The RUG wants at least 1/3 of its professors to be women by 2025
The University of Groningen (RUG) wants to have at least 33 percent womxn professors by 2025, more than the earlier target of 30 percent. At this moment only 23 percent of the professors are female.
To achieve this goal, the RUG is releasing two extra Aletta Jacobs chairs, and a total of seventeen positions for women will be added, rector Cisca Wijmenga said, according to the Ukrant.
The rector also says that the target number of female professors for this year (27 percent) is unlikely to be achieved. In the Spring, Wijmenga said that there was a good chance that the university would be stuck at 23 percent female professors by the end of 2020, which now appears to be correct.
Wijmenga announced the establishment of the new chairs in the spring. There would be a total of fifteen, divided over all eleven faculties. In order to accelerate the growth in the number of female professors, the university is now adding two more.
The University of Groningen had 19.6 percent female professors in 2017, compared to 21.7 percent in 2018, or an increase of 2.1 percentage points. Even traditional ‘male strongholds’ such as the technical universities in Eindhoven and Twente did better than the University of Groningen during those years.