Vice Rector for Diversity and Internationalization

The Rectorate

Prof. Dr. Silke Wieprecht has been a member of the Rectorate for Diversity and Internationalization since October 1, 2021. Silke Wieprecht is Professor and Head of Department at the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS) at the faculty Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Diversity and internationalization are overarching themes that permeate all facets of university activities and form the core of the design of study programs, teaching, research, and knowledge transfer. The University of Stuttgart adopts a multi-perspective approach, examining diversity from an intersectional perspective and incorporating international and intercultural viewpoints. The University of Stuttgart is thus 'Intelligent through Diversity' and boasts a rich and diverse international network.

As Vice-Rector for Diversity and Internationalization, Silke Wieprecht is responsible for the strategic goals and operative measures for all aspects of diversity management and internationalization at the University of Stuttgart.

Prof. Dr. Silke Wieprecht, Vice Rector for Diversity and Internationalization

A diverse and internationally oriented environment provides the perfect conditions for professional and personal networking, and this is also the ideal environment for encouraging new insights in excellent research and teaching.

Prof. Dr. Silke Wieprecht

Tasks and goals

  • The University of Stuttgart views diversity as a source of potential. The engagement with various life concepts and the consistent collaboration of complementary disciplines provide opportunities and broaden our perspectives. For this reason, the University of Stuttgart is enhancing the integration of diverse thematic and methodological approaches to knowledge, in alignment with the Stuttgart Way.
  • The University of Stuttgart educates individuals with a global, integrative mindset and a sense of responsibility in the fields of science, business, and society. Through their international activities, exchange, and collaboration, the university and its members make significant contributions to tackling sociocultural, economic, ecological, and political challenges worldwide.
  • With its inclusive university culture, the University of Stuttgart is attractive for students, academics, and employees, and is also a reliable partner for renowned partner institutions from all over the world.

Committees and Institutions

The Vice-Rectorate for Diversity and Internationalization coordinates the following advisory bodies and institutions within the University of Stuttgart:

  • Diversity Roundtable (joint organization together with the  Gender Equality Officer)
  • Senate Committee on Diversity and Gender Equality (joint organization together with the Gender Equality Officer)
  • "uniqUS" Unit for Inclusive University Culture (joint management together with the Gender Equality Officer)
  • Internationalization Steering Committee (SCI)


This image shows Silke Wieprecht

Silke Wieprecht

Prof. Dr.

Vice Rector for Diversity and Internationalization

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Katharina Wilhelm


Personal Assistant to the Vice Rector for Diversity and Internationalization

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