Courses at the Faculty of Economics & Business Economics (FEB) will continue online in the first semester of 2021. Dean Han van Dissel: ‘We want to ensure students that they can continue their studies and prevent study delay as much as possible.’
Thanks to the corona crisis, it’s possible international students won’t be permitted to travel to Amsterdam in September. But while courses stay online, at least they’ll be able to study at home. According to dean Han van Dissel this is not a new policy. ‘From day one we said we would facilitate online education in September if necessary. We hope it’s not, but chances are very small that we gather with 1,700 people in the Carré theatre for lectures in the first week of September.’
No introduction week
Over 30 per cent of students at the FEB are non-Dutch, more than other faculties. Van Dissel: ‘It is likely that many students living outside of Amsterdam will not be able to come to the UvA using public transport in September. By taking the decision now to continue providing courses online we provide certainty for students and lecturers can prepare.’
This means that students who start their studies at the UvA in September are unlikely to meet fellow students and lecturers in real life for the foreseeable future. The UvA already decided that introduction week (Intreeweek) would not take place. ‘We have many ideas on how to incorporate students in the academic community’, says Van Dissel. ‘We are working hard on that.’
The UvA has suspended all education until 1 June. The FEB and some other studies previously decided not to offer lectures on campus until 31 August 2020.