What exactly is the Studenttinget, the Student Parliament at NTNU? And why should you, as a student, be interested in student democracy? What is the difference between Studenttinget and a student council?
The student democracy at NTNU consists of student representatives at all levels of administration at the University, ranging from each individual reference group for the individual subject to the very top of the university. At each faculty there is a student council that deals with what concerns students at the specific faculty. All faculties have a student council chaired by faculty and department student representatives.
The next election will open October 2019.
How university issues are dealt with, depends on what the content of the case. If you are dissatisfied with the curriculum in a topic, the reference group of your course is the right place to address this. Department representatives are responsible for following up issues that concern the framework around your study program. Faculty representatives follow up the departmental representatives and are responsible for what is happening at the faculty level. Studenttinget is the central part of the student democracy and addresses issues that concern all NTNU students. This can, for example, be a study regulation, a campus policy or about the learning environment.
Studenttinget is the supreme student-democratic body at NTNU and consists of 25 representatives from the entire university who together will approve the students’ policy. The executive Committee in the Student Parliament consists of six members who together will front the students’ politics and these six each have their own areas of special interest. The executive Committee is bound by Studenttinget’s policies.
It is actually YOU who decides who will represent you. Every autumn 25 representatives are elected who sit in the Student Parliament. All students at NTNU can run for election and everyone has the right to vote. Including English speakers!
However it should be noted that the language used in all documents and meetings will be in Norwegian.
If you want to become representative in the Student Parliament contact email@example.com or come to 2nd floor Gamle Fysikk, at Studenttingets office for a chat.