In the area of equal opportunities, RWTH has defined a number of goals whose attainment shall be measured with the help of indicators. By 2020, the proportion of female professors shall be 20 percent; by 2030, it shall be 30 percent. With the help of the so-called cascade model, equal opportunities quotas for the different levels of qualification are determined. The current gender equality ratios of the individual groups to ensure equal opportunities for women and men in the appointment of professors (W2 and W3 professorships) can be found in our intranet .
The data collected as part of the gender monitoring process make it possible to observe the representation of women and men in the various university groups and track developments over time. This makes it possible to detect progress, stagnation, or even setbacks, verify the effectiveness of measures in place, and to take further action accordingly. Moreover, gender monitoring enables benchmarking with other universities at the national and international levels.
The annual Gender Ticker provides an overview of the proportions of men and women in the various University groups, such as students, doctoral candidates, junior professors, et cetera.
The MINT Ticker provides an overview of the development of female student numbers in the STEM courses of study at RWTH Aachen since the winter semester of 2005/2006. Remarkably, the proportion of female students in the biology and architecture courses of study is more than 50 percent, while women are clearly underrepresented in computer science, physics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering and information technology. In these courses of study, the proportion of women is below 20 percent, and the numbers of women taking up studies in these subjects is rising very slowly.
The graphics show the development of the proportions of women and men in the different university groups (students, doctoral candidates, professors, et cetera) at RWTH Aachen since the winter semester of 2005/2006. It is evident that the proportion of women is below that of men in all university groups.
The graphics gives an overview of the number of men and women who went on parental leave at RWTH Aachen since 2013. Distinctly more women than men go on parental leave. As of 2013, only 11 to 15 percent of RWTH staff going on parental leave are men. Nationally, according to the Federal Statistical Office, 22 percent of those applying for parental benefits in 2016 were fathers.
As part of their new two-stage reporting requirements, the German Research Foundation, DFG, has asked universities to provide quantitative data on the equal opportunities situation at their institution. In the second stage, the DFG asks for the number of female researchers involved in research projects for which funding is applied for.
Based on this data, the DFG will analyze and deliberate on the equal opportunities situation at German universities. The data provided by RWTH are as follows: