On December 10, 2023, berufundfamilie Service GmbH certifies that Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences has once again successfully completed the family-friendly university audit for the 7th time. As one of the longest certified universities, Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society has been awarded the certificate permanently without any restrictions.
As part of the dialog process, the existing offers for the compatibility of studies, career and family were assessed and a program of action for family-friendly study conditions and a family-conscious personnel policy was defined. The resulting measures 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.
Demographic change, 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 Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences 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 students dropping out and the length of their studies.
Over the past 18 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, home office, family-friendly infrastructure such as breastfeeding and changing rooms, consideration of the special situation of students 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.
The university has set itself goals for the next three years that will deepen its family-conscious staff and student policy and anchor it even more firmly in the university culture. This should ensure the sustainability of the measures already implemented and the newly agreed measures.