Physical lockdown for two weeks

Update: March 23, 2020

Lockdown extended

Zealand follows the new guidelines from the Danish government and continues the lock down of all physical activity at Zealand until 13 April 2020.

We are still working at full throttle to ensure that you get the best teaching online.

We are also working hard to prepare the coming exams, if these are going to be held online via zoom.

Practical information:

  • You must continue using Moodle for information and teaching, we will update Zealand.dk and Moodle continuously.
  • If you have questions, regarding Zealand’s handling of the corona virus, you can contact corona@zealand.dk.
  • If you are a student and have trouble getting access to Zealand’s online platforms you must contact helpdesk@zealand.dk. There will be no on-site IT support.
  • For updates about the COVID-19 please look at coronasmitte.dk.

Update: March 20, 2020

Dear Zealand Students,

We are now close to finishing the first week with no on-site teaching at Zealand – we had a short deadline to prepare ourselves for this but luckily, the experience has been beyond expectations.

And, even though we have had challenges, all Zealand programmes report that: IT IS RUNNING, TEACHING IS ON AND YOU, STUDENTS, ARE ONLINE WITH US
- International coordinators and internship coordinators are in contact with all of our students abroad
- Our IT-department reports record high figures in the use of zoom etc.
- We are planning and organising the coming exams in case we need to run the exams differently or online
- Everybody is doing their absolute best

Continue the good job and keep on supporting each other – this is extremely important during the next couple of weeks.

We do not know for how long this lock down will last, and I sympathise with that this was not, what you as student expected. What is important is that we are all contributing to keeping the virus from spreading while you receive teaching and guidance.

We will of course orientate you when we know more about the lock down and its possible effect on your semester. Follow the teaching, use the guidance and keep updated regarding new initiatives through relevant platforms and media.

Have a good weekend,

Best Regards,
Ulla Skaarup, Rector


Update: March 13, 2020

Ministry of Higher Education and Science have gathered some common questions and answers about lessons, exams and internships, as a result of the Government’s decision to send all students and employees at the country’s higher education institutions home because of COVID-19 developments.

Read more here

If you have questions about what or if the lockdown will impact your SU, you can learn more here.


Update: March 13, 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated their travel guidelines and now advises against all unnecessary travel to all countries and advise everyone to travel home to Denmark.

We therefore strongly advise you to return back to Denmark as soon as possible.

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact internship coordinator Anne-Kathrine Skadhauge at ansk@zealand.dk /+45 50 76 26 28.
You can also contact Zealand’s corona mail corona@zealand.dk or The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ global control center at bbb@um.dk / +45 33 92 11 12.

We know it is a difficult situation you are in, but we will do our best to help you with guidance and answers to your questions.

To our international students on exchange outside Denmark:
ZEALAND now recommend our exchange students abroad to come home (and you must define yourself where home is!)
You have 3 options:

1: You stay where you are. We do not recommend this – but the decision is yours. In case you stay it will be at your own decision and risk. Please also consult with your family back home on this decision!

2: Your return to Denmark asap. You will have to anticipate a longer travel time to get back to Denmark but you will of course be allowed to enter to Denmark. Keep all receipts for plane tickets etc. Try to have as much refunded before you leave (e.g. prepaid accommodation etc). For a force majeure in case you / we need to be able to document costs and expenses.

3: You return to the place/country you define as home. (same comments as above to point 2 about exceptional costs)

We are not able to make the decision on your behalf however our recommendation now is to come back to Denmark. Since the situation develops daily you are recommended to follow any news or updates here: https://politi.dk/en/corona-virus-covid-19-in-denmark

Please inform us your decision and connect with me or your International Mobility Ambassador:
· Students at Zealand Roskilde:

Ditte Marie Arbjerg: diar@zealand.dk; +45 5076 2673
· Students at Zealand Køge:
Anne-Kathrine Skadhauge:ansk@zealand.dk; +45 5076 2628

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Update: March 12, 2020

The Danish Prime minister urgently announced that Denmark will lock down from now and no later than Friday, March 13. Initially all public institutions, including Universities and thus ZEALAND, will close for the next 2 weeks. Initially the lock down will be effective until March 27. However, the lock down may be extended even further. Already now we are taking measures to deliver lectures and teaching online. We urge you to orientate yourself online and follow instructions posted on moodle.

Why a lock down?
It is important to avoid panic. The corona virus, COVID-19, has NOT become more serious. The reason for lock down at this point, is a dramatic increase in the number of persons effected by COVID-19 in Denmark. The lock down is created to ensure that the Danish healthcare system can maintain control and capacity to take care of the infected and weak in our society.

How does it affect you?
You should stay at your home here in Denmark. If you need to go out then avoid larger groups. Keep a distance to other people.
It is important that you follow the news and updates on the situation from the authorities here: https://politi.dk/en/corona-virus-covid-19-in-denmark and on: https://www.zealand.dk/corona/

Health authorities and hospitals are working and in case you fall ill you should contact them asap (by telephone). Supermarkets are also open and you don’t need to fear a shortage of goods available.

We strongly recommend that you connect with your family back home. If you should decide to go back home then you must observe any travel restrictions imposed on Denmark. Already now we can see that selected countries impose restriction on travellers from Denmark. You should also prepare yourself that you might need to go through 14 days home/self-quarantine.

In case you decide to go back home please inform us via your point of contact at your department:

POINT OF CONTACT
· Students at Zealand Roskilde:
Ditte Marie Arbjerg: diar@zealand.dk; +45 5076 2673

· Students at Zealand Næstved:
Helene Johansen: hejo@zealand.dk; +45 3026 0845

· Students at Zealand Køge:
Anne-Kathrine Skadhauge: ansk@zealand.dk ; +45 5076 2628

Further information

  • Teaching and work continues from home. Please orientate yourself at Moodle regarding teaching. All employees at Zealand will work from home in order to support teaching and coming exams.
  • We will update Zealand.dk and Moodle continuously.
  • If you are unable to participate in distance learning, no matter the cause, you must report this to you teacher.
  • If you have questions regarding Zealand’s handling of the corona virus you can contact corona@zealand.dk.
  • Are you student and have trouble getting access to Zealand’s online platforms you must contact helpdesk@zealand.dk There will be no on-site IT support.

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