Corona update - Friday 12 March

Friday 12 March 2021

An important target date was announced for higher education during the government press conference on Monday 8 March. On 23 March, we will hear if we will be allowed to open our doors a little wider and provide face-to-face teaching from the end of the month. We’re so pleased that attention is now turning to higher education in terms of a much-wanted relaxation of the corona measures. We see that the situation is tiring for students and that there is a definite need for contact with fellow students and with lecturers. In the next few weeks, we will be concentrating on getting ready for a restart so that we will be able to come together safely in our university of applied sciences as of 29 March.

This corona update provides an overview of how we will be preparing for a reopening. The measures are of course dependent on the decision taken by the Dutch cabinet on 23 March.

  • We will aim to ensure that you will be able to come onsite 1 day a week. Which day that will be is as yet undecided, but each academy and programme will work with time slots. Your study programme will provide more information in due course.
  • The timetables for period 4 will be available online by 16 April by clicking on the ‘schedules’ tile on start.nhlstenden.com.
  • The test weeks will be held in weeks 14 and 15 and you will receive your test schedule before then. The schedules and the means of testing will not be changed after the press conference on 23 March, even if it is announced that students may be onsite.
  • Our catering facilities, such as canteens, restaurants and coffee bars, will partly reopen. Their services will be in line with the current corona measures.
  • As soon as we are allowed to organise educational activities, we will set up small-scale tours for prospective students. It may be, therefore, that you will see these groups when you are in our buildings.
  • All of the relevant corona measures apply within our buildings. For instance, do not stay on campus longer than necessary and do not wander about unnecessarily.
  • You may travel by public transport to and from the campus for face-to-face lectures.
  • The opening hours and current measures are based on the curfew and we may also adjust them after press conference on 23 March.

It’s up to us

In the next few weeks, we will be concentrating on making sure everything is in place for a safe return to our campuses. It’s only if we are upholding the measures in place in and beyond our university of applied sciences, that we will gradually be able to do more. We see this a positive sign and we’re hopeful we can look forward to welcoming you onsite.  A new corona update with more information is scheduled for the week of 23 March. Until then, stay safe and look after each other! Also check our information on study in times ff corona.