The UT strives to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment. As part of its diversity policy, the university has therefore introduced several measures including a ‘gender bias training’ and an ‘inclusive selection training’, both currently available to the Faculty Boards and selection committees.
‘Inclusiveness at 360°’. That was the topic of FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) conference, held today on the ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’ in the newly opened U Parkhotel.
The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) of the UT have initiated the project ‘Keep Talent in Twente’ and a six months long research into why talented people leave the region. They just presented the results which indicate that one of the main reasons for graduates to move is the lack of diversity in Twente.
The total percentage of female students who enroll for Mechanical Engineering is only 6%. How can we achieve better gender diversity, not only at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, but also at other UT faculties? ‘External candidates are often perceived as risk by selection committees, but we need to give equal opportunities to candidates from within the university and from abroad,’ thinks Geert Dewulf.
‘Diversity is not only right, it is the only way,’ Prof. Liudvika Leisyte began today’s FFNT conference titled ‘Openness to diversity: Integrating local and global perspectives’, event which aimed to raise awareness about the importance of international talent at the University of Twente.