An increasing number of Higher Education institutions in Germany are offering a Dual Career Service. This can be a key factor for success when competing (inter) nationally for highly qualified staff. Even though these institutions may compete with each other whilst recruiting, the members believe that cooperating within the network will provide strategic advantages in supporting dual career couples and set benchmarks for this service.
In establishing the DCND the members want to define the model of German Dual Career Services more precisely. The network carries out two important functions: the exchange of best practice examples between the service centres concerning operational and organisational aspects as well as improving the international visibility of support programs for dual career couples. The participating institutions hold a variety of differing views and strategic targets concerning Dual Career Services. They are used to increase employer attractivity, as a recruitment instrument and as a means of implementing equal opportunities. These differences and recognition of the different ways Dual Career Services influence internal processes are considered mutually beneficial.