Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Updates coronavirus

Amsterdam is one of the biggest coronavirus hotspots in the Netherlands. The Mayor of Amsterdam has announced new measures in response to this. These measures do not affect the AUAS. The mayor has however warned that even stricter measures will be taken should the infection numbers continue to rise. These measures could eventually impact the AUAS. To avoid this situation it’s crucial that everyone adheres to the basic rules. This applies on campus as well as throughout the city and at home.

Update 15 July: 11:00

From 1 August, travel restrictions on public transport will (mostly) be lifted. In addition to the national agreements, the municipality, the AUAS, UvA and VU and the transport companies have agreed to organise the timetables in such a way that students can come to the educational institutions, spreading attendance over the day and week. As a result, a limited part of the AUAS lectures can also start at 09:00.

LIMITED SELECTION OF MORNING LECTURES

These agreements are valid until 31 December 2020. Some of the faculties have already counted on this extension. Other faculties will use this extra flexibility to resolve any conflicts in the timetables. There is therefore no need to reschedule timetables at the moment. Due to the 1.5-metre measure, however, the capacity of the educational buildings is still limited. As a result, the majority of the education will still have to be offered online.

"These additional agreements allow us to use every possibility for physical education on our campuses", says Huib de Jong. "After all, a good education cannot be achieved without students meeting each other and their teachers. That is why I am pleased with the extension of the use of public transport and the agreements we have made about this. Also in the future we will continue our efforts to further expand our physical, or on-campus, education where possible".

SHORT COMMUTE? WALK OR CYCLE

Students are asked to come on foot or by bike, if they live relatively close to campus. The same is asked of AUAS employees. There was also an agreement made, which states that working from home should continue even when most measures are lifted, so that public transport will not become overly crowded. The faculties and departments are currently discussing how the available work spaces within the AUAS buildings can be used in the new academic year.

How will we start the new academic year?

The AUAS suddenly ended up in a worldwide crisis in March that forced us to switch from teaching on our campuses to studying and working entirely online. It was always our ambition to offer more digital education, but the corona crisis forced us to undergo this transition extremely quickly and under immense pressure. As a result, our premise of offering in-person education has been upended and we’ve lost the balance between on-campus and remote studying and working.

It is evident now, more than ever, that we need to meet on our campuses to guarantee the quality of our education and research. Moreover, it’s simply more fun and enjoyable to see each other in person rather than on our screens. We have to find a new balance. Fortunately, we’ve discovered lots of inspiring solutions for online education that will help us further develop blended learning in the future. There’s plenty of creativity at the AUAS, shown in all the ways we’ve managed to keep in touch with each other online.

Balance between online and face-to-face

Fortunately, the corona restrictions have been eased and more and more is possible. Step by step we are now looking at how we can tackle the coming year together. To start with, the first block. The big picture is now clear to us and we are currently working out the details.

The way it’s looking at the moment, the AUAS community can expect the following (in general) at the start of the new academic year:
- On-campus education will be organised at least once a week for every student. Students will travel as little as possible because capacity in public transport remains limited and we have less space available in our buildings due to the 1.5m rule. Teaching and examinations will therefore still primarily take place online, and an analysis will take place per programme to determine how the exact time and space will be divided between different groups. New students will of course receive special attention.

- Employees will be able to work at AUAS buildings more often. Further arrangements will be made for this within your team.
- Events related to education and research are possible again, but remain limited.
- It’s possible to (still) use research facilities, according to the current regulations.
- The libraries can be used by students. However, reservations are required.
- The canteens will remain closed. Other forms of catering will be available.
- For the safety of everyone, the buildings will be redesigned, taking into account the 1.5 m distancing. The ventilation systems have also been checked, so that we can be absolutely sure that they meet the requirements.

Students will hear, from their faculty or study programme, exactly what this means for them as soon as possible and definitely before the start of the academic year. Employees will be informed in advance by their supervisors. After all, even in the summer, the AUAS still wants to maximise opportunities and space for in-person meetings. Check mijnhva.nl for the latest information. Students can also visit amsterdamuas.com/startstudyprogramme and amsterdamuas.com/remotelearning.

New higher education measures from 1 September

Despite the many fine examples of inspirational distance education, it’s vital to good education that students can meet face-to-face with their peers and teachers.

The AUAS is therefore constantly looking for ways to maximise the available opportunities related to this and is pleased with the government’s announcement today about easing restrictions related to on-campus education.

The new guidelines offer more possibilities for in-person education and we are therefore looking into how we can work within these guidelines in the best possible way. In doing so, we will take into account the fact that we are already in the late stages of educational planning for next year. “We understand that the government’s positive message impacts everyone in the organisation. Students and staff naturally want to know where they stand at the start of the academic year”, says Huib de Jong, AUAS Executive Board Chairman. “We are therefore doing our utmost to inform everyone about this as soon as possible. This will happen both via the faculties and the degree programmes as well as via the MijnHvA/MyAUAS intranet and the newsletter”.

The AUAS has taken decisions concerning the international mobility of students and employees in the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. This includes three types of international mobility: degree-seeking students, exchanges and internships. This announcement explains the possibilities and restrictions. The Executive Board will take a decision about the second semester of 2021-2021 by mid-October 2020.

Degree-seeking students

Incoming mobility for students doing a degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s) is possible under certain conditions in the first semester of 2020-2021. The countries of origin must be colour-coded either green or yellow. The education must meet the regular quality standards and the student must be fully admissible. Finally, there are a number of rules pertaining to security, legality and the safeguarding of risks concerning the student’s visa application, insurance and accommodation in Amsterdam.

In the event that degree-seeking students are unable to travel to the Netherlands, or if on-campus education is not possible, the degree programme will arrange alternative education. Please see this announcement from AMSIB (one of our main English-taught programmes) concerning its decision to offer education entirely online in the first semester.


Exchange students

Physical exchanges will not be offered in the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students, as well as EU and non-EU countries. Degree programmes will take their own decisions concerning whether international minors will go ahead. They will also look for suitable substitutes for those students who are unable to do an international minor at the AUAS.

Exchange students who have stayed in the Netherlands since the onset of the corona crisis need permission from their dean to continue their studies at the AUAS during the first semester. This group of students must comply with the (relevant) requirements related to insurance, housing, visas and residence permits.

For outgoing AUAS students, the programmes are striving to move the exchanges to the second semester of 2020-2021. This is in consultation with the students and the partner institutions.


Internships

International internships are suspended for the first semester of 2020-2021. The only international internships that are permitted are those that form an obligatory part of the curriculum and for which there is no reasonable local alternative.

The conditions are as follows:
- Guidelines from the government, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and the country’s 'colour code' (only green and yellow are allowed);
- The country is deemed safe by the government, the degree programme and the student;
- In consultation with the degree programme, the student draws up an academic plan that guarantees their safety, sufficient insurance coverage and the quality-level of the education;
- The student accepts the (potential) risk and related costs, acknowledging that repatriation expenses will not be reimbursed by the insurer/AUAS if the pandemic resurges and the colour code changes to ‘orange or red’;
- The academic plan is approved by the dean.


Clarity

Via this decision, the Executive Board aims to provide clarity to students, degree programmes and the rest of the AUAS organisation. Student safety is at the heart of this decision, as well as the quality of the learning/student experience, the reciprocity of exchanges and the possibilities for tailor-made education at our programmes. Furthermore, the governmental guidelines and decisions taken by the European Commission concerning Erasmus+ mobility take precedence.

Other factors influencing these decisions relate to the fact that the AUAS is discouraged from facilitating too many international trips, the desire to avoid study delays and the knowledge that the available space on our campuses will be very limited in the first semester.

A coulance arrangement is in effect for all international target groups mentioned in this announcement, in the event of distressing circumstances. The faculty dean for the degree programme in question will take a decision on these cases.

Online education and working from home will remain the norm for the rest of the academic year.

Starting on 15 June, it will be possible to come to the AUAS to use specific facilities for practical education and research, and for other activities that are impossible to do online. Buildings will open their doors for those purposes. Students will be informed by their programmes concerning whether this applies to them specifically.

The government wants to prevent public transport from becoming overcrowded. That is why AUAS is organising some on-campus education between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00 so that everyone can travel before the evening rush hour. Travel after 20:00 is also permitted.

It is possible, in specific circumstances, to occasionally use study and work spaces in the Wibaut building, Nicolaes Tulp building and Leeuwenburg. This is not possible in the other buildings.

This evening, the government announced that higher professional education, just like secondary vocational education, will be allowed to open their doors for educational activities from 15 June on, to a limited extent. This applies in particular to practical parts of degree programmes. Further preconditions have also been formulated for this limited opening, considering reduced mobility during ‘rush hours’.

At the AUAS, we are pleased with this development. We will decide as soon as possible how to make use of it, considering the public transportation restrictions. Because we want to limit any potential study delays as much as possible, we will prioritise those activities that enable students to complete the final phase of their studies ahead of graduation. Activities that ensure that students can start the new academic year with 'a clean slate' in September, as much as possible, will also be prioritised.

At the end of March, the government explained that even in the most positive scenario, a return to the 'old situation' for higher education would take time. Tonight's announcements by the government make it clear that being able to provide education on campus will, again, take longer than students, lecturers, and staff would like. For the time being, the possibilities within the guidelines of the government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment are and will remain limited. In the interests of public health, the government wants to prevent large groups of people from travelling via public transport. Nevertheless, the AUAS continues to look for opportunities to solve urgent issues in education and research in a safe manner and within the set conditions so that we may start the new academic year as optimally as possible. In the coming days, the Executive Board will consult with the deans of the faculties about what this entails. Further information will follow in mid-May.

The Dutch government has announced that the current measures for higher education will continue after 28 April. The AUAS is doing everything in its power to ensure the continuation of education and to prevent study delays, and is therefore working within the existing guidelines to resolve urgent bottlenecks in the field of skills education and assessments that must take place in labs or spaces intended for practical education. In the meantime, the situation remains the same: there will be no on-campus education until the end of the academic year, and unfortunately it is not possible to conduct assessments on campus.
The fact that the situation for the AUAS remains unchanged also means that some work will continue on-campus in order to safeguard crucial operations: the Leeuwenburg, the Wibaut building and the Nicolaes Tulp building will remain open on weekdays from 08:00 to 18:00. In these buildings study and work spaces will remain available for students and staff who, due to circumstances, are unable to study or work at home. Bring your AUAS-ID and follow the instructions of the AUAS staff on the premesis.
Many thanks to everyone for their cooperation so far, commitment, stamina as well as the team collaboration and support.

The Dutch government has announced that the current measures will be extended until (and including) 28 April 2020. It’s also evident that it’s going to take some time for normal life to resume, if, in the most positive scenario, this is possible after 28 April.

Last Thursday, the AUAS Executive Board decided that on-campus education will be halted until the end of the academic year (31 August 2020) and that employees will work as much as possible from home. The AUAS will make the most of the opportunities offered within the guidelines mandated by the government and the RIVM. This means that when the time comes, the AUAS will decide about the timing and conditions for the safe, phased return of students and employees to campuses, based on these guidelines.

We expect to take further decisions at the end of April, mid-June and at the end of August concerning this.

Distance education in principle until the end of the academic year

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.”

Examweek

Many programmes have an exam week scheduled, starting Monday 30 March. Each programme is currently checking to see which exams can be taken digitally. Your programme will share this information with you. We want to apologise for not having this information ready on the original deadline of 20 March. For now, it is important to note that the information will become available as soon as possible, if you have not already received it.

The AUAS and Minister will soon discuss what yesterday’s press conference will mean for us. Current rules will stay in place until then. Check our FAQ on amsterdamuas.com/coronainfo .

The AUAS suspends the BSA (binding study advice). The AUAS allows education and exams to continue wherever possible. The programmes are working hard to ensure this. Nevertheless, it cannot be ruled out that students risk a delay in their academic progress due to the corona crisis. As a result, students will not meet the standards for their binding study advice. That is why the rules surrounding the binding study advice are now as following: every current first-year student will be able to continue their programme next year. Still, it is important that everyone continues to follow the education and passes exams. This will help with passing the propaedeutic year in the next academic year. It will also help avoid the considerable costs of study delay. Students who have doubts about continuation can appeal to advice and guidance.

Visit the FAQ on coronainfo.mijnhva.nl/en to find out how the suspension of the BSA works.

A message for our international students

Considering the exceptional circumstances due to the corona crisis, the AUAS understands that our international students may prefer to be at home with loved ones during this time.

If this applies to you, we advise you to return home. It’s important to be aware of the entry requirements of your home country, including potential quarantine measures.

In the event that you face difficulties arranging your travel, we strongly advise you to visit your embassy as soon as possible. They will assist you concerning the next steps to take.

At the AUAS, we are currently working hard to find solutions so all of our students can complete their studies this academic year within a reasonable timeframe. At the moment we are looking into the possibilities of remote examinations but unfortunately cannot guarantee this will be arranged. Discussions are currently underway with the examinations boards at our faculties concerning this matter.

We can assure you that we will do everything in our power to avoid study delays for AUAS students.

The exact details that apply to your specific situation will be communicated to you in due course by your faculty.

If you have questions in the meantime, please contact the international office for your faculty.

Additional information will follow as soon as possible.

In order to help all students whose academic progress has been affected by the coronavirus, the AUAS will be postponing the provision of a binding study advice (BSA) until the end of the second academic year. The AUAS will communicate the exact procedure regarding this delayed BSA as soon as possible.

The government took new measures yesterday to prevent the coronavirus from spreading futher. For the AUAS, this means that there will be no on-campus education until after 6 April. Please find updates below concerning the impact on our university of applied sciences.

AUAS to close some buildings

Considering that it’s not possible to offer on-campus education during the next few weeks, there is no need, nor is it desirable, to keep all of the AUAS buildings open. In some places, however, work continues on-site to ensure that crucial operations are guaranteed. This morning, the Executive Board decided that the Wibaut building (WBH), the Leeuwenburg (LWB) and the Nicolaes Tulp building (NTH) will remain open. The other buildings will be closed with effect from 18:00 on Tuesday 17 March. For buildings that do remain open, adjusted opening hours apply: from 08:00 – 18:00. The libraries will close yet remain open online. The public study spots will remain available in the open buildings (WBH, LWB and NTH).

Education: continuity and quality require our flexibility

The AUAS is doing everything in its power to guarantee the continuity of education. In doing so, we cannot - and will not - make any concessions to the established quality standards for tests and examinations. This requires a great deal of flexibility and improvisation on the part of the lecturers and degree programmes.

The Executive Board acknowledges the difficult dilemmas that students, lecturers and degree programmes are facing and sympathises with them. What should we do if, under the current circumstances, it is not possible to complete the required education and exams within the regular period? Do we adjust the annual planning accordingly? And if this means that students must study longer than previously planned, what does that mean for study financing? How do we deal with first-year students who, due to the current situation, are unable to meet the norm for binding study advice? We don’t have any immediate answers to these questions at the moment. The Executive Board is currently in consultation with the degree programmes, examinations boards and national bodies/institutions to ask for understanding of these circumstances and to discuss how we can best represent the interests of students and staff. More information will follow later concerning this.

Online teaching and remote testing

Degree programmes are currently working hard to figure out how they can use online education to keep our primary processes going. This requires a great deal of effort and creativity, and it is time consuming. It is not possible to do this 100% everywhere at short notice. However, it looks like we are going to largely manage to pull this together and that is a great achievement.

Last weekend we opened a special website with a lot of information about distance education (in Dutch).

A test period is planned for early April. An inventory is now being made per programme to discern whether - and how - the tests can be taken digitally. Students will be informed by their programmes about this.

ICT systems and infrastructure are heavily burdened under the current circumstances. This applied not only at the AUAS, but also across the Netherlands and around the world. This is a unique situation. We cannot rule out the possibility that some parts of the national infrastructure will be affected by this and perhaps temporarily unavailable from time to time. The AUAS has prepared itself well in advance for this, by strengthening its systems and ensuring we have additional infrastructure available. A team of specialists is working day and night to keep everything on track. Should disruptions nevertheless occur, we kindly ask for everyone's understanding and patience. We ask degree programmes to limit their use of live streaming because this requires more network capacity compared to pre-recording videos and posting them online afterwards.

Working from home

The following applies to all employees: in principle, everyone must work from home. And we keep travel to a minimum. We only come to the AUAS when necessary to safeguard crucial processes and facilities. At the same time, primary and secondary schools are also closed, so many children are at home. This requires some improvisation from colleagues who have children at home. If this leads to problems, please discuss this with your supervisor.

Do not travel

Due to the increasing uncertainty about the situation abroad and the fact that countries are rapidly closing their borders, the AUAS does not permit travel abroad for study or work during this period. In terms of incoming travel, students and employees from abroad should also not travel to the AUAS. Students or staff who are already abroad for study or work are urgently advised - in consultation with their degree programme or department head - to return home as soon as possible. Private trips, which are not related to study or work at the AUAS, are at individual’s the discretion. Nevertheless, the AUAS also advises against travel in these instances.

The cancellation of educational activities has been extended up to and including 6 April.

SPECIAL EMPLOYEE WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION

A new site launched today: digitaalonderwijs.mijnhva.nl. It contains lots of useful instructions for how to work with various applications within Brightspace.

The site is therefore an important resource for helping you to offer some education at a distance. This is particularly important at the moment since we are unable to offer on-campus education up to and including 6 April, due to the coronavirus.

Explore the site, find out how distance education works and make use of the possibilities to offer your students education online. The site is a work in progress: new information will be added regularly in the coming period. This could include additional instructions about useful applications or information about the didactic aspects of distance education.

Please note that the site is only available in Dutch at the moment.

Do you have questions about distance education? A list with contact details for additional support is also available on the site: digitaalonderwijs.mijnhva.nl.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus and the government's current measures have far-reaching consequences for everyone. This situation demands flexibility and understanding from all of us. We cannot give a suitable answer to all questions at this time. Let's seek the best possible solutions together. We rely on your understanding, cooperation and support.

Education not on campus, but online

The planned educational activities (including exams) offered on-campus will not take place this month.

We will try to let as much as possible continue through online channels. This means that distance learning will take place wherever possible. We are working on finding alternatives for educational activities that cannot take place through these online channels. Your own degree programme will keep you informed regarding any programme-specific information. We advise you to keep an eye out for any further information posted on coronainfo.mijnhva.nl/en and/or amsterdamuas.com/coronainfo .

The AUAS will do everything in its power to ensure that this stillstand of educational activities on-campus has as little influence as possible on students’ academic progress. A clear line of communication between the students and their programmes is of utter importance at all time. After all, these conditions can change rapidly.

Internships

Students who are currently doing their internships can discuss their course of action with their work placement company and their degree programme. Any questions and/or issues can be discussed with the programme that actively keeps its own students and employees informed.

Test week: more information will follow later

Many programmes have a test week scheduled, starting on Monday 30 March. All on-campus exams scheduled on/before Tuesday 31 March will not take place. At this time, we are not able to confirm whether any exams scheduled on/after Wednesday 1 April will take place. Further information about this will follow no later than Friday 20 March.

Events and educational meetings cancelled

Educational meetings and other events in AUAS buildings will not take for the rest of the month (March). This also applies to events organised by study associations.

Employees: working from home

Employees are advised to work from home as much as possible and arrange for meetings to be taken place through online channels. Try to continue crucial meetings (if possible, online). It is important to consult with your own department and other colleagues on the best way to proceed. Anyone with a cold, cough or fever must stay at home. Anyone dealing with the care of vulnerable people will take the appropriate measures, in consultation with their degree programme/supervisor/colleagues.

Buildings will remain open

The AUAS buildings will remain open in order to guarantee operations on several crucial issues provided by the supporting organisation. The canteens will be closed. Several AUAS buildings may still have to be temporarily closed. Further information will follow as soon as possible should this happen.

General health guidelines

It is important that all Dutch people adhere to the health guidelines set by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. Read them carefully and adhere to them. Regularly check for updates on their website .

Today, 13 March, all educational activities (classes and exams) will take place as scheduled, with the exception of any lectures with more than 100 people.

From 16-31 March, there will be no on-campus educational activities or events. The AUAS will adhere to the nationwide coronavirus protocol. Like other institutions, we will use today to prepare for this upcoming period.

On Thursday, 12 March, the Dutch Cabinet and the RIVM announced new measures to stop spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. The Minister for Medical Care, Bruno Bruins, has called on higher education institutions to provide remote education until 31 March. The AUAS is also following these instructions. This means:

1. The AUAS strives for continuity of its activities and simultaneously seeks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

2. Education will continue as much as possible. The AUAS is currently investigating how we can respond to Minister Bruins' call to only offer remote education.

3. Where possible, students and staff will limit their contact and will avoid working in close physical proximity to others.

4. For vulnerable people (with weakened immune systems), the following applies: avoid large gatherings and public transport. People in general are urged to limit visits to vulnerable persons. Those who live with and/or share workspaces with vulnerable persons should take the necessary precautions, in consultation with their degree programme and/or supervisor.

5. Lectures, exams and other gatherings where more than 100 people are present will not take place. Our degree programmes are looking for alternatives. Students will be informed about this by their programme.

6. Where possible, students and staff will work from home. The AUAS has expanded the capacity of its (IT) networks for this purpose. Always consult with your supervisor first when working from home.

Students and staff can access additional information via coronainfo.mijnhva.nl .

The AUAS is currently considering how we will deal with the new measures announced by the Dutch Cabinet to curb the coronavirus.

​The expectation is that we will know more concerning this by the end of the day. Keep an eye on coronainfo.mijnhva.nl for the latest information and frequently asked questions.

The Dutch Cabinet and the RIVM have called on residents and people working in North-Brabant to work from home as much as possible. What does this mean for AUAS students and employees?

Internship or work in North-Brabant?

The Cabinet and RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) are urging people from North Brabant to work from home as much as possible. AUAS students who are doing an internship in this province should refrain from going there. They should discuss what to do with the internship provider and their degree programme. The same applies to employees of the AUAS who have work commitments in North-Brabant. The advice is: do not go there. Try to conduct your meeting by telephone or in some other way.

Are you from North Brabant?

Students or employees from North-Brabant who study or work at the AUAS should stay at home if they have a cold, cough and/or fever. If the symptoms worsen, contact your general practitioner by telephone and inform your degree programme. This is the official RIVM advice. The same applies to those who live in North-Brabant and want to pay a working visit to the AUAS. If you have health complaints, stay at home and inform the department in question.

If you come from North-Brabant and have no health problems (no cough, cold or fever), you can in principle come to the AUAS for study or work purposes. However, caution is advised. If possible, everyone from North Brabant should try to study or work at home as much as possible. Be sure to always consult your degree programme or department concerning your situation.

Measures in effect until 16 March

This advice from the Cabinet and RIVM will remain in effect for the next seven days, until Monday 16 March.

Any questions?

For general questions: see coronainfo.mijnhva.nl

For questions or to discuss a specific situation: contact your degree programme or department.

For other questions: send an email to coronainfo@hva.nl

If you have a cold, a cough or a fever, should you still come to the AUAS or should you stay home? What should you do if you’re from Brabant? The answers to these frequently asked questions are included below.

The AUAS − just like all other colleges and universities – adheres to the RIVM guidelines. For people from the province of North-Brabant stricter guidelines currently apply. In order to prevent the further spread of the virus in this province, residents of North Brabant experiencing complaints such as a cold, a cough or a fever are advised as a precaution to limit social contact with others. This means: do not go to school, work or places where many people gather. In that case, do not come to the AUAS either.

I live in North-Brabant: should I stay at home?

If you have complaints of a cold, cough or fever, don't come to school, work or other places where many people gather. And in that case don't go to the AUAS either. 24 hours after the complaints are over, you can return to normal life. If you don't have any complaints, you can just come to the AUAS as usual.

I have a test or an exam tomorrow and I'm from North-Brabant: what should I do?

The AUAS follows the advice of the RIVM. If you come from North-Brabant and have complaints of a cold, cough or fever, you should stay at home until you feel better. A day after the complaints are over, you can come back to school. Please inform the examinations board in advance of your absence and the reason for this. The normal AUAS rules for students who miss an exam due to illness also apply here.

And if I'm not from North-Brabant?

Then you should also follow the guidelines of the RIVM. This means that you can come to the AUAS, unless you have recently returned from a high-risk area, such as Northern Italy. You must also stay at home if you have a cold and/or fever, until you are healthy again. If your symptoms increase, contact your family doctor by telephone.

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is following the spread of the coronavirus closely and will take appropriate measures as required.

We adhere to the guidelines provided by the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BuZa), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Netherlands Public Health Service (GGD).

For the time being, this means that we do not have to take extra measures concerning our students and staff. However, we do ask everyone to take care of their personal hygiene.

We can imagine you have questions or concerns. Visit the Coronavirus Info site on MyAUAS for relevant information and an overview of frequently asked questions and answers.

The most up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus is available on the RIVM website. The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and provides ongoing advice. The AUAS and other Dutch educational institutions are collectively keeping a close eye on these recommendations.

Published by  Communication 19 August 2020