The corona pandemic is fundamentally changing the everyday life of many people – this naturally also affects students. The nationwide survey "Studying in Germany in Corona Times" aims to examine the effects of the crisis on students at German universities and to shed light on the special features, challenges and opportunities of the largely digital summer semester 2020. The aim is to gain as comprehensive an impression as possible of the students' situation. What challenges are they facing? How is their employment and financial situation shaping up? And to what extent is it possible to study successfully under the given circumstances?
University of Jena involved as one of 24 universities
The University of Jena is one of 24 state universities participating in the survey, which was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Deutsches Studentwerk and carried out by the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) and the Research Group on Higher Eduation of the University of Konstanz. To this end, a random sample was drawn from the student register and one third of those enrolled in a bachelor's, master's or traditional course of study were invited to participate at the start on 17 June. This is voluntary and anonymous.
Basis for educational policy decisions
The consultation runs until 31 July. After that, the data will be evaluated and the results will be prepared in the form of a nationwide report. The participating universities will also be provided with the university's own results for evaluation purposes. The results of the survey serve politics, universities, student representatives, associations and science organisations as a basis for educational policy decisions, changes in legislation and the orientation of their work. The findings of this survey also serve the universities to improve, for example, the study situation or the advisory services offered to students.
Further information on the study is available from DZHW.