EUR to start experimenting with more students on campus in spring

This spring, the universities of Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Rotterdam will embark on a pilot study designed to allow students to return to campus in a safe manner. Erasmus University will do so in conjunction with Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Albeda college (a VET college). The exact nature and start date of the pilot study have not yet been determined.

In January, Groningen University started a pilot study involving rapid coronavirus testing prior to exams. It is not yet certain whether EUR will organise something similar, says the university’s spokeswoman. However, she did emphasise that it is the university’s greatest priority to ensure that students will be able to return to campus for some programme components before the summer, and for all programme components after the summer (circumstances permitting).

As mentioned above, the universities of Nijmegen and Eindhoven will join EUR in this round of pilot studies. Previously, Delft University of Technology and Amsterdam VU University embarked on a pilot study of their own.

Reopening campuses

The Ministry of Education is allocating €9 million to the conduct of the pilot studies. According to VSNU, the study results will be collected before the summer and may be used by the Ministry in its request to the government’s Outbreak Management Team (OMT) for a recommendation on the resumption of in-class teaching at universities, universities of applied sciences and VET colleges.

This article is written by Erasmus Magazine the independent journalistic platform of Erasmus University.

Photograph Levien Willemse

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