VSETH is organised after the model of the Swiss political system and the ETH. VSETH has the board and its student associations representing the students, whereas ETH has positions such as the principle and a departement for every faculty.
Consequently, VSETH is constructed in a federal way. The decision-making powers are the board and the student associations. The VSETH board takes all interdisciplinary subjects and ensures a high degree of sovereignty to the student associations.
Furthermore, VSETH committees are also organised like state-powers of the federation:
Board – The Executive
The board is constituted of 12 members, which lead the operations of the association as a committee. The board is comparable to the Bundesrat, led by the Bundespräsident (cf. the VSETH president). The board meetings take place weekly.
The Member’s Council (Ger.: Mitgliederrat, short MR) – Major legislative
The Member’s Council consists of 100 delegates from the student associations, in relation to the number of their members. Additionally, the employees and each commission have one delegate. The Member’s Council can be compared to the Nationalrat. The meetings take place three times a year.
The Council of Student Organisations (Ger.: Fachvereinsrat, short FR) – Minor legislative
The Council of student organisations consists of 18 delegates, coming from 17 student associations and VSETH. It can be compared to the Ständerat. The meetings take place every three weeks during the semesters.
Business Auditing Committee (Ger.: Geschäftsprüfungskommission, short GPK) – Judiciary
The Business Auditing Committee consists of three active or former VSETH members. It supervises the VSETH’s actions, verifies the compatibility with the statues of VSETH and the student associations, but also regarding the Swiss law. The Business Auditing Committee can be compared to the Bundesgericht.
Additionally to the abovementioned committees, there is the possibility to implement initiatives, referenda and strike ballots.
The following pictures show the direct comparison of the two systems. Both have been approached to show their similarities.