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Update 20/05: English-language Bachelor’s and Exchange Programmes

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our international students in September and are planning for your arrival.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, KdG has immediately and successfully moved all its teaching activities fully online. Current students will graduate shortly, and our 2020-2021 academic year will start as planned in mid-September.

Should COVID-19 prevent us from teaching on campus then, we will continue to offer online learning, and move to blended learning once national safety measures permit, combining on-campus practice-based work with online teaching.

If you are unable to make it to Antwerp in time for the start of term, you can begin your studies online initially. We are currently determining the details and deadlines for this alternative.

Please check here regularly for updates as the situation is fluid and subject to change.

Update 24/03: How do we organise education in period 4?

The universities of applied sciences and arts are now focusing on distance learning. We hope to be able to get back to campus as soon as possible. As soon as the measures of the government allow us, we will organise the most essential activities on the campuses again, such as practice in the labs ...

The universities of applied sciences and arts decided yesterday to prepare themselves to hopefully enable low-contact education again from 18 May onwards if the conditions of the government allow this. Low-contact education includes: essential practicals and internships, exams that cannot be organised online. In addition, the universities of applied sciences and arts will continue to make maximum use of distance learning.

Update 18/03: Update on internships students

What about internships? 

Update 17/03: stricter measures

The government announced stricter measures tonight (Tuesday 3 March - 9 pm). These measures are necessary to protect us against the further spread of the coronavirus.
For our university college this means...

Students can pick up material on the campuses until tomorrow (Wednesday 18 March, 12:00 noon). This includes borrowing material from the campus Zuid and SLA library, the other libraries were already closed. 

We would like to ask you to respect social distancing on your way there and back and while on the campuses.

After Wednesday 18 March 12:00 noon all campuses will be closed until further notice.

The service desk works remotely and is available

There is no change to the policy for internships. Concerning internships, KdG was already prepared for these stricter measures (and refer to link)

The measures the government had to take, are unseen and are putting us all to the test. We would therefore like to emphasize that students who are struggling during this period can continue to use all student-oriented services.

Update 14/03: adjustment to guidelines concerning mobility

Countries worldwide are taking more and more measures to contain the coronavirus.
More and more countries are taking quarantine measures or closing their borders.
The risk for our students to get locked in is becoming too great ...

We also ask foreign students to make a personal decision on whether it is advisable to return to their homeland. We ask them to discuss this with their home institution and their parents.

KdG also follows the negative travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
That is why we ask all our students abroad to return. This is coordinated by the Internationalization Service.

What about your study track?

Due to additional government measures, KdG is in a ‘force majeure’ situation.

We are obliged to respect the measures that are taken, but at the same time, we do not want to affect your study track.

That is why KdG will make the necessary adjustments to, among other things, teaching methods, contact hours and evaluations, as described in the prospectus (study guide, ECTS sheets).

Because information to students is our priority, it is exceptionally not possible to strictly follow the Education and Examination Regulations concerning the changes to the study guide (prospectus) and exam schedules (introduction, and Article 49).

Specifically, this means that:

  • At least until after Sunday 19 April 2020, the announcements regarding teaching methods, contact hours and evaluations in the Canvas courses that deviate from the ECTS sheets are binding.
  • These updates therefore temporarily replace the information from the ECTS sheets.

That is why we once again ask all our students to check the intranet, Canvas, and mail daily for the most recent information.

(Article 33 Education and Examination Regulations)

Any doubts? Contact your teacher or the ombudsperson.

What about exams?

We strive to maintain a good balance between, on the one hand, observing all the measures that have to be taken and, on the other hand, ensuring that students can successfully complete their year in these circumstances.

Concerning exams on campus, the crisis team decided the following:

  • We will make sure that as little exams as possible will take place on campus. This means that we will try to postpone, to organize online exams or use replacement tasks.
  • Exams on campus are only possible
    • If the corona measures (sufficiently large room, good spread) can be observed
    • If there is really no alternative (postpone, replacement task, online exam) possible
    • If the content requires to let the exam take place now
    • In any case, please consult with the faculty director

Students will be informed about this as soon as possible by the study programmes. 

What about internships?

Because of the coronavirus there is a lot of information available. Each university college sets up their own communication, and you hear a lot about it through the press and social media. University colleges consult each other but approaches differ here and there. No wonder it gets confusing sometimes ...

That is why we want to outline here how KdG implements internships under the stricter measures as announced yesterday evening 17/3.

Taking care of your health is paramount for KdG. At the same time, internships are an important part of your study career, and KdG considers it important to support the professional field in these difficult times. Where it is possible to do so in a safe, responsible manner, and if the measures that the government has invoked are respected, we want to enable students to successfully complete their internships and assist companies and organizations.

This is certainly the case with internships that allow students to work from home.

This is also the case with internships that ask the student to be physically present at the internship location, but only if the government measures are respected.

Students who notice during an internship that government measures are not being followed strictly should immediately contact their internship coordinator or ombudsperson. The internship will then be immediately suspended.

We would like to emphasize that students who do not feel sufficiently safe can rely on the internship and the internship coordinator to look for a possible other solution. And we respect students who choose to suspend their internship. Those students should report this to the internship coordinator or the ombudsperson.

Specifically for students in Teacher Education:

Since primary and secondary schools are closed, normal internships cannot take place now. The teacher training students can be asked by agreed upon internships to come and help them in school-care, but only when the following conditions are fulfilled:

The internship school needs extra employees to guarantee the school-care.

You get a meaningful assignment as an intern.

In that case we consider this as an internship, the students work under their internship contract, and this will be validated as an internship.

Specifically for Nursing students:

Your sector faces unseen challenges. It is not without reason that the nurses who fight daily against the virus and for our health received an applause tonight 18/3 – 8 pm.

For the Nursing students, we are also committed to continuing the internships. After all, this is also the explicit demand of the professional field and the government, in this way we are happy to contribute to the need for nursing staff in the many care institutions.

We explicitly ask all students to also check all study programme-specific information concerning internships via Canvas.

 

How do we deal with mobility?

  • There is a mandatory ban on countries with negative travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or on countries that KdG has imposed a ban on temporarily and after risk analysis (available in the course of next week). Students to whom this applies will be contacted by KdG. Students who decide not to return from there, will not be insured anymore. Their exchange will then no longer be recognized. They will be formally informed about this.
  • For all other countries, we ask the students to make their own carefully considered decisions. We ask to take this into account: do I risk ending up in lock-down here? What if I get sick here, how good is healthcare? How big is the risk that my internship organization will close here? Please discuss this with your internship organization or host institution, your KdG contact person from internationalization and your parents.
  • We also ask foreign students to make a personal decision on whether it is advisable to return. Please discuss this with KdG, your home institution and your parents.

What about the costs of group trips that need to be cancelled?

All group trips are cancelled between now and the end of the Easter holidays.

KdG is investigating how the costs will be settled and will take a joint position with all universities of applied sciences.

Are our campuses still open?

After Wednesday 18 March 12:00 noon all campuses will be closed until further notice.

The service desk works remotely and is available

The measures the government had to take, are unseen and are putting us all to the test. We would therefore like to emphasize that students who are struggling during this period can continue to use all student-oriented services.

What about the libraries?

Campuses are only open to KdG staff members and students and only to a limited extent.

The library on campus Zuid and campus Sint-Lucas will remain open, the library on campus Groenplaats and Hoboken will be closed. The foyer remains open in Hoboken, students can use that space as a workplace.

We ask students who have a good workplace at home to work there. The library in Zuid, Sint-Lucas and the Foyer in Hoboken should be reserved for students who do not have the necessary study facilities at home. Fewer seats are available to keep sufficient distance.

The opening hours have changed and they can change again later, so check the intranet for this.

Please note that you can also consult a lot of information from the library at home. 

We have a wide range of e-books and digital articles through the databases. If you want access to these databases at home, log in as a student via citrix.student.kdg.be, go to "Apps" and click on "databanken". 

Group work in the library is temporarily not allowed. The collections of bib Zuid and Sint-Lucas remain available for loan. Only come to the library for necessary searches. You can check in advance at home via mijn bibliotheek whether the work in question is not on loan so that you do not make unnecessary trips.

You can keep what you have borrowed until after the Easter holidays. No penalties will be charged after the Easter holidays for anything that should have been brought in during the coming weeks. You can check this through mijn bibliotheek.

If you need help or have any questions: 

We are happy to help you remotely during office hours. Feel free to contact us by email, phone, Messenger or Instagram (bib Zuid and Groenplaats). You can find the details of your library on the intranet pages of your campus.

Update 13/3: new measures from the National Security Council

The National Security Council met yesterday evening (12 March). Additional measures were announced to stem the spread of the coronavirus ...

Universities and university colleges are recommended to develop modules for distance learning. The universities and university colleges are not being closed, but they are encouraged to provide alternatives to traditional classes in lecture halls or confined spaces.

We had already started working on this measure yesterday.

In primary and secondary schools the classes are suspended. We are still waiting for more information and guidelines about the day care that schools are supposed to organize. 

We post all updates on intranet.

Update 13 March

Holding statement

The National Security Council met yesterday evening (12 March). Additional measures were announced to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Universities and university colleges are recommended to develop modules for distance learning. The universities and university colleges are not being closed, but they are encouraged to provide alternatives to traditional classes in lecture halls or confined spaces.

We had already started working on this measure yesterday.

In primary and secondary schools the classes are suspended. We are still waiting for more information and guidelines about the day care that schools are supposed to organize.

The crisis team will meet again this morning to discuss the impact of the measures and to formulate clear guidelines. We will try to inform you as soon as possible. 
The crisis team meeting isn't over yet.

Update 12/3: what is KdG doing today to stem the spread of the coronavirus

Starting from tomorrow, and until further notice until the end of the Easter holidays, we want to make sure there are as few students as possible on campus. ...

We do this by organizing our education online as much as possible, or by working with replacement tasks. You will find instructions per course unit on Canvas.

  • Only essential activities can take place on campus, with the permission of the head of the study programme and only if the location is sufficiently spacious to guarantee 1 meter distance.
  • Exams are essential activities. The exams will take place in the scheduled period, the exam form can be adjusted.
  • We want internships to continue as much as possible, although the organisations where our students are doing their internship, may take measures themselves.
  • In these circumstances too, participation in (online) educational activities and exams is compulsory, unless the absence is legitimated.
  • We do not allow new inbound and outbound mobilities. We advise students who are already abroad to come back. We advise all foreign students staying here for a mobility to return. If of course the student feels safer here, he or she can stay. It is an obligation for students who are in a risk area to come back, if possible.

The campuses, including libraries, will remain open to staff and students. The catering is closed. 

We would like to ask you to check the intranet for updates and to limit mail traffic.

Crisis team

How does KdG coordinate this crisis? 

The crisis team (Veerle Hendrickx, Paul Deckers, Danny Keersmaekers, Geertrui Robbrecht and Koen Blancquaert) monitors the situation. Changes to the measures we take may follow on a daily basis. You can always find news about this on the intranet. 
In preparation of a possible Coronavirus outbreak in the Antwerp region, the internal prevention service has worked out a number of scenarios. The crisis team monitors the situation daily and closely follows government guidelines. 

For general information and updates: please keep an eye on the Announcements appearing on the Student Portal. Questions about the virus or possible implications can be asked via preventie@kdg.be

Events

We received advice from Higher Education Flanders to cancel all non-core educational activities. The Agency for Care and Health (AZG) states that currently closing higher education institutions is not yet necessary medically. 

Student life

The complete offer of Sportsticker, both recreational (group lessons and training) as well as the competitions (Antwerp Students League, Student Sport Flanders, ...) will be temporarily discontinued. More details can be found here.

KdG-student clubs and all associations associated with KdG must cancel their activities, both on and outside KdG campuses, until the end of the Easter holidays (19 April).

Decision Open Day 14 March

The advice from Higher Education Flanders implies that we are forced to cancel the Open Day that was planned for Saturday 14 March. KdG wants to take the government's call for citizenship and common sense to heart. We are on the same page within the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and the University of Antwerp (AUHA), AP and UA are also cancelling their Open Day.

We cannot ensure enough measures to be taken during the Open Day to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus. The first Open Day is typically a moment of great turnout and the trend is that the number of visitors increases every year. Physical proximity during conversations is inevitable and due to the large number of visitors, the circle of the contamination cannot be traced.

That is why we cancel the Open Day as an event, but we are looking for the best possible online alternative. This is an important moment for many prospective students to make a fundamental life decision. We are looking for a way to remove choice stress via online tools. We would therefore like to ask all informants who were scheduled to be present at the Open Day to remain on standby.

Online lessons

Starting from tomorrow, and until further notice until the end of the Easter holidays, we want to make sure there are as few students as possible on campus. ...

We do this by organizing our lessons online as much as possible, or by working with replacement tasks. 

You will find instructions per course unit on Canvas.

Mobility

How do we deal with mobility?

Update 14/03: adjustment to guidelines concerning mobility

Countries worldwide are taking more and more measures to contain the coronavirus.
More and more countries are taking quarantine measures or closing their borders.
The risk for our students to get locked in is becoming too great ...

KdG also follows the negative travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
That is why we ask all our students abroad to return. This is coordinated by the Internationalization Service.

Outgoing mobility

  • There is a mandatory ban on countries with negative travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or on countries that KdG has imposed a ban on temporarily and after risk analysis. Students are obligated to return. Students to whom this applies will be contacted by KdG. Students who decide not to return from there, will not be insured anymore. Their exchange will then no longer be recognized. They will be formally informed about this.

Incoming mobility

  • We also ask foreign students to make a personal decision on whether it is advisable to return to their homeland. We ask them to discuss this with KdG, their home institution and their parents.

What about the costs for group trips that need to be cancelled?

All group trips are cancelled between now and the end of the Easter holidays.

KdG is investigating how the costs will be settled and will take a joint position with all universities of applied sciences.

More info on Intranet

If I get sick and go home, what steps should I take afterwards?

  • Consult a doctor as soon as possible.  
  • Follow the advice of your doctor at all times. 
  • Inform preventie@kdg.be about your doctor's advice. 

Based on that advice, the prevention advisor will look into the measures to be taken by KdG.

What can I do myself? 

Now that the flu season is in full swing and the Coronavirus is spreading further, KdG would like to remind you to always keep hand, sneezing and cough hygiene in mind. 
What does this mean? Thoroughly clean your hands after exercise, before eating, after sneezing or blowing your nose and after every toilet visit. Wet your hands, soap them well, clean them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, rinse them and dry them. 

Do you have a cold? Use a paper tissue and keep it in front of your mouth for every sneeze or cough. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage can. Wash your hands as described above and keep a sufficient distance (1 to 1.5 m) between your colleagues and you. Disinfecting hand gel is also present at the reception desk of every campus, you can use this during the day. 
More information about hand, sneeze and cough hygiene can be found in the appendices. 

Do you feel flu-like? Go home immediately or stay at home for safety’s sake and contact a doctor. 
This is even more important when you’re returning from northern Italy or have been in contact with a person who is infected or is suspected to be infected.