The Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Sciences (HfWU) demands consequences after the knife attack on international students during the last weekend. The dormitory is operated by the student union, the Studierendenwerk Tübingen-Hohenheim. The Studierendenwerk is now required to take additional measures in the short term to ensure a higher standard of security in the Schelmenwasen dormitory, said HfWU-rector Professor Dr. Andreas Frey.
Student residents have expressed security concerns in emails received over the weekend and available to the university administration. "It is up to the Studierendenwerk to intervene here immediately and remedy any deficiencies," says Frey. He himself had assured the students that he would work toward this happening in talks with the Studierendenwerk. This has happened in the meantime and the managing director of the Studierendenwerk, Oliver Schill, has promised to get a picture of the situation on site, to listen to the concerns of the students and to initiate appropriate measures.
In the meantime, the university has informed the members, the students and also the partner universities that the HfWU and also the city of Nürtingen should remain safe places for safe studying. The university also wants to work for additional security in talks with the city. A round table with the city, the Studierendenwerk, student representatives and the police is being considered in order to ensure more security in the medium and long term. Rector Frey and Nürtingen mayor Dr. Johannes Fridrich are already holding talks to this end.
Frey added that the university now has to ensure that students from Germany and abroad continue to perceive the HfWU as a place of knowledge, education and human connection. "The trust of our students, their families and our international partner universities is a valuable asset from which we mutually benefit," said HfWU-Rector Frey.