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Child-friendliness of the degree programme

Today we have a few facts from the 22nd Social Survey!

This time it's about students with children and how child-friendly they find their studies.

If you are curious and you would like more information about students in Germany take a look at the 22nd Social Survey yourself!

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Today is Assumption Day! The slides will provide you with information on what and how this day is celebrated.


Today, there is an information article on Sinti and Roma. Stereotypical images of Sinti and Roma are often created in the media.

Take a look at the slides and find out if your image of the Sinti and Roma is truthful!

Time required from students

How many hours a week do you work for university?

In our slides you can find comparative figures from the 22nd Social Survey on the hours worked per week for different degree programmes.

Geh deinen Weg

Are you between 16 and 29 years old and you or your family have a migrant background?

Then take a look at our slides and apply for the GEH DEINEN WEG funding programme! The application phase runs until 31 August 2023.

Gender identity and sexual orientation

Among German students, the number of heterosexuals is somewhat lower than in the entire German population.
You can find exact figures on sexual orientation and gender identity among students on the slides!

Want to know more about students in Germany? You can find the whole study here.


The next open meeting for people with autism takes place tomorrow on 29th July!
Offered by the Counseling Center for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illness (BBST), the meeting provides an opportunity for sharing and networking for those affected.
Time management, self-resilience, dealing with overstimulation and more will be discussed in a safe setting.
For more detailed information on registration: link in the story!

Pride Month

June is Pride Month. Besides the famous Christopher Street Day, many other queer-friendly/LGBTQ+ events take place in Düsseldorf. You don't know what to do with your friends? Then check out the slides! More information here.

Summer solstice

On the 21st of June it is summer solstice again. This means that it is the longest day of the year. After that, the days get shorter again. Have a look at our slides, there you will find more information about the summer solstice!

Characteristics of university access

Most students (94 %) come to universities with a general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur). However, there are other routes into higher education besides the Abitur. 2.8 % of university students have a Fachhochschule entrance qualification, 1.8 % a subject-linked higher education entrance qualification and 1.4 % a non-school-based higher education entrance qualification. The latter can be obtained, for example, through work experience or an apprenticeship with work experience.
The number of students who do not have an Abitur as a higher education entrance qualification differs greatly between universities (6 %) and universities of applied sciences (30.4 %).
Would you like to learn more? You can find the entire study here.

Tennis for the blind and visually impaired in Wuppertal

The Wuppertaler Tennis-Club Dönberg WTCD is setting up a base for tennis for the visually impaired and blind.
The WTCD thus offers a non-contact and dynamic sport for the blind and visually impaired in a secure area.

Would you like to join?
Then you will find more information on the website of the WTCD.

International Childrens Day

Happy International Children's Day!

For the International Children's Day we have put together a selection of different activities in Düsseldorf. Did you know that Children's Day is celebrated twice in Germany? On November 20th, the "World Children's Day" is celebrated, which was created by UNICEF. This day is dedicated to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted on November 20, 1989. The aim of World Children's Day is to draw attention to the needs and rights of children and to highlight worldwide problems related to childhood.

"International Children's Day," on the other hand, is celebrated on June 1 and dates back to an initiative of the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925. This conference was held in Geneva and set June 1 as the date for International Children's Day. The focus is on the well-being and needs of children.

Womens scholarships


Funding opportunities in form of scholarships for female students and young academics with affiliation to the Faculty of Humanities at HHU. There are scholarships in the form of graduation grants and subsidies for semester fees or travel expenses for conference participation, research stays and academic summer/winter schools, etc..

The women's scholarships for the summer semester 2023 have been announced. The call for applications is made every six months. Next submission deadline: 01.06.2023. More Info here.


Diversity Basics Workshop

The Diversity Section is offering a new Diversity Basics Workshop.

All interested students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. In the workshop you can learn more about the meaning of diversity and inclusion in the university context in order to recognize and reflect on forms of discrimination.

The workshop will take place on June 07th from 10 am to 4:30 pm. To register, please send an email to diversity@hhu.de. We are looking forward to your participation!

Diversity Day 2023

Attention, attention, on 23.05.2023 we will celebrate this year's Diversity Day at the HHU campus!
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can experience HHU's diversity live on the square in front of the ULB. What diverse student groups are there on campus? Which contact points can help you? Drop by and find out how well you already know about diversity!

Diversity Award 2023

The Diversity Award was presented on 2 May 2023!

The prize was awarded to Dr. Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge, head of the HHU Welcome Centre for International Scholars, Dr. Sabrina Proschmann, lecturer at the Chair of Modern History and Magdalena Kuom, who is studying Medical Physics in the Master's programme.

More information is available on the Diversity webpage!

Offer of the BBST: Autism meeting at the HHU

Seeing the world through completely different eyes: This is how people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) feel. They perceive external stimuli more intensely.
ASD can be a challenge during university studies. Exchanging information can help here!
The counselling centre of the Representative for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illness (BBST) offers an open meeting. From mid-April to mid-July, the offer takes place on four different Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the SP hall. All HHU students with autism are invited to attend. Within a protected setting, topics such as networking with each other, time management, self-resilience, dealing with overstimulation and much more will be discussed. More info here.

Diversity in recruitment

Did you know that according to a recent survey by the Ifo Institute, Indeed and Glassdoor, measures for diverse recruitment can counteract the demographic staff shortage in companies? The online survey, in which 554 HR managers from the business sectors of trade, industry and services participated, took place from 29 September 2022 to 24 October. It became clear: companies that rely on a diversity strategy have clear advantages in recruiting.

A diverse workforce not only enables faster staffing, but also increases creativity and innovation, understanding of more target groups, broader knowledge and expertise, and human enrichment in companies.

Some of the measures companies take to achieve this are, for example, paying attention to the wording of job advertisements, targeting specific groups directly, training HR in prejudice-free handling and paying attention to a diverse composition of their own HR department. More details can be found here.

When do we actually say Happy Easter?

The Easter weekend is just around the corner! Just in time for Maundy Thursday, a "Happy Easter" at the supermarket checkout is part of everyday life. But at what point is it actually appropriate to express Easter greetings?
Among devout Christians, it can be perceived as inappropriate to make Easter expressions on Good Friday, since according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified on that day. Easter Sunday, on the other hand, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. A "Happy Easter" among Christians is not to be missed!

By the way... This year, Easter coincides with the Jewish Passover and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The three world religions celebrate and commemorate. That's an estimated 4.3 billion people, half of all humanity!


The Feast of Mazzot (Unleavened Bread) is another name for the Jewish Passover. It commemorates the liberation from slavery and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

Passover (transgression) is celebrated for eight days. On the first two evenings there is a domestic ritual in which a festive meal is held. This ceremony is called a Seder (Hebrew for "order"). The whole family gathers for the Seder, as well as guests, and a mixture of symbolic foods is served. Leavened food is forbidden during Passover and is removed from the household before the festival by a thorough spring cleaning.

Special texts from the Passover Haggadah (Passover narrative) are read aloud and explained. A custom has developed whereby children participating in the celebration hide a piece of matzah (unleavened bread), which is then triggered by a small gift to continue the celebration. In the second part of the Seder, there is a grace and a series of songs, the refrains of which are sung along by everyone. For more information click here.

Internationaler Transgender Tag am 31. März

International Transgender Day is on 31 March!
On this occasion, a reading of the short story collection by Paul Ninus Naujoks will take place on 1 April from 2 to 6 p.m. at the PULS Youth Centre. In the book "Men and Fragilities", constructions of masculinity play a role in the context of being trans.
But what makes a man? There are many different ideas about this in society. Some of these constructions of masculinity can have negative effects.
On its page, the AOK says the following about toxic masculinity: "By perpetuating outdated role models, the term "masculinity" is still linked to certain characteristics" and "Mostly, it is about how destructive behaviour by men causes harm to others. But it can also come with negative health consequences for men themselves."

Want to know more? Then you can find more on toxic masculinity here.

Click here for the HHU name change application.


Today is the first day of fasting in the Muslim month of Ramadan. From sunrise to sunset, believers abstain from food and drink and practice abstinence.
The tradition of fasting can vary greatly from country to country. Did you know that in Morocco the clock is explicitly changed for Ramadan?
Check out the slides to learn more.

International Day against Racism

Racism and discrimination are not the same thing. While discrimination refers to unequal treatment based on different categories (e.g. gender, disability, etc.), racism describes an ideology based on the so-called "racial biology" of colonialism, according to which white-positioned people are supposedly above other non-white groups in the social hierarchy. For this reason, racism is not reversible and does not affect white-positioned people.

White" does not necessarily mean the shade of a person's skin, but the privileged positioning and social attribution as white in a racially structured society. Who is considered white and who is not varies historically, socially and geographically.

A statement like "Germans also experience racism. It happened to me on holiday", is therefore problematic on several levels, because firstly it suggests that Germans are only white people. Furthermore, white people cannot experience racism. Source: Amadeu Antiono Foundation and IDA e.V.

Other racist content is broken down in the argumentation aid "Speak up against racism" of the charta der vielfalt.

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