Today at Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is granted the family-compatible university audit certificate for its family-friendly human resources policy. The KIT is one of 322 employers, who are handed over the certificate of berufundfamilie gGmbH – an initiative of the Hertie Foundation – by Caren Marks, Parliamentary Undersecretary of the Federal Family Ministry, Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Dr. Frank-Jürgen Weise, Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Hertie Foundation, and Stefan Becker, Director of berufundfamilie gGmbH.
For the first time, KIT was granted the certificate in 2010. Since then, it has undertaken big efforts to further enhance the compatibility of studies, job, and family. Among others, KIT increased the number of childcare places by opening the KinderUniversum childcare facility. In addition, KIT offers more flexible working times to employees with children or relatives in need of care. “The KIT wishes to help its employees as well as its students to be successful during the studies and in their job and to care for their families at the same time,” says Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt, Vice President for Human Resources and Law at KIT. “The certificate shows that we are on a good way.”
In the course of the audit, companies and institutions analyze their already existing offers for a better balance of studies, job, and family. Moreover, they develop projects on areas extending from work organization to human resources development and define objectives in implementing family awareness in the corporate mission and work life. berufundfamilie gGmbH checks the level of practical implementation. After three years, new objectives can be agreed upon during a reauditing process. Only then may the employer keep the certificate. The KIT is among the 129 employers who successfully passed the family-compatible university audit for the second time already.
Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.