CAU does very well in CEWS Gender Equality Rankings

Very good results in almost all areas - Schleswig-Holstein lands in the top group

In the current “Ranking of higher education institutions by gender aspects 2019” published by GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Kiel University (CAU) has succeeded in jumping to the second best ranking group for the first time. There were only three universities ranked better nationwide. The ranking by the "CEWS Center of Excellence Women and Science" is considered to be an important instrument of quality assurance for equal opportunities at universities. It compares achievements by the universities towards equality between women and men using quantitative indicators, continuously and nationwide. This year's ranking incorporates data from 292 universities; the overall ranking provides information about 63 universities, 134 universities of applied sciences and 44 art colleges.

"Our excellent performance in 2019 shows that as an institution, we have made great strides in gender equality in recent years," said the Vice President responsible for academic affairs, international affairs and diversity at the CAU, Professor Anja Pistor-Hatam, thanking those involved in all areas of the university for their efforts. In 2011, the university was still ranked in the second-lowest ranking group. "Only two universities were worse than us then," said Pistor-Hatam. Since then, the CAU has made consistent progress in gender equality. Now, the goal is to stabilise this positive development.

Very good results in almost all evaluation areas

The CEWS ranking is made up of various indicators, from doctoral research right through to professorial appointments. With a well-balanced gender ratio for completed doctoral degrees, the CAU has remained in the top group here for a long time. The increase in the proportion of women amongst scientific staff (excluding professorships) was so good in the past five years, that the state university was able to jump from the middle to the top group for this indicator. The greatest progress has been made in professorships (W2, W3). The proportion of women appointed at the CAU rose from the lowest to the middle group. Regarding the rate of change in the period between 2012 and 2017, which is also assessed, the CAU landed in 9th place out of over 100 universities, and thus rose to the top group nationwide.

For the Head of the Central Office for Gender Equality, Diversity and Family, Dr Iris Werner, the measurable successes are evidence "that the CAU is on the right track with its systematic and consistent gender equality work. Especially the successes in professorships and appointments require a sustained effort, due to structural reasons. Two critical success factors here are our appointment procedure rules, with numerous effective regulations on equal opportunity, quality assurance and transparency, as well as the professional commitment of the part-time equal opportunity commissioners in the faculties, who are in close contact with the central equal opportunity commissioner." However, the current success is no cause to sit back and relax. Werner says "With a ratio of women of only 25 percent amongst all professors, there is still plenty of room for improvement. With our new Future Gender Equality Concept, we want to reach the target of 40 percent within the next ten years."

Schleswig-Holstein in the top group

In the overall assessment of the federal states in 2019, Schleswig-Holstein achieved a place in the top group for the first time, regarding the assessment of gender equality achievements at its universities. Only the states of Berlin and Brandenburg achieved an even better position in the current gender equality ranking. Hamburg landed in the same ranking group. All other federal states had lower rankings. Regarding doctoral researchers and scientific staff, Schleswig-Holstein even managed first place amongst all federal states. Regarding appointments (2013-17), it still managed a proud third place. And regarding the proportion of female professors, which can only be increased very slowly for structural reasons, Schleswig-Holstein has progressed from last place to tenth place in the past two years. These successes at the state level are not only due to the CAU, but its good performance has played a significant role as the only university in the state which could be ranked for all indicators.

Link to Kiel University’s Future Gender Equality Concept (PDF, in German)


Dr. Iris Werner
Head of the Central Office for Gender Equality, Diversity and Family


Dr. Boris Pawlowski