Every year in January you have the opportunity both through your future representative and through the future of the rail- , bus- and the culture semester tickets to vote. The next university elections and the ballot will take place in January 2022. We as the General Student Committee (AStA) call on you to take part in these elections or votes and to use this opportunity to participate.
In the following we would like to bring you a little closer to what exactly is hidden behind the university elections and ballots, how you can vote exactly and where and when you can do this. If you have any further questions, just contact the department of internal affairs.
University elections – what is it anyway?
The decisions at the university are made by various committees in accordance with the regulations of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG). With a few exceptions, students are always represented on these committees in order to represent your interests.
A distinction is made between two levels and two types of self-administration. There is academic self-administration (including collegial bodies), in which general decisions are made or prepared and this is where students, professors, academic staff and staff from technology and administration (MTV) also sit. The other level is student self-administration. Only students are represented here and she is responsible for the special affairs of the students towards the university, the student union, the city, the state and between the students of this and other universities.
In simplified terms, one can imagine student self-government in Göttingen a bit like the model of the federal and state governments, with the student parliament representing the federal parliament and the student council parliaments representing the state parliaments. At the two levels, a distinction is made between the university-wide level and the faculty level. The first deals with decisions that affect the entire university or all students (student body) and the other with decisions at the respective faculty or for the students of a faculty (student body). In the university elections you have the opportunity to appoint your representatives for these four groups, who will then represent you for the following 12 months. You can find out who stood for election this year in the election announcements on the university’s website .
What exactly do I choose?
The number of ballot papers and ballot papers you can fill out is between seven and nine. With up to six elections, you can choose your representatives for the different levels and structures of the university, and you can also vote on the three semester tickets in the ballot. First of all, the elections are as follows:
Student Parliament (StuPa)
In each case you elect a representative for the student parliament (StuPa), which is the highest decision-making body of the student body at the University of Göttingen and, among other things. elects and controls the General Student Committee (AStA).
If one were to use the political system of the Federal Republic as an analogy, the student parliament would correspond to the Bundestag, and the AStA would correspond to the federal government.
- Juso University Group
Election result 2021: 7 seats
- Alternative left list (ALL)
Election result 2021: 8 seats
- Black Red Kollabs (SRK)
Election result 2021: 1 seat
- RCDS - Christian Democratic List
Election result 2021: 4 seats
- Green University Group - GHG
Election result 2021: 13 seats (or 14)
- Green Social List
Election result 2021: 3 seats
- ADF - Working Group of Democratic Student Council Members (ADW, DAF, DAS, ADP, UL)
Election result 2021: 17 seats
- Liberal University Group (LHG)
Election result 2021: 2 seats
Election result 2021: 4 seats (or 3)
- Volt HSG
Election result 2020: 2 seats
Student Union Parliament (FSP)
You also choose a representative for your respective student council, which then, among other things, elects and controls your student council (FSR).
In the analogy, the student council would correspond to a state parliament, the student council would correspond to the state government.
Section spokesman (FG)
Within some faculties there are also so-called specialist groups below the student council in the student self-administration. A specialist group is usually the representative for a subject (e.g. biochemistry, dentistry, political science or German studies). All students assigned to such a subject group elect a subject group spokesperson to represent them. It is often the case, however, that only one person competes for the respective election, which means that they are considered to be directly elected and the election is not applicable.
The specialist group spokesman can best be compared with a directly elected mayor.
International Students Parliament (ISP)
All foreign students (i.e. those students who do not have German citizenship) can also choose their own representative. Similar to the student parliament, the foreign student parliament elects the International Students Council (ISC).
There is no special representation for non-Germans in the political system of the Federal Republic.
Apart from the student bodies, you are also allowed to have a say in the composition of the so-called collegiate bodies. At the university-wide level, the Senate has extensive control, information and decision-making rights and elects, among other things, the members of the Presidium. The number of students in the Senate is 2 out of 13 members.
The faculty councils form the highest directly elected body for each faculty and have control, information and decision-making rights equivalent to those of the Senate. Among other things, they elect the members of the dean's office of the respective faculty. The number of students in the faculty councils is 2 out of 13 members.
No suitable equivalent can be found for the Senate and Faculty Council. The organs determine everything that does not only concern students; You represent and manage the entire university, i.e. you are responsible for financial planning, personnel, regulations (including examination and study regulations), the organization of research and teaching, etc.
|Academic self-government||Student self-government|
|University level||Senate||Student Parliament|
|possibly Foreign student parliament|
|Faculty level||Faculty Council||Student Council|
|Subject level||possibly Section spokesman|
At the same time as the university elections, there will be three separate votes on offers for a train, culture and bus semester ticket, which, if accepted, would begin in the winter semester. Until then, the previous semester tickets are still valid. You can choose which routes or content should be included in the respective ticket on the voting slip and always up-to-date on the pages of Semester tickets
The individual proposals for the semester tickets are negotiated by the AStA with the institutions involved (cultural institutions and transport companies) in order to be presented to the students as a complete package during the elections. In the last election (January 2021), the student body voted for the continuation (or formal reintroduction) of train, bus and cultural semester tickets. In the university elections 2022, the tickets for the winter semester 2022/23 and the summer semester 2023 will be voted on.
The process provides that an AStA negotiates the offers from March to December, which are then offered to the students in January by ballot n. The new conditions will be valid from October 1st, so every AStA negotiates for the coming and not the current year.
The costs for the semester ticket are included in the semi-annual semester fee and must be paid by all students, regardless of whether they use the ticket or not (there are exceptions for financial hardship and the severely disabled). Only because all students pay the fees for the semester tickets are the relatively low prices (compared to monthly or annual tickets) possible. Therefore it is unfortunately not possible to do without a semester ticket if you are not interested. There is still the option to vote against tickets in the strike ballot.
Here you will find soon all information about the initial votes:
When and where can I vote?
Normally the university elections are held in person, due to the known circumstances, this year's elections will take place online in January 2022 . More information will follow.
The university publishes the election results of the student parliament here.
You can see the results of the preliminary votes in recent years in the AStA or ask the university department. You can find current information under the semester tickets.