Family at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is a family-friendly University that welcomes and supports employees and students with family responsibilities.

Being a place of education and living, BTU takes on its social responsibility to promote the reconciliation between studies, work and sciences and family live, taking into account the full scope of diverse forms of families which exist in our society.

Family-friendly measures shall support students and employees of BTU to fulfil their responsibilities towards children and/or family members in need of help and at the same time continue their studies or work. For instance, the following measures exist at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg: A family-friendly work and study environment and infrastructure, „Begrüßungsgeld für Babys“ of StuRa and Studentenwerk (one-time financial support granted for a new-born of students), annually hold sport days for children during summer break (“BTU-Kindersporttage”).

More information about studying and working with children and family members in need of help can be found on the following web pages.


BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has continuously been certified as family-friendly university since 2009. For successfully implementing equal opportunities for men and women at work BTU again received the  TOTAL E-QUALITY certificate and its add-on “Diversity” in 2017.

Since 2014, BTU is a member of the Best Practice Club “  Familie in der Hochschule” and signed their Charta as one of the first universities. Furthermore, BTU is a member of the network “ Familie und Hochschule im Land Brandenburg“ and is actively participating in the local alliance for family “ Lokalen Bündnis für Familie“ in Cottbus.


The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has been repeatedly certified as a family-friendly university since 2009. For the successful implementation of equal opportunities for women and men at work, the BTU was again awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY predicate with the Diversity add-on in 2021.

Most recently, the BTU was awarded the family-friendly university audit certificate in 2022, which recognizes the long-term commitment to family-friendly working and studying conditions. As part of the dialog process that went through beforehand, it was ensured that the high level of development would be maintained or expanded as needed. The focal points were discussed across the university in two joint online workshops and recorded in an action program to be implemented over the next four years.

The BTU is a member of the associationFamilie in der Hochschule e.V. and was one of the first universities to sign the charter of the same name. It is also a member of the "Family and University in the State of Brandenburg" network and the "Local Alliance for the Family" in Cottbus.