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University of Basel


As a place of work and education for around 19,000 people from over 100 countries, the University of Basel both relies on and is committed to diversity. It sees itself as an organization that values the different experiences and perspectives of its members and promotes their diverse strengths, regardless of age, religion, gender, gender identity, cultural background, language, social or professional status, lifestyle, political conviction, sexual orientation or disability.

This diversity offers significant potential for innovation within a completely open, creative and productive working culture; it is the challenge and the guarantee of an excellent university.

Practicing a culture of diversity means that these values are both clearly visible and understood as self-evident by the University of Basel and its members. Active diversity management promotes a culture of diversity in studies, research and administration and is characterized by freedom from discrimination and accessibility barriers. It is equality-oriented and family-friendly, and it is implemented on three levels:

  • Diversity management
    A university-wide diversity strategy is being established in cooperation with various university units with the aim of ensuring that study, research and administration processes are free of discrimination and barriers to accessibility. Additionally, university processes, strategies and the legal foundations that underpin them are being evaluated to ensure equal opportunities for men and women. Where necessary, they are being adapted or expanded. 
  • Promoting excellence through equality and diversity
    The University of Basel has set itself the task of fostering and promoting the potential of all its members when it comes to achieving their goals at the university, as well as significantly increasing the proportion of women at the higher qualification levels.
  • Personal integrity
    The University of Basel is committed to a respectful work culture in which the personal integrity of its employees is respected and protected. The university does not tolerate sexism, sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or abuse of power. The Personal Integrity Coordination Office is tasked with supporting and safeguarding this respectful work culture.
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