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AStA – you hear and see this abbreviation from time to time. But what is it actually? Put simply, the  General Students’ Committee (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss) is something like the ministers of the Student Council. The Student Council (StuRa) is elected by all students via the respective faculties and is therefore comparable to the parliament of all students at the University of Rostock. The StuRa in turn elects the members (speakers) of the AStA.

In the AStA, each speaker works on different topics: in addition to the administrative speakers, some speakers take care of events and those who advise and represent students. We represent the interests of all students, and we always have an open ear for you. No matter whether you have problems with your exams or lecturers, whether you are planning an event or want to discuss something else.

You can find the protocols of our meetings here:

We are eager to see you!

Alena Frederike Balow

Vorsitzende / Chairwoman

Sprechzeit: Tuesdays from 16:00 to 17:00 in the office and via Zoom.

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The AStA chairwoman is the central person for the internal and external representation of the student body. She coordinates the internal work of the AStA. In order to be able to adequately represent the student body and the AStA, she meets regularly with the representatives of the Rectorate, Senate, Council, student councils and the Studierendenwerk.

Toni Gabriel Kissing

Hochschulpolitik & stellvertretender Vorsitz / Higher Education Policy & Vice-Chair

Sprechzeit: Thursdays from 13.00 to 14.00 in the office and via Zoom.

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This area deals with higher education policy issues and areas of action: on an academic, state and national level. For example, it can be about preventing administrative fees, but also about improving the quality of studies and teaching. In order to bring about change, we also need (supra-)regional networking and occasionally taking a look at the State Higher Education Act or university committees such as the Academic Senate or the Council.

Lena Lemke

Geschäftsführung / Management

Sprechzeit: Tuesdays from 16:00 to 17:00 in the office and via Zoom.

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The management deals with the day-to-day business operations of our office. The main tasks are payroll accounting, payment transactions, office organization and looking after our employees.

Robin Harder

Finanzen / Finances

Sprechzeit: Tuesdays from 14:00 to 15:00 in the office and via Zoom.

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This department is responsible for the finances of the student body. Its basic tasks include initiating payments, planning the budget and helping to prepare the annual financial statements. The Finance Department is also the point of contact for applicants who wish to submit funding applications to the AStA or StuRa as well as for financial matters relating to the student councils.

Jan-Henrik Engelmann

Digitales / Digitalization

Sprechzeit: Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the office and via Zoom.

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The Department of Digital Affairs deals with topics such as data protection (at the university and in the student body), digitalization of teaching, critical monitoring of the university’s digitalization projects (e.g. campus management system), digital examination forms and digitalization in the administration of the student body.

Stephan Weise

Inneres / Internal

Sprechzeit: Fridays from 09:00 to 11:00 in the office and via Zoom. // The consultation hours on 24.05. and 31.05. take place exclusively online.

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The Department of Internal Affairs and Student Council Coordination is responsible for the concerns of the student councils and for networking with other student bodies in general. The officer is a permanent member of the board of the student representatives’ conference, i.e. the interdisciplinary meeting that takes place every third Thursday of the month. The department is also responsible for issuing certificates of work in the student council. If the speaker is invited, they are also happy to attend student council meetings.

Efram Jasper Wolf

Studium und Lehre / Academic Affairs

Sprechzeit: Mondays from 09:00 to 10:00 in the office and via Zoom.

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The Department of Studies and Teaching is responsible for students in the Bachelor’s, Master’s, State Examination in Medicine and Magister programs. If you have any questions regarding your studies, problems with lecturers or simply general uncertainties about the study regulations, you can contact this department.

The department is also in regular contact with the Prorectorate for Studies and Teaching, the Senate Commission for Studies and Teaching and the Student Council Conference.

Mattes Platow

Lehramt / Teacher Education

Sprechzeit: Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the office and via Zoom.

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The “Teacher Education” department is responsible for all matters relating to student teachers and is therefore in contact with students at the Student Teacher Conference, with the Vice-Rectorate for Studies and Teaching, with various faculties and also with anyone else who seeks contact with it or has a problem with their teacher education studies. It also tries to optimize the teaching degree course.

Jana Sories

Kultur und Bildung / Culture and Education

Sprechzeit: Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the office and via Zoom // The office hour on 23.05. is canceled.

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The Department of Culture and Education is responsible for the educational and event program of the AStA. Lectures, film screenings and discussions are designed to provide you with information on political topics. The aim of the department is to strengthen students’ political awareness and promote participation. The aim is to create non-discriminatory spaces in which critical debate can take place, which is often neglected in everyday university life. The department seeks to support student projects in the areas of culture and education. So if you have any ideas for events, please get in touch by e-mail or come to the office hours.

Lars Malte Liebchen

Nachhaltigkeit und Mobilität / Sustainability and Mobility

Sprechzeit: Fridays from 15:00 to 16:00 in the office or via Zoom.

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This department deals with everything that has to do with sustainability and mobility. This includes organizing the Sustainability Week, cooperating with Students for Future and supporting the projects of the NAJU university group. It is a member of the Round Table for Sustainability and Diversity and is in contact with the university’s sustainability officer as well as other associations and institutions. As a representative of the student body, the department also has a seat in the city of Rostock’s Fahrradforum e.V. bicycle forum and is part of the canteen committee, where it works to ensure that fair, regional and organic products are included in the canteen’s range as much as possible.

Wuthnathirry Sang

Antidiskriminierung und Vielfalt / Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

Sprechzeit: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the office and via Zoom. // The office hours in May 2024 are canceled. However, you can still reach us by email.

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The Department for Anti-Discrimination and Diversity is responsible for the concerns of all students who feel discriminated against in everyday university life. Thirry always has an open ear for you, so don’t be afraid to come to him with a concern. You don’t need to worry as all inquiries are treated confidentially.

In addition to providing advice, organizing events is an important part of the department’s work. Cultural and educational events are used to convey equality-related content. Certain events are also intended to give those affected the space to encourage each other and exchange experiences of discrimination.

Susi Schaarschmidt

Internationales / International Affairs

Sprechzeit: Fridays from 09:30 to 10:30 in the office and via Zoom.

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The Department of International Affairs supports international students in cooperation with local organizations and organizes events for them in order to provide them with networking opportunities. It is a contact point for international students as well as for students who are planning a stay abroad.


Michelle Saß

Mentale Gesundheit / Mental Health

Sprechzeit: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the office and via Zoom.

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The Department of Mental Health works closely with various university and non-university partners to organize events on the topic of mental health. The unit is an interface for students who are looking for support and counseling services due to their mental health. The unit will not provide psychological counseling.


Studienfinanzierung / Study Financing

The Student Finance Office is the first point of contact for students who have questions about financing their studies or who are employed at the university. The department also supports and networks student employees with their concerns.