GERMANY: IN-PERSON CLASSES ARE NOW RUNNING AT 50% STRENGTH WITH SAFETY NORMS.
In Germany, after transitioning to online mode within a week of the pandemic, classes have now resumed as normal in-person teaching
While the world continues to reel from the blows inflicted by Covid-19, a few countries are leading the way forward to a more secure future post the health care posed by the Coronavirus. With a highly robust health care system, Germany stands tall among the list of nations that have dealt with the situation with a firm hand yet highly caring attitude towards not only its citizens but also with international students.
Most universities like TU Munchen and Aachen suspended classes for the current students and shifted to online instruction mode. In universities such as Anhalt University, almost 70 % of all the international students chose to stay back and continue their courses, which is indicative of the high quality of the care provided by the university and the health system that covers all students, domestic and international.
After transitioning to teaching via the On-Line mode within a week of the pandemic, classes have now resumed as per the normal in in-person teaching in most universities, after ensuring that the seating arrangement of having a 1.50-meter gap is maintained, as per the social distancing norm. This has ensured that classes are now running at almost 50% strength, but it is a tribute to the German Health System and the efficiency of the universities that classes have resumed. This is one of the reasons that there are almost 21,000 Indian students studying in Germany (four times the global average) and are now the second-largest group of international students. Not surprisingly, almost 70% of these students chose to study Engineering with the other choices being Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Law and Social Studies among others.