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Florian Wussmann has held the office of President of the Student Union (SHSG) since June 2019. He has been involved in the SHSG ever since his Assessment Year and had been a committee member for two years before he was elected as the new President of the Student Union. Florian Wussmann’s fascination with the complexity of big institutions and his interest in observing things behind the scenes prompted him at an early stage to assume offices such as that of pupils’ representative and, later, member of the youth local council.
"Critical scrutiny with the aim of fruitful cooperation."
In his present office as President of the Student Union, Florian Wussmann values cooperation. “Critical scrutiny of issues with the aim of finding a way towards cooperation” − this is how Florian Wussmann conceives of successful collaboration between University Management, faculty and students. Faithful to Humboldt’s ideal, he wants to be guided by the principle of “creating knowledge together by means of exchange”.
It is precisely this cooperation, however, which is also the challenge of his office. “It’s important to understand the concerns of the various stakeholders while at the same time always bearing in mind the responsibility one has assumed as the students’ representative,” says Florian Wussmann. This is why he wants to continue to engage in close cooperation with students in his year in office. “Only like this can concerns be adequately taken on board and then cast into intelligent political moulds.” He is aware of the fact that, although in his capacity as President of the Student Union, he may be granted insights into bodies that are denied to other students, he is still primarily a student.
Besides close cooperation with students, Florian Wussmann considers the issues of infrastructure, space requirements and teaching reforms to be among his most important projects. By this he
does not only refer to the Coworking Space inaugurated in April 2018 and the extension of the University, which should result in even stronger ties between the city and the region, but also to the new Learning Center, which should enable innovative forms of learning. Despite all these exciting and challenging plans for the future, he also recognises the importance of not losing sight of the here and now. “Looking into the future must never result in a situation whereby students’ concerns and requirements are forgotten.”