The university council was introduced as a central organ when the new University Act (HochSchG) took effect on 21.07.2003. It is responsible for promoting the university’s reputation and its performance and ability to compete.
The university council has basic rights to be consulted and to approve important university matters. These include the university’s overall development plan, its guidelines for distributing financial resources and the election of the president. Internal decision processes of the university are to be supported by external expertise.
This body has a total of ten members. Five external members from the areas of the economy, science and public life are appointed by the state ministry of education. Five internal university members are elected by the Senate. The period of office is five years.