Distance education until the end of the academic year

26 Mar 2020 15:48 | Communication

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences will carry on with working from home and offering distance education after 6 April. In principle, there will be no on-campus education for the rest of the academic year (31 August 2020). Employees will continue to work from home, insofar as possible.

The AUAS has opted for this measure in order to offer our students and employees peace of mind and clarity. “We are now rapidly moving towards offering distance education. That costs us blood, sweat and tears. We don't think it is responsible to leave students and employees in a position of uncertainty about how we are going to organise education in the upcoming period,” says Huib de Jong, AUAS Executive Board Chairman. “Not everything can be achieved easily at a distance, so we are looking for tailor-made solutions for situations where this leads to insurmountable problems, such as practical training and other forms of skill-based education and testing. We do this, of course, within the guidelines of the national government and the RIVM.”

The AUAS realises that the decision is once again a very far-reaching measure for both students and employees. “I have enormous respect for the flexibility the AUAS community is showing in order to keep our institution up and running,” says Huib de Jong, who stresses that help and support is available for students and employees. “You are not alone, we are here to help you.” De Jong emphasises that free time and breaks should therefore also be scheduled. Not only for your own vitality, but also to help you combine work or study with private life. “Take good care of each other and yourself, and make sure you take the time to rest.”

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