You as a student have the right to influence your education and this is regulated in the Higher Education Act.
To practice this right is called student governance. It is about letting you as a student actively participate and develop your study situation. More concretely this means that you are represented when decisions are being prepared and when decisions are being made concerning your education.
These decisions could for example deal with:
- Course literature
- The organization of courses and programs
- Study environment
- Equal opportunities
- Links to work-life in the education
Students organize themselves in student councils on department level. They choose representatives to their department board and therefore have the opportunity to participate in the decision making processes that affect their education.
Representatives can be chosen to other working groups where different questions are being discussed at a department. The student councils also choose representatives to their faculty council, who in turn choose representatives to the various preparatory and deciding committees and boards at a faculty level.