Education Includes Diversity

Learning with and from each other is at the center of what higher education means to us. This approach calls for equality and respect for each other at all levels in universities of applied sciences. The integration of gender sensitivity and the perception of similarities and differences make up the basis for a high-quality education.

Universities of applied sciences have a special social responsibility for gender mainstreaming and diversity management, as they play an important role in the production and distribution of knowledge.

FHWien der WKW, one of Austria’s leading universities of applied sciences for management and communication, takes this responsibility seriously and is prepared to face up to these challenges.

University and Family Audit

The University and Family Audit was created as a management tool for making universities more family-friendly. The aim of this audit is to develop and implement family-oriented measures, so as to achieve a balance between the interests of the university, the needs of employees and the needs of students.

It was initiated in 2010 by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ) and was awarded to FHWien der WKW in 2012 for a three-year period. In 2015, FHWien der WKW was re-audited and now has certification until 2018.

Diversity Charter

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FHWien der WKW signed the diversity charter in May 2012. The charter was introduced in 2005 in France and has been implemented Europe-wide. The diversity charter for Austria was implemented upon an initiative between the Austrian Economic Chamber and the Vienna Economic Chamber in 2010.

The signing of the diversity charter is voluntary and promotes respect for all members of society – irrespective of gender, age, origin or skin color, sexual orientation, religion and belief, physical or mental disability.

Network of “Businesses for Families”

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Since July 2016, FHWien der WKW has been part of the network “Businesses for Families” (Unternehmen für Familien), an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Family and Youth (BMFJ) for networking between family-friendly companies and municipalities. FHWien der WKW signed up to demonstrate its commitment to improving the compatibility of family and work within the university.


Mag.a Mag.a Birgit Lang
Representative for Gender and Diversity, Representative for Handicapped Persons

Tel: + 43 (1) 476 77-5791

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