Due in part to the founding history of the university, Freie Universität Berlin and its members know that a higher education institution has a special responsibility to give back to society, and they are dedicated to meeting that responsibility.
Support for Gender Equality
Freie Universität supports gender equality in a variety of ways, including in its appointment policies, internal university agreements on goals for research and teaching activities, and special programs. With women holding more than 30 percent of professorships, Freie Universität leads the nation in gender equality in tenured positions. The university has also received the Total E-Quality Award three times in a row for its exemplary personnel management policies, which aim to provide equal opportunity for all.
Women's and Gender Studies has a long tradition at Freie Universität. More than 60 professors conduct research and teach at Freie Universität Berlin in the field of gender research.
GenderNet Freie Universität is an innovative, flexible structure that the university established with the intention of strengthening both areas of activity, creating a platform for dialog between the two, and paving the way for new forms of cooperation.
Freie Universität goes to extensive efforts to make having a family and pursuing a career compatible aims for everyone affiliated with the university. Freie Universität, the first family-friendly higher education institution in the German capital city, received certification under the Family-Friendly Higher Education Audit (audit familiengerechte Hochschule) program in 2007. A dedicated Family Support Center helps faculty and staff members and students balance family and work or an academic career.
Freie Universität Berlin helps the spouses or life partners of scholars and scientists find appropriate work opportunities. The aim of this initiative is to increase the compatibility of work and family life and – together with the other academic and scientific institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg – to enhance the region’s attractiveness as a site of academic and scientific endeavors. The Dual Career Network Berlin-Brandenburg is based at Freie Universität.