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 donors are listed in alphabetical order.
We also thank everyone who wants to remain anonymous.