“Goethe University Opportunities=” Initiative

In 2017, Goethe University launched a new initiative: “Goethe University Opportunities=". With this initiative, Goethe University is giving new impetus to achieving lived diversity and equality and thus also raising the quality of research and teaching. The cornerstones of the “Goethe University Opportunities=" initiative were adopted by the Senate in the summer of 2016 in a strategy paper entitled "Potential for better research and academia".
At the heart of the initiative is the implementation of the "Central Gender Equality & Diversity Action Plan 2019-2024" (german version), which was developed in 2016/2017 and published in 2019 after its adoption. What is new about this action plan is that gender equality measures and diversity policies are closely intermeshed. The university wants to meet current social and political challenges through an intersectional approach and counter inequality of opportunity even more decisively. This also includes raising all university members' awareness towards discrimination. The university will provide more information about its equality and diversity policies through brochures, videos and other media. The aim is to encourage university members and affiliates to commit themselves to equality and to place respectful interaction at the heart of a mutually appreciative campus culture.

Further publications can be found on the German website “Goethe University Opportunities=" Initiative.

Brochures and publications

Potential for better research and academia

On the basis of its previous successes, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is launching a new offensive in 2017 for the implementation of equal opportunity:

Goethe University =OPPORTUNITY. With its first Gender Equality & Diversity Action Plan it is setting the course for the increased transformation of the university by firmly establishing Gender Equality & Diversity Policies as strategies for the development of the quality of teaching, research, and administration. Goethe University is thus the first German university to introduce a uniform equal opportunity strategy concept. The action plan, to be implemented by 2022, brings together all of the previous concepts and initiatives associated with Gender Equality & Diversity policies in an intersectional perspective. With the involvement of numerous actors, concrete measures were worked out in a participative process. They are geared to each other both in terms of content as well as processually and can therefore engender a great deal of self-assertion, multifaceted synergies, and a high degree of commitment and transparency for all members of the university.

Guide to Active Recruiting

To increase equality of opportunity for women scholars, in 2008 Goethe University had already devised a “Plan for Women’s Advancement 2008-2014”, which comprised active recruiting as a key strategic tool in the hiring process for professors. This self-imposed obligation was reinforced in 2015 when all Higher Education Institutions in the state of Hesse signed an “Agreement on Quality
Criteria for universal application in Hesse to ensure gender equality in faculty hiring. To reverse the continuing dearth of women currently holding positions as professors and as university administrators, active recruiting of highly qualified women academics is an option that also maintains the highest qualitative standards.


Equal Opportunities Office 

(Büro für Chancengerechtigkeit)
Goethe University Frankfurt

Phone.: +49 69 798-15137
Fax: 069/798-763-15137
Mail: chancengerechtigkeit@uni-frankfurt.de

Visiting adress

SKW-Building | 5th floor
Rostocker Str. 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Postal address

Equal Opportunities Office 

(Büro für Chancengerechtigkeit)
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.
Hauspostfach 227
60629 Frankfurt am Main