Corona news

Corona news

On this page you will find a collection of news about corona from the past months.

For the latest news and more information, please refer to the general coronavirus page. For more (practical) information about corona, please refer to the frequently asked questions page.

August 2021

Corona update: measures start academic year 2021-2022 | 17-08-2020

On Friday 13 August, during a press conference, the Cabinet gave another update on the corona situation. A number of important announcements were made with regard to higher education, among other things.

As of Monday 30 August, the 1.5 metre rule in higher education will be lifted. We are happy and relieved that this will allow for (much) more education on site! This is important for both our students and our teachers and other staff. Of course, we will do our best to create a study and working environment as safe as possible, while applying the current rules.

Group size
There is a maximum group size of 75 students per room where educational activities take place, excluding lecturers and/or supervisors. This applies to all educational activities, to libraries and to restaurants if they are not set up as take-away location.

Face mask obligation
From Monday 23 August onwards, we will again be obliged to wear a mouth mask when walking through the Zuyd buildings. At a fixed seat and during a teaching activity the face mask can be removed, with the exception of practical lessons for which branch protocols require face masks. The measure will take effect on 23 August because the buildings are getting busier due to exams and introduction activities.

Basic hygiene and health measures
The already known hygiene and health guidelines will be maintained. This means that there is sufficient disinfectant present and surfaces are cleaned frequently. We also use an adequate ventilation system in accordance with the guidelines of the government and the RIVM. Furthermore, it remains important to follow the basic rules (wash hands regularly; sneeze and cough into elbow; stay at home in case of complaints and get tested; comply with quarantine regulations; ventilate rooms adequately).

Self-tests
We urgent advice our students and staff to use preventive self-testing to take a self-test twice a week, especially if they come to Zuyd and/or have an introduction activity. Self-tests can be requested (free of charge) until further notice via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. More information about self-tests can be found at Zuydnet or Zuyd.nl (new students). Furthermore, we ask our students and staff to use the opportunities to get vaccinated. Both self-tests and vaccination are important to keep Zuyd safe.

Free self-tests now also for new students | 09-08-2021
From now on, first year students can also order free self-tests on the special website www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. Will you soon be starting your studies at Zuyd and do you already have a Zuyd account? Then quickly order one or more sets of self-tests. With self-tests, you help to keep the risk of infection at school as small as possible and education safe. You can order self-tests until further notice.

As soon as you have a Zuyd account, you can order a free set of self-tests on the website www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. You can order a set of eight tests every fortnight. We ask you to do a self-test when you come back from holiday, before you come to Zuyd, and before you participate in an introductory activity. And in the first two weeks of the new academic year, we ask all students and staff to take a self-test twice a week, so four times in total. So order enough tests!

For more information see the FAQ about self-tests at www.zuyd.nl. More information about your Zuyd account can be found at start.zuydnet.nl.

 

Covid-19 vaccination and testing for international students | 05-08-2021
For international students who will soon be starting their studies at Zuyd University of Applied Science, here is some information from the GGD about Covid-19 vaccination and testing, and the Digital Certificate for travelling in Europe. The GGD is the municipal health organisation for preventive healthcare. During the Covid-19 pandemic the GGD is responsible for testing, vaccination and tracing contacts to make sure the virus stays under control.

Covid-19 vaccination
 

  • At the GGD you can get a mRNA vaccine for free. This also applies to family members traveling with you.
  • Are you fully vaccinated with Janssen, AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna? You’re fine!
  • Have you been vaccinated with another vaccine than mentioned above, please contact our call center on T +31 88 880 5005.
  • Have you been vaccinated once with Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna? Please call to T +31 88 880 5005 for more information.
  • If you are not vaccinated so far, you are more than welcome to come to our vaccination location in Maastricht during opening hours. You will get a mRNA-vaccination. If you prefer a Janssen vaccine, please call T +31 88 880 5005 for possibilities.

You do not need an appointment or a BSN (citizens service number) to get vaccinated. Please bring your ID-card or passport with you, a face mask and wear clothes that allow easy access to your upper arm.

Address vaccination centre:Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 2, Maastricht
Opening hours:  Wednesday through Sunday from 08.00 - 16.00 hours

Covid 19 test
Do you suffer from symptoms that fit the coronavirus? Then get tested for free by the GGD. Please call +31 800 1202 to make an appointment.
They are available 7 days a week form 08.00 - 20.00 hours.

Do you need a negative test to go to an event?
Then you must go to Stichting Open Nederland instead of the GGD. You can make an appointment on www.testenvoortoegang.org. Questions about making or changing appointments or test result? Please call +31 88 777 08 09.
They are available 7 days a week from 08.00-20.00 hours.

Digital Corona Certificate
The European countries have one system for corona certificates: the EU Digital Corona Certificate (EU DCC). The EU DCC makes it easier to travel within Europe during the corona pandemic. In the Netherlands you can generate the EU DCC with the CoronaCheck app.

  • A corona certificate to travel can be:
  • A vaccination certificate
  • A negative test result

Proof that you have recovered from corona

More information can be found on this website of the European Commission.

Questions about the corona virus?

If you have questions about the corona virus itself, you can call this national information number: +31 0800 - 1351 (Dutch and English, daily between 08:00 and 20:00).
All news and information on the corona virus and Zuyd University of Applied Science can be found on Zuyd's website.

We hope you have a great time studying with us and we hope you and your fellow students stay save.

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July 2021

Self-testing after holidays and at start of new academic year | 20-07-2021
The Cabinet asks students and all employees in secondary and higher education to test themselves when they return from abroad. In addition, the Cabinet asks students and employees to test themselves twice a week in the first two weeks of the new academic year. It is your own responsibility to have enough self-tests available in time. Self-tests are available at the chemist/pharmacy/supermarket. Students with a Zuyd account can order self-tests until 31 July at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. This does not apply to first year students. First year students have received four self-tests from their secondary school (havo/vwo) which they can use in the first two weeks.

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May 2021

Free self-tests available on portal as of 5 May | 04-05-2021

The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) has arranged that from 5 May onwards, self-tests can be ordered. Via the website www.zelftestonderwijs.nl [in Dutch] students and staff can register and order the self-tests. The self-tests will be delivered free of charge to the address that the applicant enters on the portal.

Voluntary but important
Self-testing is voluntary but very important. If you take a self-test twice a week, you will be helping to detect coronas infections quickly and to create a safe environment at the college and beyond. More information about the self-tests.

Corona measures remain in force
Self-testing is an additional means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. In order to be able to implement the relaxations, it is important that everyone also continues to follow the current corona measures. This means, among other things, that we still keep a distance of 1.5 metres, that mouth masks remain compulsory and that you do not go to the location if you test positive. If you have any complaints or the result of your self-test is positive, have yourself tested by the GGD.

For more information about the coronavirus and Zuyd, go to the corona page.

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April 2021

Corona update: back to location once a week on average as of 26 April | 20 april

On 20 April, during a press conference regarding the coronavirus, the Dutch Cabinet announced that as of Monday 26 April all Universities of Applied Science will again be able to host students at their locations, on average once a week. Zuyd University of Applied Science welcomes this decision and the clarity provided about the date at which this relaxation of the coronavirus measures will take effect.

Self-tests
From the beginning of May onwards, the government will offer all students and employees in higher education free self-test kits. The self-tests are voluntary, but very important. Students and employees who do a self-test twice a week, will help to detect coronavirus infections at an early stage and to create a safe environment at school. Self-testing is an additional means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. In order to be able to implement the relaxations the current coronavirus measures will remain in effect. This means, among other things, that we still respect a distance of 1.5 metres, that face masks are still compulsory and that students and employees only visit Zuyd if the result of their self-test is negative. In case of complaints or a positive test result, they get tested by the GGD.

Practical education and vulnerable students
For practical education, the current exception status remains in force; this always takes place on site. This also applies to vulnerable students; they were already allowed to make use of certain on-site facilities; this will remain the case.

Employees
Employees will continue to work from home as much as possible. They can only work on site whenever this is necessary for education or support. If this is the case, they will also have to do a self-test.

Corona update: no change in higher education as yet | 15 April

On Tuesday evening, 14 April, the Cabinet held another press conference about the Corona situation. Due to the continuing number of contaminations, the Cabinet has not yet taken a decision on the starting date of the partial restart of higher education on location. The final decision on this is now expected on 2o April. If the Cabinet decides positively, this means that probably from 26 April – the start of block 4 − limited education on location will be possible again.

For now, this means that the current measures remain in force. The following applies to higher education and therefore also to Zuyd University of Applied Sciences: education is provided online and working from home remains the norm. Naturally, the exception situation remains in force for practical education and vulnerable students and staff; they were already able to make use of certain facilities and this will remain the case.

As soon as more is known about the partial restart, we will share this with students and staff as soon as possible.

Germany tightens entry measures |8 April

As of April 6, stricter measures apply for those who want to cross the German border from the Netherlands. For example, there is a registration requirement and you must be able to show a negative test result that is not older than 48 hours. Exceptions apply to 'border commuters', such as students and employees who live in Germany and come to a Zuyd location to study or work.

Border commuters may carry a negative test result that is not older than 72 hours (instead of 48 hours) when they travel back to Germany from the Netherlands. This means about two tests per working week. If you have German health insurance or are registered with the Deutsche Krankenkasse, you can get tested (for free) at one of the German test centers [in German]. A registration requirement does not apply to 'border commuters'. Germany will not introduce border controls, but will randomly check in the border region whether you show a test certificate. 

You can find more information on the Frequently Asked Questions page (Travel for study or work).

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March 2021

Corona update: current rules remain in force | 26 March
On Tuesday evening 23 March, the Cabinet held another press conference about the corona situation. Because of the increase in the number of infections and hospital admissions in recent weeks, most measures will be extended. Only the curfew will start one hour later from 31 March.

The Cabinet has indicated that it is investigating whether self-testing can be used in education. For higher education, the aim is that students will again be able to follow lessons on location one day a week. If circumstances permit, this will not be possible before 26 April at the earliest, the beginning of Block 4. It is clear that many students and staff members are looking forward to the moment that teaching on location is possible again.

Of course, the exception situation remains for practical education and vulnerable students and staff; they could already make use of certain facilities and this will remain the case.

More clarity on 13 April about the possible start of education
The Cabinet has indicated that there will be another press conference on 13 April at which it will be stated whether students will again be permitted to attend physical education one day a week on 26 April and what measures will apply.

Students will receive relevant information via the study programme if there is a reason to do so. Employees will continue to work at home as much as possible. Of course, employees will work on location if this is necessary for teaching or support purposes.

As soon as more is known about a partial restart, we will share this with students and employees as soon as possible. We are happy that there seems to be a bit more perspective again and look forward to the moment the Cabinet will make more possible!

Corona update: relaxations another step closer | 9 March
On Monday, 8 March, the Cabinet held another press conference on the current situation regarding the corona virus. The Cabinet indicated that the lockdown will be extended, but that at the same time some corrections and minor adjustments will be made.

Also with regard to higher education, it has now become clear that the Cabinet will allow some relaxations as of 29 March, provided the situation allows it. As far as we can see, this would mean that students in higher education would be able to come to the Zuyd for physical education one day a week as of Monday, March 29, 2021. The Cabinet will make a final decision on this on Monday, 23 March. The exception for practical education and vulnerable students and staff will remain: they were already able to make use of certain facilities and this will continue.

Together with the relevant service departments our study programs are preparing to offer more physical education in a safe manner, as soon as we have permission to do so. As soon as we know more about this from the government and the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, we will of course inform you about what this means for Zuyd.

 

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February 2021

COVID-19 infections | 1 February
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 0 students tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.
Please note: since 25 January, the GGD (Municipal Health Service) has applied a national COVID infection registration policy. This means, among other things, that from the 25th, students (and employees) are only linked to the location if they were present on the location for more than 15 minutes during the contagious period or source period.

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January 2021

COVID-19 infections | 27 January
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 5 students tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.

COVID-19 infections | 18 January 
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 6 students tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.

Corona update: extension of lockdown no new consequences for higher education | 13 January
In his press conference on Tuesday 12 January, Prime Minister Rutte announced that the lockdown in the Netherlands will be extended by three weeks. This means til monday 8 February for higher education. This extension has no new consequences for higher education, and thus also for Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. This means that the tests scheduled on location will continue as usual. The same applies to practical education, of course with due regard for all the rules and agreements concerning the duty to wear a mouth mask and a distance of 1.5 metres. Vulnerable students can also continue to make use of certain study facilities in consultation with the study programme and/or the student counsellor. Theory education will continue to be provided online.

Staff and students who do not need to be on location to teach or follow practical education or other necessary activities, work and study at home. If you have to come to Zuyd for a test or practical training, please observe the following rules: stay at home in case of complaints and have yourself tested immediately, keep one and a half metres distance, wear a mouth mask, sneeze into your elbows and wash your hands thoroughly.

Zuyd assumes, partly with a view to the continuity of education, that the current measures in higher education will remain in force for the time being. Should the situation change, this will obviously be announced as soon as possible. The information will be updated as soon as possible. Only if we all follow the guidelines will we hopefully be able to return to normal soon.

COVID-19 infections | 11 January
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 2 students tested positive for COVID-19. This is a further decrease compared to the weeks before, in which 5, 9 and 37 students tested positive, respectively. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.

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December 2020

Corona update: impact lockdown on Zuyd limited | 15 December
Prime Minister Rutte announced a lockdown in his speech on Monday evening, 14 December. This lockdown will last until at least 19 January. For the higher education sector and therefore also for Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the decisions have a particular impact on theory education. In fact, the situation will be the same as it was on 15 June, when the tests and practical education were restarted on location.

This means that the tests planned on location will continue as usual. The same applies to practical training, of course with due observance of all the rules and agreements concerning face masks and a distance of 1.5 metres. 

On the other hand, the theory courses will be back online as of Wednesday 16 December. Please also keep an eye on the information of your own study programme, via the study programme information (only for Zuyd students and staff) on Zuydnet or via e-mail.

Necessary travel movements to reach the education will remain permitted. This means that students and staff who live across the border and have to go to Zuyd (and back) for practical education or a test can continue to travel back and forth, in compliance with the government regulations that already apply. For work placements abroad, the situation is more nuanced: the central government urgently advises against travelling to countries with a code orange or red. Zuyd also strongly advises against travelling to these countries. Moreover, given the seriousness of the situation, Zuyd does not recognise a foreign work placement in an orange or red area as an educational activity. 

The Zuyd restaurants that are open will remain open after 15 December. Just like now, they serve as a distribution point. This means that orders can only be taken and may not be consumed in the seating area.

All libraries will remain closed during lockdown. Library Ligne in Sittard, from Tuesday 15 December only functions as 'takeaway library'. For more information, please visit https://bibliotheek.zuyd.nl/ . Only vulnerable students can make use of the study facilities. Students are advised to discuss this with their study programme management. 

As of 16 December, it will no longer be possible to organise a graduation ceremony at a Zuyd or external location. Other meetings and events not related to practical education, such as Christmas meetings, cannot take place either. Neither inside nor outside Zuyd.

Students and employees who do not need to be on location for practical training or other necessary activities study and work from home. If you have to come to Zuyd for a test or practical training, follow the rules: stay home in case of complaints of illness and get tested immediately, keep a distance of one and a half metres, wear a face mask, sneeze in your elbows and wash your hands regularly.  

For more information, go to the corona page, the location page and the Frequently Asked Questions section on Zuydnet (only for students and staff). The information will be updated as soon as possible. Only if we all follow the guidelines, we will hopefully soon be able to return to the normal situation. Or as Bart Storcken sings: #HoueenBeppieafstand (‘#KeepaBeppiedistance’).

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November 2020

COVID-19 infections | 2 November
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 16 students tested positive for COVID-19. In the week from 19 until 26 October, 29 students tested positive. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.

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October 2020

Students in home isolation | 22 October
An infection with COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 23 first-year students of Hotel Management School Maastricht.

The first-year students live in student residences near the hotel school on the campus, which are exploited by real estate manager Holland2Stay. They stay in home insulation in their rooms until there is no more contagiousness. The students show mild to no complaints.

The Municipal Health Service (GGD) has started a source and contact enquiry. Currently, most students are at their home address elsewhere and only a limited number of first-year students  are staying in the student housing. As far as we know, none of them show any symptoms.

The Hotel School has decided to offer full online education after the autumn holidays for the time being for the students concerned (who started in September).

For students and staff who are not personally approached by the GGD, it is not necessary to take any additional measures at this time. However, they must remain alert for symptoms. If you are in doubt or if you get corona-related health problems, you are asked to contact the GGD Zuid-Limburg for a free coronary test: 088-8805005.

The Hotel School and Holland2Stay have once again asked all students and staff to adhere to the guidelines and also to take their own responsibility to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.

COVID-19 infections | 21 October
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 12 students tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured in the meantime.

Corona rules translated into pizzas and shoes | 15 Oktober
Keeping a distance of one and a half meters is still the parole. Together we can get corona under control! But how much is a meter and a half? And what does the Mona Lisa have to do with corona? Zuyd Hogeschool's home made rules will help everybody who tends to forget how long 1,5 meter is.

Corona update press conference Prime Minister Rutte | 14 October
Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge announced at a press conference on 13 October a tightening of the national coronary measures. The new measures have no direct impact on higher education, so for Zuyd University of Applied Sciences the situation remains basically unchanged.

However, as a result of the new measures, a number of matters have changed with immediate effect:

Restaurants
The restaurants in the Zuyd buildings, if open, only serve as drop-off points until further notice. Orders that have been placed can only be taken away.

Showers
The showers in the buildings are closed until further notice for safety reasons.

Mouth caps
Mouth caps only go off during the lessons and tests, unless they are required from certain practical lessons. In all other situations, too, the rule applies that mouth masks are worn.

Every student and employee of Zuyd is expected to bring their own mouth cap. Nevertheless, Zuyd has ordered a washable Zuyd mask for every student and employee. These will be available in central locations within a few days.

Meetings
In the case of educational activities, it is still possible for more than 30 people to be in one room, provided that the 1,5 meter rule is applied and sufficient ventilation is provided. Non-education related meetings outside the Zuyd buildings will be reconsidered. No new meetings are planned.

Entries from Belgium and Germany for study or work
Belgium and Germany have designated South Limburg as a 'code red' area and a 'Risikogebiet' respectively. This means that the authorities strongly discourage non-essential travel to the Netherlands. Fortunately, residents of these countries are allowed to travel to South Limburg for study and work. There are, however, a number of guidelines. You can find exactly what this means under 'Frequently Asked Questions' on the corona page ('I live in Belgium. Can I travel to the Netherlands to study or work?' and 'I live in Germany. Can I travel to the Netherlands to study or work?').

Working from home
Employees who have to work from home can, if necessary, make use of some home working facilities. This has been communicated in the latest HR newsletter. Employees can contact their manager for this purpose.

And then there is this...
We all realise that the increase in the number of infections can only be reversed if everyone abides by the government's guidelines. For example, the 1,5 meter rule. Everyone also knows that it is not always easy in practice to adhere strictly to this rule all the time. Nothing human is strange to us. That is why we have launched a campaign to draw attention to this rule and other measures in a playful and light-hearted manner. That 'lighthearted' sometimes has an almost literal meaning, is evident from the advice our neighbours give us regarding mouth caps. We found this so 'special' that we shared it on our Facebook page. And what about the question of ‘how big’ 1,5 meter actually is. For an impression, check out this Zuyd film with some very special examples.

Together strong against corona
We can only study and work safely in corona time together. Have an understanding for each other and ask your fellow students and colleagues to respect the rules. Above all, let us try to persevere!

COVID-19 infections | 13 October
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 4 students tested positive for COVID-19. This means that a total of 34 students of Zuyd have or had been infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured in the meantime.

COVID-19 infections | 7 October
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 10 students tested positive for COVID-19. This means that a total of 30 students of Zuyd have or had been infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured in the meantime.

Students and employees Built Environment participate in Jerusalema Dance Challenge | 5 October
It is logical that students and employees of the study programme Built Environment at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences know everything about the built environment. It is less well known that they also have some moves. And yet that is what they demonstrate with their 'Jerusalema Dance Challenge'. Check out their challenge in this news item [in Dutch].

COVID-19 infections | 1 October
De GGD Zuid-Limburg heeft Zuyd Hogeschool geïnformeerd dat de afgelopen week zes studenten positief getest zijn op COVID-19. Daarmee zijn in totaal 20 studenten van Zuyd besmet of besmet geweest met COVID-19. GGD Zuid-Limburg verstrekt helaas geen informatie over het aantal studenten dat inmiddels genezen is.

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September 2020

Corona update press conference Prime Minister Rutte | 29 September
Prime Minister Rutte announced Monday evening 28. September that the national corona-measures will be further intensified. For the study programmes of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, these tightening measures have no direct consequences; the programmes continue as organised from the start of this academic year. With due observance of the rules of the game, of course, and in accordance with the applicable sector codes. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

COVID-19 infections | 22 September
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that 1 student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few days. A total of 14 students of Zuyd are or have been infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured.

COVID-19 infections | 18 September
The Municipal Health Service of Zuid-Limburg has informed us that no new infections have been detected among staff and students of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences after 14 September. The South Limburg Municipal Health Service (GGD Zuid-Limburg) does not provide any information about the number of students or staff who have been cured by now.

L1 follows first-year students in corona time | 17 September
L1 will follow three first-year students in the coming months to see how they like studying in coronation. Their stories can be seen in 'Limburg Central'. Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

COVID-19 infections | 16 September
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that as of September 14, 13 students have tested positive for COVID-19. At the update of September 10, 9 students tested positive. This is equal to the number of students from the September 7 update. GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now. 

Get to know each other at 1.5 meters | 10 September
Okay you're going to study. The subject matter, of course, is important. But just as important is the question: who are your classmates and teachers? How do you like your studies and how do you get to know each other well in times of corona? Read more in the news item [In Dutch]. 

Entrepreneurs of lasting importance after corona crisis | 9 September
Entrepreneurs and flexworkers are also needed after corona to pull the Netherlands out of the crisis. That's what Zuyd Jol Stoffers' lecturer Employability writes in the book 'Prosperous out of the corona crisis'. Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

Five students at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences tested positive for coronavirus | September 1
The GGD Zuid Limburg informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that five Zuyd students tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They are students from different study programmes and locations. Research by the GGD (Municipal Health Service) shows that, as far as is now known, the infections occurred in all cases in the private sphere and not at one of the Zuyd locations. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

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August 2020

Green light for introduction activities Zuyd University of Applied Sciences | 26 augustus
After receiving positive advice from the GGD Zuid-Limburg and the municipalities of Sittard-Geleen, Maastricht and Heerlen, the Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Limburg (South Limburg Safety Region) gave the go-ahead for Zuyd’s plans for introduction activities for new students. Because of the corona measures, the introduction activities are small-scale and focused on study and/or sports. With the approval, the activities, which are planned around the beginning of the new academic year, can start. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

This is how we study en work safely on location in the new academic year | August 19
The academic year 2020-2021 is just around the corner and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is pleased to be able to welcome our students and staff again, both online and on location. Although some of the lessons will still be given online due to the coronavirus, we are fortunate to be able to offer courses on location again from the start of the new academic year. To ensure that everyone is safe and feels safe, we have taken numerous measures and a number of rules apply. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

Inkom Maastricht started | August 17
Today more than 3,000 students of Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences started their introductory week in Maastricht. "It will be a different INKOM than usual", according to chairman Milou Berdenis van Berlekom, chairman of the working group INKOM. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

Student introductions 'corona proof'| August 7
On Thursday evening, the Dutch government called on universities of applied sciences and universities to limit physical meetings during the introduction weeks for first-year students to informative meetings for small groups, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

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July 2020

Diploma ceremonies at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in many flavours | July 17
There was a lot 'not normal' in the past period, but what remained unchanged: students graduated. And of course that is and remains a festive occasion! But in coronation times, regular graduation ceremonies are not a matter of course, so the courses had to go off the beaten track to put their graduates in the spotlight. In bird's-eye view, we go through a number of initiatives that the courses developed. Congratulations to all graduates! Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

(Return) travel to and from the Netherlands | July 14
Unfortunately, the coronavirus is still widespread. That is why we would like to draw your attention to the guidelines for travel. For travellers arriving in the Netherlands from countries and regions that have code orange or red according to the Dutch central government, the government urgently advises to go into (home) quarantine for 14 days after arrival in the Netherlands. Consult - also just before departure to the Netherlands - the page of the Rijskoverheid (in Dutch) for the most current list of countries and regions to which this urgent advice applies.

Code green or yellow
If you are travelling from a country or region that has a green or yellow code according to the Dutch central government, this urgent advice does not apply and you (again) follow the guidelines of the RIVM and the Dutch and local authorities that apply to this category.

Study, internship or work
Students and employees who want to travel abroad for study, internship or work are asked to first read the text under the question 'I want to travel abroad soon for study or work, can I go?' in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the corona page on Zuyd.nl or Zuydnet.

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June 2020

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences pleased with new measures higher education | June 25
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is pleased with the relaxations announced by the Cabinet during the press conference on 24 June. The relaxed measures include an increase in the use of public transport.

The relaxations are expected to provide more space for activities at Zuyd's locations, while at the same time having an impact on the organisation. With regard to education, the first block (September-November) and the second block (November-February) will continue to have an occupancy rate of 20-25 percent. This takes account of the fact that the planning for education for next academic year is already well advanced. However, the time block for on-site activities in the new academic year will be extended from 10.00-22.00 hours to 08.00-22.00 hours.

The limited restart of the tests and practical exercises on location, which started on 15 June, is proceeding satisfactorily and without any significant problems. That is why Zuyd feels it is important to thank everyone who made this possible: students, teachers, support staff and directors − once again. Without their flexibility and commitment this would not have been possible. The tests are on schedule and were completed on 17 July. A number of resits will take place in August, after which the new school year can start again at the beginning of September.

On-site tests, this is what that looks like | June 9
One more week and then Zuyd's locations will be open for a limited number of tests and practical exercises. In order to organize this as safely as possible for students and staff, measures have been taken at all locations and regulations apply. In this video, student Sander shows what testing at the Zuyd locations look like during the corona crisis.

Shh... Listen to this beautiful performance | June 5
The distance doesn't stop our students from making music together. More than forty students of the Maastricht Academy of Music join forces in this performance of Eric Whitacre's beautiful composition The Seal Lullaby. Even in difficult times it is our aim to bring positivity and joy into the world. Together we work hard to create a safe learning environment for our students. Step by step we make our buildings and facilities safe to welcome our students back as quickly and as safely as possible... Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

Registration for a study programme at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is also possible after 1 June. | June 5
Students can still apply for a course at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences after 1 June. It is important that students do this as soon as possible. Exceptions to this are programmes that use a selection procedure: the application period is already closed. Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

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May 2020

Graduates Toneelacademie organise online festival State of the (He)Arts | May 28
Graduating students of the Toneelacademie present themselves and their work during the online festival 'State of the (He)Arts'. A digital alternative to the annual Festival Made, where the students normally show their graduation work, but which was cancelled this year due to the corona measures. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

From 15 June, limited restart: measures and regulations for on-site testing | May 28
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is pleased that, in line with the Cabinet's corona policy, its locations will once again be open for taking tests and, to a limited extent, for practical training from 15 June. These on-site activities will take place in the period from 15 June to 18 July.

In order to create the safest possible environment for its students and staff, Zuyd has taken various hygiene and logistic measures at all locations that meet the guidelines of the RIVM and the 'Herstart protocol hbo' of the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences. These include extra cleaning, the provision of disinfectant hand soap and hand gel, separate entrances and walking routes, one-way traffic, priority rules on narrow stairs and the provision of extra protective equipment for students and staff during practical training session where the 1.5-metre distance is difficult to maintain. Consultations were also held with, among others, public transport, the municipalities involved and the South Limburg Safety Region.

Students and staff may only come to the location when (and for the time that) they have a scheduled activity and must leave the location immediately afterwards. Zuyd preferably asks them to come by bike, on foot or by car and to avoid public transport. Furthermore, the starting point is still that Zuyd provides regular education online and employees work from home.

More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions on the coronavirus section of this website. Students and staff can find all information about the measures and regulations at the locations on Zuyd's intranet: Zuydnet (not accessible to external visitors).

Zuyd wishes all students and staff who come to Zuyd in the coming weeks for a test or practical exercise good luck with their preparations!

From 15 June testing on location | May 20
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is pleased with the clarity provided by the Cabinet during the press conference on 19 May on the starting date for the restart of educational activities. In line with the Cabinet's policy of making educational activities on location possible again to a limited extent from 15 June, Zuyd has decided to have the tests and, to a limited extent, practical training take place in the period from 15 June to 18 July.

The previously planned limited restart of the tests on 2 June will be cancelled. This is partly because there is less room for regional interpretation, for example with regard to travel times in public transport. Students and staff will be informed of the new (test) timetable by 29 May at the latest.

With the consent of the Central Representative Advisory Council, Zuyd will apply the 'Restart Protocol for higher professional education' of the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen). In doing so, Zuyd acts in consultation with regional partners such as secondary education, secondary vocational education, the South Limburg Safety Region, the municipalities involved and public transport.

Students and staff who will be back on location from 15 June for tests or practical training are requested to use their own transport as much as possible and to follow the regulations in the buildings and of the RIVM. They will soon receive additional information about the measures and regulations at the locations.

Online help with the right choice of study | May 20
This year, the doubters among the students are having an extra hard time because they are no longer able to go to the locations, for example to study on a trial basis. Especially for this group, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences offers a number of extra possibilities to help them make the right choice. Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

Testing | May 13
In line with national and regional guidelines, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences intends to take tests to a very limited extent as of June 2, where there are no alternatives available to prevent unnecessary delays among students. This, under central control to ensure a very limited presence in buildings and public transport and also to follow the RIVM guidelines during implementation. Concrete timetables will be communicated to students via the individual academies (and study programmes) as soon as possible.

Promotion Student Midwifery Suzanne Thompson University of Midwifery Education & Studies | May 12
Suzanne Thompson successfully defended her thesis 'Increasing self-efficacy in student midwives for physiological childbirth'. A special detail was that her promotion took place online and that interested parties could follow it from behind the computer. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

Update coronavirus and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences | May 7
Yesterday's press conference by the Cabinet on the corona measures in the Netherlands did not shed any light on the situation for higher education. Consultations are still taking place at various levels - for example between the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen). In any case, online education at Zuyd will be continued as usual in the coming period. In the meantime, we are working hard to make certain examinations and practical education possible again at the Zuyd locations, with the RIVM regulations in mind, of course. This concerns exams and practical exercises that cannot take place online. We have worked out the scenario in order to be able to start with examinations and practical education as of 1 June. It is not yet clear whether this will be possible in view of the national reporting. As soon as we have more insight into a starting date, the timetables for tests and practical exercises will be published on location. All this in anticipation of the Cabinet's decision. Should the situation change, we will communicate as soon as possible.

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April 2020

Update coronavirus after press conference Cabinet | April 24
On Tuesday April 21, the Dutch Cabinet held a press conference on the measures taken in the Netherlands with regard to the coronavirus. Higher education was not specifically addressed in this press conference. Students and employees of Zuyd were informed this week about the further situation at our university of applied sciences. The thread: although consultations are still taking place at various levels - for example between the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences - online education will be continued at Zuyd in the coming period and we are working hard to make certain tests possible on location from June 1. Of course with due observance of the guidelines of the RIVM. Should the situation change, students and staff will be updated as soon as possible.

No large-scale student introductions in August and September| April 15
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences will not organise large-scale student introductions in August and September due to the corona crisis. This applies to both the study programme introductions and the urban introductions in Maastricht (INKOM), Sittard and Heerlen. The decision was taken in view of the safety and health of all students and the temporary ban on large-scale events, which will probably still apply after 1 June. All those involved, including the Zuyd study programmes and Maastricht University, will be looking for alternatives in order to welcome new students in a fun and creative way and to introduce them to Zuyd, the study programme and the city where they are going to study, such as small-scale or digital introductions.

Students create their own 3D online educational and social hotspot | April 10
It is not surprising that students who specialize in communication and multimedia design have above average creativity and skills in these areas. However, the fact that these skills would come in handy in this corona era with distance learning and social distancing, could not have been foreseen by anyone. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

Student Toneelacademie Maastricht: within one week research project online | April 8
The measures to contain the coronavirus affects everyone. The art sector has hit extra hard by the cancellation of virtually all performances. Graduate David Westera of the Toneelacademie also had to deal with setbacks due to the coronavirus measures. However, he didn't sit back and relax, but used his inventiveness to turn this disadvantage into an advantage. Read more in the news item [in Dutch]. 

Poems of consolation by Toneelacademie students on Radio 4 | April 3
The cancellation of all cultural performances causes headaches in the cultural sector. It is also a great loss for the students of the Toneelacademie, who are mainly prepared to be on stage. Classes now take place online and although this is quite a complicated situation, they make the best of it at the Toneelacademie Maastricht. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

In 72 hours towards 300 new protective masks for Zuyderland | April 3
Due to the corona crisis, there is a shortage of protective masks for medical staff. In order to be able to continue to help corona patients safely in the coming period, Zuyderland Medical Centre has issued a request to print out 200 connection pieces "as soon as possible" in 3D. Within 72 hours, Django Goffin from the Engineering Academy of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, together with some partners, had printed more than 300 adapters. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

Education moves from classroom to living room | April 1
Home schooling almost seems like a habit. Last week it already became clear that the lessons will be online at least until June 1st. How does that work now, those online lessons? This is not so easy to explain, because the great diversity of study programmes also makes a big difference in the form and content of the online lessons. A selection from the online activities. Read more in the news item [in Dutch].

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March 2020

Teachers and students of Nursing used in fight against corona | March 30
Teachers and students of the Nursing course at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences are being deployed more intensively in the nursing of corona patients. With this deployment, Zuyd wants to help reduce the pressure on the medical sector as a result of the increase in the number of corona patients.

New questions added about the coronavirus and financial implications | March 27
Consult the 'Frequently Asked Questions'.

Closure of buildings from Monday March 30 | March 26
In order to contribute optimally to the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus and to protect the health of employees as well as possible, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences will close all buildings, with the exception of the Nieuw Eyckholt location in Heerlen, from Monday March 30. Conservatorium Maastricht remains open to a limited number of students and under strict conditions.

Online education until 1 June | March 25
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, together with many other universities and universities of applied science, has today decided to continue providing online education until 1 June. The extension is a consequence of the decision of the Dutch Government that events and gatherings are prohibited until 1 June. Read more in the Dutch news item.

Secondary school graduates still welcome at Zuyd; extra guidance already planned | March 24
Education Minister Slob announced today that the central examinations in secondary education will not take place this school year. The results of the school exams form the basis for obtaining the diploma this school year. The Minister has pointed out on several occasions that this diploma will be a full diploma. Successful graduates in secondary education will continue to be welcome at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

The Minister has taken the decision together with the educational organizations. This decree gives schools more time to complete their school exams. In consultation with the Ministers of Education, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen, VH) has indicated that the universities of applied sciences are following the decision. Like Zuyd, the VH is of the opinion that attention should be paid to the supervision of prospective students and, more generally, to ensuring a good transition between secondary education and higher professional education.

Attention for guidance of prospective students was already high on Zuyd's agenda. As a result of the Successful Studying programme and as part of the Quality Agreements, new students at Zuyd will receive extra guidance in the coming academic year anyway. Precisely during the first hundred days of their study to improve the transition from secondary education to hbo or from mbo to hbo. This is also in line with Zuyd's strategy in which the development of the student is central.

Read the press release of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science here [in Dutch].

Special assistance for students and staff abroad | March 23.
Students and staff who are abroad and are unable to arrange their return via a travel organisation or airline company can make use of special assistance and register on the website bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl [in Dutch]. For more information, please also visit the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Binding Recommendation to Terminate Studies (BSA) | March 19.
The Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) have today consulted with the Minister of Education, Culture and Science about national policy. The ministry has requested universities of applied sciences to postpone the binding study advice (BSA) until the next academic year. In principle, universities of applied sciences postpone giving a BSA until the end of the second academic year (academic year 2020-2021).  We will explore the impact of these measures and inform you in soon about the consequences of these measures.

Travel advice sharpened | March 18.
When it comes to travelling to or staying abroad, Zuyd also follows the guidelines of the Dutch government. On 17 March, the government tightened its position with regard to people staying or wanting to travel abroad. Zuyd advises students and employees who are currently still abroad to keep a close eye on developments. Many countries are taking measures that may have consequences for leaving that country. Because countries will be 'locked' for a longer period of time, it is good to consider making use of the departure options that are still available. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this subject.

For prospective students | March 17.

  • If you enrolled for an Experience Day between now and 6 April, you can choose a new date and enroll via the link in the confirmation email you’ve previously received. Some study programs have not yet chosen a new date, but it is possible to enroll for an Experience Day which has no date yet. You will be contacted once a date has been chosen. 
  • At Zuyd, you can enroll in study programs after 1 May. However, in this case you are obligated to participate in a study selection interview. These interviews will still take place, but it’s possible they will be conducted online.
  • If you have received an invitation for a study selection interview, your study program might invite you to conduct the interview online. If not, a new date will be chosen.

Zuyd locations are closed for students | March 16.

  • From 17 March up to and including April 6, all Zuyd locations, including all Zuyd Library locations, will be closed to students.
  • Study programmes are working hard to start up online education. The solutions will differ per programme. Programmes will inform students and staff via Moodle, the Zuydnet group of the programme and/or e-mail. You can also find information about the study programmes on the special information page on zuydnet. If you have any questions, please ask your study programme or send an e-mail to corona@zuyd.nl (mention your study programme).

For employees | March 16.

  • All employees must work from home up to and including 6 April. You may only work on location with the permission of your teamleader/manager.
  • If your presence at Zuyd is necessary, take the following precautions: do not shake hands and stay at a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from each other.
  • The buildings are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Except:
    • Conservatorium Maastricht: open from 8.00 to 16.00, annex closed.
    • Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts:
      • 17-20 March: only main building open from 9.00 to 12.00 (for MT members and 2 staff members of the Educational Affairs Office)
      • 23 March - 6 April: closed.

All Zuyd Library locations are closed | March 16.
All Zuyd Library locations are closed to researchers, teachers and other staff. Service takes place online. For employees who run into problems with their research or teaching, offline services are available on request. Please make an appointment via corona@zuyd.nl indicating 'Zuyd Library'. Check the Zuyd Library website for service updates.

No shaking hands, avoid social contacts and keep your distance
We ask all students and staff not to shake hands, to avoid social contacts and to keep at least 1.5 meter distance (social distancing). For other measures you can take for yourself and others to prevent infection with the coronavirus, see the frequently asked questions or the RIVM website.

Travelling abroad
Many countries are taking drastic measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. New measures cannot be ruled out, and the situation may change rapidly. That is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises all Dutch citizens not to travel abroad from 17 March onwards unless it is necessary. Students and employees of Zuyd are only allowed to travel abroad with the permission of the Board of Governors of Zuyd.

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