About AStA

About the General Students’ Committee of HWR Berlin

By students for students

The AStA Executive Board represents the management of the student body. It is responsible for the management of its administration, including all personnel, financial and public relations matters. It organizes the meetings, directs the staff and organizes the general running of the AStA. The Executive Board constantly represents the AStA vis-à-vis other bodies, the university management, state political elected officials, in court and before the public. The executive committee consists of two equal chairpersons and the finance department as a member of the executive committee. In cases of conflict, the Board shall meditatively know how to resolve them. The control of the observance of the rules of procedure and statutes is incumbent on it just like the constant improvement of these. Ultimately, the board is responsible for the strategic direction of the AStA and for reviewing the economic efficiency and sufficiency of processes.

As a finance officer in the AStA, you play a central role in the function of the AStA and are essential in many matters. Therefore, the department is very demanding, and sometimes a great challenge, but includes many opportunities to shape the development and work of the AStA for the students of the HWR.

For the most part, one is busy managing the expenses of the AStA. This means approving and supervising all student projects funded by the AStA according to legal requirements, fulfilling the orders of the StuPas, having contact with the BVG in the semester ticket area, and managing the expenses related to the daily function of the AStA (e.g. paying wages of AStA employees). In addition, the administration and design of the student body’s budget is exclusively in the hands of the Finance Board Unit Each year, the budget must be redrafted. The Finance Department is responsible for controlling the disbursements and deposits, paying attention to economic efficiency and sufficiency, and finally adjusting the contribution regulations every year. It ensures that the AStA can continue to fulfill its important function within the university.

In the additional role as a board member, one also comes very close to the inner workings of university politics as a finance officer. One is heavily involved in the relationship between university management and students, as well as in planning for the further development of AStA, along with the two chairs of AStA.

In the department of social affairs, students can find a voice and support regarding personal and study-related concerns. Before you start your studies, the AStA helps you with advice on the respective courses of study and answers any questions you may have, which helps you in the decision-making process so that you can welcome future students to the HWR. During your studies, however, individual problems may arise which the AStA will try to solve with you. At the AStA you will find advice on examination matters, help with hardship applications, support with BAföG matters, or answers to questions regarding your framework study, examination and study regulations. Students with children may have other questions, which the AStA will answer for you. The AStA stands up for you, fights for equality and equal treatment, anti-discrimination, diversity, tolerance and is always open to you. Support is provided in person, by e-mail or via the “pastoral care” telephone.

The AStA department for committee communication (GrKom) is responsible for communication between the various committees (e.g. the Academic Senate or the departmental councils) of the HWR. In addition, it supports the members of the committees in filling committee positions with students (e.g. in appointment committees or examination boards) and informs interested students. In particular, contact is maintained with the chairpersons and representatives of the respective committees, whereby the AStA department GrKom primarily forms the interface to the students. For this reason, the tasks are very similar to the department for university policy. The student body is informed about the processes in the committees and questions can be answered here. Networking with the AStA of other universities and the LAK (Landesastenkonferenz) is also a task of this department. In addition, the officer for committee communication is also the quality officer and thus the central contact person for the Center for Quality Assurance in Teaching and Studies.

The AStA department for university politics (HoPo) has the task of dealing with current university politics. The department should maintain contact with the university administration and in particular with the committee representatives and the committee chairpersons as well as with the student representatives in university committees. The unit can also participate in committee meetings at its own discretion. Furthermore, the activities of the unit include informing and advising students regarding university policy. If necessary, this also includes the application for vacant offices. There can always be overlaps with the committee communication department, as these two offices are similar. Close cooperation is therefore desirable. In addition, the unit should always be informed about relevant university policy dates and deadlines in order to make this information public, if necessary. In this regard, the social media channels of the AStA are at its disposal (Facebook & Twitter). The channels are to be used for an active exchange with the students. Networking with the Asten of other universities and participation in the Landesastenkonferenz (LAK) is also the task of this unit. The goal of the unit should be to improve the quality of study and life on campus for students.

Responsibilities of the General Students’ Committee (AStA)

Administration of student funds Organization and implementation of student projects in any form
Support in the appointment of committees and commissions of the HWR Inform students about various topics
Advice and assistance in all questions concerning the study Communication and conflict resolution between students
Organisation of cultural or sporting events Making decisions on applications for semester ticket exemptions in question