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30 modern and mobile chairs – Hisham Nazmy donates private profit

It’s not the kind of donation that Hof University receives every day: In a private competition on the LinkedIn platform, university employee Hisham Nazmy recently won a total of 30 modern “node” chairs from Steelcase. A prize with a proud total value of no less than 27200 EUR. But instead of selling the chairs to the highest bidder or using them himself, Hisham Nazmy, who holds the Digitalization of Teaching (DAL) position at Hof University of Applied Sciences, showed his great commitment to his employer: he donated the entire prize to Hof University of Applied Sciences.

Hisham Nazmy (center) with Sandra Dechant and Helmut Kausler from the company Steelcase
Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

I was of course very surprised by my winnings and was very pleased. But since I have little use for 30 conference chairs in my private life, I wanted to put them to good and sensible use at our university

Hisham Nazmy

The ergonomic seating furniture, which was specially developed for universities and is flexible in use, will be used at the Hof location in the Digital Learning Lab A105 and at the Kronach university location in a new working space. Both rooms can be adapted even more flexibly to different workshop settings thanks to the chairs, which also have an integrated table.

University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann commented

We are all particularly pleased with this donation – not only because it relieves the budget remarkably, but also because it shows a great identification of an employee with the goals of the university. Many thanks!”

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann

The chairs were officially handed over by Sandra Dechant and Helmut Kausler, Account Manager and Senior Workplace Consultant from Steelcase, a multinational manufacturer of office furniture and space solutions

In the future, 30 of these modern chairs will be found at the university’s Hof and Kronach campuses
Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences

Since the company is also involved in the field of “Digital Teaching”, the company representatives combined the appointment at the university with a visit to a workshop on the topic of “The Future of Teaching”. Both were also available to students as well as Prof. Dr. Marco Linß and Prof. Dr. Anke Müller as project manager and sub-project manager of the university project “DigihyP – Digital Teaching of the Future” with their expertise.


Rainer Krauß

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