Structure

VSETH is organised after the model of the Swiss politic system and the ETH. It has the VSETH board and its students associations representing the students, whereas the ETH has positions such as the principle and for every area a different department.

Consequently, VSETH is constructed in a federal way. The decisions-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 – 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 students associations, depending on the amount of their members. Additionally, each commission and the employees have one delegate. The Member’s Council can be compared to the Nationalrat. The meetings take place three times a year.

The Council of Study Organisations (Ger.: Fachvereinsrat, short FR) – Minor legislative

The Council of student organisations consists of 18 delegates, coming from 17 study 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.