Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity and International Affairs

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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