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University of Basel

Diversity and Sustainability

Diversität und Nachhaltigkeit


The University of Basel has around 13,000 students and 5,000 employees from over 100 nations. The University of Basel is an organization that values and promotes the varied potential of its members, regardless of age, religion, gender, cultural heritage, sexual orientation or disability. This diversity offers significant potential for innovation within an open, tolerant, creative and productive working culture; it is both the challenge and the precondition of an excellent university. Over the last 20 years, the University of Basel has focused on equal opportunities for men and women, accessibility, and promoting internationality, and has successfully implemented these aspects in numerous projects and programs. The University of Basel is aware of its socital and educational responsibility and aims to act as a role model in terms of equal opportunities for all. Accordingly, it takes on the challenge of supporting diversity for the benefit of its members and the university as a whole.


Sustainability is a driving principle and integral part of the University of Basel, which encourages sustainability-related topics in research and teaching and promotes knowledge transfer and the sustainable management of its resources. With this guiding principle, it works towards sustainable development and the achievement of the sustainable development goals, and strengthens its excellent position among Swiss universities in the area of sustainability. To achieve this, sustainability aspects are integrated into and systematically linked with all relevant workflows and decision-making processes in research, teaching and management, and key figures detailing the university’s use of ecological, economic and social resources are reported. In addition, as a research institution committed to excellence, the University of Basel creates new insights into sustainability-related topics and conducts interdisciplinary research projects to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This expertise is used within the university and in close collaboration with social partners to promote sustainability. The University of Basel incorporates sustainability into its teaching and designs its teaching in a sustainable way. It calls for, promotes and develops the skills required to train its students and doctoral students as agents of change for sustainability.

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