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Gender proportions at the university of Bern

At the University of Bern, there are two very perceptible phenomena regarding gender distribution:

Vertical segregation

Currently, more than half of all students at the University of Bern are women. But that number decreases the further up the scale you go with women not being represented accordingly at higher academic levels. The higher the academic level, the smaller the proportion of women. This effect is called vertical segregation.

Grafik Geschlechteranteile an der Universität Bern

Development of the proportion of women at the professorship level

Especially at the professorship level, the proportion of women is still very low. Over time, the proportion of women has increased steadily but very slowly:

Grafik Frauenanteil am Gesamtbestand der Professuren 2003-2017
without associate professors, number of persons on 31.12.

Development by faculty

A look at the proportion of women in professorships by faculty shows clear differences:

Grafik Frauenanteil alle Professuren nach Fakultät 2010-2017
without associate professors, number of persons on 31.12.

Development of new hires

Every year, swissuniversities uses gender monitoring to determine the proportion of women in new positions:

Grafik Frauenanteil bei Neuanstellungen Professuren 2003-2021
Deadline until 2006: 31.08., 2007-2016: 31.07., from 2017: 31.12.

Horizontal segregation

Women are training to be vets, men computer scientists. Figures show that the choice of subject is very much dependent on gender. Depending on the faculty or the individual disciplines, there are significant differences regarding the number of men and women. This effect is called horizontal segregation.

Grafik Geschlechteranteile bei den Studierenden Herbstsemester 2021