Crowds leaving lecture halls, meetings started with a handshake… it all seems like a distant memory now. We have settled into the ‘new normal’. In this series, we explore what it’s like to work and study on a corona proof campus. Let’s begin with: research. How do you conduct experiments with subjects at the 1,5 meter university?
To make sure that everyone on campus complies with corona measures, the UT will introduce a ‘peer way’ of working. Appointed students will keep track of fellow students’ behavior. Teachers will address teachers’ behavior. This was announced by the Executive Board during the University Council meeting in the Horst today.
To help people avoid busy spots on campus, the UT has created ‘CampusCrowdMap’. Available since yesterday, this online tool shows how many people are at any UT building at any given moment.
‘This is strange, isn’t it?’ whispers somebody in the audience. It is ‘strange’ indeed. After all, it hasn’t been done before. Today was the first official 1.5 meter PhD defense at the University of Twente.
Professor André de Boer has been appointed as the contact person for all questions regarding the 1.5 meter education at the UT. With many changes on the horizon, he serves as the ‘linking pin’ between the committees developing the plans and the programmes implementing them. ‘The most common question so far?’ he says. ‘When can we go back to the campus?!’
The Executive Board has established guidelines for education in the 1.5 meter university with effect from 1 September. During a meeting today, the University Council (UC) has raised several concerns related to this policy.
The corona crisis is causing major changes at the UT. A special steering group, chaired by Executive Board member Mirjam Bult, is working on a ‘new design of the 1,5 meters university’ for the next academic year. Details are still in the making, but one thing is certain: the UT will look and function differently.