Cultural Diversity

Equal opportunities for all students in the education system, regardless of their ethnic origin; working together and promoting intercultural recognition is the objective declared by the HWR Berlin in its diversity approach.

Equal opportunities and equal participation in socially relevant areas are laid down in law in the Berlin State Participation and Integration Act. What this means specifically for the HWR Berlin is to promote a positive attitude with regard to cultural diversity. Heterogeneity should not only be taught from a theoretical perspective; it should also be experienced in practice, at all levels and by all stakeholders, i.e. students, teaching staff and Administration.

„Internationalization at home“

This strategic priority is meaningful in research and teaching due to the fact that diversity is considered to be a cross-sectional task. If cultural diversity as a concept is considered from the outset, the University’s internationalization efforts can then be linked to a specific form of implementation in everyday University life – this concept is known as “internationalization at home”. This involves establishing a dialogue between society and science in a regional and international context.

In order to turn this objective into reality, this requires establishment of forms of learning where the characteristics of the University culture are taken into account. These approaches are implemented from an operational and academic perspective in the Cultural Diversity project – this is always done in accordance with the Mission Statement of the HWR Berlin. Our offerings are interdisciplinary, intercultural, process and resource-oriented and participatory.

The Cultural Diversity project has been in place at the HWR Berlin since 2012 and is financed by funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) until 2020.

Mission

Cultural diversity is aimed at all people involved in the University, at alumni as well as at external parties in various offerings. Various diversity dimensions, such as age, gender, ethnic origin (internal dimensions), educational attainment (external dimensions), member groups and disciplinary cultures (organisational dimensions), are considered in terms of their interconnection and monitored scientifically.

The project effects different measures as part of teaching, research and administration. Our services are interdisciplinary, intercultural, stakeholder, process and resource-oriented and participatory.
We pursue the aim of combining science with society whereby local resources regarded as potential meet global phenomena at the HWR Berlin.
Our mission involves shaping the University as a venue where learning and knowledge spaces are created and shared.

Cultural diversity as a programme includes two Department-specific and cross-departmental measures:

  • Cross Cultural Mentoring is a service available to all students who are completing an undergraduate course at the HWR Berlin. It promotes exchanges between experienced professionals (mentors) and students (mentees).
     
  • Cross Professional (Cross P) is an interdisciplinary workshop for all University members of the HWR Berlin. The aim is to introduce and reflect on stakeholder, process and resource-oriented experiences in a University context.