The Ministry of Education, Culture & Science announced that when university campuses re-open, students must travel off-peak. A spokesperson suggested education could take place from 15:00 to 20:00.
From 15 June, universities will gradually start to open. But Geert ten Dam, chair of the UvA board, is upset about the ministry’s recommendations. She believes the time restrictions and the requirement to keep a 1.5 meter distance will mean that in practice, only about 5 per cent of education will be able to recommence. ‘Online education may work until summer, but much longer and it will become unsustainable.’
A UvA spokesperson suggested the UvA might start giving lectures in the evening in response to the ministry’s recommendation that students avoid rush hour. A newsletter sent to student and employees states that the university will discuss the matter with regional public transport organisations.
However, evening lectures are tricky. Students often have jobs, while teachers with children have difficulties arranging childcare. They can also be difficult to attend for people who are caregivers.
As much on-site as possible
The Political Science faculty announced yesterday in an email that it will provide as much on-site education as possible because this is important for students and teachers. The email said it expects students to ‘participate in campus education from 31 August on.’ There will be an online alternative for those who can’t travel.
The Faculty of Economics & Business Economics previously announced that it will resume on-site education only after summer. The faculty has a large number of international students, many of whom may be under travel restrictions.
From Monday 25 May the University Library at the Singel will re-open from 10:00 to 16:00. Study places will be accessible from 2 June on a reservation basis. Online reservationswill open 1 June.