Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

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Twente Pathway College resumed on-campus teaching upon start of the September 2020 programme, following the policies set by the partner university and the Dutch government. In the period from 4 January till 9 February we will temporarily shift to fully online education. 

For most up-to-date information check the following government websites:

Latest Coronavirus Updates (latest update: 23 January 2021)

 

The number of infections of the coronavirus is going down in the Netherlands. In order to reduce even more the current infection rate, the Dutch government has announced new measures for people travelling to the Netherlands.

The new measures are effective from January 23rd 00:01.These travel restrictions are expected only to last until planned legislation on mandatory quarantine rules for travellers are in place.

A travel ban will be imposed for the United Kingdom, South Africa, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. More info here

Holders of an MVV-visa (including TPC students) can still travel to the Netherlands. TPC students are included in the list of exemptions. More info here

All the travellers must be able to show a negative result PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. In addition people travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea must take rapid test no more than 4 hours before departure. More information on how to get PCR or rapid test outside the Netherlands can be found here.

 

It is essential that all the people arrivig in the Netherlands will quarantine for 10 days to avoid the spread of the virus.

 

24 December 2020 addition: From 29 December 00.01am all incoming travelers are required to show a negative PRC test on arrival. The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the passenger’s scheduled arrival in the Netherlands. Anyone who does not have a negative test declaration will be denied boarding. Read further details...

 

Local Covid-19 situation
Throughout Europe the number of infections is not at a steady low level at the moment, which has led to our Prime Minister Rutte announcing further measures on 14 December 2020. These measures lead to stricter additional measures in the Netherlands to minimise contact and stop the virus from spreading. The generic measures are expected to last till 9 February, though some exceptions apply. Positive news is that the vaccination has started with healthcare staff, and those most vulnerable. The plan the government announced seems very positive. 

Contrary to measures in place in the past couple of months, the new set of measures impacts the ways in which we will teach in January until 9 February 2021. Face-to-face teaching activities at University of Twente will be suspended until most likely 9 February 2021. Between 4 January 2021 and 9 February our expert team of teachers will deliver all educational activities online. On 9 February 2021 we expect to return to the hybrid education model we have offered in the past months. This means that Twente Pathway College, like many educational institutions in the Netherlands, offers meaningful interaction on a face-to-face basis, while elements of the study programme with limited teacher-student or student-student interaction will be online. When teaching via face-to-face delivery we foresee to teach in smaller groups (indicative 15 students) than usual to follow social distancing guidelines, and moreover, guarantee the best learning outcomes.

University campus buildings will remain open for urgent meetings that cannot take place online.

Next to the change in the way we will teach in January, some of the other additional measures in the period until 9 February include:

 

  • Allowed to meet two people outdoor and invite only one person indoors
  • Supermarkets, bakeries, and take-away food points remain open, non-essential shops are to remain closed
  • Indoor sports facilities, theatres, musea and similar facilities will remain closed
  • People are supposed to stay at home as much as possible and limit their travel movements, incl international travel
  • No group gatherings, incl in your own accommodation.
  • A curfew across the Netherlands to further slow the spread of the virus. This means that everyone has to stay inside between 21.00 and 4.30 until 10 February 2021. The idea behind the night-time curfew is that people will visit or meet up with each other less often. Only when you have a valid reason you are allowed to be outside. More information here.

Basic measures continue to apply and include extra (hand) hygiene measures, stay home and get tested when not feeling well, and keep a 1.5m distance from other people. 

For currently enrolled students, the Student Support team will provide you with all relevant information for the weeks to come.

We are confident that as a TPC / UT community, we will brave new measures as well. We are ready to help each other if need be and offer professional support for students who need it.

 

 

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Local Covid-19 situation

During a press conference on Tuesday 17 November the Dutch government announced that a few measures taken two weeks ago can be loosened. The curve of the COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands has been going down further. Restrictive measures are still in place nationally and regionally to control the situation.

 

Relaxion of measures announced on 17 November

  • Publicly accessible locations, such as museums, theatres, swimming pools and libraries will  re-open. 30 People are allowed to be in public locations at the same time.
  • Students and staff are allowed to meet up with a maximum of three people from different households. Meetings with larger groups, other than meetings directly related to education, are not possible at the moment. Education is exempted from these group size limitations, strict hygiene and social distancing measures are in place though.

All other measures as announced on 6 November still apply.

Friday 6 November 2020

Local Covid-19 situation
The Netherlands currently seemt to be nearing the end of a second wave of Covid-19 cases. Though this is good news for the country as  whole, restrictive measurea are in place nationally and regionally to control the situation. The number of cases continues to be significant in some parts of the country. Stricter measures are in place from 4 November 2020 for two weeks. The Dutch government's aim is to help the curve go down more quickly in order to maintain access to the high-quality public healthcare system for all patients, including non-Covid patients.  

Current measures do not affect the hybrid teaching methods at Twente Pathway College and University of Twente. We continue to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff.

Additional measures

  • Publicly accessible locations, such as museums, theatres, swimming pools and libraries, will be closed for a period of 2 weeks
  • Students and staff are allowed to meet up with a maximum of two people from different households. Meetings with larger groups, other than meetings directly related to education, are not possible at the moment

The complete list of measures can be found on the website of the national government

The basic rules continue to apply:

  • Maintain social distance of 1.5 metres
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow
  • Wear a face mask in inside areas. This is not only mandatory when moving around on campus, but also in other public buildings such as libraries, shops and train stations
  • If you have any symptoms you must stay home and get tested
  • Do you have shortness of breath and/or a fever? Then you and all of your housemates must stay at home. 

In line with government measures, we are doing everything we can to ensure education continues, while prioritising the health and safety of our students and staff. Of course, we will continue to monitor developments closely and will keep our audiences updated via this website and the newsletters for students.

Finally

The upcoming period will be a strenuous one. It was and is very important to adhere to the basic rules and to contribute to helping reduce the number of infections as well as possible. We realise that this is not always easy and that it requires a lot of our employees and students. Please take care of each other and let us help each other through this hard time.

Thursday 1 October 2020

Local and national measurs to stay ahead of the virus 

During a press conference on Monday 28th September, the Dutch government announced additional measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. These measures to stay ahead of the virus are in place for the next three weeks. As always, Twente Pathway College and the University of Twente strictly follow Dutch government advice.  Therefore a few rules have been updated accordingly.

It is our priority to continue to deliver high quality academic content and the right quality of our teaching in a safe environment for students and staff. The teaching we offer to our students is developed to support progression to the University of Twente all ways possible. We ask students to take the following measures:

Basic rules

Continue to follow the basic rules that are already in place, that is, to keep a meter and a half distance from other people. Wash and disinfect your hands regularly, cough and sneeze in your elbow, and stay at home if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is infected. Finally, get yourself tested if there is a reason to do so.

Face masks

The government has issued a recommendation to wear face masks in public areas and TPC and the UT are following this recommendation. From now on, you are strongly advised to wear a face mask in all public areas at all university locations, including classrooms.

Limit your travel

Please limit the amount of time you spend on public transport. Instead, either walk or use your bicycle to travel around the city.

Monday 24 August 2020

Twente Pathway College will be open for on campus teaching in September 2020. The college team is making all necessary preparations to start the year in such a way our students? will maximally benefit from physical presence. Both in learning and in student life. The College will continue to follow the approach of the Dutch government and the guidelines set by University of Twente. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.

YOUR GUARANTEED START WITH US IN SEPTEMBER

A

Start your on campus programme in September

·       Safe teaching environment is our priority

·       All benefits of physical learning and life experience

·       Hybrid teaching to manage social distancing –
        mix of face to face and online as appropriate

·       All meaningful educational interaction to be face to face

·       On campus interaction in  smaller groups (indicative 15 students)

·       Student support and campus facilities (library, sports, food) open for you

B

Online learning from home in case you need to

·       Start from your home if you are logistical matters do not allow you to travel

·       Travel to the Netherlands once restrictions are lifted

·       Join face to face at any point between September and December

 Recommended article: University of Twente's vision on education for Academic Year 2020/2021

 

Teaching in September
Teaching in September will be on campus, as we have shared with you before. We will be able to teach in a safe and secure environment, which will obviously be among our highest priorities for this Fall semester and beyond. Both University of Twente and Twente Pathway College, as all in the country, follow the approach of the Dutch government and the guidelines set by University of Twente. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.

As you know the campus of the University of Twente is a big and green terrain, offering a right kind of student experience in all situations. And in these times a safe one. The space available, nearby facilities for daily life, the fact that no or only limited public transportation is required and obviously our approach to learning in these times underline why we think we can take away any concerns you may feel.

During the time to come, Twente Pathway College, like University of Twente, aims to ensure that meaningful interaction happens on a face to face basis, while elements of the study programme with limited teacher-student or student-student interaction will be online. This type of hybrid learning, combining online and on-campus learning, will be common across the world in the time to come. When teaching via face to face delivery we foresee to teach in smaller groups (indicative: 15 students) than usual to follow social distancing guidelines, and moreover, to guarantee the best learning outcomes.

Online delivery of term 1 for those who need to
In case logistical issues do not allow you to travel to the Netherlands in September we will offer you the option to start your first term via online learning. As soon as a student is able to travel during Term 1, the student moves to the Netherlands to enjoy all benefits of on campus learning and their new student life with us. In case you think this situation applies to you, please reach out to the student support team (student.support@twentepathway.nl, for further contact details check www.twentepathway.nl.

Friday 15 May 2020

In May 2020 University of Twente announced that all educational activities until summer break will online. We can now inform you that this will also apply for  lectures and examinations at Twente Pathway College. Until the end of this academic year we will be open and fully available for our students, however it will be via online delivery and online support. Our students are in the meantime thoroughly prepared for online examinations and at the moment our team of teachers is reviewing the test results of the term 3 mid-term exams which were also conducted online.

We would like to mention that our advice for current students on travelling remains the same. If you choose to travel, it might be difficult to return to the Netherlands for start your Bachelor’s programma at University of Twente. We understand this is a difficult decision to make looking at the Summer months ahead. Students may reach out to the Student Support Team to discuss their plans.

As of the end of August onwards, University of Twente will be opening up campus facilities again for education and research for the new academic year. The University has always been deeply committed to offering high quality, small-scale teaching and personalised learning to all of our students. What this implies for the coming year, is that we will provide as much contact time as is possible within Covid-19 government guidelines. At this stage, it is not yet possible to give a more detailed indication. Rule of thumb is that practicals, examinations and classes in which personal contact and direct interaction are indispensable, will be offered on campus as often as possible. Twente Pathway College will closely work with University to provide the best on-campus learning environment we can. Twente Pathway College will offer online alternative options for students who are not yet able to travel to the Netherlands to start their living and studying experience. We recommend you to read this article to gain further insights on UT’s vision on the academic year ahead.  

 

Thursday 7 May 2020

On 6 May 2020 the Dutch government announced a step by step plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions. The approach to bring the virus under control has worked well so far, so the government is able to give more freedom while urging people to continue to follow the main hygiene and social distancing rules and stay at home when they don’t feel well. 

Lifting of restrictions starts at local level, and therefore needing limited transportation movements and then gradually shifts to a national level. 

The Pathway College works closely with the partner university to set more precise policies and guidelines according to which on-campus education will be possible in a safe way. 

Some key elements of the step by step plan, in all cases staying at a 1.5m distance from other people applies:

 

 From 11 May the following will apply:

  • Stay at home turns into avoid busy locations, working from home continues to be recommended
  • Primary schools will reopen on 11 May
  • If following some more specific rules outdoor sports activities will be allowed
  • Hair dressers, opticians and most other people in contact-based roles will be able to reopen
  • Limited public transportation is available, face masks are advised

If the virus remains under control, the following will be possible from 1 June onwards:

  • Secondary schools will reopen
  • Cafes, restaurants, cinemas and theatres may reopen, subject to certain conditions
  • Museums will reopen
  • Public transportation to return to the regular timetables, passengers will be required to wear a face mask (since social distancing may not always be possible)

Expected adjustments from 15 June - If the virus remains under control, schools for vocational training reopen. Plans are being drawn up at the moment to physically reopen Universities of Applied Sciences and Research Universities.  

Expected adjustments from 1 July - Holiday parks will reopen. Cinemas, restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions may start receiving higher visitor volumes.   

Expected adjustments from 1 September - Indoor sports facilities may reopen for all ages. 

The Pathway College continues to expect to resume on campus teaching upon start of the September 2020 programme, following the policies set by the partner university. 

 

More information: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2020/05/06/avoid-busy-places-and-stay-1.5-metres-away-from-others

 

Tuesday 21 April 2020

 The Netherlands will start reopening primary schools and day care centres from 11 May onwards. The decision to reopen schools is based on decreasing numbers of confirmed new cases and a wide range of additional research. Further educational institutions will continue to teach online.

The Dutch government is taking on a careful approach. It is extending the basic social distancing rules – working home and staying home as much as possible, as well as maintaining a 1.5 metre distance from others till 20 May. The government will keep a close eye on developments and remain alert.

For the full and latest Dutch national updates we continue to refer Dutch Government Website

 

Next update expected: 20 May 2020

 

Friday 27 March 2020

The University of Twente has just confirmed that all teaching and any examinations will be online until 1 June 2020. At TPC we will, of course, follow these guidelines. All TPC classes and any examinations will be online until 1 June 2020. However, if the Dutch government decides to relax the measures before 1st June to an extent whereby the University can reopen for face to face teaching and examinations, we will update you accordingly. Until that time, all the classes and any examinations will be online.

The content and quality of all our modules will stay the same, meaning students will be able to progress as normal upon successful completion of the Foundation year. We are confident that our students will really love the online classes we have prepared. We have lots of fun, engaging and, importantly, beneficial lessons ready!

Please follow the official Dutch Government website in English for updated concerning the most essential information and measurements.

 

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