For some years now, universities have been the subject of large-scale pushes toward reform, both from within and from outside. Freie Universität has made its equal opportunity policy a part of all of its efforts toward reform.
Agreements on goals and performance-oriented allocation of funds are the main control instruments, along with a basic budget, that determine the volume of financing for the departments and central institutes. Both instruments involve gender equality. The departments and central institutes, for their part, are obligated to include equal opportunity as a criterion in their agreements on goals with the academic and scientific institutions as well as in their internal allocation of funding.
In the higher education reform process involved in switching nearly all courses of study, including those aimed at teaching credentials, to bachelor’s and master’s programs, gender aspects have been and continue to be integrated into regulations governing university programs and examinations.
As confirmation of Freie Universität’s commitment to equal opportunity, the university received the audit familiengerechte hochschule (Family-Friendly Higher Education Audit) certificate for 2007, 2010, and 2014, and the Total E-Quality Award for 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014.
The history of promotion of women at Freie Universität includes the C1/C2 Program, the implementation of the Higher Education Knowledge Program, and the incentive system – tools that form the basis for today’s programs aimed at supporting women and encouraging their advancement.