Creating a family-friendly universityAim of the audit family-friendly university®

  • Initiate and support a process to improve family-friendly personnel policies and family-friendly study conditions.
  • Creating a workable balance between university interests and staff and student concerns.

A multifunctional instrument

  • Management tool for the continuous improvement of a family-friendly personnel policy and family-friendly study conditions.
  • Adaptable to all university and technical college sizes and types.
  • Comprehensive catalog of criteria for implemented measures.
  • Measures systematized according to eight fields of action.
  • From 2018: programme of action adapted to the university (dialogue process)

Benefit of the audit

  • fulfill the statutory mandate for equality.
  • Improve competitiveness and university image.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of family-friendly personnel policy and family-friendly study conditions.
  • Network existing family-friendly measures and offers and provide impetus for new action strategies and measures.
  • Increase the motivation of employees and students.
  • Attract particularly qualified employees from research and teaching.
  • Create greater equality of opportunity between employees or students with and without family responsibilities.
  • Reduce study duration and dropout rate for family reasons.


  • First certification in 2005 (basic certificate)
  • 2008 (reaudit)
  • 2011 (consolidation phase)
  • 2014 (backup phase)
  • 2017 (dialogue procedure)
  • 2020 (dialogue day in October)

Next dialogue day in 2023.