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Diversity, Equality, Family

Freie Universität Berlin is committed to promoting gender equity and equal opportunities at all levels, and to fighting discrimination wherever this occurs. 

This commitment means acknowledging and appreciating the many differences and commonalities between groups of people at our university, as well as dismantling the barriers that prevent university members from receiving equal treatment and getting the most out of life at Freie Universität Berlin, whether they study, research, or work here. In line with our founding principles, core values, and sense of community, Freie Universität Berlin is dedicated to honoring and promoting diversity. At the same time, it strives to identify exclusionary mechanisms, critically reflect on them, and ultimately dismantle them.

This critical approach to questions of equity and equality involves thinking about how gender intersects with other discriminatory categories. This perspective also requires us to consider gender as a multifaceted concept that surpasses the binary model and to resist modes of essentializing gender and gender roles.

Further, Freie Universität Berlin is committed to enabling its students and staff to balance university life with family responsibilities. We have put a range of measures in place to support our members in balancing study, work, and family life and are a certified “family friendly” university.


Freie Universität has a long history of successfully promoting diversity and dismantling inequalities. This dedication has won us several awards – for example the Total E-Quality award distinction for diversity (2017, 2021) and regular certification as a “family friendly” university since 2007.

The Executive Board approved Freie Universität’s first Diversity Strategy and Action Plan in February 2021, a document that defines our understanding of diversity and antidiscrimination at the university and sets out our aims and measures in this area for the 2021‒2023 period. 

Freie Universität Berlin is also committed to using inclusive, gender-neutral language when communicating with its members and the world. This commitment is reflected in new regulations that apply to all official communication at Freie Universität. University members are encouraged to incorporate nondiscriminatory language into their day-to-day communication.

From 2020‒2023, Freie Universität Berlin will be participating in an organizational development process in conjunction with the Diversity Audit of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (an association made up of companies and foundations devoted to promoting improvements in the fields of education, science, and innovation). This process will support us in tackling issues surrounding antidiscrimination and diversity and coming closer to achieving our objectives. 

Equal Opportunities

Freie Universität Berlin has a proud history of promoting gender equity:

  • It has held a Total-E-Quality rating since 2002.
  • Since 2005, Freie Universität Berlin has been one of the top universities in the nation-wide ranking conducted by the Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS) based on various aspects of gender equity and their implementation.
  • Since 2007, Freie Universität has been a certified “family friendly” university.
  • In 2018, Freie Universität co-founded the association “Familie in der Hochschule e. V.” (Family at the University).
  • In 2018, Freie Universität was given the “Outstanding Equal Opportunity!” distinction – one of only ten German universities awarded the honor – as part of the German federal and state governments’ female professors program. This achievement is a result of the university’s strong professional development and recruiting processes that support female academics on their way to becoming professors.

Freie Universität Berlin’s new Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plan was approved by the Academic Senate in February 2021. It includes preexisting regulations and self-imposed policies, establishes goals and benchmarks to be achieved by 2026, and identifies some preliminary measures as examples of actions that apply to specific areas of the university.

Freie Universität has introduced gender policy monitoring as part of its aim to define goals, develop measures, and monitor the implementation of policies promoting equal opportunities, as well as to professionalize administrative support.

The Chief Gender Equality Officer of Freie Universität Berlin and her team support the Executive Board and central committees of Freie Universität Berlin in implementing legislative requirements related to gender equity.


Freie Universität Berlin considers “family” to be any constellation where members take on long-term social responsibility – regardless of the specific make-up of this constellation.

The Dual Career & Family Service provides advice and supports university members in balancing work, studies, and family life. University members and students can contact this service with regard to any care responsibilities they may have – this includes not only children but also other dependents. 

The studierendenWERK BERLIN daycare center for members of Freie Universität Berlin is located next to our campus in Dahlem. It offers places for 180 young children. The daycare spots are open to children of university members from the various universities and colleges around Berlin, with priority given to the families of students and employees at Freie Universität Berlin.

The Dual Career Service is a cornerstone of Freie Universität Berlin’s work to promote equal opportunities. Here, we support the life partners of newly appointed professors in finding a job in Berlin. The Dual Career Service provides a wide range of support options tailored to the needs and requirements of specific individuals. It offers comprehensive support services for partners looking for career possibilities in Berlin, as well as childcare options.