At least until 14 January there will be virtually no on-campus education at universities in the Netherlands. This was announced by the government yesterday.
On 10 January, the third block of the academic year of the UvA will start. By necessity, this will take place online. What this means for the remaining weeks of this short four-week course block is not yet known. The dies natalis of the UvA, the celebration of the 390th birthday of the university, on 10 January would be online anyway.
Planned practicals can still take place. The libraries and study places will also remain available. Employees who cannot work at home can work on campus in consultation with their supervisors.
Student organisations are not satisfied with the extension of these measures. ‘This means another period of loneliness, depressive complaints and concentration problems, with no clear end point. The resilience of many young people has run out,’ Ama Boahene of the National Students Union LSVb says.
Last month, the government banned all physical education, from primary schools to universities, for fear of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. According to Minister Slob of Education, Culture & Science, the Outbreak Management Team, which advises the cabinet on the coronavirus, considers the reopening of primary and secondary education justified.