Day of Action on university funding on October 30, 2019

The Baden-Wuerttemberg student councils are holding a nationwide Day of Action on the issue of university funding on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. They intend to go on the streets and demand improved financing of the universities.

The managing bodies of all universities in the country share the students’ demand for improved university financing. The reason for the demonstrations are the current negotiations about the university funding agreement from 2021 until 2025, in which no satisfactory result is emerging so far.

Written on the poster is "Wir können alles. Außer Hochschulfinanzierung." which means "We are good at everything. Except university funding."
stuvus advertises with posters for the demonstration.

stuvus is calling for demonstration

stuvus, the Student Council of the University of Stuttgart, is calling for participation in and support of the Day of Action in Stuttgart, where from 11 am on a demonstration will proceed from the university grounds to the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) and onwards to the Landtag (state parliament):

"Dear Students,
dear staff of the University of Stuttgart,

Your degree an the university are at risk, because university funding is due to be drastically cut back! Or at least that’s the state government’s plan, who are discussing university funding right now.

In 2013, a university funding package was developed which was set to last until 2020. This was in response to the increased levels of funding required as a result of the rise in the number of students due to the high school reforms, which led to two year groups graduating in the same year. Unlike what the state government expected though, the number of students hasn’t dropped back to what it was in 2013, but it’s leveled off at a much higher level.

This means that the higher demand for university funding isn’t just a temporary thing, it’s the new normal! Even now, universities have problems maintaining buildings, buying in the latest technology and providing enough courses.
As part of the new funding deal though, the state doesn't want to increase funding for universities but reduce it even more, so the end result will be that universities won’t even be able to maintain the same level of quality as they do now.

To stop the student experience from getting a lot worse and the number of students from having to be cut back in future, we want to fight for a level of basic funding that can make up for the cuts that are being planned.

At the end of the day, all of this affects your degree!
And what’s more, all of this affects jobs at the University of Stuttgart!

A Day of Action on university funding will take place across the state, organized by the various students councils. The day is supported by the State Rectors’ Conference and also by our Rectorate.

For this reason, we call on you to come out onto the streets with us on October 30 and fight for stable and secure funding.

Info about the event:
Where? In Stuttgart (meeting point between K1 and K2, Keplerstraße 17)
When? On October 30, 2019 at 11:00 am

More information about the event can be found at hochgeschult-kaputtgespart.de (only available in German) https://nosciencenofuture.de (only available in German) and on Facebook

Your Student Council“

State universities are expecting the state to correct planned funds

The management of the University of Stuttgart is supporting the Day of Action. As presented in the press release of the State Rectors’ Conference (only available in German), research and innovation have not been a focus so far in the upcoming Baden-Wuerttemberg dual budget. The currently planned sum only covers a marginal portion of the necessary investments in the budgets of the state universities. In addition to financing the increasing personnel costs, they are only intended to receive an inflationary adjustment of approx. 1.3 %, through the growth of their core financing. This is by far not sufficient for training the highly-qualified early career researchers to the previous extent for business and science, which the state urgently needs in order to remain a high-tech location in the coming decades. The structural deficit of the universities’ infrastructural costs in the amount of EUR 45 million per year can also not even be partly covered by this.

At present, the state is only prepared to provide all 9 state universities together, with their approximately 170,000 students, for tasks such as

  • Digitization and research infrastructures,
  • Students and early career researchers and
  • Innovation, climate protection and founder culture

with around EUR 8 million of special funds in 2021. In the following years, this sum will only increase to a minor extent, whereby the growth of this will also be subject to a budget reservation.

With detailed, substantiated justification, the universities had demanded EUR 172 million for these purposes. The state’s offer is by far not sufficient. In view of a state budget of around EUR 50 billion, the state universities are expecting the state to decisively correct the planned funds in the upcoming university funding agreement (2021-2025) with an additional EUR 100 million per annum.

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