The StudierendenGesellschaft Witten/Herdecke is a non-profit organization, that was founded in 1995 by students of Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H). The students in Witten organize their financial contribution to the UW/H fees themselves and independently. The UGV, the inverse contract between student generations (or „umgekehrter Generationenvertrag“, abbreviated „UGV“ in German), as a payment concept for their financial contribution promotes equal opportunities in education and freedom at Witten/Herdecke University. The three payment modes enable students to finance their studies independently from their parents’ income or social background.
Since 1995 the SG guarantees free access to higher education, an independent study organization and a free choice of a professional career for all students. Why? Because studying in Witten is not bound to money!
Besides organizing the students’ financial contribution – which is currently about € 10.0M yearly – and the support of student-based activities, the SG is co-owner of Witten/Herdecke University. Throughout this position, the students can voice their interest and needs insistently.