Students and lecturers can find all the information they need about education, research and exams during the corona crisis on this page. The corona crisis has impacted the entire UT community. We are doing everything we can to help. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvements, fill out the corona contact form or send an email to our central information point email@example.com.
The Dutch Government announced an important new step in reducing the number of rules and restrictions regarding COVID-19 as of 25 September 2021.
Research for which you need the facilities available on campus as well as laboratory research can continue with due observance of the corona measures. We ask that you conduct any research activities for which you do not strictly need campus facilities from home.
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Online and on-campus education
For a while now, most of our education has been taking place online. We strive to offer as many contact hours as possible in accordance with the applicable safety measures. Through a combination of online and on-campus education, we are able to offer students the quality education they expect.
Lecturers receive help with the realisation of high-quality online education via CELT. Read more about the guidelines for Shaping Hybrid Education in a 1.5m University.
The timetables for the 2020-2021 academic year are unusual. The new hours are listed in the overview below. At most, a day of lectures will run from 09:00-17:30 or from 13:45-22:00. As you can see, the timetables also include evening classes.
In the academic year 2021-2022 we will return to the regular timetable schedule.
In close coordination with the University Council, it has been decided that teaching evening classes is possible under strict conditions. The goal is to schedule evening classes no more than once per week - or twice per week in exceptional cases. Classes will end no later than 22:00 and there is a maximum of eight hours of classes per day. If possible, a day with evening classes is followed by a day with no classes scheduled in the morning.
The availability of evening classes represents a temporary measure in light of the COVID-19 crisis. To protect the wellbeing of staff, the stipulations in the collective labour agreement regarding working hours and the Working Hours Act are taken into account.
As a result of the current lockdown, no educational activities - except for practicals and exams - can take place at the moment.
Useful links and toolboxes for lecturers
To support educational staff with their online education activities, the TELT team has created a special web page with recommended tools for online education. You can also contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org
In light of the corona pandemic, various websites contain relevant information for lecturers. CELT has created an overview of relevant websites (and links) and the sort of information they offer.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, exams will once again partly be held online. Lecturers are hard at work to develop suitable exam methods. If online examination is impossible or difficult, exams can be held on campus. Exams are held on campus in three distinct blocks: in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening.
It is the responsibility of every programme to conduct its exams in accordance with the applicable guidelines and inform students about the examination methods that will be used. Read more about the guidelines for Shaping Hybrid Education in a 1.5m University.
The restrictive measures taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic require thorough preparation before an exam from the lecturer and the student alike. For students, there is the infographic making exams on campus in corona times. In this manner, we guarantee that all possible measures are taken to ensure that exams can be held on campus in a manner that is safe for all involved.
As a lecturer, your first task is to determine whether there is any way to conduct the exam online. For exams where this is not possible, you can consult the infographic taking exams on campus in corona times for a step-by-step overview of how to prepare yourself.
Proctoring: taking digital exams remotely
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become common to use proctoring – exams taken online with help from surveillance software. Proctoring can be used at the University of Twente if it is impossible to take an exam on campus. This means we can avoid students incurring unnecessary study delay. Whether or not to use proctoring is a decision made by each course, in close consultation with the relevant Examination Board. An comprehensive explanation about the use of prototoring at UT can be found on our website.
The University of Twente issued a ruling about a reduction of the binding recommendation for students who began their studies in the 2020-2021 academic year. They are required to obtain at least 40 ECTS credits this year, instead of 45. The modified binding recommendation does not apply to students who began their studies in the 2019-2020 academic year and already received a postponed recommendation. The applicable regulation regarding the binding recommendation (BSA) can be found on the Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling page.
Zachte knip/smooth transfer
In the context of COVID-19 it is possible, under certain conditions, to make use of the so called ‘smooth transfer’ from a bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme to a master’s programme for the academic year 2021-2022.
This means that you may be allowed to start with a master’s programme even if you have not yet completed your bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme. Institutions/programmes are allowed to admit (under conditions) students who didn’t finish the bachelor or pre-master yet. The rules apply for both for the September and February intake and for students who study at the University of Twente and to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree elsewhere.
First year students
If you are a first-year student, you will receive a question during your Osiris application with regard to the smooth transfer.
If you are a senior student, we ask you to please contact the study adviser of the master of your choice to discuss whether it is possible for you to make use of the ‘smooth transfer’.
Please note: this temporary smooth transfer is only valid for the transfer to the next academic year (from September 2021 - August 2022).
More information about the exchange programmes can be found under International affairs and travelling.
studying in groups en self-study
Project rooms have been made available in Carré, Cubicus, DesignLab, Horst, Ravelijn and Technohal, where students can work together on their projects and assignments in a safe environment. These spaces can accommodate groups of up to 8-10 people. Up to a week ahead of time, students can reserve a space through the Resource Booker.
Self-study spaces are available in the DesignLab, University Library, Horst, Spiegel, Bastille, O&O square tent and Ravelijn. Recently the Student Union reopened the Wallstreet location in the centre of town. You are required to make a reservation for all locations via the Resource Booker.
Teamwork is more challenging in a (largely) online environment. Team members have poor internet connections or are unable to establish a connection at all. Having team members in different time zones further increases the complexity of working together. In an online environment, effective project management and clear communication are even more important than in an offline setting. Every team member has to take their responsibility and adopt a flexible attitude. If your group is unable to facilitate a workable situation, you can contact your tutor/supervisor. If you wish to discuss your personal situation, you can contact your student adviser. Do not wait too long before taking action.
GRADUATIONS, PHD Defences, INAUGURATIONS AND FAREWELL SPEECHES
The current maximum number of attendees has been set at 75 for graduations, inaugural lectures and farewell speeches. As of 25 September only the basic measures apply and the maximum group size will be removed. However, the ventilation capacity of a room can still limit the group size for these gatherings. If a reception is given afterwards in a catering facility on campus, the obligation to be in possession of a Corona Access Certificate can be waived.
Commute travel expenses
Colleagues with a temporary position who live more than 25 kilometres away from the campus or ITC building and who normally use the NS-Business Card may claim travel expenses for their commute by car at a rate of €0.19 per kilometre from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Take a look at the HR overview of temporary arrangements for the applicable conditions.
Colleagues who normally claim travel expenses for their commute may continue to do so based on the actual distance of their commute. The agreed-upon fixed fees do not apply when one does not travel to and from the UT on a daily basis.