Family-friendly University

Students and staff should be able to opt for a career and a family. So, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is committed to providing family-friendly working conditions.

Family-friendly University

Universities have been looking for sustainable models to create family-friendly working and studying conditions for a number of years.

To this end, the family-friendly University  audit was created by the NGO Hertie Foundation together with the University of Trier.

Its goal is to achieve a balance between the interests of universities and the family commitments of students and staff.

Since 2006, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences has been recognized as a family-friendly university. Later re-audits were carried out in 2009, 2012 and 2017. In 2017, the University’s  certificate was extended for a further three years.

Head of the project
to implement the goals of the family-friendly university audit:

Prof. Christel Althaus
Tel. +49 (0) 711 397-4572

Family-friendly university service center ®
Annemarie Graffé

Tel. +49 (0) 711 397-3600

Contact point for students
Zentrale Studienberatung
Tel. +49 (0) 711 397-3212

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Family-friendly work and study

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences undertakes a variety of activities at different levels and in different areas to ensure that conditions for working and studying are family-friendly. Since receiving its certification in 2006, measures have been structured and systematically further developed.  

The goal is to improve the satisfaction of staff and students. The University also wants to remain attractive to new staff and students.

A selection of measures that have already been implemented

  • Taking family matters into account in the way studies are organised, for example:
    • In meeting deadlines, a child’s illness has the same weight as a student’s illness
    • Practical placements/internships can be extended if the student has care-giving responsibilities
  • Child-care center for children aged between 1-3 on the hilltop campus, Flandernstrasse, run by the Students Union
  • Child-friendly cafeteria (Mensa), e.g. highchairs for children
  • Case by case working from home according to family requirements
  • Alternating teleworking
  • Flexible working hours
  • In academic appointments, and when assessing academic qualifications, Senate may not use irregularities in the person’s C.V. against them, for example, career breaks or reduced working hours due to caring for a child/children or dependent relatives.

You can find the agreed goals from 2017 here.

A group of people that take responsibility for each other

“Family” means a union of partners or a multi-generational community with parents, children, siblings and grandparents.

This community is characterised by the fact that its members take responsibility for one another.

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