Save our language centre!
On 19 June 2021 at 15:00 there will be a demonstration in front of the Audimax, supported by the student council together with the GEW-Studis FAU.
The context is that many jobs financed by the study grants have become significantly more expensive – while the budget has remained the same state-wide since 2014 – without compensating for inflation and rising student numbers.
This means that now, after the discontinuation of QuiS 2 and many associated posts, the diversity of languages and the number of places for language courses are at risk.
If this financial gap will not be filled, only 6,500 language course places will be offered per semester instead of 11,500 – whether this even meets basic needs is questionable.
Also language diversity is in danger: At the moment, more than two dozens of languages are offered, including not only widely spoken languages such as English, Chinese and Spanish, but also more selective languages like Icelandic, Korean or Swahili. Offering such a wide range of languages might not be maintained under the impending budgetary constraints.
At the demonstration, we oppose the constant tightening of funding for such programmes – and in this context, we call on the Bavarian state government to refrain from intensifying these problems in the new Higher Education Act and to focus more on proper funding for the quality of studies.
So let’s unite in opposing the trend of cuts and forced austerity and let’s show clearly that we will not simply remain silent when our range of studies is threatened! Come to the Audimax on Saturday!