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HWG LU once again honored for sustainable family-friendly working and study conditions

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Family-friendly studying and working at the HWG LU (Image: HWG LU)

This week, berufundfamilie Service GmbH certified that the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society (HWG LU) has once again successfully completed the family-friendly university audit for the 7th time. As part of the dialog process, the existing offers for the compatibility of studies, career and family were assessed and a further action program for family-friendly study conditions and a family-conscious personnel policy was defined. The resulting objectives will be implemented over the next three years.

Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences was the first university in Germany to be audited as a family-friendly university back in 2002 and sees a family-conscious approach to employees and students as an integral part of its organization.

Politicians from all parties agree that family support is a priority. Demographic change, the shortage of skilled workers, the increasing career orientation and increasing qualifications of women, the changing understanding of family roles, the development towards a knowledge society and the importance of knowledge as a competitive factor are just some of the social and economic developments that are bringing the issue of reconciling work/study and family into focus and highlighting the need for family support and a family-conscious personnel policy.

The fundamental intention of the HWG LU is to achieve a balance between university interests and the interests of employees and students. This is reflected, among other things, in

  • a relaxed training and work situation for students and employees with family responsibilities
  • equal opportunities between employees or students with and without family responsibilities and
  • efficient staff deployment and a reduction in drop-outs and the length of studies.

Over the past 21 years, Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences has implemented a wide range of measures such as establishing the topic of reconciling work/study and family life as a permanent topic in all management and leadership meetings, flexible working time models, mobile working, family-friendly infrastructure such as breastfeeding and nappy-changing rooms, consideration of the special situation of students who are raising children or caring for relatives in study and examination regulations, mission statements, the development of an in-house further education program and the introduction of occupational health management.

For the next three years, the university has set itself the goal of further deepening its family-conscious personnel and student policy and anchoring it even more firmly in the university culture, according to the Equal Opportunities Officer, Prof. Dr. Petra Weber-Dreßler. "In this way, we want to ensure the sustainability of the measures already implemented and the newly agreed measures," Weber-Dreßler continued.

Specialist contact:
Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society
Coordination Office for Equal Opportunities and Diversity
Prof. Dr. Petra Weber-Dreßler
Equal Opportunities Officer
Tel. 0621/5203-200
petra.weber-dressler@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de

Student with baby
Family-friendly studying and working at the HWG LU (Image: HWG LU)

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