Decreased prevalence of infection and increased vaccination percentage means that both students and staff can arrive on campus upon the beginning of the academic year – to a larger degree than at present.
A transition from step 3 to step 4 in the government's reopening plan can happen at the earliest at the end of July or at the beginning of August. This means that INN University is now planning for increased physical attendance when the autumn semester starts after the summer holidays.
“We want to have as normal a start to the academic year as possible – as far as the infection control rules allow this. There will still be a need for some infection control measures, but we are now planning for physical attendance for our students,” says Stine Grønvold, Pro-Rector for Education at INN University.
A start to the academic year that is as normal as possible in the autumn of 2021 entails the following:
- On-campus attendance for students at the start of the academic year
- INNStart close to its usual format
- Buddy week will run almost as usual
- Digital welcome greeting that is played when appropriate in the various study programmes.
This is how the rest of the autumn semester will be
The rest of the autumn semester is also planned to be as normal as possible. This means, among other things:
- On-campus teaching where possible, digital teaching where necessary and where there is a need for it.
- Group division of students in which predefined groups can be merged or split up as needed.
- If necessary, practical teaching, practice activities, and skills training will be prioritized in terms of physical attendance.
- The national and local infection situation as well as vaccination status will set the framework for what can be carried out in the autumn.
Grønvold reminds that the applicable national and local infection control rules and advice must be followed at all times, where the requirement of at least one-meter’s distance is used as a basis.
“The students will be allowed to arrive on campus at the start of the academic year, but will probably be in smaller groups. We still have to disinfect our hands and pay attention to the guidelines, but by the autumn we will most likely be much closer to a normal student life,” says Grønvold.
Our students will receive further information on what to do as the start of the academic year approaches. What we do know is that new students will be invited to INNStart with an academic programme in the first days after the start of the semester. The official opening ceremony will take place digitally, mainly because we have so many campuses and a digital solution allows students and staff to see the opening ceremony when it suits them best.
“We are now looking ahead after an academic year in which COVID-19 has shaped life for both our students and employees. We look forward to receiving both completely new and returning students this autumn, and will do everything we can to ensure that they get as good a start to the autumn semester as possible,” says Grønvold.