Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Self-Conception and Mission
The demographic shift, an increasing internationalization, and the opening of national labor markets all contribute to the increasing heterogeneity of the student body, professors and staff at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences.
In order to do justice to this development and its social mission, the HTWG Konstanz has expanded its targets on equal opportunity and educational justice to include diversity management as an important strategic task for the future.
The Equality Team supports the HTWG Konstanz in translating this approach to the areas of student marketing, promotion of junior staff, gender equality work and personnel and organizational development.
The implementation of actual gender equality between women and men and the effort towards promoting equal opportunity for all students and members of our university are now a given and an important part of the identity of the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences.
We take a gender mainstreaming approach to align our decisions, actions, and processes to the different interests and needs of women and men in order to promote the actual equality of the sexes.
Opportunities despite restrictions
People with disabilities want to be able to participate “normally" in the labor market, yet often have to deal with many preconceptions and prejudices. The diversity inclusion approach focuses on the personal strengths and potential of the individual. This approach opens up new possibilities.
The equality team offers targeted support measures to ensure that all students and university staff with disabilities can successfully study and work. We aim to confront taboos about disabilities and challenge performance stereotypes.
The world is our home
In the process of globalization and internationalization, our university as an educational and scientific institution is particularly called upon. An open-minded and intercultural approach are the basic prerequisites for success in almost all relevant areas in science. It is necessary to internationalize our programs, instruction and the service areas of the university, which of course requires appropriate skills. The diversity strategy and our team’s work represent the basic components of the internationalization targets of the HTWG Konstanz.
Multiple Generations Together
The demographic shift is leading to a reversal of the generation conditions and to new social challenges. The HTWG Konstanz is already facing these challenges, particularly in the areas of health promotion and human resource management. A university culture of appreciation that recognizes and values the potential of each individual, makes use of the different skills and experiences of its members at all ages and thus creates attractive jobs. Special workshops and course offerings allow the HTWG Konstanz to fulfil its educational mandate and provide lifelong learning for its employees.
Sexual orientation and identity
Sexual orientation and identity are frequently seen as private matters and thus become taboo in public. Legislation such as the General Equal Treatment Act do provide a certain amount of protection to affected persons and contribute to an increased openness in society. However, numerous discriminatory acts and ways of thinking are still common. Our team is committed to interacting with people in an unprejudiced manner. Our diversity film series, awareness-raising events, as well as bullying prevention measures help contribute to making sexual orientation no obstacle for students and employees.
Quality of Life and Compatibility
Living together as a family or caring for relatives require flexible solutions to help cope with these life new situations and phases. As a family-friendly university and recipient of the Total E-quality award we aim to continually improve the compatibility of studies/job and family through appropriate measures. We offer various services that provide advice and support to university staff and students.
- Diversity Film Series
Every semester we show free films on the subject of diversity at the HTWG Konstanz. They are profound, entertaining, extraordinary, and encourage people to think.
- Psychological Counseling Center
Are you suffering from test anxiety, having difficulties concentrating or experiencing physical problems that you can’t explain? The Psychotherapeutic Counselling Center at the „Studierendenwerk Seezeit“ can help. They offer students free support for these and other personal issues.
- Strong in Studies and Career
This workshop series, offered by the Intercultural Center, provides students the opportunity to gain important knowledge about their studies and jobs. Topics include: finding an internship, starting your own business, or assessment center training. It is possible to get Extra Curricular Program (Studium Generale) for these workshops.
- Female Professorships
At both the federal as well as the state level, the HTWG Konstanz is engaged in encouraging women to pursue careers as professors in technical fields. Funding programs, such as the visiting professorship program, are set up to facilitate the (re)entry of women into the academic world.
- Students with Students
This project sets up partnerships between student tutors and students with mental illnesses or disabilities, who are currently in psychotherapeutic therapy or have just completed an inpatient psychiatric treatment. The tutors help them to deal with test anxiety, uncertainty in social interactions, returning to the university / their studies, and other issues.
- Dual Career Service
The Dual Career Service at the HTWG Konstanz offers information and advising services for the partners of newly-hired professors, junior researchers and managers on how they can continue their professional careers.
- Family Service Center
Students and employees at the university, who are (expecting) parents, can get support from the Family Service Center on how to balance family and studies or profession. They receive information about our family-friendly campus and can sign up for one-on-one counseling.
- Mentoring Program
The Mentoring Program is a collaboration with the University of Konstanz. Here experienced women specialists from business, culture, politics and science help guide females students and doctoral candidates at the end of their studies to prepare for their careers.
- Soft Skills and Career
This is a support for girls and women in MINT fields. The activities include advising for schoolgirls in their orientation phase, information about scholarships, or support during their studies or starting their professional careers.
- Support with harassment, discrimination, mobbing or stalking
In the statutes for the promotion of a trusting cooperation between students and employees, the HTWG Konstanz does not tolerate any forms of discrimination and sexual violence.
For a list of the trusted persons, you can contact for consulting, please click here.