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For a poli­ti­cal­ly inde­pen­dent stu­dent union

We are a stu­dent body inde­pen­dent of par­ty poli­tics and are oppo­sed to any par­ty poli­tics in the Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Union.

The inte­rests of the stu­dents are our top prio­ri­ty! Repre­sen­ting them works best, inde­pendent­ly of par­ty poli­tics. Finan­cial and ideo­lo­gi­cal inde­pen­dence – without a par­lia­men­ta­ry par­ty in the back­ground – enab­les us to act unaf­fi­lia­ted and independently.

A good stu­dent body must be cri­ti­cal and must not lose sight of its actu­al tasks due to a rela­ti­ons­hip of depen­den­cy on par­lia­men­ta­ry par­ties – par­ty inte­rests must not take the place of the inte­rests of the students!

For oppor­tu­nities to par­ti­ci­pa­te at all levels of the Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Union

All stu­dents should have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to help shape the Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Uni­on and thus their Uni­ver­si­ty Stu­dent Uni­on. We are an asso­cia­ti­on of inde­pen­dent lists at the Aus­tri­an uni­ver­si­ties. For us, the invol­ve­ment of all stu­dents in all decisi­on-making pro­ces­ses of the Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Uni­on work is of cen­tral impor­t­ance. Thanks to low-thres­hold par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on opti­ons, all stu­dents have a place with us.

For us, it is essen­ti­al that non-par­ty and non-atta­ched stu­dent repre­sen­ta­ti­ves and stu­dent orga­niz­a­ti­ons and insti­tu­ti­ons have a con­ta­ct per­son with us and that their con­cerns are heard, as enga­ge­ment does not depend on group membership.

For inclu­si­ve­ness and openness 

We advo­ca­te for inclu­si­ve, diver­se, and acces­si­ble uni­ver­si­ties for peop­le with disa­bi­li­ties. We want to break up discri­mi­na­to­ry struc­tures and actively encou­ra­ge more diver­si­ty among tea­chers and students.

For this very rea­son, we firm­ly reject any form of discri­mi­na­ti­on, be it based on gen­der, age, sexu­al ori­en­ta­ti­on, skin color, social or geo­gra­phi­cal ori­gin, eth­ni­ci­ty, phy­si­cal and psy­cho­lo­gi­cal impairments, reli­gi­on, opi­ni­on, or poli­ti­cal atti­tu­de. We take an acti­ve stance against discri­mi­na­to­ry actions and statements.

For a trans­pa­rent Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Union

It is important to us to make com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on wit­hin the Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Uni­on work as free­ly acces­si­ble as pos­si­ble to all stu­dents. To achie­ve this, we need to com­mu­ni­ca­te it trans­par­ent­ly. The Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Uni­on must publish its decisi­ons, the rea­son why its finan­ces and per­son­nel decisions.

As FLÖ, we dis­c­lo­se our cam­pai­gn cos­ts every peri­od to take a step towards a trans­pa­rent Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Union.

For the gene­ral poli­ti­cal man­da­te of the Aus­tri­an Natio­nal Stu­dent Union

The rea­li­ty of stu­dents does not end as soon as they lea­ve the lec­tu­re halls. The life of stu­dents has many facets and is shaped by a wide varie­ty of influ­en­ces. The­re­fo­re, it would be unrea­listic to say that the man­da­te of the stu­dent coun­cil ends with edu­ca­ti­on law and scho­l­ar­s­hips. FLÖ is hence com­mit­ted to main­tai­ning and actively exer­cis­ing its gene­ral poli­ti­cal mandate.

For a real voice at insti­tu­ti­ons of hig­her education

Stu­dents are the lar­gest group of peop­le at uni­ver­si­ties. We do not see our­sel­ves as their cus­to­mers or as pro­ducts but as joint­ly respon­si­ble affi­lia­tes. As such, we con­si­der stu­dent par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in all kinds of uni­ver­si­ty pro­ces­ses to be essen­ti­al. Uni­ver­si­ties thri­ve on the inter­play bet­ween rese­arch and tea­ching, which would not be pos­si­ble without stu­dents. The­re­fo­re, stu­dents must be invol­ved in all decisi­on-making pro­ces­ses at uni­ver­si­ties, for examp­le, through the equal repre­sen­ta­ti­on of third par­ties on the com­mis­si­ons and the deve­lo­p­ment of demo­cra­tic structures.

For a stu­dent-friend­ly right to study

We are com­mit­ted to a stu­dy law that secu­res stu­dents and enab­les a qua­li­ta­ti­ve stu­dy. Regard­less of whe­ther it is a uni­ver­si­ty of app­lied sci­en­ces, tea­cher trai­ning col­le­ge, pri­va­te uni­ver­si­ty, pri­va­te hig­her edu­ca­ti­on insti­tu­te, or uni­ver­si­ty, all stu­dents deser­ve secu­ri­ty in their stu­dies and exams!

We wel­co­me the auto­no­my of the uni­ver­si­ties, but we see uni­form mini­mum stan­dards in the law of stu­dy as a pre­re­qui­si­te for qua­li­ta­ti­ve study.

For qua­li­ty in your studies

We cri­ti­ci­ze the trans­for­ma­ti­on of uni­ver­si­ties into pure edu­ca­tio­nal institutions.

For us, the focus is on stu­dents. We do not see the mere con­sump­ti­on and repro­duc­tion of know­ledge as the cen­tral task of the uni­ver­si­ty but the tea­ching of cur­rent and tar­get group-ori­en­ted tea­ching con­tent and the pro­mo­ti­on of cri­ti­cal and inde­pen­dent thin­king. Modern and high-qua­li­ty tea­ching should enab­le stu­dents to enga­ge cri­ti­cal­ly with cur­rent topics and rese­arch are­as. Tea­ching should be con­ti­nuous­ly deve­lo­ped based on cur­rent didac­tic and tech­ni­cal fin­dings and be imple­men­ted holisti­cal­ly as a unit with research.

A cen­tral objec­ti­ve of hig­her edu­ca­ti­on insti­tu­ti­ons should be to pro­mo­te and ensu­re the qua­li­ty of estab­lis­hed stu­dies. This inclu­des aspects such as the abi­li­ty to stu­dy, appro­pria­te super­vi­si­on in imma­nent cour­ses, ECTS fair­ness, com­pa­ti­bi­li­ty with work and care obligations.

For the ethi­cal reflec­tion of Tea­ching and Research

To ensu­re respon­si­ble manage­ment in rese­arch, we advo­ca­te the estab­lish­ment of inde­pen­dent staff units for the eva­lua­ti­on of rese­arch pro­jects con­cer­ning ethi­cal issu­es. They also intend to ser­ve as an advi­so­ry cen­ter for rese­ar­chers, stu­dents, and lec­tu­rers on the sub­ject of ethi­cal rese­arch. Whe­re pos­si­ble, we must dis­c­lo­se the source of third-par­ty fun­ding to ensu­re trans­pa­ren­cy. Fur­ther­mo­re, we call for impact assess­ments of rese­arch pro­jects at uni­ver­si­ties, which must be disclosed.

Tea­chers should also be awa­re of their respon­si­bi­li­ty and address ethi­cal issu­es in their tea­ching con­tent and encou­ra­ge stu­dents to con­si­der and cri­ti­cal­ly ques­ti­on topics.

For more fle­xi­bi­li­ty in your studies

We are com­mit­ted to ensu­ring that stu­dents can orga­ni­ze their stu­dies with fle­xi­bi­li­ty, as the indi­vi­du­al focus is essen­ti­al to the qua­li­ty of their stu­dies. It inclu­des the dis­mant­ling of pre­re­qui­si­te chains and a suf­fi­ci­ent­ly lar­ge num­ber of free­ly selec­ta­ble ECTS credits. It should enab­le stu­dents to adapt their stu­dies to their rea­li­ty of life and interests.

Towards free and open access to education

We are oppo­sed to any finan­cial obsta­cles during and befo­re stu­dy­ing, be it tui­ti­on fees, depo­sits, or admis­si­on fees. We belie­ve that access to edu­ca­ti­on must not be restric­ted – edu­ca­ti­on is a human right! The role of the government is to ensu­re that the capa­ci­ty of exis­ting uni­ver­si­ties is incre­a­sed accord­in­gly and that the necessa­ry resour­ces are pro­vi­ded for this pur­po­se. By crea­ting the right frame­work con­di­ti­ons at uni­ver­si­ties, free, open access to hig­her edu­ca­ti­on is to be made pos­si­ble for all tho­se who aspi­re to study.

For fun­ding insti­tu­ti­ons of hig­her education

For us, edu­ca­ti­on is one of the hig­hest assets of socie­ty. Uni­ver­si­ties are cen­ters of dis­cour­se and cru­cial star­ting points for social pro­gress. Uni­ver­si­ties must the­re­fo­re be publicly fun­ded. If uni­ver­si­ties are depen­dent on money from the eco­no­my, free rese­arch and tea­ching are impos­si­ble. Third-par­ty fun­ding should only be addi­tio­nal reve­nue and not be essen­ti­al for the ope­ra­ti­on of hig­her edu­ca­ti­on institutions.

For afford­a­ble studying 

We advo­ca­te for exten­si­ve sup­port for stu­dents and, in par­ti­cu­lar, stri­ve to deve­lop a sys­tem of grants that are adap­ted to the rea­li­ties of stu­dents’ lives. Cheap living, afford­a­ble, high-qua­li­ty food in the cafe­te­ria, and dis­coun­ted tickets for public trans­port are also important to us. We are com­mit­ted to remo­ving finan­cial hurd­les in the uni­ver­si­ty land­s­cape. Neit­her the finan­cial posi­ti­on of the stu­dent nor the inco­me of their par­ents should deci­de whe­ther to start or suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­te the cour­se. Stu­dy­ing must be made pos­si­ble regard­less of living conditions!

For social diver­si­ty at universities 

We are par­ti­cu­lar­ly com­mit­ted to pro­mo­ting and sup­por­ting first-genera­ti­on stu­dents (stu­dents who have no uni­ver­si­ty gra­dua­tes in their fami­ly back­ground), stu­dents with a migra­ti­on back­ground, and all stu­dents from mar­gi­na­li­zed groups. It is often more dif­fi­cult for them to begin their stu­dies, to pro­gress suc­cess­ful­ly in their stu­dies, and to com­ple­te them, which is why the­re should be offers of sup­port and ori­en­ta­ti­on such as indi­vi­du­al advice for the­se stu­dents. The parent’s level of edu­ca­ti­on and coun­try of ori­gin must not be decisi­ve for the edu­ca­tio­nal path of the next generation.

For inter­na­tio­na­li­ty at universities

In our net­wor­ked world, inter­na­tio­nal exchan­ge is abso­lute­ly necessa­ry. This should also be made pos­si­ble for stu­dents. For this rea­son, we are com­mit­ted to faci­li­ta­ting par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in exchan­ge pro­grams – both for out­go­ing stu­dents and inco­m­ing stu­dents – and for bet­ter reco­gni­ti­on of achie­ve­ments abroad.

Fur­ther­mo­re, stu­dents from third coun­tries may no lon­ger be discri­mi­na­ted against by paying signi­fi­cant­ly hig­her tui­ti­on fees.

For tea­chers and stu­dents, the same requi­re­ments should be pla­ced on their lan­guage level. For inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents, it must be pos­si­ble to pro­vi­de the requi­red lan­guage cer­ti­fi­ca­tes without addi­tio­nal cos­ts or to learn the requi­red lan­guages at the uni­ver­si­ty at the begin­ning of their stu­dies. Cour­ses and lan­guage tests are to be offe­red free of char­ge by the universities.