No UT education for a week, afterwards digital

| Rense Kuipers , Rik Visschedijk

The Executive Board decided today to suspend UT education until Monday March 23 due to the coronavirus. Until then, the study programmes have the time to ensure that they can provide the best possible digital education. Working from home is advised for both students and employees.

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The crisis team asks students to avoid educational buildings, unless there is a strict need. The TechMed building is only accessible to employees. The individual study programmes communicate with their students about the way in which education will be given from 23 March onwards. The study programmes are also the point of contact in case of study delay due to the measures.

The study programmes will be given the next week to think about how they want to offer their distance education. They receive support from the services CES and LISA. The UT asks students to use their time next week in a useful way. ‘We encourage them to be creative and to take up challenges,’ says spokesperson Laurens van der Velde.

Working from home is the motto in the coming period, both for academic staff and for supporting staff. The UT therefore calls for agreements to be made with managers and colleagues. Anyone who is on campus or in the ITC building can in any case still eat at the Waaier, Spiegel, Vrijhof or in the ITC restaurant. Other facilities that are open are the Bastille and the library. But doors remain closed in many places, such as the DesignLab, the Sports Center, the Pakkerij and the Watersport complex of Euros.

People are also called to only travel internationally if this is strictly necessary. The faculties can decide to cancel a planned trip.