Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity and International Affairs

Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity & International Affairs Welcome to our Website

The role and key responsibilities of the Vice-Rectorate for Social Responsibility, Diversity & International Affairs’s can be found on this page, including current projects and points of contact.

Role and Key Responsibilities of the Vice-Rectorate

Key Principles Underpinning the Partnership between University and Society
  • Drafting social responsibility guidelines
  • Drafting decisions about the principles underlying the mandate for inclusive education, the development of viable scientific standards, and the contribution towards a sustainable social and economic transformation in the Rhine and Ruhr regions
Developing the Infrastructure for Partnerships between University and Society
  • Expanding and consolidating regionally embedded collaboration as well as further development of international partnerships and contacts. Developing a draft plan for an international network of post-industrial regional science and research hubs.
  • Supporting pilot projects funded by third parties for sustainable and inclusive social and infrastructural change
  • Developing the principles and models underpinning educational equity and participation in scientific knowledge building (in partnership with the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning and the Vice-Rector for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer)
Embedding of Research and Teaching at UDE
  • Providing structured incentives for research in the fields of social engagement, diversity, and international openness (in partnership with the Vice-Rector for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer)
  • Hardwiring social responsibility, diversity, and international openness into quality improvement and quality assurance tools
  • Opening up and rendering more flexible the range and structure of degree courses offered at the university, opening the university to “non-traditional target groups” (in partnership with the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning)
  • Strengthening all university staff’s understanding and application of diversity principles
  • Supervising equality initiatives; systematically incorporating gender and inclusion strategies in HR policies and the introduction of measures to make the university a family-friendly place to work and study
Supporting Research, Teaching and Administration of Science with an Explicit International Focus
  • Collaborating with the German Academic Exchange Service and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s programme for increasing the international mobility of researchers and scientists
  • Supporting the relevant Commissions with the recruitment of international researchers and scientists
  • Strengthening the Erasmus Exchange Programme for students and lecturers
Programme Leadership and Management
  • Transfer audit (in partnership with the Vice-Rector for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer)
  • Diversity audit
  • Family-friendly university audit
  • Internationalisation@Home audit
  • Entry route Entrance to Expertise
  • Chance hoch 2/ (“Opportunity Squared” programme)
  • OnTOP|UDE (“OnTOP” Programme for immigrant academics)
  • Online diversity platform Kompetenz Diversity Management (KomDim)
  • UDE diversity portal Pro Diversität (“Pro Diversity”) and mentoring portal DiMento
  • Working group “Inclusive University”
  • Working group “Diversity”

The Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity & International Affairs has the following additional roles and responsibilities:

  • Chair or member of a variety of internal comittees and non-academic external panels, commissions, advisory boards, working groups, and topic-focused external representation of the university

Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity and International Affairs

Reach the Vice-Rector Contact

Vice-Rector
Professorin Dr. Barbara Buchenau

Executive Assistant
Dr. Mayannah N. Dahlheim

Secretariat
Markus Jacobi