Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities & Gender Mainstreaming

  Gender Governance of RWTH Aachen University Copyright: © Equal Opportunities Office, RWTH Aachen University

Equality and equal opportunities are fundamental principles of the university culture at RWTH Aachen University – in research, teaching, studies and careers as well as in the university management.


At the management level, gender and diversity management is anchored in the Vice-Rectorate for Human Resources Management and Development and the Vice-Rectorate for International Affairs. They cooperate closely with the Rectorate Staff Unit Integration Team - Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management (IGaD) and the Equal Opportunities Office. Since 2007, IGaD has been the central point of contact for the coordination and networking of all processes and activities in the context of gender, diversity and inclusion. The Equal Opportunities Officer supports the university in fulfilling its legal mandate under the NRW State Equal Opportunity Act. The university is also supported in equal opportunity matters by the Senate's Equal Opportunity Commission.

As a strategic cross-cutting issue, equality is integrated into the university's development planning and firmly anchored in central concepts and guidelines. In addition to the Equality Concept 2017-2022, which explicitly aims at equal opportunities in all areas of RWTH, these include the preamble of the Basic Regulations as well as RWTH mission statement, the "Strategy RWTH 2020", the guideline for protection against discrimination according to the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) of RWTH or the framework plan for the equal opportunity plans of the faculties.

For the employees and students of RWTH there are numerous central offers and measures, such as the AGG Complaint Office, the Family Services Center of the Equal Opportunities Office, offers and programs for pupils and prospective students as well as the research group Gender and Diversity in Engineering Sciences.

Gender strategy - increasing the proportion of women at all status levels

Gender equality is and remains a core concern of RWTH. In order to sustainably increase the proportion of women at all academic levels as well as in the science-supporting area, the university set itself target figures in its Institutional Strategy I back in 2008 , the fulfillment of which it is striving to achieve through correspondingly comprehensive gender equality measures. The share of women in professorships is to be increased to 25 percent in 2030.


RWTH Aachen University regularly faces relevant Certification and Competition Procedures in the area of equal opportunities. For example, the university has regularly been awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY rating since 2005. Since 2018, RWTH has been permanently certified as a family-friendly university.

As a member of the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG), RWTH committed to the DFG's Research-Oriented Equality Standards for the second time in 2017. A visible expression of this is the service Gender Consulting for Research Proposals and Projects , which advises research applicants on the gender and diversity content of proposals and supports third-party funded projects in developing and implementing appropriate measures. Together with the University of Cologne, RWTH also developed Guidelines on Equal Opportunities in 2018 as joint standards for strengthening diversity, diversity of perspectives and equal opportunities. Other signatories are the TH Köln, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

In addition, RWTH is involved in three EU projects on implementing institutional change in science and research through the implementation of gender equality plans: Supporting and implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research (SPEAR), CHAlleNging Gender (In)Equality in science and research (CHANGE) and Leading Towards Sustainable Gender Equality Plans in research performing organizations (LeTSGEPs).