‘After three digital semesters, this year’s winter semester must predominantly take place on site. Many students, especially those at the start of their studies, have hardly seen the inside of their universities so far. They have also done without several important social aspects of student life. It is extremely important that studies can now, once again, take place on site, not only for all students, but also for teaching staff. I am therefore delighted that the leaders of the universities and student bodies agree that winter semester 2021/22 is to be organised as a semester of on-site teaching,’ said Martin.
In order to guarantee protection against infection, provision of on-site teaching is subject to the ‘vaccinated - recovered - tested’ principle. By observing this requirement, universities will be able to deviate from the minimum distance of 1.5 m, e.g. by adopting so-called chequerboard seating. Face coverings will continue to be obligatory in all of the universities’ buildings.
‘I am very pleased that we will be able to provide on-site teaching in the winter semester, because we would all like to see the return of our students to the lecture halls and seminar rooms. We would like to see the resurrection of the closeness and solidarity that play a vital role in making our university the tight-knit community that it is. This means that we would like to provide as much on-site teaching as possible. These desires are among the reasons why we have chosen to start our own vaccination motivation campaign,’ explains the Rector of the University of Greifswald, Prof. Dr. Katharina Riedel.
This news article is an excerpt and translation of the press release from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of 12 August 2021.