Gender Affairs and Equal Opportunity

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is dedicated to the promotion of equal opportunities as an integral part of daily life. This strategy is an essential aspect of all major mission statements and concepts, and it is anchored in the Charter of the University.

The effectiveness of the equal opportunity program and measures has been demonstrated by their success: Mainz University has achieved excellent placements in terms of its equality policies in the rankings of the Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS). Furthermore, JGU is rated among the top group with regard to numbers of women earning a doctorate and leads the field when it comes to the extent with which the university has increased the percentage of women employed as academic staff below the level of tenured professor as well as the frequency of appointment of women to professorships since 2008. In the overall German university ranking, JGU is in the second best group, equivalent to rank 4 to 12 among the total of 65 listed universities.

As a result of its continuous efforts to improve gender equality, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz received the TOTAL E-QUALITY Award for the fourth time in a row in 2014.

One of the most constructive features of the equality strategies employed by JGU is its differentiated focus on various career phases of young female academics. Here, particular emphasis is placed on the critical mid-career phase after the doctorate. The Program for Young Women Academics (ProWeWin) and subject-based mentoring programs for this group (in medicine, the STEM fields, the humanities, and social sciences) provide a broad range of services aimed at the target groups.

The main agents that work to promote equality at JGU are the Senate Gender Equality Representative, the Gender Equality Representatives of the various faculties, the Gender Equality Committee, and the Office of Gender Affairs and Equal Opportunities.