Since the end of February 2020, the Netherlands has been affected by the Corona pandemic, and has had to observe the measures prescribed by the Dutch government on the advice of the RIVM (the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). For Dutch universities, this has meant that all education and research have been conducted remotely since 15 March.
In many cases, lectures, workshops, tests and exams were moved online within a week, so that everyone can now study and work from home. Needless to say, this has had a considerable impact on our students, teachers and researchers.
As a team, we are looking at different solutions. We realise that communicating via screens is not ideal, and that we have yet to find a suitable online method for lab and fieldwork; however there is no lack of innovative thinking, and we are adapting to this new reality at a rapid pace. It is an undeniable fact that our academic community thrives when knowledge and experience are shared, and that meeting each other will always be a valuable source of inspiration, which is why we will be first in line once the government measures are relaxed.
Choosing and starting your study programme
At present, Dutch universities are considering several scenarios - on campus if and when we can; online in the meantime because we can. We are proud of what we have achieved to date, with online education, online counselling and online open days now all fully available.
We are also doing what we can to continue to offer the high quality that is at the very heart of our higher education. More than ever before, the scientific community needs young people who, with the benefit of excellent academic training, can contribute their ideas and knowledge to society.
Throughout the month of May, Dutch universities have made a wide range of online activities available to those interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the programme on offer. In so doing, we hope to inspire you to choose a study now, with a view to starting the academic year in September.
One thing is certain: we prioritise your and our health and safety above everything else. Together we are trying to solve a worldwide health crisis, and in the meantime we will make the best of what we have.
Dutch universities are open.Open on campus when possible. Open online because it’s possible.