Academy of Technologies and Business

Coronavirus: Information about Lockdown and Online Exams

Update: June 26, 2020

All of our programmes will open up again after the summer holidays

In August, we will reopen all our programmes at Zealand. This means that you, as student, can show up at one of five locations.

You are allowed to gather with you classmates, but you must avoid mixing with the other classes, one of the reasons for these restrictions is that tracing theinfectious disease can be limited to one class.

On common areas – such as the cafeteria etc. – you must try to eat in small groups and keep a distance of one meter to other students.

We will make sure that signposting, hand sanitizer and other information about guidelines are visible and available when you start again.

These guidelines may be changed during the summer, but we expect that above-mentioned will apply for the autumn teaching.

We wish you all a good summer vacation – and we look forward to see you again after the holidays.

Best Regards,

Zealand


Update: June 8, 2020
Addendum: June 11, 2020

Are you planning a summer vacation abroad? Please make sure you’re back 14 days before you go back to your studies.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Danish Foreign Ministry have advised against any unnecessary travel until August 31st, 2020. This includes travel to any place in the world except Iceland, Norway, and Germany.

If you decide to travel abroad anyway, you should remain quarantined for 14 days upon your return to Denmark. That also applies if you travel to cities with more than 750,000 inhabitants in Iceland, Norway, and Germany.

This means, that you are not allowed on campus until 14 days after your return from vacation abroad (except Iceland, Norway, and Germany). Plan to return from your holidays 14 days before starting your studies.


Update: May 25, 2020

Dear Zealand students,

On Wednesday last week, the government parties of Denmark agreed to open the country further. As part of the agreement, certain types of educations and exams can now be conducted in a physical space.

At Zealand, however, we agree with our Minister that it would create more confusion than good if we were to change our plans for the currently scheduled lessons and exams this close to the end of the semester.

For that reason, we are sticking to our plan that all lessons and exams are carried out digitally for the rest of the semester. The only exceptions are programmes where access to laboratories or workshops are required. You will be contacted directly if this applies to you. Every student will be notified of their exam dates via their Zealand email address.

As a side note, we applaud our Minister Ane-Halsboe Jørgensen for commending all you students for how you have handled this situation. When the agreement was presented on Wednesday, she said, “There will continue to be many students who will have to finish their semester at home, and to them I say: I am so absolutely impressed with how you have been able to adapt and continue to work hard, even if the course of your study suddenly changed dramatically in the span of a few days. You have shown a great sense of community, and you have shown the world that students in Denmark take responsibility not just for their own education but for society in general.”

Sincerely,
Ulla Skaarup
Rector


Update: May 19, 2020

Partial re-opening of Zealand: Which programmes can return to Zealand and which must remain closed?

The government’s agreement of a partial re-opening in phase 2 only applies to Zealand’s workshop- and laboratory-based programmes as well as some parts of our continuing educations. In other words; those programmes and courses, which require physical attendance in order to learn the course material.

The programmes, which can return to Zealand’s buildings are Laborant, Procesteknolog, Jordbrugsteknolog, Produktionsteknolog, El-Installatør, VVS-Installatør, Bygningskonstruktør and Datamatiker (Computer Science) as well as few courses at continuing education. Students at courses with physical attendance will be contacted directly by the head of studies. The physical re-opening will be carried out in accordance to the guidelines defined by the Danish Health Authority.

All other programmes must continue with digital teaching probably until the summer holidays. This also means that exams will be digital as well. In this way Zealand’s students and the other business academies will contribute to limit the reproduction rate of the virus in Denmark.

The Danish government has announced that if the reproduction rate of the virus stays at a tolerable level they expect that all institutions of further education can open physically after the summer holidays. There is still no clarification as regards to opening of the Danish borders.

We know that you can get tired or frustrated about studying from your home, and we know that a lot of our students feel insecure when it comes to having digital exams. We are constantly discussing possible solutions and working on ideas on how to ease the situation. Please contact your teacher or call/write your student counsellor (phone: +45 5076 2680 or e-mail: studievejledning@zealand.dk) if you need to talk to someone.

Update: May 18, 2020

Regarding reopening of the Danish borders

Due to uncertainty regarding reopening of the Danish borders, following conditions apply for admission of international students September 2020: 

  • Zealand expects physical reopening of the institution after the summer holidays which means that all international programs will have normal teaching. Here applies standard terms of payment for NON EU students.
  • If the Danish authorities do not allow entry of international students as of 1 September 2020, Zealand will carry out teaching digitally. We have gained lots of experience with digital teaching during the physical lockdown of Zealand this spring.
  • If the Danish authorities only allows entry for some groups of international students as of 1 September 2020, and therefore maybe not all of our international students, Zealand will carry out teaching both digitally and physically for the affected programs.
  • If the Danish authorities does allow entry for Zealand’s international students as of 15 October 2020 – and there is no clarification of when the students can enter Denmark – following applies:
    • NON EU students, whom cannot enter Denmark, will be reimbursed of the semester fee (minus administrative fee) or they will get assurance of a student place at next study start.
    • EU students whom cannot enter Denmark will get assurance of a student place at next study start.
    • NB! In both cases Zealand does not reimburse other expenses connected to study start, such as books, IT equipment etc.

Update: May 8, 2020

Restricted re-opening of Zealand

The Danish Prime Minister has now announced phase 2 of the re-opening of Denmark. For us, and other institutions of further education, this means that programmes with “teaching and exams which requires

physical presence” can access Zealand buildings – provided that the health related steps are followed. Zealand has prioritised the programmes, which needs access to workshops and laboratories in order to finish the exams within the semester.

This gradual opening of Zealand is therefore very limited and those students who are not enrolled at the prioritised programmes must still study from home.

In other words:

Zealand as institution is still closed

  • Students at non-workshop-based programmes must finish the semester with digital exams
  • Students enrolled at programmes which require workshop- or laboratory access will be able to complete the activities physically at Zealand
  • Students and employees to whom this concern will be contacted directly by their Head of Studies

Best regards
Ulla Skaarup, Rector

Until the Danish government and authorities tell us to do otherwise we will continue our digital teaching and feedback. We are happy to see that you are all participating your studies, as we are well aware that it can be tiring and a little lonely when most of your contact with classmates and teachers is through a screen. If you have trouble with following courses online, if you feel lonely in your student life, or if you are worried about your exams, then you are more than welcome to contact your student counsellor or teacher.

Our goal is still that all your exams will be held this semester in order for you to finish your education or be able to continue to next semester after the summer holidays.

We are working on a plan on how to open Zealand up again – but how and when it will happen depends on the recommendations from the Danish government and authorities. We will inform you on Moodle when we know more.

Best Regards,
Ulla Skaarup, Rector

Update: April 7, 2020

The physical lock down of Zealand continues due to the Corona virus. The government has decided to continue the lock down until May 10. The digital teaching continues. We still expect to complete the exams this semester. Please consult Moodle for updates.

Update: April 3, 2020

Happy Easter
– We will continue online after Easter

We are all about to go on Easter break and before we all start the holidays we can announce that we will not open up our buildings on 14 April 2020.

We will continue teaching from home after Easter and we expect that Zealand will be closed down for at least 14 days after Easter.

All activities (teaching and exams) will, until you hear differently, be held online and our focus is to secure that all students – also those currently in their home country – are able to follow teaching and able to finish their exams within the end of this semester

We follow the directions and guidelines given by the Danish authorities and we will inform you when we open our buildings up again and how we do it. Students will be informed when they can enter Zealand’s buildings again.

Remember that if you have questions related to COVID-19 you can address them at corona@zealand.dk.

We will provide you with information on Moodle and Zealand.com continuously.

Best regards,
Ulla Skaarup, Rector

Update: March 31, 2020

Information regarding exams at Zealand

Dear Student at Zealand.

Zealand is still closed down, and all your teaching is now online via Moodle and Zoom. If the lock down continues after Easter, your exams will be held as online exams or postponed to later in the semester.

We are trying to organize your exams so that you can finish your semester.

  • Most exams will be held on the same date and time as originally planned
  • For those exams which have already been postponed – a new exam date will be announced very soon
  • Oral exams are held digitally – via Zoom – se guidelines here
  • Written exams are held digitally – via Wiseflow
  • Practical exams, which for example requires laboratory equipment, will postponed to the end of the semester
  • Written sit-in exams will be postposed, if they cannot be held with digital invigilation – to the end of the semester

We follow the government’s guidelines continuously and will inform you about the specific exams.

Please remember to orientate yourself at Moodle.

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.

Due to uncertainty regarding reopening of the Danish borders, following conditions apply for admission of international students September 2020:

 

  • Zealand expects physical reopening of the institution after the summer holidays which means that all international programs will have normal teaching. Here applies standard terms of payment for NON EU students.
  • If the Danish authorities do not allow entry of international students as of 1 September 2020, Zealand will carry out teaching digitally. We have gained lots of experience with digital teaching during the physical lockdown of Zealand this spring.
  • If the Danish authorities only allows entry for some groups of international students as of 1 September 2020, and therefore maybe not all of our international students, Zealand will carry out teaching both digitally and physically for the affected programs.
  • If the Danish authorities does allow entry for Zealand’s international students as of 15 October 2020 – and there is no clarification of when the students can enter Denmark – following applies:

o    NON EU students, who cannot enter Denmark, will be reimbursed of the semester fee (minus administrative fee) or they will get assurance of a student place at next study start.

o    EU students who cannot enter Denmark will get assurance of a student place at next study start.

o    NB! In both cases Zealand does not reimburse other expenses connected to study start, such as books, IT equipment etc.

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