In times of rapid change and increasing social inequality, the demands on education and science to contribute to a civil and sustainable solution of social, political and international conflicts, are growing.
The underfunding of universities has negative effects on study and employment conditions and restricts all university members to develop the contents of teaching and research in the interest of solving social problems.
This can be illustrated by the Social Work programme at the HAW. As a result of austerity, tightened in the Basic Law, public areas (social affairs, education, health, housing, mobility...) are not sufficiently financed, which promotes social division, since the resources for achieving social goals are unequally distributed. More people are therefore being forced to make use of social work assistance.
At the same time, despite the lack of skilled workers in the social sector, the resources and the number of professors* at the university have been reduced and the number of study places as well.
At the same time, there are enough motivated people who see their career prospects in social work. In the winter semester 2018/2019 more than 2000 people applied, of whom only 232 received a place at the HAW. The great demand for a place at the HAW is met by admission restrictions, which are circumvented by some rejected applicants. The university resists these motivated people instead of fighting for better regulation and more places to study.
The right to a free choice of profession and training place (Article 12 of the Basic Law) can only be realized if colleges and universities have sufficient resources and interested parties are not deterred by the high costs of studying.
Learning, to do researches, to be able to develop and becoming involved in another sector; for this to happen, students must be free of existential pressure. A wide-ranging reform of the BaföG and a financed "Studierendenwerk" (affordable housing, food, advice) are necessary in order to improve the economic situation of students.
Good education made accessible to all is the basis for a democratic, enlightened and fair society.
Fully financed colleges and universities and better financial conditions for students are possible and necessary for a positive general welfare development.
Therefore we organize ourselves as students and support activities such as the "Volksinitiative für ein Hamburger Gesetz zur Streichung der Schuldenbremse aus der Verfassung der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg", social movements, alliances and all those who want to work for better conditions.
The contact for this responsibility is still in progress.