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People of all genders should have the same opportunities at every level – beginning with their studies and phases of professional qualification through to professorships and university management and in administrative positions. Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin all view achieving this aim as a strategic task that cuts across all of their activities. To them, this is a task that requires daily involvement and the participation of many different people. It encompasses large portions of day-to-day life at the university, including professionalization, networking, and research.

To ensure that talent does not get left behind, it should be possible to balance studying or working and family life. This applies to all areas in which long-term responsibility is assumed, from life with children to caring for family members. With this in mind, the major universities in Berlin and Charité have made a wide range of efforts on the path to becoming family-friendly higher education institutions.

The challenging task of achieving equal opportunity across genders is inconceivable without findings from the field of gender studies. A relatively new academic discipline, gender studies has a long history in Berlin. The institutions and facilities at Freie Universität, Technische Universität, Humboldt-Universität, and Charité make special contributions to these institutions’ academic profiles and to the profile of broad empirical gender research.

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