A Commitment to Social Responsibility
The Universtiy of Bamberg in the Currents of Time
The mandate to diligently and dutifully address and engage "the intellectual currents of the day" was laid down for us in the university's foundational
charter of 1647.
The social responsibility implied in this philosophy has characterised our self-conception throughout the years and is expressed today as much in family-friendly working structures and our commitment to equal opportunity as in a course offering that is carefullytailored to ever-changing, ever more diverse academic developments and the increasing demands placed on continuing education.
Establishing and maintaining values like comprehensive equal opportunity and sustainable family-friendly policies for employees and students demands a great deal of effort, but we are happy to put in the time to make them a reality. Our commitment to family issues has been rewarded since 2005 with certification as a family-friendly university. The initial steps towards this distinction were a series of structural improvements including the deregulation of core working hours, the expansion of childcare availability, and the establishment of the Family Services Office.
The most recent re-certification (2012) specifically honours the increased flexibility of study programmes: it is currently possible to pursue almost every degree off ered in Bamberg either as a part-time student or in modular study programmes, and the availability of online courses has been greatly expanded.
Lifelong learning is a reality at the University of Bamberg
A further milestone on the path to fulfilling our centuries-old commitment is represented by the establishment of the KinderVilla which provides day care and kindergarten education for the children of both university students and staff.
Our Gender & Diversity Portal provides an overview of our efforts in this area.
Our commitment to addressing matters of ethical import is reflected not least of all in our numerous research projects which are presented to the community in a series of public events. Among these are the Bamberger Hegelwoche (Hegel Week) and our humanities faculty lecture series. At these events, friends and guests of the university are invited to participate in discussions on current social and political topics.