In 2009 the BTU Cottbus was awarded the Family-friendly University Certificate. Thereby the efforts to create a family-friendly place to work and study at the BTU Cottbus were recognized.
The Family-friendly University Certificate offered by the berufundfamilie GmbH is a management instrument to create family-friendly work and study environments at universities. The need for a better compatibility of work and family is demonstrated not only in the need to ensure family-friendly workplaces for staff, but also in the need to guarantee family-friendly places for student to study. As a certified university, the BTU Cottbus takes on social responsibility and fulfils legal requirements by providing equal opportunities for gender and providing services for student and staff with familial responsibilities. The university has the right to use the European-wide protected logo.
In 2011 the BTU signed the „Charta der Vielfalt“ (Diversity Charter). The charter expresses that all staff and students are valued independently of sex, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or ideology, handicap, age, sexual orientation or identity. This has been set in the BTU Cottbus’ committment “Diversity Management – In Vielfalt zum Erfolg” (Diversity Management – Success through Diversity) since 2010.
Companies and institutions that sign the “Charta der Vielfalt” have the common goal of creating workplaces free of prejudice. Four large companies created the initiative in 2006. Since then, more than 1,000 companies and public institutions have joined.
In 2010 the BTU joined the „National Code for International Studies at German Universities“ in order to make its service offerings for international students more transparent and measurable.
The goal of the national code is to ensure and accordingly improve quality in the support of international students. Quality standards are devised for the studies of international students at German universities that extend beyond the minimal level of expectation regulated by law.
As part of the code, participating universities pledge to provide the same rights to international students as provided to German students and students from EU member states as well as concede good guidance and special support to international students during their studies whenever it is possible.
Among the services and assistance available to international students and doctoral students at the BTU Cottbus include, among others:
- Comprehensive information and consulting services
- Admission and graduation services
- Academic, language and social support for international students
- Services for international students leading up to and after graduation
he BTU Cottbus was the first university in all of Berlin or Brandenburg to be entered in the EMAS register (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). It was thereby made official that the university in Cottbus is in command of a future-oriented environmental management plan. Of the around 400 universities in Germany, approximately 30 practice systematic environmental management. Of those 30, only 10 could pass the strict EMAS test. In all of Europe, there was never a university until now that could prove fulfilment of the extended standards of the so-called EMAS III Provision on its first attempt at acquiring validation. From a sustainability standpoint, the BTU has taken on the role of a pioneer. On 8th July 2010 the BTU Cottbus received the EMAS certificate in the presence of the Environment Minister, Anita Tack. The Chief Executive Officer of the chamber of industry and commerce (IHK), Dr. Wolfgang Krüger, conferred the certificate to the President of the BTU, Prof. Dr. Walther Ch. Zimmerli.
Since September 2010, the BTU Cottbus has been a member of the best practice club „Familie in der Hochschule“ (Family and Academia). Due to the university’s special level of engagement and consequent pioneer role in the area of “family”, the member universities of the best practice club sought out and nominated the BTU for their club. Initiated by the Federal Ministry of the Interior’s commissioners for the newly-formed German states and implemented in teamwork by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Centre for University Development (CHE), the programme “Familie in der Hochschule” has the goal of shaping universities to be more family-friendly. With this goal in mind, twelve universities work together on concepts and structures to help make family and studies/working more compatible for students and staff. The focus of the joint effort lies in networking the universities amongst themselves and with companies as well as exchanging project results with one another.