During the press conference on Tuesday, April 20, we were finally told that there are possibilities for relaxing the rules for higher education. You can read what this means for THUAS in this update:

In-person education: one day a week 

As of 26 April it will be possible for students to come to The Hague University of Applied Sciences one day a week for in-person education. This is in line with previous announcements and in addition to the existing exception for exams and practical education by which students have been allowed for some time to come to the campus. 
The content of this in-person education will vary by programme. Examples may include coaching, study guidance, or group assignments. All programmes are preparing for the relaxation within their own constraints. For each course, the teams will examine how the online programme is currently structured and what (additional) activities could be organised on location. Here we try to connect as much as possible to the need to be at school again. Students will be informed by their own programme as to when, on what day and for what activity they can come to campus. Our intention is to welcome all students back to campus as soon as possible after April 26.  

Self-tests: when will they be available? 

As you will have read in the update of Wednesday 14 April, there is a lot of (erroneous) media coverage that self-testing is becoming conditional on being allowed to attend in-person education. This is not correct, the introduction of self-testing in higher education is not linked to the expansion of opportunities for in-person education. The government is ensuring that self-testing will be available soon. As soon as more information is available about the ordering process through SURF, you will be informed about this through a message on the intranet.  
Students and employees do not need to show a test result to gain access to the campus. However, we strongly request you to take responsibility for this. Prior to a contact moment at THUAS, carry out a self-test and act on the results of this test. 
The same rules of conduct will continue to apply at THUAS, we are all now familiar with and we request you to respect them and to remind each other where necessary:  
  • keep one and a half meters distance from each other
  • wash and disinfect your hands
  • sneeze or cough into your elbow
  • wear a mouth mask when moving around within the college (or when standing still in an area where many other people are moving)
  • follow walking routes and directions
  • If you show symptoms that may indicate Corona, stay home. 
With that said, the guiding principle remains: study and work from home as much as possible. For students, this means that if you are not scheduled for in-person education or testing and you do not have a reservation for a self-study place, you should stay home to study. For employees, if you are not scheduled for work on campus, you work from home. This is the only way we can prevent the number of contaminations from increasing again. We are doing it together! 

Curfew is lifted  

The curfew will expire on 28 April. As of this date, study places in the library can again be reserved until 10:30 p.m. and you may be out on the streets again after 10 p.m. 
On behalf of the Crisis Management Team 
Hans Camps, Rajash Rawal