Press statement on the German Diversity Day 2022

Diversity is part of our DNA

Erfurt, 31 May 2022. May 31st is German Diversity Day (DDT). Organised by the employer initiative Charta der Vielfalt e. V., DDT22 will take place for the 10th time this year. IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) has been a signatory since 2019 and is thus committed to diversity measures for respectful cooperation - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, ideology, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Tim Kaltenborn, Director People Organisation & Culture at IU: “As an internationally active company that has set itself the goal of providing access to education for people all over the world and in different life situations, diversity is virtually part of our DNA. But even though diversity, inclusion and belonging are firmly anchored in our self-conception - and are also lived - it is important to continuously promote and demand sensitivity and appreciation for diversity in the organisational culture.

We challenge ourselves and everyone in our environment to actively deal with challenges that can arise from heterogeneity and diversity, with existing access hurdles and barriers in everyday (university) life, and to address these in order to jointly experience a "culture of everyone" - a culture in which everyone feels they belong just as they are - authentically and real!

We understand diversity as enrichment and are convinced that sustainable growth can only be achieved through different perspectives and potentials.”

About IU International University of Applied Sciences
With over 85,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution brings together more than 200 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes under its roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between on-campus study, dual study, distance learning and flexible combination models and thus shape their studies in a self-determined way. In addition, IU facilitates continuing education and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. The university's goal is to make education possible for as many people as possible. IU began operations in 2000 and is now represented in 28 German cities. It cooperates with over 10,000 companies and actively supports them in employee development. Its partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at:

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