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TH Aschaffenburg planning for the coming winter semester is in full swing

"Together we have successfully mastered the 2020 summer semester, which was marked by the corona pandemic and its many challenges," said TH President Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, who was pleased with the results and thanked all lecturers and staff after the examination period. "Now it’s a matter of preparing for the upcoming winter semester in order to offer students the best possible learning conditions under the given circumstances". She emphasizes that it is especially important for the new first-semester students to be on site in order to get to know the university, the lecturers and their fellow students personally. So far this year, future students have only been able to experience TH Aschaffenburg virtually.

Feedback from the university shows that face-to-face teaching is important for many students, even though the digital courses developed by the teachers were very well received. "I would like to return to more normality at Bavaria's universities and once again enable more cooperation, more discourse and more personal encounters on site", said Bavaria's Minister of Science, Bernd Sibler. At TH Aschaffenburg, the planning for the start of the semester in October is currently in full swing. Due to the later final examinations caused by corona, the university has extended the application period until 20 August 2020.

“Currently we are assuming that there will be a hybrid winter semester in which there will be as many attendance courses as possible, primarily for the new first and third semesters. We are developing a completely new concept for the first semester introduction," explains Prof. Dr. Holger Paschedag, Vice President for Studies, Teaching and International Affairs, and adds: "Protection against infection has priority, of course". At the university, the required hygiene measures and distance rules will continue to be implemented as long as necessary.

Since it is not foreseeable how the infection rate will develop, a certain degree of flexibility is still essential for lecturers and students, despite all the planning. If necessary, the proportion of digital teaching may have to be increased again in the course of the winter semester.