Due to the coronavirus crisis, the University of Mannheim has been facing many challenges since spring 2020. During the first few weeks of lockdown, the university has taken a lot of steps to ensure that future graduates continue to receive high-quality education, even under the ever-changing conditions. Only within a few days, the University of Mannheim has reorganized and digitalized its entire teaching almost off the cuff. It has also been working hard to develop and implement online exams.
Thanks to very good conditions and highly motivated teaching staff, the transition to online teaching was possibly easier for the University of Mannheim than it was for many other higher education institutions. However, additional investments in technical equipment are needed to be able to offer an unprecedented number of high-quality online courses.
In addition, students have not only experienced academic, but also personal and financial challenges. Numerous young people have lost the income they need to cover their living expenses, whether it is because they have lost their part-time job or their parents have been forced into short-time working. They had to ask themselves the existential question of whether or not they can continue their studies.
Therefore, the University of Mannheim Foundation launched two much needed fundraising projects in April 2020, in order to help out students in financial need and advance the expansion of e-learning.
Thanks to numerous supporters of the fundraising campaign, nearly 90,000 euros were awarded to students experiencing financial hardship due to the Corona crisis. Students such as Imre Polyák, Aitana Schwarz-Lloret and Giorgi Bokhua (from left to right) were helped in this way. In June, a total of 111 students have already received a one-time funding of 800 euros from the foundation's Corona-Fonds without having to go through a bureaucratic application procedure. In December, another 8,000 euros were awarded to 16 students in need. Read more
Being able to build an efficient video infrastructure and develop virtual education as quickly as possible is a special challenge brought by the coronavirus crisis. With your donations of 60,000 euros so far, we have come a step closer to achieving these goals and were able to quickly take action at the beginning of the pandemic.
On 26 November 2020 we invited everyone who donated for the expansion of e-learning to a virtual event. On the one hand, we were able to show what the funds were used for, and on the other hand, illustrate what a digital lecture looks like and the challenges it presents for students and teachers.
Since e-learning will continue to play an important role, further expansion is necessary. A “Center for the Digitalization of Teaching” is to be established specifically for this purpose and therefore your support would be greatly appreciated. Read more
The coronavirus pandemic has created significant challenges for the University of Mannheim and its students. It is remarkable how quickly the schools and chairs developed e-learning courses so that teaching could and still can continue in digital form. I am pleased that the RUDOLF FUCHS GMBH & CO. KG family business was able to make a substantial donation in support of the Corona-Fonds for students and e-learning. For three generations, we have been affiliated with the University of Mannheim as graduates and students.
When the overhead projector disappeared from lecture halls many years ago, the introduction of the PowerPoint presentation paved the way for major improvements in learning efficiency and quality. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has set another milestone as e-learning becomes the next major game changer in education. Once again, the University of Mannheim is at the forefront of using, testing and further developing this innovation in daily teaching. It is very important to us to support the University of Mannheim in this endeavor and to enable students to learn in a progressive, safe and efficient way.
In our student days, we received support from a variety of sources, which at the time helped us to cope well with our daily student life. Especially now, it is up to us to give back and help today's students in this difficult time to organize their virtual studies in a reasonable way so that their future career prospects are not affected. We are very happy to do that.
Courage and solidarity are needed in these challenging times. I am happy to participate in the foundation's fundraising campaign for our students in need.
As a former graduate of the University of Mannheim, it is very important to me to play a part in helping its students in need during this crisis with my donation. Therefore, I am grateful that the University of Mannheim Foundation has taken the initiative to coordinate the aid efforts.
If young people receive financial support in times of need such as the current coronavirus pandemic, all of us will benefit from it at the end of the day. The support for the education of students at the University of Mannheim is one of the most important investments for the entire Rhine-Neckar region. The Röchling Group, which has its headquarters in Mannheim, has a close connection to the region and the University of Mannheim.
As teachers of this university, my husband and I appreciate the intelligence and motivation of the Mannheim students a lot. We would like our donation to be used to help students in need successfully continue their studies during the Covid-19 crisis.
Sharing means multiplying; not only in difficult times.
The University depends on its people – researchers, teachers, students. Covid-19 particularly affects students who have to work part-time jobs to finance their studies. The number of available jobs has significantly reduced. Donations via the University of Mannheim Foundation can help mitigate serious emergencies. The Freunde der Universität Mannheim are happy to help – with direct donations by its members as well as a contribution of the association.
The Corona-Fonds for students reflects the efficiency of the University of Mannheim and the close ties with its staff members and supporters. I had no doubt that I wanted to make a reasonable contribution to our students.
I think it is amazing that the University of Mannheim Foundation is able to alleviate the corona-related economic hardships for our students at least a little bit.
Particularly in difficult times like these social solidarity is important. That is why every contribution, no matter how small, is valuable.
The donors are listed in alphabetical order.
We also thank everyone who wants to remain anonymous.