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University of Leipzig defends top position in Saxony in equal opportunities ranking

The University of Leipzig has improved slightly in a nationwide comparison in the recently published "University Ranking by Equality Aspects" by the Center of Excellence Women in Science and Research (CEWS) and defended its top position in Saxony. In the overall evaluation of German universities and colleges, it remains in the upper midfield. For example, the University of Leipzig belongs to the top group in the number of doctorates taken by women and to the middle group in the categories post-doc phase and professorships.

Dozentin: Prof. Dr. Susanne Viernickel im Seminar zur frühkindlichen Entwicklung. Foto: Christian HüllerLecturer: Prof. Dr. Susanne Viernickel in the seminar on early childhood development. Photo: Christian Hüller
While the trend of the scientific staff and in doctorates among women increased slightly compared to the university ranking 2019, it decreases when it comes to the share of women in habilitations. Among the universities in Saxony, Leipzig takes the top position. "I am pleased that our university takes the top position in the science location Saxony. However, the numbers show that there is still much to do to improve the conditions for academic working, studying, and research for women. The task now is to build on the positive trend development," says the Rector of the University of Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking. Georg Teichert, the University's Equal Opportunity Officer, adds: "The ranking once again confirms what has long been called the leaky pipeline in the social sciences. That is the decline in the proportion of women in post-doctoral degrees. This again draws our attention to the fact that there is still a need for action on compatibility models in university careers."
Since 2003, the Center of Excellence Women in Science and Research (CEWS) has published the "University Ranking by Equality Aspects." This incorporates data on 293 German universities and colleges and is thus an important component of quality assurance for equality at universities. Data from the Federal Statistical Office are analyzed and evaluated according to the proportion of women in the doctoral, post-doctoral, scientific, and artistic staff, professorships, and students, as well as the trend development.


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