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.
Diversity is essential: For excellent science, for successful teams, and for our personal development. The variety of perspectives is the basis for successful learning and respectful action, and it is an important part of our university culture.Prof. Dr. Monilola Olayioye, Vice Rector for Early Career Researchers and Diversity
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.
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.
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.
- Research project “LSBTTIQ in Baden and Wuerttemberg”Living Environments, Repression and Persecution in the Period of National Socialism and in the Federal Republic of Germany (Public History project) [en]
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.
In intergenerational learning, students and non-degree seeking students of all ages are working and learning together, thereby broadening and complementing their particular perspectives.
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.
- “International Higher Education Institution” audit by the German Rectors’ Conference
- Service of the International Division for incomings/outgoings (students)
- Welcome Center for International Scholars
- Welcome Campus for refugees
- Language Center
- International Office; Department for German as a Foreign Language
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
- Working Group Accessible Campus: This working group is committed to reducing structural, technical and digital barriers.
- Working group "Education and Social Inequality": this working group develops appropriate measures to mitigate problems at university that arise due to social inequality.
- Corporate health management: The task and goal of Corporate Health Management is to sustainably integrate health promotion into everyday working life at the University of Stuttgart.
- Diversity in teaching [de]: What does diversity in teaching mean, and how is it possible to implement productive and respectful cooperation in university courses?
- Dual Career Service: The Dual Career Service supports new professors and their partners in their new start at the University of Stuttgart.
- Family-friendly university: The service Uni & Family offers support programs for employees and students to ensure that conditions for working and studying are family-friendly.
- Life Cycle Mentoring Programs: TryScience, StartScience
- Onboarding offer [de]: The Onboarding program offers new employees everything they need to ensure they get off to a good start.
- Steering Committee Internationalization [de]: Advisory committee on internationalization at the university.
- Diversity as a market advantage: Economist Dr. Ksenia Keplinger from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems spoke about "Unleashing the true potential of diversity and inclusion".
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.