Equal opportunity and diversity

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

The University of Stuttgart promotes equal opportunity for women and men in all areas and fields of activity. It regards the diversity of its members and employees as a positive, as source and guarantee of innovative ideas and developments. That we treat one another fairly is taken for granted – regardless of status, religion, age, origin and gender.

The University of Stuttgart recognizes that excellent science is only possible when approached from multiple perspectives, anchoring international and intercultural points of view by the kinds of questions it poses, methods, programs and work practices and initiating and nurturing diverse collaborations.

This is what attracts students and scientists from all over the world to our university. Our graduates know how to act responsibly in different contexts both at home and abroad.

The University of Stuttgart ensures that no one is excluded from an academic career or hindered on the way to one for reasons that have nothing to do with academia, be it gender, ethnicity, age, or health.

The University of Stuttgart is committed to promoting equal opportunities, diversity and a healthy study-work-life balance in the academic realm and community, offering comprehensive support in the following areas:

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.

To implement the „research-oriented equal opportunities standards” of the German Research Foundation, the University of Stuttgart hast established the Service Gender Consulting. This service helps scientists to incorporate gender aspects into their research projects. Furthermore, managers will be supported in the integration of equal opportunity principles in their management portfolio.

Internationalization is one of the University of Stuttgart's strategic goals. The university has established global partnerships ensure the development of a comprehensive teaching and research network. The numerous projects on offer help students, researchers and refugees get a good start in Germany.

Current studies show that students’ socio-cultural backgrounds can have a considerable effect on their success at university, or rather on the reason for dropping out of a study program. To give all students an equal chance, the University of Stuttgart has created the Research Group for Education and Social Inequality. This group aims to develop suitable strategies to reduce the problems related to social inequality. School pupils and students who are the first in their family to aspire to a university education can also find additional help from mentors at ArbeiterKind.de, who can help with any university-related issues or questions.

Our integrational learning service helps students and guest students of all ages work and study together, widening their individual perspectives.

Die University of Stuttgart also offers a range of supportive services for employees and students to ensure family-friendly working and studying conditions. The university has received several awards for being family-oriented.

Those representing students with disabilities or chronic illnesses support and advise students and prospective students, answering any questions or solving any disability-related issues.

Our service for severely disabled students works to ensure the inclusion of severely disabled people in the university and its services. They are there to represent your interests and offer advice and support.

The health management service works to ensure the implementation of health promotion measures and offers advice on issues such as addiction, corporate integration management and conflict.

The Barrier-Free Campus group is committed to removing barriers at the university and ensuring disability access to all buildings and technology.

The research project “LSBTTIQ in Baden und Württemberg” is researching stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual and queer people from the Nazi era.

The Student Counseling Center is the University of Stuttgart's professional counseling center for all matters concerning students and prospective students.

Designing diversity

The assumption that all students at German universities are of German nationality is long passé. Studying directly after completing high school is also no longer the norm. Many students come from abroad, or have partaken in vocational training, or are only able to study part-time because they have to care for relatives, for example.

To ensure equal opportunities at university, Rector Prof. Wolfram Ressel has signed the Diversity Charta, with the aim of ensuring that students, teachers and all those active in the fields of science, administration and technology are able to work in an environment that promotes diversity and is free of judgement.

Diversity in research

The University of Stuttgart shows its commitment to the subject of diversity with its specially developed professorship "Diversity Studies in Engineering Sciences".

The institute’s research interests focus on “Diversity Management”, for example in human resources. In terms of diversity in processes and technical systems, we concentrate on topics such as our handling of climate and renewal, innovation and knowledge management and the dynamics of changing processes in company's and networks, in addition to empirical methods off social research, modelling and simulation processes.

Monilola Olayioye
Prof. Dr.

Monilola Olayioye

Vice Rector for Early Career Researchers and Diversity

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