Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

More opportunities for on-campus education from 28 April

20 Apr 2021 19:40 | Communication

During a press conference today, the outgoing Dutch coalition announced that it will be possible for higher education institutions to provide more on-campus education. The AUAS will make use of this opportunity as much as possible. Our motto is: "if it’s allowed, we’ll do it".

Our degree programmes have been working hard on their timetables recently to ensure that students can spend a few hours a week on campus. Considering that 26 April is a mandatory day off at AUAS and with King's Day falling on 27 April, these new timetables will take effect from 28 April.

Timetables

A timetable has been prepared per programme to ensure that students can once again come to the campus for a number of hours during the week. The exact amount of time that can be scheduled on campus differs per programme. The possibility of organising this within the 1.5 metre distancing rule also differs per building. Students will be informed by their degree programme about the date and time that they will be welcome on campus again.

Employees

Employees will also be able to come to the campuses for a number of hours each week, starting on 28 April. For example, to prepare for the new academic year, or for training, necessary in-person activities or meetings. And of course, if working from home is not possible, there will still be a workplace available on campus. Discuss the possibilities with your supervisor and keep in mind that the situation differs per location.

Safety and measures

Measures have been taken on our campuses to ensure that you can study and work there safely. We gained experience during the period between September 2020 and the second lockdown concerning the layout and compliance of our buildings according to the Covid-19 measures.

Are you coming to one of the campuses? Please make sure you follow the safety guidelines: keep a distance of 1.5 metres, wear a face mask, wash your hands regularly and follow the instructions. Stay at home if you have health complaints or if you’ve tested positive for the coronavirus. Employees can find information here about working safely on campus. Students can visit this site for more information about returning to campus safely. Please also see this video.

Self-tests

The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science offers students and lecturers free coronavirus self-tests. These tests give you, and others, peace of mind knowing that you are not infected with the Covid-19 virus. Testing is not compulsory. The self-tests will be made available through SURF. More information will be available in the coming weeks about how this works exactly. You can also refer to the frequently asked questions on the Dutch government’s website. Please note that the FAQ is currently in Dutch and will be available in English from Thursday, 22 April.

Rapid testing trial

Students participating in the pilot project for rapid coronavirus testing are requested to continue doing so. This trial is part of an important investigation into how we might be able to meet each other in the future without the Covid-19 measures, after taking a rapid test.