Money, market, opinion What is Corona doing with the universities? · ARD audio library

Are we losing a generation of future skilled workers to Corona? At many universities, students and teachers are finally meeting each other again. For three semesters, almost everything that defines a degree was missing: direct exchange, learning together, research and discussion – but also internships and income from student jobs. What does that do to young people in this important phase of life and education? We ask about the opportunities and limits of digital teaching. And whether the universities can train the specialists that business and society need. Our topics right here below. Interlocutors on the show: Professor Dorothea Wagner, Chairwoman of the Science Council, Professor Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University, Sabine Herpertz, Dean of Medicine at Heidelberg University, Luzie Keppler, Asta PH Ludwigsburg, Professor Katja Patzel-Mattern, Dean of the Philosophical Faculty of Heidelberg University , Ronald Friedrich, Social Advisor, Studierendenwerk University of Stuttgart, Professor Axel Plünnecke, Institute of the German Economy IW Cologne, Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel, Deputy Secretary General of the Stifterverband, Professor Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the DAAD, Moritz Mergen, Spokesman for LVU, State Association of Entrepreneurs’ Associations Rhineland-Palatinate and students at the Universities of Freiburg and Tübingen. 1. “Another online semester – then I would break off!” Finally back on campus instead of the kitchen table, “real” instead of online – but some uncertainty remains. Despite the great anticipation, it is not yet possible to speak of studying as usual. Experience reports and observations from students in Freiburg and student representative Luzie Keppler from the Asta at the PH Ludwigsburg. 2. “Now we have to look forward again – the universities have to come back into focus!”. How teachers experienced the university during the online phases – and why they consider personal exchange to be so important. Report by Wolfgang Brauer from Heidelberg 3. Job gone, future on hold? Many students struggled financially in the pandemic – and at the same time fewer and fewer of them are receiving student loans. An article about help and hurdles by Ingemar Koerner from Tübingen and Stuttgart 4. A lost generation at the universities – or exactly the specialists you are looking for for digitization? Employers, too, would like to return to the presence. “We now have to put in the internship turbo,” says Moritz Mergen from the state association of entrepreneurs’ associations in Rhineland-Palatinate in an interview. 5. New limits or new opportunities? Not only German students stayed at home – thousands of new students from abroad did not come to the universities here. And with it later sought-after skilled workers. Can this gap be made up and how can digitization help? Contribution by Anja Braun from the SWR Science and Education editorial team. 6. How does the Corona period shape higher education? What went well, what didn’t – and what remains? An interim assessment with Professor Dorothea Wagner from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Chair of the Science Council

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