Hamburg’s future university president still hopes to be present

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HAMBURG (dpa-AFX) – The designated new President of the University of Hamburg, Hauke ​​Heekeren, hopes that the presence at German universities will continue despite the new Omikron variant. “We have to watch carefully how the pandemic is developing,” said the 50-year-old university manager, who is moving from the Free University of Berlin to Hamburg at the beginning of March, the German press agency. “The new variant is worrying. Hopefully we will have a situation in the summer semester that still allows attendance.”

There are indications of a high vaccination rate among the students. “We are talking about numbers of presumably well over 90 percent. And under these conditions we as universities in Germany have managed to create face-to-face offers with the appropriate protective measures,” said Heekeren. In order to better adjust to the development of the pandemic, a precise evaluation of previous experience is important. “We will use the time to prepare for the summer as well as the winter semester, in the sense of a scenario-based planning.” / Fi / DP / nas


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