The Senate is one of the three collegial governing bodies of the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna).
The Senate is made up of 13 representatives of the University's professors, including the heads of organisational units with research and teaching responsibilities, six representatives of university teaching and research staff, including doctors in specialist training, six student representatives and one representative of the non-academic staff.
The student representatives shall be appointed to the Senate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Act on the Student Representative Organisations (Students’ Union Act 2014 – HSG 2014). The representatives of the other groups of persons shall be appointed by means of an "election to the Senate" (see "Election to the Senate" below).
Furthermore, a co-opted representative of the Working Group for Equal Opportunities has the right to participate in the meetings of the Senate in an advisory capacity.
The constituent meeting of the Senate for its sixth term of office (October 1st, 2019 to September 30th, 2022) took place on September 30th, 2019.
(Vienna, 2021-02-02) Starting this year, the Senate of the MedUni Vienna would like to provide regular information on important decisions and activities. With regard to the amendment to the UG planned by the government, the Senate, together with the Rectorate and the University Council, drafted its own statement and also supported the statement of the Senate Chairperson's Conference.
The following resolutions were passed at the meeting on January 22nd, 2021:
- Amendment of the statutes for the nostrification process, which should provide more clarity.
- Decision on the new curriculum for the new "Molecular Precision Medicine" course together with the University of Vienna.
- The ordinances on access restrictions and test content for the diploma courses in human medicine and dentistry for the academic year 2021/2022 were approved.
The duties of the Senate are defined, in particular, in section 25 (1) of the University Act 2002.
In short, the tasks of the Senate include:
- enacting and amending the statute as proposed by the Rectorate;
- approving the draft development plan prepared by the Rectorate;
- approving the draft organisation plan prepared by the Rectorate;
- electing the members of the University Council;
- approving the advertisement for the post of the Rector within two weeks upon receipt from the University Council;
- drawing up a shortlist of three candidates for the election of the Rector by the University Council, taking into account the shortlist of the search committee;
- expressing an opinion on the Rector’s recommendations with regard to the Vice-rectors (number, extent of employment and shortlist);
- participating in procedures for the dismissal of members of the University Council, the Rector or Vice-rectors;
- participating in procedures for the awarding habilitation degrees;
- participating in procedures for the appointment of professors;
- enacting and changing the curricula for study programmes (§ 58) according to § 22 para 1 subpara 12 and § 54d para 2;
- prescription of the academic degrees and titles for graduates of certificate university programmes for further education;
- preparing reports as part of the procedure for preliminary rulings on appeals, for appeals in matters relating to studies;
- appointing collegial bodies with or without decision-making power;
- enacting directives on the activities of collegial bodies;
- approving the implementation of decisions by collegial bodies with decision-making power;
- opinions to the Rectorate prior to the assignment by it of persons to given organisational units;
- establishing a working group on equal opportunities;
- nominating one female and one male member of the arbitration board.
Senate members of the current term of office 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2022 (in alphabetical order):
Representatives of the University's professors
including the heads of organisational units with research and teaching duties
Representatives of students
Representatives of university teaching and research and staff
including doctors in specialist training
Representative of the non-academic staff
Representative of the Working Group for Equal Opportunities
All members of the Senate perform this task on an honorary basis and receive no remuneration for this.
- 08.05.2020 (Webex-Meeting)
- 20.10.2020 (Workshop Senate)
The Senate shall appoint collegial bodies (commissions) with decision-making powers for appointment and habilitation procedures as well as for the enactment and amendment of curricula.
The following commissions are currently established at the MedUni Vienna:
- Curriculum Commission Human Medicine
- Curriculum Commission for Doctoral Studies
- Curriculum Commission Dentistry
- Curriculum Commission for University Courses
- Habilitation Commissions
- Appointment Commissions
In addition, the Senate may establish other collegial bodies to advise or decide on individual tasks, such as the "Senate Commission for Complaints in Student Affairs".
The commissions fulfil important design and supervisory functions at the MedUni Vienna.
The Senate has the possibility to set up independent working groups in addition to the mandatory commissions.
The continuation for the following already existing working groups was decided at the constituent meeting of the Senate in 2019:
- Working group"Awarding the professional title of university professor"
- Working group "Honours on behalf of the statutes"
- Editorial Committee "Honorary Teaching"
- Working group "Dentistry"
- Working group "Habilitations Revision of the criteria"
The following working groups were newly established by the new appointment of the Senate in 2019:
- Working group "MedUniVienna 2030":
The working group serves the strategic discussion and preparation of concepts to continuously improve the research environment at the MedUni Vienna. The topics dealt within the working group include the strengthening of existing focal points and the establishment of new research areas, the promotion of young researchers and career development, as well as core facilities and infrastructure. The aim of the working group is to look ahead and develop a vision of how the MedUni Vienna will position itself in an international environment in 2030.
Coordinator: Univ. Prof. Wilfried Ellmeier
- Working group "Cooperation MUW/KAV":
The working group discusses the points of contact within the framework of cooperation between the MedUni Vienna and the City of Vienna.
Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Martin Andreas
- Working group "PhD-Recruiting":
The working group develops guidelines and processes to implement a joint recruitment process for all PhD programmes at the MedUni Vienna according to international standards. Subsequently, measures are also to be developed to provide optimum support for PhD students during their time at the MedUni Vienna and during their next career steps. This should also ensure greater visibility and attractiveness of the MedUni Vienna as an international centre for biomedical research.
Coordinator: Univ. Prof. Christoph Binder
- Working group "Reputation of the MedUni Vienna":
The working group is concerned with making the services of the MedUni Vienna visible. Our university has much to offer and is among the leading universities in Europe, but there is still much to be done to improve our reputation, our attractiveness for students and lecturers, as well as bettering our scientific results. The task of the working group is not only to evaluate the MedUni Vienna in an international comparison, but also to point out internal and external measures for our further progress. The working group is in active exchange with the Rectorate's Task Force of the same name.
Coordinator: Univ. Prof. Bruno Podesser
- Working group "Life at the MedUni Vienna":
The MedUni Vienna is a multifaceted institution with numerous employees, a wide range of tasks and a great deal of social responsibility. The working group defines fields of action and challenges, formulates goals and develops concrete solutions to promote cooperation at the MedUni Vienna. The results are continuously evaluated in terms of impact orientation.
Coordinator: Dr. Miriam Hufgard-Leitner
The term of office of the Senate is three years and starts on October 1st of the referred year. The last election which led to the current composition of the Senate was held on September 10th and 11th, 2019.
Elections to the Senate have to be announced by the Rector in the Notification of the MedUni Vienna no later than five weeks before the election day (day of announcement of the election, "effective date").
All persons who are in active employment or service at the MedUni Vienna on the day of announcement of the elections ("effective date") are eligible to vote and to stand for election.
Proposals for election may be submitted in writing to the election commission no later than two weeks before the election day.
The conduct of the election to the Senate is regulated in detail in Section I of the Statutes of MedUni Vienna (content is only available in German).
The MedUni Vienna is a highly respected institution for research, teaching and applied medicine. The MedUni Vienna is constantly being further developed through the work of all its staff.
Interest, commitment and cooperation in our institution are most welcome.
If you are interested in the work of the Senate, please contact its representatives in the Senate.
(Vienna, 2020-06-17) The Senate of the MedUni Vienna is firmly committed to transparency, honesty and openness in actions and communication within and outside our university. The reputation of our university is a high moral value for us, and defending it is a common goal. There are working groups in the Senate which have the goal of continuously improving the reputation as well as internal communication.
Defamation and damage to reputation with lasting negative consequences for our entire university and the professional groups represented at it have no place with us! Rather, our moral values and social responsibilities should meet the highest standards and promote freedom of opinion and open academic discourse.