Intelligent through diversity

Equal opportunity and diversity

Humanity in all its variety enriches the university. Equal opportunity, equal rights, and diversity characterize our working together.

Different faculty cultures, the heterogeneity of our students, the high number of international students and researchers as well as all employees with their personal life story characterize our university. As a learning system, the university benefits from the individual strengths and experiences, the inventiveness and commitment of all university members and owes quality and success to them. It is therefore very important to us that we integrate the individual history of each person into our everyday university life.

The University of Stuttgart understands the diversity of its members and varied disciplines as a source of potential. Dealing intelligently with diversity is a vital part of successful diversity management and essential for excellent science, successful learning and the integration of different perspectives and backgrounds.

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

The University of Stuttgart is a signatory of the Diversity Charta. The goal is to create an open-minded working environment that recognizes and promotes diversity. Open mindedness, tolerance, respect and fairness are the basis for working together in everyday university life and for achieving organizational goals. 

Diversity model

The Stuttgarter Weg (Stuttgart Way), the guiding principle of networked disciplines, characterizes the special profile of the University of Stuttgart and has become one of its trademarks. Cultural diversity and consistent cooperation of complementary disciplines facilitate the use of different approaches. In combination with an agile administrative structure, this opens up unique opportunities and increases the competitiveness of the University of Stuttgart. . Therefore, the University of Stuttgart strengthens the networking of different thematic and methodological approaches to knowledge in research and teaching. 

The University of Stuttgart will continue to promote diversity as a research topic in the future. In late 2009, the Institute for Diversity Studies in Engineering (IDS) was established at the University of Stuttgart for this purpose. The IDS investigates the innovation potential of diversity and distinctions between socio-technical systems in the context of digital transformation.

Diversity dimensions

The University of Stuttgart provides a space for its members to develop their personal potential and be successful in their tasks and goals. Diversity, equal opportunities, and inclusion provide the framework for a productive and effective work and study environment.  With its diversity concept the university addresses various dimensions and derives a variety of diversity measures from them.

The University of Stuttgart is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for men and women both during their studies and in the field of science as a whole.

The University of Stuttgart established the Gender Consulting Service for the implementation of the “Research-Oriented Gender Equality Standards” from the German Research Foundation (DFG). This service assists scientists in including gender aspects when they write a research proposal. The service also supports management staff in integrating the principles of gender equality into the portfolio of their leadership understanding. 

Since there are different personal life situations, different strategies arise to combine university and private life.

The University of Stuttgart provides various support services for employees and students to make working and studying conditions more family-friendly. The university has already received several awards for its family-friendliness.

The research project “LSBTTIQ in Baden and Wuerttemberg” investigates the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, trans- and intersexual as well as queer persons in the period of National Socialism.

The Student Counseling Center (ZSB) is the University of Stuttgart’s professional counseling center for all concerns of prospective and current students, including all diversity dimensions.

Student Counseling Center

In intergenerational learning, students and non-degree seeking students of all ages are working and learning together, thereby broadening and complementing their particular perspectives.

Center for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

The Officer for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses gives advice and support to prospective and current students in all disability-related issues.

The Board of Representatives for Disabled Persons/Employees/Students promotes the integration of disabled persons into university life and into their particular workplace. It represents their interests and gives them advice and support.

The Health Management team takes care of health promotion measures and advises on issues relating to addiction support, workplace integration management, and conflicts.

The Working Group “Accessible Campus” promotes the removal of barriers on the campus and better accessibility of buildings and technology.

Current studies show that the socio-cultural background of a student can have a significant influence on the success of their university studies or on the reasons why they terminate their studies.
The University of Stuttgart established the Working Group on Education and Social Inequality in order to enable equal opportunities for all students. The working group aims to develop appropriate measures to mitigate the study problems that stem from social inequality. In addition, secondary school students and university students who will be the first in their family to complete a university degree can find a mentor at ArbeiterKind.de who will help with all questions related to university studies.

We believe that excellent science is made possible through a multi-perspective approach, in which international and intercultural perspectives are discussed, and methods, content, programs, and working practice are acted upon in a wide range of collaborations. Therefore, the University of Stuttgart promotes its internationalization. A large number of services make it easier for students, researchers, and new immigrants to start their life in Germany.

As one of the university’s unique features, the intensively practiced Stuttgarter Weg (Stuttgart Way) shows what can be achieved when top-level scientists from a variety of disciplines work together. In this sense, the success of the University of Stuttgart is only possible through the cooperation of all university members with their different disciplinary orientations and talents.

Diversity in action at the University of Stuttgart

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Projects

Contributions

Diversity concept

The diversity concept serves to bundle the activities and positioning of the University of Stuttgart and will be integrated into the structural and development plan 2021-2025.

This image shows Silke Wieprecht
Prof. Dr.

Silke Wieprecht

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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