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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

06.11.2020Press release: 167/2020

Despite the corona pandemic, students do not think about dropping out more often than four years ago

The German Center for University and Science Research (DZHW) recently published a study on the topic of “Studying in times of the corona pandemic”. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “The past semester presented universities, teachers and students with special challenges. I am therefore particularly pleased that students in the 2020 summer semester did not think about dropping out more often than in recent years. This is mainly thanks to those responsible on site, the teachers, the university administrations and also the students themselves, who have adapted to the situation. We have also quickly offered support with numerous simplifications for BAföG and the bridging aid with its two pillars, adjustments in the KfW student loan and the grants. That was well received by the students. We will now also reinstall the grant component in the bridging aid. I am encouraged by the pragmatism and creativity with which universities, teachers and students have turned teaching inside out during the pandemic. Almost three-quarters of all respondents did not cancel any courses at all – that is good news and reflects the great effort at universities to make the most of this time. You have achieved extraordinary things in the past few months, but it is also clear that the universities depend on support as digitization progresses. According to our federal system, the states are responsible for the universities. The federal government has long been actively supporting the federal states in their efforts to promote digitization at universities, for example with the University Forum Digitization and the Quality Pact for Teaching. The billion-dollar agreements concluded between the federal government and the federal states last year, “Strengthening the future contract for studying and teaching” and “Innovation in university teaching”, create, in my opinion, ideal conditions for quickly raising digitization at universities to a new level of quality. ” Surveys are: The extensive conversion of teaching to digital formats took place via webinars and video conferences. While the technical equipment of students is perceived as largely adequate, internet connection and individual living situation are more often a problem. The respondents miss direct contact with fellow students Lecturers.The digitally supported exam preparation and execution of examinations are viewed rather critically by students. The student judgment on the “digital summer semester 2020” applies equally to new students as well as to students who are more advanced in their studies Almost half of the students expect an extension of their studies as a result of the corona pandemic. The federal and state governments already considered the consequence of an extension of study times as an option in March. Since March 12th, 2020, the BMBF and the federal states responsible for BAföG administration have taken precautions to ensure that pandemic-related disadvantages can be largely absorbed. Students and those interested in studying can keep up to date with the latest developments at https: //www.bafög.de/. Background: The representative survey “Studying in times of the corona pandemic” was financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the large and long-term repeat survey “The student survey in Germany”, which from 2021 onwards several well-known repeat surveys under one Roof continues. A total of almost 28,600 students at 23 universities took part in the online survey from June 15 to August 10, 2020. These universities were selected using what is known as “theoretical sampling” in order to include students at universities of different sizes and types in the survey. The range of subjects was also taken into account when selecting the universities. A good 24,600 of them described their experiences with digital teaching and study operations in the summer semester 2020.The student survey in Germany is a joint project of the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research, the University Research Working Group at the University of Konstanz and the German Student Union. The joint project is led by the German Center for University and Science Research (DZHW). The surveys will take place every four years.

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