The regional cooperation aims first and foremost at recruiting and retaining talent. The project thus strives to boost the region’s competitive advantage on an international level and to promote equal opportunities and family-friendly practices in the research and economic hub Ruhr.
To this end, more than 20 research, economic and administrative institutions in the region have joined forces. The Network is coordinated by the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) and was developed by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR).
We, the universities affiliated in University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), i.e. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund and University of Duisburg-Essen, as well as FernUniversität in Hagen, Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule für Gesundheit, Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola, the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe, Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, the German Mining Museum in Bochum, the Dortmund-based science network windo, the Max-Planck-Institute Dortmund and the Hochschule Ruhr West are aware that dual careers play a crucial role in the recruitment of excellent researchers. Dual Career Couples is a term coined for couples where both partners have enjoyed a very good education, share the same career-focused mindset and pursue individual careers. Consequently, if one partner changes their workplace and place or residence, the question of the other partner’s career outlook, as well as of the reconciliation of work and family life, must be addressed.
We intend to face this challenge with a strong regional Network:
Together with Regional Association Ruhr, Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Ruhr area, Initiativkreis Ruhr, Bochum Office of Economic Development, Economic Development Agency Dortmund, EWG Essen Economic Development Agency, and TechnologieZentrumDortmund, we wish to promote the economic and science hub Ruhr Metropolis as a strong competitor on a global level. In the regional Network, the Ruhr’s full potential and the professional development opportunities associated with it can be optimally used to nurture dual careers. Under the umbrella of the DNC project, Mercator Foundation provides start-up support for the development of the Network, which is coordinated by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR). In the course of the project, the undersigned will be developing transparent and consistent processes to support dual career couples. The Network and its affiliated institutions will thus visibly increase the Ruhr’s appeal for dual career couples. With its open structure, Dual Career Network Ruhr invites other regional organisations in the fields of economics, science and administration to likewise sign the statement. Dual Career Services and Family Services that provide advice and hands-on assistance have already been implemented in several of the participating academic institutions. The undersigned intend to set up and successively expand support and consultancy services on location. The academic institutions represented in the Network will be assessing the viability of either providing their own services in-house or of participating in joint local services. In the long term, sustainable structures between the fields of economics, science and administration are to be developed, in order to ensure efficient support of dual career couples.