Corona update 18 December 2021

In the press conference on Saturday 18 December, the Dutch Cabinet announced a hard lockdown so as to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The lockdown also affects higher education. As of Sunday 19 December, our university of applied sciences will be closed for nearly all educational activities and work. The measure will stay in place until at least Sunday 9 January.

Campuses closed with immediate effect

  • Our university of applied sciences is closed with immediate effect for a period of at least 3 weeks. The situation will be reviewed on 3 January as to whether or not the campus can re-open on 10 January (after the Christmas holidays). All classes in the week before Christmas will take place online with Monday 20 December acting as a transition day. If absolutely necessary, our staff and students can come to the university to finish off their work on campus. 
  • Timetabled tests and exams will take place as scheduled. The campus will also be open for coaching vulnerable students and for practicals and the libraries will also remain open. Individual study activities (such as final interviews, feedback sessions or individual atelier work) are considered practical education and are therefore allowed if strictly necessary. Those students who are able to come and campus for practical education will receive an invitation from their study programme. 
  • For staff, the rule is that you can only come on campus if invited. If someone has work that can only be done on campus or if they are, for some other reason, unable to work from home, they will discuss this with their manager. 
  • Research activities may, as is already the case, only take place on campus if strictly location-based. 
  • NHL Stenden adheres to the travel advice issued by the Dutch government. For more information, please see the Dutch Government website.

Basic measures continue to apply 

If a student or employee really need to be on campus, we will ask them to please stay 1.5 metres away from others, to wear a face mask and to keep to the basic measures in place.

We hope that we will be able to reopen after the Christmas holidays on 10 January. The Dutch Cabinet will take a decision on this by 3 January and if on-campus teaching is not allowed, then we will have to have classes online.