” professors: 51 women and 275 men; “W2” professors: 58 women and 147 men; junior professors: 18 women and 20 men. Total: 127 women and 442 men. Copyright: © RWTH Aachen

The data collected as part of the gender monitoring process allow us to observe the representation of women and men in the various university groups and track developments over time.

This makes it possible to detect progress, stagnation, or even setbacks, verify the effectiveness of measures in place, and take further action accordingly.

  The Graph Qualification Levels on the Way to Becoming a Professor shows that the disparity between men and women is greatest when it comes to “W3” professors (84.36 to 15.64 percent) and “W2” professors (71.71 to 28.29 percent). Copyright: © RWTH Aachen

Moreover, gender monitoring enables benchmarking with other universities at German and international levels.

Of course, there are also people at RWTH who do not identify as male or female. Data collection is currently being revised so that in the future, the total number of students and employees will also include the options of "non-binary" and "prefer not to say". No other details are shown for data protection reasons.



Gender Ticker

MINT Ticker

The MINT Ticker provides an overview of the development of female student numbers in the STEM courses of study at RWTH Aachen since the winter semester of 2008/09. Remarkably, the proportion of female students in the biology and architecture courses of study is more than 50 percent, while women are clearly underrepresented in computer science, physics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering and information technology. In these courses of study, the proportion of women is below 20 percent, and the numbers of women taking up studies in these subjects is rising very slowly.

MINT Ticker (PowerPoint)

University Groups

The graphics show the development of the proportions of women and men in the different university groups (students, doctoral candidates, professors, et cetera) at RWTH Aachen since the winter semester of 2008/2009. It is evident that the proportion of women is below that of men in all university groups.

University Groups Women and Men (PowerPoint)

Leadership Positions

The figures show the current proportions of women and men leadership positions at the University. It can be seen that women are underrepresented at almost all management levels.

Leadership Positions (PDF)

Advising offered by the Family Services Center

The figures present recent statistics on advising sessions held by the RWTH Family Services Center (by University groups and by gender).

Advising by the Familty Services Center

DFG Survey

As part of their new two-stage reporting requirements, the German Research Foundation, DFG, has asked universities to provide quantitative data on the equal opportunities situation at their institution. In the second stage, the DFG asks for the number of female researchers involved in research projects for which funding is applied for.

Based on this data, the DFG will analyze and deliberate on the equal opportunities situation at German universities. The data provided by RWTH are as follows:

2015 Cascade Model (Excel, de)

2014 Cascade Model (Excel, de)

2013 Cascade Model (Excel, de)

2012 Cascade Model (Excel, de)