For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser! Contact your supervisor to discuss whether working from home is an option for you. Here you will find information about what to do in the event of symptoms, even mild ones, a positive coronavirus test result and what the UvA will do if a student or employee is infected. More information will follow as soon as possible. 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). Anyone who has to be at the UvA for education or research and has a digital meeting or other meeting thereafter, can use a workspace on campus; naturally this should be done in coordination with the unit or faculty of the employee concerned. At some point today, the Dutch government will open a new hotline: 0800-1351. You can find the adjusted information in the FAQ 'Working and studying from home'. Cookies that are essential for the basic functioning of the website. If public transport is found to be either too crowded or to have more space available than previously thought, the organisations involved will discuss possible adjustments to the agreements. Video message from Geert ten Dam to staff. We cannot guarantee that this will be possible for everyone as it also depends on how the situation develops. Affiliations 1 Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Infectious Diseases, Amsterdam Infection and Immunity Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In person activities can only take place in small groups and should be informative in nature. Monitoring will take place weekly and, in response to this, there will be frequent contact between educational institutions and transport companies. The familiar rules remain in force, both indoors and outdoors on campus: keep your distance from each other; use the stairs rather than the lifts if possible; reserve your study place and follow the instructions; walking routes; hygiene regulations. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing. To allow these exams to take place, the technology of online proctoring, which facilitates remote surveillance, is one possible solution. Note: the alternative assessment times will differ per study programme; sufficient time will be allowed between a test and the resit of that test. 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. In exceptional cases, a diploma can be sent by registered mail on request. This means: stay at home. The options for these vary according to the particular student, faculty and partner university. Students will receive specific information about their exams from their study programme as soon as possible. For PhD candidates who are unable to come to Amsterdam due to travel restrictions, defence ceremonies online will remain a possibility. The next update is expected to be published on Monday, 16 March, around noon. 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. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students in programmes such as Global Exchange and Erasmus+, including internship programmes. Examinations can also continue without any group size limitations, although of course all the necessary precautionary measures will be taken. If your laptop is unsuitable for online proctoring, for example, it’s possible to rent one or contact the Education Desk. The Office of the Rector continues to receive a lot of questions from PhD candidates who are due to defend their thesis after the summer. By letting go of 'time slots' in public transport, more on-campus teaching can take place in the new academic year. The aim is that more information will follow on this as soon as possible. Update # coronavirus : at the press conference on 14 December, the government announced additional measures to combat the coronavirus … Students with some degree of study delay can be admitted to a Master's programme, but only if the delay came about during courses in the second semester of this academic year (blocks 4, 5 and 6) and is related to the coronavirus measures. All planned defences will have to take place online and can be viewed by family members via live stream. This requires flexibility and understanding from staff and students. With these UvA-wide guidelines, we aim to limit study delays for students as much as possible and support them in progressing to the Master's phase. For prospective Bachelor’s and Master’s students exploring which programme might suit them, there’s a new source of information: ‘Instagram Chat’. On-campus activities and classes are limited and designed in such a way that we can keep 1.5 meters apart from one another. Many people who are experiencing cold and flu symptoms are staying home as a precaution. In-person education will continue as currently planned. As soon as the symptoms have passed you can go back to the UvA again the next day. This limited capacity means there will be a mix of online and physical teaching at the start of the new academic year, and that we ask that you work from home as much as possible even after the summer. From 24 August, UvA spaces can be used for introduction activities (to a limited extent). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has four travel advisory levels: green, yellow, orange and red. The start time of the inaugural and valedictory lectures will also be adjusted - they will start at 17:00 instead of the usual 16:00. Based on the experiences in the first two weeks of the academic year, and depending on the government guidelines, we will assess whether the on-campus activities can be scaled up further or need to be scaled down. Hopefully this will offer a little bit more insight for PhD candidates and others involved in the defence ceremonies. As in previous years the elections will take place online: on 8 June all students entitled to vote will receive an invitation to vote from WebElect. And international students in particular find themselves in a vulnerable and sometimes uncertain position. Doctoral candidates who wish to give a reception are therefore advised to explore the possibility of doing so at external locations. If you are a UvA student or staff member and have questions about the coronavirus, please contact us via: ???cookiebar.consent-level.1.text.accessibility??? Information for current students. Instead, students will receive a deferred BSA, which gives them the opportunity to complete the required number of credits for the BSA in two academic years instead of one. These symptoms could be the start of Covid-19. Read the privacy statement. This will have consequences for the introduction weeks for new students in August and for the opening of the academic year. 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. Student desks and libraries will remain open and services can continue. 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. We will be prioritising lab activities and PhDs and postdocs who cannot work effectively from home and are in the final stages of their project. Although students may have anticipated it already, we do of course understand that this is still a huge disappointment for them. In this period, more than ever, it is important to be there at those moments that it is possible. On the other hand, we are also fully aware of the complexity that is often involved: trying to give a lecture at home with children around you, online connections that do not work, no place or equipment to quietly Skype, study or follow a web lecture. ???cookiebar.consent-level.1.text.accessibility??? Although that is not yet certain, we must prepare for it. Research that is strictly location-bound (for example, use of laboratories or test rooms) can proceed; this should be coordinated with the supervisor or coordinator of the research. One of the decisions announced was that university introduction activities can continue, but only under certain conditions: Educational institutions should organise their introduction activities online as much as possible. From Friday, 15 May, UvA PhD defences will be livestreamed on the university’s YouTube channel. Note: Please see the update for 12-03-2020 - the situation has changed and  unfortunately the Bachelor's Day cannot go ahead. The Office of the Rector is also looking into the possibilities for restarting inaugural and valedictory lectures in the Aula. The UvA is closely monitoring developments around the coronavirus. For the UvA this does not involve any changes in the short term – it was already decided last week that education would be provided online and staff would work from home until at least 1 June - but we do of course understand the major impact this has on staff and students. The PhD candidates affected by this will be personally informed. 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. Everyone is asked to work from home, unless there is no other option. As we’re still working from home for the time being, and aren’t using public transport, we advise you to temporarily cancel your public transport subscription. Technical support will ensure a logical on-site setup for the interaction between the live and online attendees. 9 Amsterdam Rheumatology and Immunology Center, Reade, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 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. We're offering online teaching as much as possible, staff are working from home and events are being cancelled. You can read the judgment (in Dutch) online. 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. 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. The lockdown announced yesterday evening will also affect education and research at universities. There are a limited number of places and they can only be used with a reservation. During online proctoring, software monitors the location where the exam is being taken and the computer itself. We do advise visitors to check their email regularly or keep an eye on our website for the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus, as the situation could change. It is great to see initiatives being launched to support digital teaching, tips and tricks being passed on, virtual workgroups being created and everyone willing to be flexible to make the best of it. We are concerned about the incoming first-year students, the lack of direct contact in courses and the progress of research activities. We are looking for alternatives. It has been decided that for the rest of this month teaching activities will be provided in digital form as much as possible, staff are advised to work from home and large-scale events such as the Bachelor’s Day will be cancelled. Questions and answers about what to do in the event of a (suspected) coronavirus infection in a student or employee can be found in the frequently asked questions on this website ( The agreements with the transport companies and the municipality are valid until 31 December 2020. Dutch universities have set up a joint campaign to spread this message, under the motto. The availability of public transport will play an important role in this. There is also still a lot of uncertainty about whether some of those involved would be able to be physically present. We are following the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Further information will be provided by your faculty or unit. Over the course of 6 months, we will conduct anonymous surveys investigating how scientists spread and seek COVID-19 … They are involved in every possible way, from professors, lecturers, PhD researchers and students to support staff. In response to the stricter advice from the RIVM regarding ventilation, the UvA has ensured that additional measures have been taken where necessary to offer students and employees a safe environment for work and study. The first online PhD defence is scheduled for later this week on Thursday, 26 March. For these programmes, students in their third year may also enrol in a Master's programme in addition to their Bachelor's programme for the academic year 2020-2021. Amsterdam: The European Medicines Authority (EMA) will most likely not be able to approve the Covid-19 vaccine developed by drug maker AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in January, the watchdog's Deputy Executive Director Noel Wathion said. Working from home will remain the norm. … When something happens in a society, a university isn’t separate from that. The new academic year starts next week, a completely different start than in previous years. Are you a teacher and do you need more information or do you have suggestions? This means that students and staff will continue to work and study from home as much as possible. They may include postponing the exchange; completing a minor, elective or project at the UvA; or taking online courses at a partner university. It also offers international students the opportunity to take exams without returning to the Netherlands. For Medicine students these Amsterdam UMC guidelines prevail over the information on the UvA website. In addition, within the existing arrangements, it remains possible to grant postponement in individual cases where students are disproportionately affected. Members of defence committees who cannot be present on location (for example due to travel restrictions or cold / flu symptoms) can still participate via Zoom. This decision was based on safety, academic added value and feasibility considerations. This will give insight into whether the student’s own hardware, software and internet connection are good enough to be able to take the online exam. Coronavirus information UvA student site. These cannot be held in the coming four weeks. 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. Priority will be given to education that cannot be provided online, such as lab courses. As a result, some teaching can start at 8:30 a.m. and also end or start during the evening rush hour. The maximum number of people allowed is 70 for the Aula and 25 for the Agnietenkapel. Study associations and student sports associations may only organise physical activities insofar as these are necessary for the introduction of the study or sport. From 31 August, the UvA’s opening hours will be extended to 07:30-22:00 on weekdays and 09:00-18:00 on weekends (for research) so that more people can use the buildings spread throughout the day. As a general rule, don't go to the appointment but try to find another way of holding the meeting, by phone for instance. That is disappointing for both the students and those organising the events. The Doctorate Board is expected to take a decision regarding the PhD defence ceremonies scheduled after 6 April next week. Under the regional accord, students will be allowed to travel during rush hour from September, albeit to a limited extent. Block 5 will therefore be given online; we are working hard to set this up for every study programme. 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. A Dutch version will also be available as of next week. UvA buildings will remain open at least until Christmas. The University Library Singel is open for borrowing books, but not as a place to study. This will require consultation with your supervisor. At the moment there is no physical education at the UvA. In short, we will do everything we can to prevent study delays for all students wherever possible. We would like to inform you below about the measures and exceptions that will be in place at the UvA. The 1.5 metre rule and other government safety regulations mean that space will be limited, especially in the Agnietenkapel. This means we will be providing a form of hybrid education in the first semester, partly on-campus and partly online. 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. The link to a livestream will only be added in the web announcement if the doctoral candidate has agreed to this (the Office of the Beadle will ask each doctoral candidate for explicit permission in advance). In the coming period, work will continue on setting the timetables - a puzzle in which the capacity of the buildings, the inflow and outflow through doors and lifts, but also public transport hubs such as the Weesperplein metro station all play a role. The two-week closure starts on Thursday morning, 5 November. This last category consists of tracking cookies: these make it possible for your online behaviour to be tracked. The last requests can be picked up from the Library until 12:00 on Monday, 6 April at the latest. We are therefore continuing to push the Ministry to extend teaching hours (i.e. will take place on location at the UvA. There are no new general updates to report as of 12:00 today. The same attendance requirements apply to this form of teaching as to other forms, except in the case of a force majeure, such as a technical failure. 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. The diplomas being awarded in this special situation are for the UvA fully valid. For the time being, this applies to the University Library and the various faculty locations, and therefore also to study areas. This is of course extremely disappointing. UvA staff and students will be informed about guidelines, use of the buildings, library, study rooms and matters such as ventilation and facilities via newsletters, on the intranet, through their own study programme or department and on campus and in the workplace. Unfortunately there are many things we still cannot do, so the process of restarting activities will take place in small steps. Numerous questions are coming in via and social media about distance education, the rescheduling of examinations, possible delays to study progress, and whether events planned for later than 31 March will still take place or not. The extension of the current structure of teaching will have consequences for international students not living in the Netherlands. Keep an eye on Canvas for more information about this. In person meetings should only take place in small groups, have an end time of no later than 22:00 and no alcohol should be consumed. We are paying special attention to this this in the UvA newsletters today. This is of course a very special situation. Should online proctoring become a reality at the UvA, the Examination Boards will also be involved in its implementation. From Friday 13 March, at least until 6 April, no teaching activities (lectures, tutorials, etc.) The UvA advises international students not to deregister prematurely if they intend to continue the studies. Students who apply before 1 June 2020 can take part in online Matching. 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. If you are not able to travel, please consult the programme pages as well or get in touch. Within weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed clinical cardiology practice completely. Nollkaemper’s second term will commence on 1 May 2021 and – like the first term – will last for a period of five years. We are a team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and we are committed to contribute to the fight of the ‘infodemic’. Students of the Faculty of Dentistry must follow ACTA guidelines. Go to SIS Timetable. For Medicine students these Amsterdam UMC guidelines prevail over the information on the UvA website. Unfortunately, a reception after the award ceremony is currently out of the question. We will continue to inform everyone as soon as possible via the website, newsletters and Canvas. Code orange now applies to all these regions. Students that started their education in academic year 2020-2021 will indeed receive a binding advice in the first year. This is the first time in the history of international exchange at the UvA that we have had to take such an unfortunate decision. Sportcentrum Universum (at Amsterdam Science Park) and ClubWest (in Osdorp) will reopen on 1 July. In the coming period students and staff can continue to make use of the library lending service online, but the option of borrowing physical books and other materials via the catalogue will not be available as of 12:00 on 2 April. The aim is to minimise the negative effects for students and to prevent study delays. Communication on this issue will follow once a decision has been made. It demands a lot from everyone and also leads to questions. It also uses cookies to display content such as YouTube videos and for marketing purposes. If you prefer to continue wearing one, feel free to do so. The new measures announced by the cabinet to limit the consequences of the coronavirus also have major implications for the UvA. The most important points are as follows: In resuming activities at the UvA, the health and safety of students and staff is of course the highest priority. We will report this to students and staff as soon as possible and we will also complete all the information on this page. We will continue to assess the situation period by period and to adapt accordingly. The online proctoring software can then be used there. Based on the new goverment guidelines, the UvA is asking staff members who live in North Brabant to work from home as much as possible during the coming seven days. This information will be included on the programme pages. 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