Studentenwerke demand a German Confederation and State special program

  • €3.4 Billion from the German Confederation and the States for the social infrastructure of studies
  • €1.8 Billion for the building and redevelopment of dormitories
  • €1.6 Billion for the extension and redevelopment of the dining hall capacity by 2021

  • Rolf-Dieter Postlep, president of Deutsches Studentenwerk:”The university social pacts finally need to be socially supported.”

Berlin, 27 November 2019. The 57 Studenten- and Studierendenwerke that are merged as Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) insist on a Bund-Länder-Hochschulsozialpakt (A social pact between the German Confederation and the States, and the universities). At their conference on 26 and 27 November 2019 in Berlin they repeated their demand of a common financing of the universities' social infrastructure of the amount of €3.4 Billion. The money is  for building and redeveloping dormitories as well as the extension and modernization of the dining hall capacity next year.

Studenten- and Studierendenwerke estimate that about €2 Billion are needed to build at least 25,000 new dormitories. They demand a €800 Million grant from the German Confederation and the States. They will manage the other €1.4 Billion with their own resources and loans. The redevelopment need for the existing dormitories amounts to about €2 Billion. Half of this amount is demanded as a German Confederation and the States grant.

€ 1.6 Billion are needed to modernize, redevelop, and extend the dining hall capacity.

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Postlep, Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) president emphasizes the urgency of this demand: “The number of students is and remains high. The German Confederation and the States perpetuate previous university pacts […]. A common German Confederation and State effort is very urgent.”


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