Staff Development Concept of RWTH Aachen University

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It is people who are at the core of RWTH and, to a great extent, it is they who determine the University’s excellence and international success. That is why staff development is firmly established in the University Strategy, representing a trademark quality that significantly shapes the culture of RWTH. Our staff development activities serve to identify and retain excellent researchers, further expand the University's structured continuing education offerings, secure equal opportunities and good employment conditions, and foster each individual’s quality of life at the workplace, causing members to strongly identify with the University’s culture.   


RWTH is a university committed to operating in a highly interdisciplinary fashion, fully integrated within a network of collaborating research facilities from all different sectors. Based on this background and a human resources development process aligned with the University's strategic plan, the overarching objective is to make RWTH one of Europe’s most attractive educational and research locations.

The Staff Development Concept shows the status quo of staff development at RWTH and important current and future fields of action with corresponding measures that are currently being developed or already being implemented. The cross-cutting issues Gender & Diversity and Internationalization, which are also integrated in the University Strategy and which each have their own specific strategies, were also taken into consideration.

The objective is to evaluate the designated measures after five years. This allows for transparency between the various providers and offers in staff development as well as transparency regarding the attainment of the staff development objectives and those in the University Strategy.

Core Aspects of the Staff Development Concept

  • Objectives, target groups and institutional anchoring
  • Transparent, reliable career paths in science, administration, and technical divisions
  • Appointment policy
  • Recruitment strategy
  • Employment conditions
  • Continuing education concept
  • Equality and equal opportunities
  • Internationalization
  • Quality assurance and controlling