Certificates, seals and memberships
audit family-friendly university
The audit familiengerechte hochschule (family-friendly university ) offered by berufundfamilie Service GmbH is a management tool for family-friendly design of working and study conditions at universities. The former BTU Cottbus first received the family-friendly university audit certificate in 2009. In an intensive consolidation process in 2015, the scope of the certificate was extended to the entire BTU. Already proven offers and measures, such as family-oriented working and studying conditions, the welcome money of the StuRa and the Studentenwerk for students' babies or a family-friendly infrastructure will be further adapted. Most recently, the certificate for the audit family-friendly university was awarded to the BTU on June 25, 2019, which now has a permanent character. The university had previously successfully gone through the dialogue procedure for the audit, which is open to employers who have been pursuing a strategically designed family- and life-phase-conscious personnel policy for at least nine years with the audit.
The BTU signed the Diversity Charter in 2011. In doing so, it expresses that all employees and students are valued - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or world view, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity. The signatories of the "Diversity Charter" aim to create a working environment in their companies or institutions that is free of prejudice. Four major companies launched the initiative in 2006. Currently, more than 3,900 companies and public institutions have joined it. The BTU participates annually in the German Diversity Days .
Code of Conduct
National Code of Conduct for the Study of Foreigners at German Universities
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg wants its international students to feel comfortable! Therefore, it has already joined the "National Code of Conduct for the Study of Foreigners at German Universities" in 2009. The code aims to ensure and further improve the quality of support for foreign students. It formulates standards for quality in the study of foreigners at German universities and thus for the first time defines common minimum standards for the areas of information and advertising, admission, support and follow-up support, which international applicants can rely on.
The services offered to international students and doctoral candidates include:
I. Comprehensive information and advising II. Admissions and placement III. Subject, language, and social support for international students IV. Services for international students at and after graduation
Code for German Higher Education Projects Abroad (Transnational Education).
Since 2013, BTU has also adhered to the Code for German Higher Education Projects Abroad. It contains qualitative - academic and ethical - minimum requirements that apply to German higher education projects abroad and should be adhered to by both German higher education institutions and their foreign partners.
Seal of quality of the German University Association (DHV) for fair appointments
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) is entitled to bear the German University Association's seal of approval for fair and transparent appointment negotiations for another five years until 2027, which it has already held since 2019. The BTU is one of the few German universities to bear the DHV seal of approval. The focus in the assessment is on fairness, appreciation, transparency and reliability in appointment and retention negotiations. In addition to statements by the university, interviews with professors appointed to the respective university about their experiences in the appointment process are included, as well as experiential knowledge of DHV justices. The DHV advises scientists in about 70 percent of all appointment and retention negotiations in Germany.The German Association of University Professors and Lecturers is the nationwide professional representation of scientists with over 33,000 members. Further information on appointment procedures at the BTU
As the first university in Berlin and Brandenburg, the former BTU Cottbus was registered with its environmental management system in the EMAS register(Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) in 2010. In 2016, a transfer took place to the Sachsendorf Campus and in 2017 to the Senftenberg Campus, so that all of the university's locations are now part of the environmental management system. In this way, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg documents that it is striving to contribute to better environmental and resource use and to continuously expand its sustainable environmental management system. This applies both to the optimization of the material and energy flows required for the university's own operations and to research and the further development of the range of courses offered with a sustainability focus. For more information, please visit the BTU's sustainability portal.
ERASMUS Charta for Higher Education (ECHE) 2021-2027
By obtaining the ECHE, the BTU has created the conditions for the continuation of the ERASMUS+ program in the new 7-year program generation. It establishes basic principles and minimum requirements for the application and implementation of all program activities and forms the quality framework for the cooperation of higher education institutions at European and international level in mobility and cooperation projects.
EUNICE - European UNIversity for Customised Education
EUNICE is made up of seven universities from seven different European countries with a common DNA: all universities are medium-sized and strongly anchored locally, they are undergoing a process of structural change, and students are the focus of attention everywhere. Tailor-made course offerings are created for these very students in order to prepare them in the best possible way for the European job market. BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has been part of European UNIversity for Customised Education since summer 2020.
Family in the university
The BTU is a member of the Netzwerk Familie in der Hochschule e.V.. The network is an association of 129 universities and institutions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland that have signed the Family in Higher Education Charter. By signing the charter, all members make a voluntary commitment to pursue and implement demanding standards of family orientation. The charter is oriented towards the needs of students, employees, teachers as well as researchers and opens up the possibility of developing and establishing an unmistakable brand and quality mark of family awareness at universities.
HRK Re-audit / Audit Internationalization of Universities
As one of the first universities in Germany, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg successfully participated as a pilot university in the "Re-audit Internationalization of Universities" and successfully completed this in 2014. The re-audit is a service provided by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) for its member universities and builds on the "Audit on the Internationalization of Universities", in which the former BTU Cottbus participated as one of six pilot universities throughout Germany from January 2010 and November 2011. It was currently the only eastern German university and the only technical university in the pilot phase of the audit. Since then, the BTU has continuously expanded its internationalization efforts and incorporated them into university development planning in the form of various strategy papers.
TOTAL E-QUALITY award
In 2021, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg will be awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY award with the Diversity add-on for the second time for the next three years. In its renewed application, the BTU reflects its organizational and personnel development policy oriented toward equal opportunities. At the same time, the BTU sees it as an opportunity to highlight the further development of our university in these fields of action, to uncover challenges, and to address them in a targeted manner. Receiving the additional rating of Diversity attests to the fact that our university respects and values the diversity of all BTU employees. TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e. V. was founded in 1996. Since then, the association has pursued the goal of establishing and sustainably anchoring equal opportunities. One focus here is on promoting women in management positions. In addition to the reconciliation of work and family life, the focus is on equal-opportunity recruitment and development, the promotion of partnership-based behavior in the workplace, and the inclusion of equal opportunities in organizational principles. The topic of diversity is also an important focus of future work