Germany (Technische Universität Dresden) Further strengthening the compatibility of work, studies and family: TUD joins the association “Familie in der Hochschule”

Family-friendly and flexible working and study conditions are important cornerstones for a modern employer and educational institution like TU Dresden.

It is part of the university’s self-image to promote talents and to make the best possible use of the potential of all members. Since 2007, TU Dresden has been certified as a family-friendly university and has established many offers from childcare to nursing advice. In addition, there are numerous regulations to support students and employees in reconciling the various obligations in study, work and family.

In order to exchange ideas with other universities in an even more targeted manner and to further improve the offers, TU Dresden is joining the association of the same name today by signing the “Family in the University” charter in Munich.

“In the association ‘Familie in der Hochschule’ we want to set important signals for more family orientation in exchange with other universities,” explains Marion Schmidt, Chief Communication Officer of TU Dresden, who signed the charter as a representative of the Extended Rectorate. “As a University of Excellence in particular, we see how critical a family-friendly environment is in appointment negotiations with top international scientists.”

TUD would also like to design new projects in the future to strengthen fathers. “If we strengthen fathers in their family role, we also strengthen mothers in their professional role,” says Franziska Schneider, coordinator for family-friendliness at TUD. She and her team are also committed to helping university members care for their loved ones. In the future, TU Dresden would like to aim for concrete improvements in everyday working life by establishing alternative leadership models, such as part-time leadership or shared leadership.

TU Dresden provides students and employees with a number of support services, such asflexible working time models and part-time studies, with which they have the opportunity to reconcile their time and place of work and study with their personal needs. In addition, there are variouschildcare services: In threecampus-related facilities and a day-care centre, there are almost 60 places for the children of TUD employees. The Studentenwerk Dresden offers childcare services for students. In the event of short-term bottlenecks, flexible childcare also helps. Holiday programmes have been developed for school children (5th to 8th grade). Thecampus office Uni mit Kind – a cooperation institution of TUD and Studentenwerk Dresden – is the central point of contact for students and employees with families at the university with its extensive range of services. Since July 2019, TUD members have also had access toindependent nursing adviceon campus.