The Department of University Politics fulfils its representative function, information function and permanent collaboration in cooperation with the other AStA departments. In addition, networking and dialogue with the city of Giessen, the President of JLU and other political civil society actors is a priority. Furthermore, it is essential to create equal opportunities for all JLU students and remove any barriers. Participation in university life takes centre stage. This includes needs-based, independent student funding, including the funding of universities by the federal and state governments. Our long-term goal is to shape the transformation process at the university for students. Social. Ecological. Just.

Specifically, we want to strengthen, realise and pursue these goals:

  • Collaboration in the state branch conferences; furthermore, the possibilities for the (institutionalised) state student representation should be reviewed in this regard
  • Networking with alliance partners beyond Hesse (e.g. fzs, ABS, GEW/DGB, Lernfabriken meutern); in particular, the joint reach should be utilised
  • Utilise internal contacts with the state and federal parliament for higher education policy purposes
  • Establish a jour fix with the city of Giessen, in particular to establish contact with the new mayor, as a student perspective in Giessen is valuable and important for the city
    • Aim of a university advisory board to involve and bring together all status groups from universities and city politics at a public table
  • Maintain and cultivate Jour Fix with the JLU Executive Board and encourage other departments to raise issues
  • City talks, i.e. inviting citizens to bring their questions or ideas to researchers and engage in dialogue
  • Introduction of student representation on the University Council
  • Use tools such as online surveys on Stud.IP to survey students, e.g. on public transport accessibility (transport networks and means of transport)
  • “Advertising during and in teaching”
  • Increase the visibility of the AStA (throughout Giessen)
    • City politics mulled wine stand with a survey of interests
    • Strengthen the position of the AStA in the student body and show presence, for example through stands on campus or through a JLU meme page for university politics
  • Accompany and inform about BAföG reform

Begüm Koç & Mark Müller