Committees are the self-governing bodies of the university

A public university is not organised “top-down”! With a few exceptions, all decisions are made in committees representing the groups involved.

In principle, this can be divided into four areas:

Student Self-Government

Committees consisting only of students (StuPa, AStA & student council representatives).

Academic Self-Government

Committees consist of students, professors, and staff (Presidium, Senate, Dean’s Office, Faculty councils, and examination boards).

There are Committees at Faculty Level.

For example,
Study contents and organization
Appointments of professors
Formation and update of study programs

and Committees at University Level.

For example,
Decisions that affect all study programs and faculty meetings (legal, financial, personnel, etc.)
Strategic orientation of the university
Framework conditions for the faculties and departments

Committee Structure

Committees of student Self-administration

The students are the largest grouping in the university in terms of numbers. Student autonomy is anchored in the Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG) – which enables us to help shape the university in many different ways and assert our interests.

The Student Parliament (StuPa) is the highest decision-making body of all registered students at our university (i.e. the constituted student body). There are 25 seats for student parliamentarians elected by the students. The elections take place in the winter semester together with the elections for the university committees (Senate, Faculty Council, Student Council Representation). In the StuPa, university policy and other topics relevant to students are discussed and democratically negotiated. However, the StuPa also elects, for example, the board of the General Students’ Committee (AStA), advises and approves the budget and appoints other committees such as the Hardship Committee and the Audit Committee. In addition, the StuPa elects a Presidium from among the parliamentarians, which is responsible for ensuring that the meetings are conducted properly and makes sure the Parliament fulfills the tasks laid out in the StuPa’s statutes. The StuPa sessions usually take place monthly during the lecture period and are open to all members of the university, which means you are all welcome to attend! The invitations, as well as the protocols, are posted onto the StuPa announcement boards within various buildings. You can also keep up to date on dates and the agenda on the StuPa’s Facebook page.

If you feel like helping to shape your university, just drop by and find out if the student parliament is the right place for you to get involved!

The General Student Committee conducts the business of the student body. It represents the students’ interests towards the university and the public. It also implements the resolutions of the student parliament.

Among other things, the AStA organises cultural events (e.g. the summer party), conducts negotiations with contractual partners (e.g. RMV), and is actively involved in internal and external university policy while promoting the interests of students. All students who are interested in the work of the AStA can contact the staff in their office located within the red building at any time.

The student councils represent the interests of the students in their faculties. Above all, they are concerned with the content and organisation of the courses of study. Here they provide the interface to the administration (deaneries and faculty councils). They bring together the students’ problems, suggest possible solutions and try to mediate in cases of conflict.
Each department has its own student council. Therein, students organise themselves and volunteer their time and effort to improve the study conditions, e.g. by designing the course plan, conducting informational gatherings such as the “Ersti” introduction events and general assemblies, organise parties, social evenings, and much more.

Some members of the student council also work in committees such as the AStA, StuPa, Senate, Student Council Representation, Examination Committee, and other committees and commissions where they represent the interests of the students. Further information on the individual student councils will follow on the following pages.

The student councils always look forward to new people who want to contribute. So if you want to participate and help shape your studies and faculty life, please contact your student council.

Committees of academic self-administration

The university is largely self-governed. Important decisions on research, teaching and studying are made in the central and decentralised bodies of the university. There are limitations made by the Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG) and the Higher Education Framework Act (HRG). Of course, students also play a part in the representation!

The Senate is the highest committee of the university. It advises on matters of research, teaching, and study that affect the entire university or are of fundamental importance, and is made up of 17 university members, 5 of whom are students:

9 Professors

5 Students

1 Research Assistant

2 Administrative-Technical Employees

The members of the Presidential Board, the Women’s and Equal Opportunities Representative, the Representative of the Severely Disabled, the Chairperson of the General Students’ Committee and the Staff Council are members of the Senate of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in an advisory capacity. The Senate is chaired by the President.

The Presidium is responsible for all matters that are not delegated by law to another body. It directs the university and promotes its timely internal and external development under the participation of the university council and other committees, departments, and members. It consists of the President, the Vice-President for Studies and Teaching, the Vice-President for Scientific Infrastructure, Research, as well as the Chancellor.
The faculty councils are the elected bodies in the departments. This is where decisions are made about study programs, taught content, professors, and other personnel issues. The deaneries each consist of the Dean, the Vice Dean and the Dean of Studies. The Dean chairs the faculty council.
The examination boards organise the execution of the examinations, take care of spatial planning, set the examination dates and ensure the compliance of the legal framework.
According to section 42 of the Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG), the University Council has the task of supporting the university in its development, articulating the expectations of the university that professional practice has, and promoting the use of scientific knowledge and artistic achievements.

Building 5, 1st floor
+49 69 1533-3262

Building 5, 1st floor
+49 69 1533-3262

Student Council 1
Building 9, Room 10
+49 69 1533-2327

Student Council 2
Building 8, Room 8
+49 69 1533-2023

Student Council 3
Building 4, Room 104
+49 69 1533-2945

Student Council 4
Building 2, Room 4
+49 69 1533-2818