WMU President Visits Student Residence
On 8 April, President Doumbia-Henry spoke to students at the Henrik Smith Residence (HSR), where the majority of the students in the Malmö MSc programme live. Keeping the recommended distance from each other, either standing in the court yard a meter apart, or participating from their windows, the students welcomed the President by singing the WMU Song.
President Doumbia-Henry addressed the students from the courtyard, and spoke of how WMU is carrying on with business as usual, albeit in unusual circumstances. Although field study trips have been postponed for the foreseeable future, the University is doing all that it can to ensure that each student’s “WMU experience” is as rich as it can possibly be. Faculty and staff are carrying out their duties, some of them from home, and some from the WMU building. “I am proud of the University and the way we have all shouldered the challenges this unexpected situation has thrown at us,” she said.
The President noted that everyone is approaching the Covid-19 situation in different ways, with some regularly out exercising and others preferring to stay in their rooms. “Each individual may decide what is best: keeping social distance is very important, in whichever way you choose, and I thank you for continuing to follow this very important recommendation,” she said.
“The students are the heart of our University; the heart of our goals and the heart of our mission. Thank you for the courage and forbearance you are showing through these trying times. I am proud of you and look forward to welcoming you back to the WMU building just as soon as we are able to do so safely,” said the President.
Vice President (Academic), Dr. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, is scheduled to similarly meet the students at HSR next week to address questions regarding the ways forward to complete their dissertations under the current circumstances.
To learn more about how WMU is carrying out its mission under the current Covid-19 pandemic, click here.