The past academic year was again plagued by the COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, we could go back to campus starting block 4 and most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. It is very good to see that our campus is “alive” again and we hope that you have enjoyed on-campus education.
With the academic year coming to a close, it is time to look ahead to 2022-2023. We would like to inform you what our education policy will be for the new academic year.
Going back to campus
We believe that your learning experience is the best when you study on campus. Being physically present during lectures and tutorials helps you to be more engaged with the materials and it allows for formal and informal interaction with the lecturer and your fellow students. Therefore, we expect you to follow education on campus. We also integrate the positive lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis, and some courses might accordingly make educational videos or recordings available, but this is not the default.
No online education guarantee
This also implies that we will not provide an online education guarantee in the upcoming year. You are expected to come to campus to follow education and to take examinations. Please, take this into account in case you need to find housing in Rotterdam or when you are arranging your travels, possibly encountering COVID-19 related restrictions. If you are currently abroad and need to request a visa, get in touch as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise, you run the risk that you will not get your visa before the start of the academic year.
All examinations in academic year 2022-2023 will again have a maximum duration of two hours. In case the COVID-19 crisis worsens, we might need to switch to online proctoring, in which case exams can be two hours at most. The examinations will be administered on campus, either digitally or using paper-to-scan. We expect that we will be able to offer students who have a COVID-19 infection the possibility to take the exam online proctored from home.
We follow the COVID-19 regulations and guidelines from the Dutch Government
In case you have COVID-related symptoms, you need to stay at home and do a self-test or get tested at the GGD. When the result is positive, self-isolate according to the government’s regulations.
In case the COVID-19 crisis worsens, we will take appropriate measures. If this happens, you will be informed in due time what this means for the courses you are following.
To conclude, we would like to wish you the best of luck with any resits that you might need to take. Do not forget that you need to register for the resits yourself, this is not done automatically. For students who are writing their thesis, good luck! If you would like to benefit from the support of other students and work on challenges such as settings goals, procrastination and motivation, consider signing up for thesis coaching. More information can be found in the Announcements on the Canvas Thesis Hub of your programme.
Last, we wish you a fun and relaxing summer break!
Michel van der Wel
Vice Dean Education