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Diversity and equal opportunities

The FHNW aims to ensure equal opportunities at all levels. By committing to a diversity-based study, continuing education and work environment, it is expressly in favour of embracing diversity and against discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.

News – projects from the FHNW’s schools

All nine of the FHNW’s schools have numerous projects that explore or implement the topic of diversity from a wide range of perspectives. An up-to-date selection is provided below.

Happy Pride Month!

pridemonth.pngOnce a year, things get really colorful. Rainbow flags appear in various places and more attention is drawn to the LGBTIQ+ community. The abbreviation LGBTIQ+ stands for the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people. For over 50 years, especially in the month of June, various actions around the world have celebrated sexual and gender diversity and demonstrated against discrimination and lack of equality. In July, a cooperation project of BFH, PHBern and FHNW starts within the swissuniversities program P7 ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Higher Education Development’ on the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ students at Swiss universities.

Sexual Harassment Awareness Day

SH2023_KeyVisual_1x1_DE-small.jpgSexism and sexual harassment are a reality in the Swiss higher education landscape. On March 23, 2023, Swiss universities are jointly launching the first nationwide Sexual Harassment Awareness Day for a harassment-free university environment. The FHNW is participating with its own information and awareness programme.

See the programme for the Sexual Harassment Awareness Day at the FHNW

All-Gender WCs

gender.jpgStarting this semester, there will be designated all-gender WCs at most FHNW locations. These are single-user WCs and are open to everyone - women, men and people who do not assign themselves to the binary gender system. This allows everyone to use the toilet that corresponds to their own gender identity and expression. Gender-neutral WCs thus contribute to the maintenance and promotion of mental and physical health. They ensure safety and create a discrimination-free environment for diverse people. Providing gender-neutral WCs is a simple but effective step in promoting equality for people regardless of their gender identity. An overview of the currently available All-Gender WCs can be found under the heading "Queerness" within Inside FHNW (Intranet).

Job profile: lecturer university of applied sciences

220804-karrierestart-fh.jpgThe job description of a university of applied sciences lecturer is relatively young and unknown. In addition, universities of applied sciences find it difficult to recruit qualified women for teaching positions. The project team of ‘Berufsbild Fachhochschuldozentin’ will present the job description and career paths as part of a series of events entitled ‘Career Start at Universities of Applied Sciences’. Participation is free of charge. Registration for the workshops. More information and background on the project ‘Dozent*innen FH: Geschlechterintegratives Branding umsetzen

Topics and tasks

Further information

See the contact addresses in ‘Inside FHNW’ for details of the diversity officers of the individual schools (access for FHNW members only).

The «Guide for University Practice» illustrates how diversity is embraced by different people at the FHNW. The brochure encourages thought and critical reflection on our own behaviour and presents approaches to shape diversity.


Brochure Diversity at the FHNW (PDF, 199 KB, German)