Promotion of Equality


The Equal Opportunities Officer and her deputy representatives support the University with its promotion of women and equal opportunities. They are involved in the University's council and committee work, regularly participate in meetings of the Rectorate, the Board of Governors, Senate, and Equal Opportunities Committee, contribute to the creation of the Equal Opportunities Plan, and are involved in hiring and appointment processes. In collaboration with the Rector's Office Staff Unit: Integration Team – Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management, IGaD for short, they develop the University's Equal Opportunities Concept 2017 to 2022.

Gender Monitoring

RWTH Aachen used indicators to set objectives in the field of equal opportunities. Through the regular evaluation of gender conditions at various hierarchical and qualification levels, steps forward, stagnation, and even steps back can be recognized. Gender Monitoring is an instrument for sensitization and the foundation of the development and quality assurance of suitable equal opportunity measures.

MINT Activities and Career Orientation

The selection of a career or studies is often oriented towards traditional gender roles. This evident in the gender ratios in the courses of study at RWTH Aachen. Children ages six and up can take a look at the different fields of technology and society during RWTH's vacation recreation programs. Orientations measures on studies and vocational training at RWTH Aachen are organized for pupils at secondary schools. These offers include Girls‘ Day, the vacation program Girls go MINT + Sport, and Boys‘ Day.

Equal and Fair Career Paths

In the interest of equal opportunity career development, the promotion of the fair allocation of gainful employment and care work is necessary particularly in fields where women are underrepresented, in addition to the promotion of women's careers. The project Equal Career Paths was created to contribute to this necessity. Within the framework of Väterarbeit, men are encouraged to take parental leave and assume equal responsibility for childcare and upbringing. The Family Services Team in the Equal Opportunities Office offers practical support to improve the compatability of family and studies or career. To support women in their career planning, the Equal Opportunities Office and the Career Center organize the Futures Day for Women Students and Doctoral Candidates every year.

Gender Neutral Language

Equal treatment begins with language. In accordance with the State Equal Opportunities Act, the University must ensure that women and men are treated equally in the language used in professional written communication. Practical tips have been put together in a brochure to help with the implementation of gender neutral language at RWTH Aachen.