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Coronavirus

Updates on coronavirus

The UvA is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus closely and will post the latest updates here as needed.

Update 03-04-2020

Student council elections postponed

The student council elections will be postponed by three weeks and will now be held in the week of 8-12 June. The processes surrounding the elections have also been adjusted in such a way that any moments requiring physical contact have been replaced by communications via the UvA website, social media, email and/or phone A poll by the Central Student Council showed that most faculty councils are in favour of postponing the elections, because recruiting candidates and organising campaigns is difficult under the current circumstances. There’s also a concern turnout may be low.

The postponement of the elections means the term for nominating candidates will also be moved, to 28 April through 7 May. 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. The results of the student council elections will be announced on Thursday, 18 June. Read the news item.

UvA Matching: online, not compulsory

Because of the measures relating to the coronavirus it has been agreed to follow the guideline in the recommendation of the UvA Matching Advisory Group, which means this year all UvA Matching activities for prospective students will be offered online and participation in Matching will not be a compulsory requirement. Although it is no longer a requirement, we do want to expressly encourage all prospective students to take part in online Matching. This is in their best interests as well as the programmes’: it enables prospective students to find out whether they have made the right choice for them and gives programmes the opportunity to provide advice. All programmes will therefore provide a form of online Matching.

Students who apply before 1 June 2020 can take part in online Matching. At the latest, this will take place at the end of June. The form it will take will vary according to the programme, from online assignments done independently to interactive activities in the form of livestreams, tests and interviews, or a combination of these.

FAQ for PhDs now available

Can I still present an informal introductory talk during my online defence? Can my assistants attend the ceremony? And how will I get my PhD certificate? These are some examples of the questions the Office of the Beadle is currently receiving. The answers to these and other frequently asked questions from PhDs can now be found on a dedicated webpage.

  • Update 02-04-2020

    Information about working with Zoom

    In order to be able to continue teaching and providing teaching support, the UvA recently purchased the online meeting and teaching software program Zoom. In response to media reports and employees’ questions about the safety and privacy aspects of Zoom, additional information is available about working with Zoom. UvA employees and students can find the information on Canvas.

    Corona Research Fund for coronavirus research projects

    A ‘Corona Research Fund’ has been set up to raise funds for Amsterdam UMC researchers to enable them to conduct new and urgent scientific research into the coronavirus. Supported by the fundraising institutions of the Amsterdam UMC, UvA and VU, the fund offers individuals, companies and organisations a way to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus. Just like the participating funds, the UvA and the VU have each made an initial donation of €25,000 and a nice sum has already been raised from private donations. ‘This exceptional situation requires exceptional measures. If scientists succeed in learning more about the virus, we can hopefully find a solution quickly,' said Joost Wiersinga, an internist specialising in infectious diseases and Head of Amsterdam UMC’s Infectious Diseases department.

    Read more and see how you can contribute

  • Update 01-04-2020

    Extension of cabinet measures

    Yesterday evening the cabinet announced that the measures aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus will be extended up to and including 28 April. 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. We are paying special attention to this this in the UvA newsletters today.

    Online libary lending service

    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. From then on, every request for a physical copy will be forwarded to one of the Library’s information specialists, who will look for an e-copy (open access or paid) and/or parts of publications in online repositories. If no online version is available, Library staff will discuss alternatives with the person requesting the material, such as scanning part of the book. As a last resort, if no other option is available, the physical book can be supplied. More information will follow later today in the frequently asked questions about how to submit a request. The last requests can be picked up from the Library until 12:00 on Monday, 6 April at the latest.

    If you have questions you can contact the Library via Ask the Library. Do you have questions relating to a specific discipline? Then you can email the relevant information specialist.

  • Update 30 March 2020

    Cabinet press conference on Tuesday, 31 March; UvA newsletter postponed to Wednesday

    Tomorrow, the Dutch cabinet will decide on measures regarding the coronavirus after 6 April. On Tuesday evening, the Cabinet will hold a press conference. On Wednesday morning, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) will discuss the impact for Dutch universities. The UvA’s central crisis team will then look at whether the Cabinet's decisions warrant changes to the UvA’s own measures. UvA staff and students will be informed about this on Wednesday afternoon through the UvA’s newsletters. If there is news to report earlier, we will post it on our Coronavirus updates page.

    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. They discussed, among other things, the impact of the coronavirus on teaching and research. ‘You see the value of a university. When something happens in a society, a university isn’t separate from that. This is of course a very special situation. Researchers are immediately affected and begin working on it in the margins or in the middle of ongoing research,’ said Karen Maex in the Dutch radio interview. The measures also have a major impact on the organisation as a whole: ‘We’ve noticed that the UvA community has responded with great agility. They are involved in every possible way, from professors, lecturers, PhD researchers and students to support staff. The entire community is putting its shoulder to the wheel.’

    UvA Radio makes radio for Dutch and international students. You can listen to the podcasts via Spotify or Soundcloud:

    Interview with Karen Maex in English:

    Interview with Karen Maex in Dutch:

  • Update 27-03-2020

    Information for international students

    We have added a page with information specifically aimed at international students. You can find this here.

    Tips for studying from home

    Studying from home 100% is a new experience for most students, with a huge impact. On uva.nl/studying-at-home you can find tips to help ease the transition to studying from home.

    Online PhD defences

    PhD candidates who are going to defend their dissertation online still have many questions, mainly practical ones. Together with the Communications Office, the Office of the Beadle is working on a webpage with FAQs for PhD candidates. It is expected this will become available in the course of next week.

    The first of the Uva’s online defences took place yesterday and proceeded without any problems. Read the news article.

    Working from home for staff

    For staff working from home is also something many are still getting used to. It demands a lot from everyone and also leads to questions. The staff site includes a page dedicated to working from home to help you find your way in these new and exceptional circumstances. You can now find occupational health and safety tips for working from home here too.

  • Update 24-03-2020

    Online education and working from home extended until June 1

    Last night, the government announced a series of new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. One measure states that all gatherings, including those with fewer than 100 people, have been banned through to 1 June. Because of these extra measures, unfortunately, we are obliged to offer all teaching and testing online until 1 June. The advice to work and study from home as much as possible has also been extended until 1 June. For practical training that cannot be offered online, we are looking for a tailored solution.

    We’re aware that this is a drastic measure for both students and staff. For this reason, we’re for now keeping the option open of providing on-campus teaching after 1 June.

    Video message from Geert ten Dam to staff

    Working from home with children around you, an unstable VPN connection, video calls lacking sound or image, while at the same time providing good quality online teaching...That's tough. UvA Executive Board member Geert ten Dam would like to show everyone her support in this video message: 

    Watch video message online

    PhD defence ceremonies

    As long as the measures related to the coronavirus remain in force at the UvA, PhD defence ceremonies will take place online (using Zoom) rather than on location in the Aula or the Agnietenkapel. The Office of the Beadle is busy with all the preparations, including a doing trial run on Zoom. The first online PhD defence is scheduled for later this week on Thursday, 26 March.

    Final exams

    The coronavirus is also having far-reaching consequences for pupils in secondary school who were to take their school-leaving examinations: it was announced this morning that the central final exams have been cancelled. The application deadline for university programmes has been postponed and matching is being organised online where possible. The diplomas being awarded in this special situation are for the UvA fully valid.

  • Update 20-03-2020 (14:00)

    Space will be created in the academic calendar allowing for tests to be taken at alternative times and binding study advice will be postponed by one year. Below is a summary of the most important decisions taken today by the board of the UvA, in consultation with the deans of the faculties. The information in the FAQs will also be adjusted as far as is possible today to reflect any new information. Students will receive specific information about their exams from their study programme as soon as possible.

    Planning for exams not able to be taken

    For courses in block 4 where no online assessment alternatives can be offered at the end of the block (end of March), study programmes will plan alternative assessment times. There are several options for this: during blocks 5 and 6, in the resit period in weeks 27 and 28, or in an extra week which has been added to the academic year (week 29) for the purpose of administering tests.

    Note: the alternative assessment times will differ per study programme; sufficient time will be allowed between a test and the resit of that test. Students will receive more information about the dates and method of the assessment from their study programme.

    Binding study advice

    The UvA will not issue any negative binding study advice (BSA) to students for the current academic year. 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. This applies to all students; therefore, they do not have to demonstrate that they have not achieved the required number of points as a result of the coronavirus. If students have obtained enough points, they can still receive a positive BSA.

    Theses

    A large number of students are currently hard at work writing a thesis. In principle, the deadlines for the theses remain the same. 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. Study programmes will take these restrictions into account as much as possible. If necessary, programmes will discuss measures that can be taken to help alleviate such issues, for example by offering students existing data sets. If completion of a thesis is not possible, study programmes will offer adapted arrangements to the students in question. These arrangements will be determined in consultation with the Examination Board of the study programme, taking into account the overall learning objectives.

    Diploma ceremonies

    Unfortunately, as long as the corona measures are in place, graduation ceremonies and diploma ceremonies will be postponed until further notice. In exceptional cases, a diploma can be sent by registered mail on request.

    International students

    We are following the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The travel advice for international students is - where possible and when it can be done safely - to return to their home country. The UvA advises international students not to deregister prematurely if they intend to continue the studies. The UvA will make every effort to offer alternative (online) forms of education to all students. If necessary, this will also apply in the long term with regard to alternative forms of assessment. In short, we will do everything we can to prevent study delays for all students wherever possible. International students who still want to deregister from the UvA can submit a request for deregistration via Studielink. You will be refunded tuition fees from the moment of your deregistration in Studielink to the end of the current academic year.

    National Student Survey

    The National Student Survey will be cancelled this year. The survey would have been sent out to students from 20 April onwards. This is no longer realistic in the current situation. Any measurements taken could present an incorrect picture (all kinds of other effects could be measured) as a result of the situation around corona.

    Students will be further informed by their study programmes about the concrete effects of the new decisions.

  • Update 19-03-2020 (20:00)

    After consulting with the Association of Universities (VSNU), the Minister of Education, Culture and Science has just taken a number of important decisions on topics including the binding study advice and registration deadlines for programmes. During these discussions with the Minister the Dutch universities indicated they would act according to the spirit of the resulting document.

    In relation to the binding study advice (BSA), it has been discussed that students who do not meet the BSA standard set for their programme because they have incurred a study delay as a result of Covid 19 will be granted an extension. They will get the chance to gain a positive study advice in the 2020-2021 academic year. The universities will draw up more detailed guidelines to determine to which students this applies. Students who meet the BSA norm in 2019-2020 will receive a positive study advice this year.

    As for the registration deadlines for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, which in a lot of cases is 1 May, the general plan is to extend these to 1 June.

    Read more about the agreements here (in Dutch).

    On Friday morning the UvA’s Executive Board will discuss what the consequences of these measures will be for UvA students and staff.

    We hope to be able to provide more information about this in an update on Friday afternoon.

  • Update 19-03-2020 (17:40)

    Today the Doctorate Board decided that all doctoral defences in the period from 23 March through 6 April will go ahead in online form. Instead of defending their dissertations to their supervisors, the Chair and the other members of the doctoral committee in person, doctoral candidates will be doing so from behind their PC or laptop at home, using the online platform ZOOM.

    We cannot predict how long the current situation surrounding the coronavirus will continue. That is why the Doctorate Board has opted for this online alternative, so PhD candidates can complete what they have worked so hard on for four years and take the next step in their careers. The Board greatly regrets that these circumstances will prevent the defence ceremonies from being celebrated in the presence of family, friends and colleagues.

    The Office of the Beadle has informed all the relevant PhD candidates and their supervisors by email. The Doctorate Board is expected to take a decision regarding the PhD defence ceremonies scheduled after 6 April next week.

  • Update 19-03-2020 (12:00)

    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. These include the binding study advice, tuition fees, registration deadlines  and enrolment in Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, possible financial consequences of the coronavirus and the possible repatriation of staff and students currently in other countries.

    We understand you still have many questions, about your study progress for example. In the course of this evening after the next steps to be taken have been announced, we will post a short update with a link to the VSNU website.

    Tomorrow (Friday, 20 March) we will post a more detailed update on the consequences for UvA staff and students.

  • Update 18-03-2020 (18:05)

    Closure of a number of UvA buildings

    A number of UvA Buildings will close starting from the evening of 18 March until at least Monday, 6 April. It will be possible for staff members to pick things up from buildings that are closed.

    Some buildings will remain open to offer staff and students for whom working remotely is not an option a place to work. In addition, some buildings will remain open because specific research, care for animals or plants, essential lab work or other activities need to continue.

    In the FAQ ‘Buildings and facilities’ you can find an overview listing which buildings are closed and which will remain open with adjusted opening hours. 

    Information about working from home adjusted

    The information for UvA staff about working from home has been adjusted as a result of a number of questions we received. You can find the adjusted information in the FAQ 'Working and studying from home'.

  • Update 17-03-2020 (12:00)

    Preparation for renewal of measures

    The government's choice to have the coronavirus spread in a controlled manner and thereby to gradually build up group immunity could mean that the measures that have now been taken will be extended beyond 6 April. Although that is not yet certain, we must prepare for it.

    Impact on staff and students

    It will be a difficult time and it will have a big impact on us all. We are very aware of that. The switch to online education is not easy to arrange for every study programme, lessons need to be adjusted, study advisers are receiving many questions that they do not always have answers to, PhD candidates are having to postpone their long-awaited defences. And international students in particular find themselves in a vulnerable and sometimes uncertain position.

    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. Block 5 will therefore be given online; we are working hard to set this up for every study programme.

    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. 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. It is not easy. It demands a lot from everyone.

    Questions

    In the newsletters sent this afternoon to staff and students, we try to answer questions about working from home, online teaching, travel policy and other matters. These questions and answers will of course also be available in the overview of frequently asked questions on this webpage uva.nl/coronavirus.

    We do not yet have an answer to a number of important questions about registration dates, exams and binding study advice, partly because this is being coordinated by central government in The Hague. Many study programmes are currently working on organising alternatives to the written exams at the end of this block. The alternatives decided upon may differ per study programme.

    We hope to provide more clarity on this no later than Friday. Keep an eye on this page for general updates and on Canvas for information from your study programme.

    Once again, it is great to see that you are supporting each other and are taking into account those who are having a difficult time, whether it be through illness, caring for others, having children around the house or any other reason. Thank you for that.

  • Update 16-03-2020 (12:00)

    Government measures prolonged and extended: no on-campus teaching at the UvA until Monday, 6 April

    On Sunday, 15 March, the government took additional measures to tackle the coronavirus. In line with these extra measures, there will be no on-campus teaching at the UvA until Monday, 6 April.

    Further consultations will take place today with the Examinations Board regarding binding study advice (BSA) and examinations. More concrete information is expected on Friday, following national consultations on Thursday.

    Teaching will be offered as much as possible online. Keep an eye on Canvas for more information about this. 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.

    Additional information:

    • UvA buildings will remain open.
    • Regarding work and study places within the faculties, employees and students are requested to stay at home and work or study at home, in accordance with national guidelines. You may only go to the faculties for work or study if you have no other option and there is an urgent need. Only do this if you are healthy, and please keep your distance from others.
    • We call on students to be cautious about social contacts, including outside of the UvA. This is also in line with the advice of De Landelijke Kamer van Verenigingen (National chamber of societies/associations).
    • VPN capacity has been further expanded to facilitate working from home.

    Interview with Geert ten Dam in Folia

    Folia spoke to UvA President Geert ten Dam on Friday, 13 March about how the decision came about, and what the consequences are: ‘We have never experienced this before, and we are not going to expect the impossible from anyone.’

    Read the interview in Dutch.

    The next update is scheduled for Tuesday, 17 March, around noon, or earlier if necessary.

  • Update 13-03-2020 (16:00)

    Additional measures

    • The University Library will be closed as of Saturday, 14 March. Regarding the study spaces at the faculties, students are requested - in accordance with the national guidelines - to stay at home and to study at home. The lending and returning of books will still be possible, but only at the University Library on the Singel from Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00.
    • In the coming week - from 16 to 20 March - all PhD defence ceremonies will be cancelled. Next week will be used to explore how we can offer other forms of PhD defence ceremonies from the following week onwards.
    • From Monday, 16 March, the canteens and coffee corners will be closed at all UvA locations. The coffee machines at the various locations will remain in use.
    • The Allard Pierson will be closed from Saturday, 14 March.
    • The Academic Club is closed as of today and has cancelled all events until 6 April.

    Education

    The goal is to ensure that the current period can be completed, the exams can be taken at another time or in another manner than usual, and that the next period – beginning 30 March - will be offered online as much as possible. The aim is to minimise the negative effects for students and to prevent study delays. Various scenarios for facilitating this will be discussed with the faculties over the coming days. The Ministry of Education is also working on guidelines. More information will follow after the weekend.

    Online education (Information for teachers)

    On the CANVAS page ‘Keep on Teaching’ (login with UvAnetID) there are ‘tips & tricks’ available for lecturers regarding the provision of education online. This page will be updated daily over the coming period. A Dutch version will also be available as of next week. Are you a teacher and do you need more information or do you have suggestions? On the CANVAS homepage there is a link to a discussion section where you can give feedback.

    Events after 6 April

    A decision will be taken at a later date on whether or not events and meetings scheduled at the UvA after 6 april will be go ahead. Communication on this issue will follow once a decision has been made.

    The next update is expected to be published on Monday, 16 March, around noon.

  • Update 13-03-2020 (12:00)

    At various points throughout the day, consultations will be held regarding the pressing issues – both practical and education-related - that we at the UvA are facing due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus.

    What is currently clear? As communicated yesterday, UvA buildings will remain open. For the time being, this applies to the University Library and the various faculty locations, and therefore also to study areas. Should that change, it will be reported in an update later this afternoon. The USC, SPUI25 and CREA are all closed. All in-person education and exams are cancelled until 31 March, and so are all UvA events such as conferences and inaugural lectures. As far as PhD defences are concerned, it is expected that these will be able to continue, provided that the number of people involved is limited. The ICTS department is currently working on creating a page in CANVAS with tips and tricks for teachers regarding online education.

    Numerous questions are coming in via coronavragen@uva.nl 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. These issues are being discussed internally and we will report on the outcomes as soon as possible. The next update is expected to be released around 4 p.m.

  • Update 12-03-2020 (12:00)

    Following the cabinet's press conference and the advice of RIVM, we are considering the measures to be taken in relation to teaching and working activities at the UvA. We will report this to students and staff as soon as possible and we will also complete all the information on this page.

    After consulting with experts the UvA has regretfully had to decide that the Bachelor’s Day scheduled for this Saturday, 14 March cannot go ahead, to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. The most important reason is the large number of visitors from other parts of the country and from abroad.
    We will inform all participants directly. in the course of next week we hope to provide prospective students with the information they would otherwise get on location at the Bachelor’s Day as best we can online, in the form of video recordings.

    You can find more information about this decision here.

  • Update 12-03-2020 (22:00)

    Teaching activities on location suspended

    The new measures announced by the cabinet to limit the consequences of the coronavirus also have major implications for the UvA. 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.  

    Consequences for teaching activities

    From Friday 13 March, at least until 6 April, no teaching activities (lectures, tutorials, etc.) will take place on location at the UvA. All teaching activities will, as far as possible, be provided in digital form. More information on this will follow as soon as possible.  

    Any exams planned this month will not go ahead, unless there are exams that can be taken remotely. The UvA feels this situation should not be allowed to affect your study progress and we are doing our very best to find a fitting solution. For further information we advise you to keep a close eye on Canvas.

    The aim is that more information will follow on this as soon as possible. This will be communicated via uva.nl/coronavirus, on Canvas and/or via your programme.

    Placements or internships may be able to continue, depending on the location. This is up to students and the organisations where they are doing their placement to decide this on an individual basis.

    If decisions are taken specifically affecting your programme or department you will be informed of this separately. If you are a student of medicine or dentistry special rules and guidelines apply; you can find these on Tulp Intranet and Actanet.

    Consequences for events

    All UvA events will be cancelled, regardless of the location. This will also have major consequences. Earlier on the decision was already taken to cancel the Bachelor’s Day, but this also means that until 1 April events such as inaugural lectures and conferences cannot go ahead either. This also applies to events organised by student associations. At this moment expectations are that PhD defence ceremonies will go ahead, although the number of people who can attend will be restricted.

    Consequences for research and working from home

    All staff are advised to work from home as much as possible. This will require consultation with your supervisor. UvA buildings will remain open. One reason is that in certain locations ongoing research and other activities require people to be present on location.

    Staff who have a cold, cough or fever must stay home.

    The capacity of our VPN connection will be extended so that it will also be possible to connect to network drives, SAP, CORSA and other systems from home. We do urgently ask you to avoid keeping your VPN connection running unnecessarily when you are not using it. Naturally we advise you to take your laptop home with you.

    Questions

    There are still many questions and issues to answer and resolve. We will continue to inform everyone as soon as possible via the website, newsletters and Canvas.

  • Update 11-03-2020

    Note: Please see the update for 12-03-2020 - the situation has changed and  unfortunately the Bachelor's Day cannot go ahead.

    There are no new general updates to report as of 12:00 today.

    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. The UvA is following the guidelines of the RIVM and GGD: at this moment there is no reason to avoid or cancel events. 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.

  • Update 10-03-2020

    From Monday evening 9 March the rule is that we don't shake hands at the UvA.

    North Brabant

    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 applies to staff whose duties allow for this. If you are scheduled to teach, working from home will not be possible and we will expect you to come to the UvA to teach as usual. Contact your supervisor to discuss whether working from home is an option for you. The above only applies to staff members who live in North Brabant. Staff members who live in North Brabant and who have a cold, cough, or have a fever must stay home or work from home. 

    What if you have a work or study-related appointment in North Brabant? As a general rule, don't go to the appointment but try to find another way of holding the meeting, by phone for instance.

    General guideline

    Many people who are experiencing cold and flu symptoms are staying home as a precaution. As soon as the symptoms have passed you can go back to the UvA again the next day. If the symptoms get worse and you develop a temperature, cough and/or shortness of breath, and if you have also been to an area with a high rate of contamination or have been in contact with someone with the virus, you need to contact your GP. (Source: RIVD)

  • Update 09-03-2020

    There are no new updates today for staff and students about the coronavirus. The UvA is following the measures and (travel) recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Yesterday, the RIVM fine-tuned its advice for the province North Brabant. Find the latest information in our update of 8 March or visit our FAQ page.

  • Update 06-03-2020

    UvA insurance

    In response to questions from students and staff about what is covered by UvA insurance if work or study trips need to be changed or cancelled, we’ve added a number of new frequently asked questions and answers to the FAQ page under the heading ‘Travel’.

    The UvA has travel insurance through Meijers. In principle, any trip that’s part of a curriculum (students) or work-related (in the case of UvA employees) can be covered by the UvA’s travel insurance. Cover extends to cancellations and all travel-related costs (e.g. ticket, taxi, accommodation costs). For example, if you are attending a conference abroad and it’s cancelled, you can submit a claim to Meijers.

    Travel advice

    We would like to again remind students and staff who are planning to travel for study or work to check the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has four travel advisory levels: green, yellow, orange and red. You can find the travel advice for all areas and countries on www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl. What each colour (yellow, orange or red) means for students and staff is described below:

    Yellow advice: (Attention, safety risks)

    One or a few infections have been identified, which may mean in a (growing) risk for continuity and safety. Students and staff should keep an eye on developments in the region and consider whether the risks are manageable and acceptable before traveling.

    Orange advice: (Only necessary trips)

    There is a high risk of infection for people in the named region. Many institutions and public places are closing their doors and universities are cancelling classes. A negative travel advice applies to students and staff. Employees/researchers who have an urgent need to travel anyway must first discuss this with the director of their institution or faculty. Students and employees in the region are urged to return.

    Red advice: (Do not visit)

    There is a very high risk of infection for people in the named region. Everyday life has been disrupted and traveling within and to the region is (almost) impossible. A negative travel advice applies to students and staff. Students and employees in the region are actively being repatriated and faculties are in contact with them to offer support where necessary.

  • Update 08-03-2020

    The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection) advises inhabitants of the province of Noord-Brabant to minimize social contact if they have symptoms of a cold, coughing, or fever. This means: stay at home. For instance, work from home, do not visit other people or places where many people congregate. Should you have symptoms and still want to go out, try as much as possible to keep a distance from other people. This will reduce the risk of inadvertently spreading the virus. Call your doctor only if your symptoms get worse.

    Go to the FAQ.

  • Update 05-03-2020

    There are no updates today for staff and students about the new coronavirus. You can find the latest information in our update from 4 March below.

  • Update 04-03-2020

    Yesterday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs adjusted its travel advice for Northern Italy. The travel advice applies to the following regions: the Aosta Valley, Peidmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. Code orange now applies to all these regions. The Ministry advises against all non-essential travel to this region, to prevent further infections with the corona virus in the Netherlands.

    The UvA follows the recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The latest travel guidelines for different destinations can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As long as code orange applies to the above regions in Northern Italy, travel to this region cannot go ahead. Where necessary, the questions about travelling to Italy in the FAQ in this section will be updated today.

  • Update 03-03-2020

    The Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) has decided to cancel a number of courses because of surgical mask scarcity in the wake of high demand related to the coronavirus. ACTA will inform students, lecturers and patients who are affected by this. Students of the Faculty of Dentistry must follow ACTA guidelines. These can be found on ACTAnet and Canvas. This means that for dentistry students, the ACTA guidelines prevail over the information on the UvA website.

    Students of the Faculty of Medicine must follow the guidelines of Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC), which can be found on the Tulp intranet system. For Medicine students these Amsterdam UMC guidelines prevail over the information on the UvA website.

  • Update 02-03-2020

    The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) held a press conference on Sunday, 1 March and has finetuned its advice regarding the coronavirus. The UvA is following this advice closely.

    Have you recently returned from a higher-risk area AND have symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath? As long as you have these symptoms, stay home. These symptoms could be the start of Covid-19. Stay home to give yourself time to recover and to avoid infecting others. Call the doctor if your symptoms worsen.

    This applies to the following areas (for an updated list see the RIVM website):

    • China (including Macau and Hong Kong)
    • Singapore
    • Iran
    • Zuid-Korea
    • North Italy (Aosta Valley, Trentino-South Tyrol, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Piedmont))

    The RIVM website now also provides information in Chinese.

  • Update 28-02-2020

    There are now people in the Netherlands who are infected with the coronavirus. Events at the UvA will continue as usual. At some point today, the Dutch government will open a new hotline: 0800-1351.

    Students or staff members with questions about the coronavirus can also send an email to coranaquestions@uva.nl

    Students of the Faculty of Medicine must follow the guidelines of Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC), which can be found on the Tulp intranet system. For Medicine students these Amsterdam UMC guidelines prevail over the information on the UvA website.

    When should I call a doctor?

    If you are in the Netherlands and you have a cold or lung problems, you probably needn’t worry about having the new coronavirus. There is a much greater chance that you simply have the flu or another cold virus.

    Contact your doctor or the local your municipal public health service (GGD) in the following circumstances:

    • You have a fever with respiratory symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath)
    • and you have been in a country/region within the past two weeks where the coronavirus is widespread. You can find this list on the RIVM website.
    • or you have been in contact with a patient with the novel coronavirus in the past two weeks.

    The doctor will consult with the GGD as to whether you need to be tested for the coronavirus. It’s important to contact your doctor as soon as possible by telephone (to prevent possible infections), to follow your doctor's instructions closely, and to inform your study programme coordinator or manager.

  • Update 25-02-2020

    Italy

    In three provinces, namely Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, all activities related to teaching have been suspended up to and including 29 February. This information comes from the website of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The UvA has exchange agreements with seven partner universities in these provinces. We will contact all exchange students who are currently at one of these partner institutions. We'll also get in touch with staff who are staying in one of these regions for study or research. We advise against travelling to these 3 provinces, at least until after 29 February.

    China

    The UvA advises students and researchers not to travel to China for the time being. Because of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, our partner universities in various Chinese cities are closed for teaching and research. The UvA is remaining in contact with students and staff who are already in China as much as possible.

    Traveling to China soon for your work or studies?

    We advise staff members and students who have plans to travel to that region to not travel to China. 

    Because of quarantines in many Chinese cities, it's possible that a number of Chinese students in Amsterdam are unable to travel back home or to their home university as planned. For information or questions, they can contact coronaquestions@uva.nl.

    What should I do if I was recently in China?

    For the time being we are welcoming students from China as usual. We urge students who have recently been to Wuhan or Hubei province, or who have been in close contact with people from Wuhan or Hubei province who show symptoms to contact their doctor or the General Practitioners Practice UvA by phone or email immediately.

    Chinese exchange students who currently live in Amsterdam and have recently travelled to China are advised to contact a doctor by phone or email if they have any symptoms resembling those of the coronavirus (ie. you have a fever of 38 degrees celcius or higher, a cough, breathing problems or shortness of breath).

    Exchange

    Students who are on exchange as part of the Global Exchange Programme in Amsterdam, China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan (semesters one and two) have been contacted.