This means that the current exam week, from 14 to 19 December, can continue as planned. UvA buildings are not open to the public and therefore there is no obligation to wear a mask. The prize, that aims to encourage scientists to communicate about their work, comes with 10,000 Euro. More information will follow after the weekend. In consultation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, in preparation for new governmental decisions, universities will draw up proposals for resuming (initially) small-scale, on-campus teaching and testing for which online alternatives couldn’t be found. Furthermore, the time slots in which the defence ceremonies are planned will have to be more spread out than usual in order to keep the flow of participants separated. Location-bound research (for example, use of laboratories or test rooms) can still proceed. This does not constitute an unlawful breach of privacy’. An expansion of the research activities allowed at physical locations of Dutch universities, has been announced by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in a new version of the ‘Servicedocument HO - aanpak Coronavirus COVID-19’ (in Dutch). We cannot guarantee that this will be possible for everyone as it also depends on how the situation develops. Online proctoring can only be used if no alternative is available. Three pilots are being held at the Faculty of Economics and Business. The current limitations regarding on-site education will remain in force until at least 15 June. This is up to students and the organisations where they are doing their placement to decide this on an individual basis. Royal Palace of Amsterdam. The UvA is following this advice closely. The form it will take will vary according to the programme, from online assignments done independently to interactive activities in the form of livestreams, tests and interviews, or a combination of these. It will be possible for staff members to pick things up from buildings that are closed. These students will be informed as soon as possible. We will consult with these students to consider possible alternatives. The FAQs are continuously updated. It is not easy. The implications for the UvA will be worked out in further detail next week.Up. Concerns about the privacy of those involved in the use of this tool were naturally taken into account when the decision was made to use it. The new academic year starts next week, a completely different start than in previous years. This allows us to provide space for research that cannot be done from home, or lab courses on-site. Priority will be given to activities which cannot take place online, activities aimed at first-year students and supervision of vulnerable students. Just like the participating funds, the UvA and the VU have each made an initial donation of €25,000 and a nice sum has already been raised from private donations. in the course of next week we hope to provide prospective students with the information they would otherwise get on location at the Bachelor’s Day as best we can online, in the form of video recordings. This page will be updated daily over the coming period. We are hoping there will be more clarity about this well before 15 June. It has also been established that the images will never be used for anything other than detecting possible fraud. Information about the timetables will be available no later than 31 August. The UvA is cooperating with the City of Amsterdam, the Public Health Service (GGD) and other universities, not only in connection with providing targeted information to students, but also in seeking creative solutions in connection with extra space to accommodate education. Please visit Nuffic.nl for more information about the impact of the coronavirus on education. What if, because of the coronavirus crisis, your research activities run beyond the duration of your employment contract? Should that change, it will be reported in an update later this afternoon. The Office of the Rector is preparing for the restart, as of September, of PhD defence ceremonies at physical locations. The livestreams are ‘unlisted’ on the UvA YouTube channel; that is, you need a direct link to follow a livestream. On Tuesday evening, the Cabinet will hold a press conference. If necessary, programmes will discuss measures that can be taken to help alleviate such issues, for example by offering students existing data sets. General student associations: No in person activities for recruitment, introduction or initiation/hazing may be organised. Last night, the government announced a series of new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Read more about the agreements here (in Dutch). This confirms recent studies on the impact of the various COVID-19 measures on subjective well-being and social isolation of individuals. Before the UvA decides to use online proctoring, it is important to gather together all relevant information. This is of course extremely disappointing. Interview with Rector Karen Maex on UvA Radio, Interviewers Timon Tamminga (in Dutch) and Felix Faillace (in English) spoke at length with the UvA’s Rector Karen Maex. Cookies that make it possible to track visitors and show them personalised adverts. Also read our Privacy statement. PhD candidates will also be informed about this, if it concerns them individually, at the latest in the last week of June. Students of the Faculty of Medicine must follow the guidelines of Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC), which can be found on the Tulp intranet system. We do specifically want to inform visitors and staff scheduled to attend the UvA Bachelor's Day on 14 March that for now the event is set to go ahead as planned. The switch to online education is not easy to arrange for every study programme, lessons need to be adjusted, study advisers are receiving many questions that they do not always have answers to, PhD candidates are having to postpone their long-awaited defences. Of course we will continue to monitor developments surrounding the corona virus closely: we will continue to keep everyone updated via this website, the UvA newsletters for students and staff, and Canvas. Despite the relaxation of measures outlined above, working from home will remain the norm. Scheduled physical exams on location can take place. The planned introduction programmes of study and sports associations must be submitted for approval to the management of the institution and the chairman of the security region. We are making every effort to minimise the negative effects of the coronavirus measures on students and staff. It is certain that significantly fewer people will be able to attend defence ceremonies on location than was the case before (the corona situation). These cookies are used to enable students and staff to log in to the site, for example. In consultation with other groups that use the campus we will be further investigating whether it is possible to make study spaces available in other library locations in the course of June. Employees/researchers who have an urgent need to travel anyway must first discuss this with the director of their institution or faculty. As previously announced, the Rector's Office hopes, in consultation with the faculties, to be able organise one or more festive gatherings in the Aula after the summer, in accordance with the applicable guidelines, for all of the PhDs who have completed their doctorate online. Instead of defending their dissertations to their supervisors, the Chair and the other members of the doctoral committee in person, doctoral candidates will be doing so from behind their PC or laptop at home, using the online platform ZOOM. At an earlier point, events that were not directly related to education and research had already been postponed. Cookies that are essential for the basic functioning of the website. Students who meet the BSA norm in 2019-2020 will receive a positive study advice this year. If you have other questions about the museum, please send an email to info@allardpierson.nl. On the basis of these, plus an analysis of accompanying measures to guarantee privacy and an estimate of the required capacity of support for teachers, the UvA will make a decision on the use of online proctoring. Many people who are experiencing cold and flu symptoms are staying home as a precaution. See also the FAQs on the corona information page. The Allard Pierson will be closed from Saturday, 14 March. In addition we published some links to the websites of official resources of the City of Amsterdam and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) for the most updated information. Quickly changing circumstances and the unpredictability of the pandemic will result in a high degree of uncertainty in coming months regarding health situations, travel guidelines and the provision of on-site and online education at universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Exceptions to this are necessary activities that cannot be performed from home, such as scheduled in-person education, research and facilities management. At the moment there is no physical education at the UvA. However, due to the corona measures, some students may not be able to collect the necessary data or will have less access to relevant sources. Following the cabinet's press conference and the advice of RIVM, we are considering the measures to be taken in relation to teaching and working activities at the UvA. There are still many questions and issues to answer and resolve. Students of the Faculty of Medicine must follow the guidelines of Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC), which can be found on the Tulp intranet system. These will apply for at least the coming four weeks. During the press conference, the government also announced that the ban on events requiring a licence will be extended until at least 1 September 2020. This is so that students who, because of the coronavirus measures, experience delays in the final phase of their Bachelor's programme, don’t find themselves stuck in between a Bachelor's and Master's programme. Also read our Privacy statement. Space will be created in the academic calendar allowing for tests to be taken at alternative times and binding study advice will be postponed by one year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has four travel advisory levels: green, yellow, orange and red. Small-scale research activities will be permitted from 11 May. Students who started their studies in academic year 2019-2020 retain the option of obtaining the minimum number of first-year credits over the course of their first two academic years. Then you can email the relevant information specialist. They will, of course, observe the 1.5-metre rule and other government safety regulations. The government guidelines and the agreements within the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science determine our actions. Information will be displayed in the buildings with items such as stickers, walking routes and screens. Photo by University of Amsterdam. We understand that you may have questions, and that you might be disappointed as well. This afternoon the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Association of Universities (VSNU) are discussing a number of important issues that concern all universities in the Netherlands. This applies to the following areas (for an updated list see the RIVM website): The RIVM website now also provides information in Chinese. The travel advice applies to the following regions: the Aosta Valley, Peidmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. Scientists have developed a method to measure aerosol concentrations and persistence in public spaces using commercial hand-held particle … All universities keep data on the progress students are making in their degree programmes. As far as PhD defences are concerned, it is expected that these will be able to continue, provided that the number of people involved is limited. Studying from home 100% is a new experience for most students, with a huge impact. Information on this is expected to become available before the summer recess. Today the Doctorate Board decided that all doctoral defences in the period from 23 March through 6 April will go ahead in online form. We encourage the programmes to hold such meetings, within the given guidelines. In response to media reports and employees’ questions about the safety and privacy aspects of Zoom, additional information is available about working with Zoom. On Wednesday morning, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) will discuss the impact for Dutch universities. The Student Desks are physically closed. In recent months, a lot of time and energy had been put into building a programme that met the previous conditions. This means: stay at home. The servers are located in the EU and after thirty days everything is automatically deleted. But there are also concerns about this form of exam. From Tuesday, 2 June it will once again be possible to make use of part of the study places in the University Library on Singel, taking the necessary 1.5 m distance into account and solely on the basis of reservations. We will report this to students and staff as soon as possible and we will also complete all the information on this page. This applies to staff whose duties allow for this. It’s also the case for these students that the study delay must have occurred during, and because of, the coronavirus crisis. Below you can read why, as well as what this means for the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The UvA will make every effort to offer alternative (online) forms of education to all students. For those who really cannot work from home, the (limited) possibility to come to campus remains, just as in March and April. For the transition from the Bachelor's phase to the Master's, the UvA has opted for a so-called 'soft cut' with some restrictions. COVID-19 restrictions hit their social lives in particular — 43% declared a worsening of social contacts. As a result, some teaching can start at 8:30 a.m. and also end or start during the evening rush hour. At the press conference on 13 October, the government announced additional measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In line with these extra measures, there will be no on-campus teaching at the UvA until Monday, 6 April. These questions and answers will of course also be available in the overview of frequently asked questions on this webpage uva.nl/coronavirus. Read more about the precautions that have been taken here. In order to allow all of the PhD defences to take place, the Office of the Rector will have to move the starting times of many of them in order to keep separate the flow of guests arriving for one defence and departing from another. The survey would have been sent out to students from 20 April onwards. The next update is scheduled for Tuesday, 17 March, around noon, or earlier if necessary. Once again, it is great to see that you are supporting each other and are taking into account those who are having a difficult time, whether it be through illness, caring for others, having children around the house or any other reason. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and KU Leuven have begun a collection of memes, jokes, funny tweets, and other humorous coronavirus content — and they’re asking for your help. Have you recently returned from a higher-risk area AND have symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath? Doctoral candidates will receive the link from the Office of the Beadle and can then share it with friends, family and colleagues. It demands a lot from everyone and also leads to questions. The student council elections will be postponed by three weeks and will now be held in the week of 8-12 June. These will remain in force at least the next three weeks, so until 20 October. The ICTS department is currently working on creating a page in CANVAS with tips and tricks for teachers regarding online education. We call on students to be cautious about social contacts, including outside of the UvA. Technical support will ensure a logical on-site setup for the interaction between the live and online attendees. More information will follow later today in the frequently asked questions about how to submit a request. In person recruitment and introduction activities by student associations are not allowed. Programmes will also show leniency towards pre-Master’s students (‘switchers’) who in 2019-2020 needed to complete courses in order to be admissible to a given Master’s programme. UvA Rector Magnificus Karen Maex: ‘Restarting teaching at physical locations is badly needed after a long period of restricted attendance. The first of the Uva’s online defences took place yesterday and proceeded without any problems. For each subject and study programme, we are looking at the online options for testing, such as timed take-home, oral, final assignment / paper, and manually parameterised tests - with an (almost) unique exam for each student. Good to know: teachers and support staff required for educational activities are seen as crucial professions. This is of course a very special situation. In these special circumstances universities want to provide students with solutions and minimalise delays for them in the transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s programmes resulting from the corona measures. At some point today, the Dutch government will open a new hotline: 0800-1351. All UvA events will be cancelled, regardless of the location. This is challenging but essential, especially during a partial restart. According to OCW, the profiling fund is not intended for students who are delayed in their studies due to changes in the curriculum as a result of the corona measures. That is what we are working towards. We are also exploring how we can further expand the use of the UvA buildings. 4 Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands. This will require patience and cooperation from all of us. Although students may have anticipated it already, we do of course understand that this is still a huge disappointment for them. UvA staff and students will be informed about this on Wednesday afternoon through the UvA’s newsletters. It has not been possible in the time available to arrange for the additional locations, technicians and beadles that would have been necessary to carry out the defences on location in such a way that the conditions of RIVM and GGD were met. This requires flexibility and understanding from staff and students. For the UvA, this means the following: We will of course continue to strive to make as much as possible as we can for our students and employees under these difficult circumstances. A doughnut cooked up in Oxford will guide Amsterdam out of the economic mess left by the coronavirus pandemic. In line with government measures, we are doing everything we can to ensure that education and research continue, while prioritising the health and safety of our students and staff. Study in Holland is an initiative of Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. With over 100 students already registered to help, UvA students are showing their great willingness to help prospective students. Because of the coronavirus crisis, study programmes are looking for alternative forms of assessment, such as timed take-home exams, oral exams, final assignments or essays. Working from home will remain the norm for the time being, due to the limited capacity of the buildings. The study is in accordance with the declaration of … The availability of public transport will play an important role in this. In the newsletters sent this afternoon to staff and students, we try to answer questions about working from home, online teaching, travel policy and other matters. The number of movements to and from the UvA and the occupancy of the buildings can only amount to a small share of the regular numbers. Researchers are immediately affected and begin working on it in the margins or in the middle of ongoing research,’ said Karen Maex in the Dutch radio interview. There are no changes for education at the moment. Visit the library website for more information. Everyone is asked to work from home, unless there is no other option. A key unsolved question in the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the duration of acquired immunity. There is also still a lot of uncertainty about whether some of those involved would be able to be physically present. For 35 years, University of Amsterdam scientists, led by Lia van der Hoek regularly tested 10 men for four coronaviruses that cause the common cold. Students will be informed in advance about what the software looks for and how deviations from this are assessed. In May of this year, we already made the decision to cancel face-to-face student exchanges in the first semester and decide on the exchange programmes for the second semester in the autumn. If indeed no good alternatives can be found and online proctoring is chosen, then the study programme will provide information about this well in advance. Employees and students are of course free to choose to wear a face mask. Not all questions can currently be answered, but an initial sketch can already be given. Hopefully this will offer a little bit more insight for PhD candidates and others involved in the defence ceremonies. The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the coronavirus, is not only a healthcare crisis, but it also impacts many aspects of our lives. International students who still want to deregister from the UvA can submit a request for deregistration via Studielink. The Amsterdam UMC COVID‐19 biobank stores leftover patients samples that were collected for diagnostics purposes, which is approved by Review Committee Biobank of the Amsterdam UMC (2020‐065). At the latest, this will take place at the end of June. We will inform all participants directly. The coffee machines at the various locations will remain in use. Can I still present an informal introductory talk during my online defence? There is a very high risk of infection for people in the named region. If you are a student of medicine or dentistry special rules and guidelines apply; you can find these on Tulp Intranet and Actanet. In anticipation of this requirement, the government has now indicated that students and staff at higher education institutions should wear face masks when moving from A to B between lectures. Doctoral candidates who wish to give a reception are therefore advised to explore the possibility of doing so at external locations. This is the first time in the history of international exchange at the UvA that we have had to take such an unfortunate decision. These proposals are expected to be included in the government’s decisions of 13 May. The Office of the Beadle has informed all the relevant PhD candidates and their supervisors by email. The Office of the Rector has specified that there are 13 people directly involved in a defence: the doctoral candidate, paranymphs, chairperson and members of the doctoral committee. The UvA student exchange programmes for the second semester have been cancelled. You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. The Executive Board will decide whether or not to resume student exchanges in the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year in the spring of 2021. We are very aware of that. Students and staff should keep an eye on developments in the region and consider whether the risks are manageable and acceptable before traveling. Find the student site for your programme. Face-to-face teaching and contact with fellow students and lecturers is important. For those who really cannot work from home, the (limited) possibility to come to campus remains, just as in March and April. The solution meets GDPR requirements and the data protection official has given positive advice. If necessary, in consultation with the Programme Committee, specific degree programme departments may decide to show leniency to their first-year students by taking a related measure. Nollkaemper’s second term will commence on 1 May 2021 and – like the first term – will last for a period of five years. This last category consists of tracking cookies: these make it possible for your online behaviour to be tracked. In the past academic year, issuing a ‘binding study advice’ (BSA) was postponed. Online education offers many possibilities, but direct contact – between students and lecturers and among students – is and will remain an essential aspect of studying. This means that friends, family and colleagues of the PhD candidates, as well as other interested parties, can attend the ceremonies, which are currently taking place online via Zoom. While straining to keep citizens safe in the Dutch capital, municipality officials and the British economist Kate Raworth from Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute have also been plotting how the city will rebuild in a post-Covid-19 world. In an uncertain year, universities gave the first-year students extra opportunity to obtain the minimum number of credits. Staff and students are complying with the guidelines while on the campuses and in the workplaces. Below, you can read more about how these measures will impact the University of Amsterdam (UvA). ... this may conflict with local COVID-19 regulations. The most important reason is the large number of visitors from other parts of the country and from abroad. The UvA is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus closely and will post the latest updates here as needed. The Museum's research room will remain open. Amsterdam’s coronavirus recovery plan embraces ‘doughnut economics’ for people and the planet A key part of "doughnut" economic thinking is no longer using the gross domestic product as a … This will reduce the risk of inadvertently spreading the virus. We want to do everything we can to prevent study delays and, together, to ensure continuity: by working and studying online as much as possible, even with all the limitations that that entails. We don’t yet know what shape it will take, but we’re working on it. These arrangements will be determined in consultation with the Examination Board of the study programme, taking into account the overall learning objectives. You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. This will now also apply to events that are indeed related to education and research, such as small-scale symposia. The UvA is satisfied for now with the results of the regional consultation with the transport companies and the municipality because they allow more lectures to be given on location than was possible under national agreements. The new rules with regard to group size - maximum 30 people inside and 40 people outside - do not apply to the education sector, which has been exempted from the measures by the cabinet. Read more on the USC website. UvA Radio makes radio for Dutch and international students. At this moment expectations are that PhD defence ceremonies will go ahead, although the number of people who can attend will be restricted. PhD candidates will receive more detailed information from the Office of the Beadle later this month. 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