WVPU is guided by the principle of subsidiarity
WVPU’s legal form in Austria is that of an association (Verein). WVPU is guided by the principle of subsidiarity. It is logically tiered placing the General Assembly (GA) at the top, under which serves the Supervisory Board acting as the University Council (UC), which in turn monitors the management of the university in the form of the Executive Board (EB).
The General Assembly is composed of the members of the Association, which are the four most senior officers of Webster University. It is responsible for approving structural and strategic decisions with financial implications, including development plans, annual budgets, annual reports and financial statements, changes to the Constitution and Articles of Association, and the appointment and termination of members of the Executive Board and the University Council.
The University Council monitors the management of the university operations in the capacity of the Supervisory Board of the Association. It consists of three members who hold or held responsible positions in society, especially in academic, cultural or business life, and, due to their exceptional knowledge and experience, contribute to achieving the goals and tasks of the university.
The Executive Board, consisting of the Director, corresponding to the function of ‘Rektor’ in the Austrian higher education sector, the Associate Director, and the Head of Finance and Administration, both corresponding to ‘Vizerektor’, constitute the university’s leadership.
The Advisory Board advises the Campus Director on matters pertaining to visibility and reputation in regional business, cultural, and educational communities. The Advisory Board provides a complementary advisory function to the University Council’s control and monitoring functions in three meeting per year.
Its members play a vital role in improving the competitiveness of the university’s academic programs by providing insights into market needs and external funding opportunities, thus fostering critical linkages between the university and the public and private sectors in Austria and the broader Central and Eastern European region.
The University Senate (Senate) represents the interests of faculty, scientific support and administrative staff, and students enabling them to participate in matters of strategic development and quality management. The Senate comprises members elected by permanent and adjunct faculty, staff and students.
The Senate’s primary responsibilities are in academic matters. It participates in the development of the university and the academic programs, in enacting and amending curricula and determining academic degrees. It also plays a central role in governance matters, particularly as pertains to appointment procedures.
The Working Group on Equal Opportunities (WGEO) is responsible for combating gender discrimination as well as discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion or conviction, age, or sexual orientation by university governing bodies, and for advising and supporting the university’s members and governing bodies in connection with these issues.
It proposes an annual Affirmative Action Plan for Managing Diversity and the Advancement of Women and monitors, after its approval, the plan’s compliance. The WGEO consists of four members elected by the University Senate of which at least two are women. The chair of the WGEO serves as the university’s Diversity Manager and acts as the coordinator of its actions and as the primary contact person for requests from outside.
The Works Council represents the rights and interests of the employees at WVPU; it receives updates from the university leadership and is consulted on any adaptations to the working environment, personnel changes, and norms where applicable.
The Works Council is currently composed of four representatives elected every five years in compliance with the Labour Constitution Act (ArbVG), the Works Council Election Ordinance (BRWO 1974) and the Works Council Rules of Procedure (BRGO 1974).
The Student Government Association (SGA) represents individual and collective student interest vis-à-vis other interest groups at WVPU. The SGA is an independently financed organization consisting of students holding official mandates and offices operating according to the Federal Act on the Student Representative Organizations, relevant guidelines of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH), and its own Constitution.