Update on coronavirus – BUas’ perspective

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter. Furthermore, it will give you answers to several frequently asked questions.

BUas follows the general guidelines of the RIVM, and has taken many precautions and prevention measures.

Our main guiding principles are: 1. Taking care of the health and safety of our students, staff and guests. 2. Education continues online, as much and as long as that is reasonably possible.

News updates

6 July: Outlook on BUas’s practical situation for the upcoming start of the academic year 2020/2021

BUas continues its positive operations in online learning and examination, and is finalising the academic year with graduation sessions and ceremonies. Today’s update is a BUas information special with an outlook on BUas’s practical situation for the upcoming start of the academic year 2020/2021. 

BUas staff and students have been able to cope with the difficult corona circumstances and have been working and studying online which includes performing online exams. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5-metre guideline give some room to manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence in the new academic year. We miss each other. Fortunately we have been able to organise the graduation drive-thru ceremonies, and we can facilitate BUas colleagues meeting each other in these final weeks.

Additional corona measures in The Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 24 June the Dutch government communicated that several restrictions will be reduced or lifted starting from 1 July. The main guideline is keeping the 1.5 metre social distance, both inside and outside. Inside, a maximum of 100 people may gather. Higher numbers are only possible with reservations and a health checks. Outside, a maximum of 250 people may gather, and beyond that number only using reservations, with assigned seats. In public transport (train, bus, taxi) wearing a facemask is compulsory. 

Not new, but still effective, is the guideline that as of 15 June higher education is allowed to offer education in school buildings, all while taking the 1.5-metre social distancing restrictions into account. The official guideline remains that people should work from home and travel outside of rush hour as much as possible. Students are allowed to travel but are requested to do so within certain timeslots.

As of 15 June holidays in and travelling to many popular European countries will be allowed, but only to countries having a ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ status. Holidays to other countries in Europe and holiday trips outside of Europe will not be allowed, unless strictly necessary. Please check the websites of the Dutch government, RIVM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the specific details.

BUas practical perspective on start of academic year 2020/2021

In this info special we give you information about the start of the upcoming academic year 2020/2021. The new academic year starts on 31 August, with similar challenges as at the end of the  current academic year. Together we will find a good balance between possibilities and restrictions, and make it work. Education will be organised as a mix of online learning and on-campus learning. For the time being we will have to deal with a maximum campus capacity of 1.884 people at the same time. This means that we will have to intelligently allocate the campus capacity to people and activities. We expect this way of working to last until at least 1 November 2020. In this period of time we will relatively prioritise campus access for first year students as opposed to other students.

For students
BUas has entered negotiations with the regional public transport companies and other educational institutes. The Safety Region (Veiligheidsregio) has strongly advised to organise (public) student transportation in shifts, to prevent high concentrations of people. For BUas students this means that their on-campus lessons will be planned in shifts: 

  • Monday through Thursday:
    Morning: Shift 1: 09.30 to 14.30 hrs.  Shift 2: 10:00 to 15:00 hrs.
    Afternoon: Shift 3: 15:00 to 19:00 hrs.  Shift 4: 15:30 to 19:30 hrs.
  • Friday:
    Shift 1: 09:30 to 16:30 hrs.  Shift 2: 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Within the allocated shift-timeframe you may also work in the Library, while keeping 1.5 metre social distance, as much as the available library working space allows this.

After the end of your shift, within half an hour after your last scheduled lesson, please leave the campus to make space for following shifts of students.

If you are in shift 3 or 4, after the end of your shift, some on-campus activity may be possible (events, as mentioned hereafter), or studying in the Library as mentioned.

For staff
Campus access has been arranged for lecturers and education support staff who have been scheduled for on-campus education. This has been taken into account when planning the maximum number of people per academy and per building.

For general support staff (BUas academies and services) a maximum per academy or department has been set, to be managed by academy directors and heads of departments. The general advice remains to work from home as much as possible.

BUas is equipping 18 classrooms with the option to stream your lectures or lessons in order to support smooth online learning, which will still be based on the use of MS Teams. Operating the online streaming facilities will be user friendly. A training session will be organised in week 35.

General, evenings, events
If not travelling by public transport, we encourage students and staff to come by bicycle, but we do expect a slight increase of people coming by car. Of course we have a limited number of parking spaces. We will closely monitor the need for parking space and establish a park and walk from a nearby parking area if necessary.

In the evening (Monday through Thursday) we have allocated time for activities from 19:00 to 22:00 hrs. We will use these timeslots for graduation ceremonies, propaedeutic ceremonies and for several community activities such as BUas Clubs, BUas HUB, BEST training, Bress sports etc. Currently stock is taken of needs and requirements of the respective organisers. More information will be available at the beginning of the academic year. 

Practical information about opening hours and catering

In week 36 (starting Monday 31 August) the first year student introductions will take place. Some classes and exams are scheduled in this week as well. Staff may only work on campus within the set limitations per academy and department, with no limitations in working hours. All buildings will be open from Monday to Friday (07.45-22.00 hrs). On campus Servicedesk and Reception will be open from Monday to Friday (08.00-18.00 hrs). Meeting rooms can be booked in the usual way. The Library will be closed. Catering will only be available in the Frontier building.
     
In week 37 (starting Monday 7 September) the academic year starts, the first week of education and regular classes. Students will only come to the campus during the day when they have classes scheduled (check your schedule). Staff may only work on campus within the set limitations per academy and department, with no limitations in working hours. All buildings will be open from Monday to Thursday (07.45-22.00 hrs) and Friday (07.45-18.00 hrs). On campus Servicedesk and Reception will be open from Monday to Friday (08.00-19.00 hrs). Meeting rooms can be booked in the usual way. The Library will be open to students within their shift-timeslot and additionally from 19.00-22.00 hrs. 
Catering Frontier will be open until 20.00 hrs, and if required a catering outlet will be set up during lunch at the Innovation Square. Hot meals will be available.
Catering Horizon will be open until 19.00 hrs, and if required a catering outlet will be set up in the small atrium. Hot meals will be available.
Catering Ocean sportsbar will be open for grab&go catering until 11.30-13.30 hrs.

For practical information regarding opening hours during the summer holidays (weeks 30-34) and week 35, please check the BUas portal or the BUas Corona FAQ.

Placements, exchanges and minors abroad

In order to start your non-EU or EU-placement/exchange or minor abroad, the following strict conditions need to be met:
Travel advice for your destination should be coloured ‘green’ or ‘yellow’, no existing incoming travel ban for your destination and all learning objectives can be met during the period abroad.

Our best and warm regards

Thanks again for persevering these past few months in such a brave and intensive manner. We managed this together. We all wish you a great summer holiday. Relax, rest and enjoy it with your loved ones! We hope to see you again, safe and healthy, in the new academic year!

Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas corona virus core team
 

11 June: BUas perspective on academic year 2020/2021 

BUas staff and students have been able to positively cope with the difficult corona circumstances, and have been working and studying online including performing online exams. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5-metre guideline give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of the current academic year. Still, we are organising as many on-campus activities as reasonably possible, carefully balancing health and safety requirements. We will host final exam sessions (defence presentations), practical examinations, ‘Graduation Drive Thru’ degree ceremonies, and allow a very limited number of staff per academy and per service on campus. In the previous corona update we elaborated on the practical on-campus guidelines.

BUas perspective on academic year 2020/2021

In this info special we give you some insights into the upcoming academic year 2020/2021, in terms of education, travelling and placements. This information is mainly a rather broad outlook. Obviously, it is based on the currently known situation, and our best guess in forecasting the developments concerning the COVID-19 virus with input from BUas staff and students. If any new developments arise, this may of course change our outlook.

2020/2021 outlook on education 

For new and existing students it is important to understand our basic point of view:

  • In principle, BUas education takes place on the campus in Breda.
  • Education will normally be a mixture of on-campus education and of digital education, more than in the recent past. However, education during an academic year will never be exclusively digital.
  • BUas has made major steps in digital education this year. Nevertheless, we feel we have a lot to learn and develop on our way to a thoroughly secured way of sustainable blended learning. Our learning curve is promising and in the coming months and years we are highly motivated to work with hybrid forms of education to an increasing extent. 
  • In the longer term, BUas may even be offering students the option of choosing either a hybrid programme or a digital-only variant for certain degree programmes. We will have to explore these possibilities at a later stage.

In the current and still continuing corona situation we are working with some additional guidelines:

  • At least until 1 November 2020, BUas will also offer digital variants of its existing educational programmes, in addition to the blended form (combination of digital and on-campus education). In practice, this will entail  that a number of lectures will be streamed or recorded. Required assignments may be changed into alternative assignments, and other forms of customisation may take place, to enable continuation of education. This may differ per degree programme or group. BUas educational and ICT  support is currently working on tooling and infrastructure of tools to facilitate this.
  • This additional digital support may be extended by BUas, due to government measures or other developments. Extensions until 1 February 2021 (end of first semester) and  even until 1 August 2021 (end of second semester and academic year) may be applicable. Thinking in scenarios with these time frames helps BUas staff and students to better anticipate and provide clarity in time.

What does this mean for current and new students wanting to study at BUas?

  • You should take into account, at least at some point in time during the upcoming academic year, that crucial activities will take place on campus for which there is no longer a (fully-fledged) digital alternative.
  • In this transition year 2020/2021 BUas will offer a relatively large portion of its education digitally, but if you as a student choose to only follow digital distance education, study delays cannot  be prevented. In that case, compensation by means of lower tuition fees will not be applicable.
  • In the academic year 2020/2021, the BUas campus will have capacity limitations due to government measures. We now expect that about 25% of the capacity may be used. BUas will prioritise allowing first-year students relatively more often on-campus presence than older-year students, also depending on the degree programme attended. At all times, a clear integrated timetable will clarify what will take place on campus or digitally. This applies to both lectures and to assessment of education. If we have the opportunity to expand due to lighter measures, we will of course allow students on campus more often.

All of this will not happen automatically, as we depend on the options allowed from a government perspective. At the same time, we feel it is crucial that we keep taking our responsibility for the health and security of our students, staff and guests. Moreover, our challenge is to organise everything in an appropriate and feasible way, for students, teaching staff as well as for support staff. We ask for and count on your understanding of these challenges.

2020/2021 outlook on placements, exchanges and study trips

We are currently facing uncertainty regarding placements, exchanges and study trips. Our policy is to continue such activities as much as possible, maybe at a later stage in the programme, or to find appropriate alternatives. For the short term, please read the specific guidelines further on in this information special.

Travelling for study trips (as from September 2020)

In the light of the latest trends and worldwide developments concerning the COVID-19 virus, and the policies of the Dutch government, BUas has determined the following policy on travelling for business and study trips.

  • Do not travel unless strictly necessary, and if you do, only with explicit permission of your academy director;
  • If you travel, please arrange booking of travel and accommodation in such a way that cancellation is possible, in the event that any changes (travel advice, local situation, etc.) require so; 
  • Travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the destination concerned should be coloured green or yellow. What’s more, there must be no existing travel ban for incoming mobility set by the receiving government.

Placements abroad starting September 2020

Based on the latest trends and worldwide developments concerning the COVID-19 virus, BUas has decided to follow the best scenario concerning all BUas placements starting in September 2020.

In line with our general guidelines about placements, the following requirements need to be met anyhow in order to start with a placement abroad:

  • Travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the destination concerned should be coloured green or yellow. What’s more, there must be no existing travel ban for incoming mobility set by the receiving government;
  • All learning objectives/placement competencies can be met during the placement period.

In addition,  students need to be informed and need to inform themselves about the healthcare situation at destinations, insurance matters, financial implications if return is required, visa applications, and the options in case of emergency.

The new BUas guidelines, given the current corona situation, are based on (1) a clear deadline of 1 July for non-EU placements and (2) students preparing a Plan-B. 
We will wait with cancelling non-EU placement opportunities and check if the travel advice of  the Dutch Ministry changes into green/yellow before 1 July  2020.

Students, in the meantime, are asked to already think about their Plan-B options, which could be: 

  • Option 1a: Student decides to search for a new placement in the Netherlands;
  • Option 1b: Student decides to work online from the Netherlands/home country for their non-EU placement provider. This option is only possible in consultation with your academy;
  • Option 2: Student decides to look for a new placement within the EU.

For more information, please contact your placement office.

Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team

 

5 June: BUas continues its positive operations in online learning and examination. 

Today’s update is a BUas information special on the BUas campus situation starting 15 June 2020 in ‘1.5-metre modus’ with limited capacity. 

BUas update (5 June)
BUas staff and students have been able to positively cope with the difficult corona circumstances, and have been working and studying online including performing online exams. BUas has planned  the rest of this academic year, and is planning the start of the next academic year.
Next week, two other corona info specials will follow: ‘Results and follow-up of the staff survey’ (for staff) and ‘Outlook on academic year 2020/2021 (including business travels)’.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)
In addition to previously communicated guidelines, on 3 June the Dutch government mainly  communicated news about travelling options and the holiday season. The key message is: Holidays in the Netherlands will be allowed. As of 15 June holidays in and travelling to many popular European countries will be allowed, but only to countries having a ‘yellow’ status. Holidays in Europe and holiday trips outside of Europe will not be allowed, unless strictly necessary. Please check the websites of the Dutch government, RIVM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the specific details.

Not new, but still effective, is the guideline that as of 15 June higher education is allowed to carefully offer limited possibilities for exams and practical education in their school buildings, all within the 1.5-metre social distancing restrictions, and within limited slots. The official guideline remains that people should work from home as much as possible, and that people should only travel by public transport if strictly necessary. Travelling by public transport will require extra conditions such as wearing a face mask.

BUas will prolong most measures until the end of this academic year (BUas perspective)
BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5-metre guideline give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year. In the Breda region BUas is coordinating options with the relevant ‘safety region’   (Veiligheidsregio), resulting in the ability to use 20 to 25% of the total building capacity on our campus.

The BUas motto is: “Use as much campus space as reasonably possible, but in good balance with taking responsibility for the health and safety of our students, staff and guests.”

For students we will allow and organise final exam sessions (defense presentations), practical examinations, and ‘Graduation Drive Thru’ degree ceremonies. Education first. This will also require some BUas teaching staff and support staff to be physically present on campus. Within strict boundaries, we will allow a limited number of staff per academy and per department on campus. We will also be organising small-scale end-of-academic year meetings for BUas staff.

All this means that we will have more people and traffic on campus as of 15 June, with the restrictions of the current guidelines still in force. This will require some very specific and practical 
on-campus guidelines in terms of traffic, behaviour and interaction, of course only in the exceptional case that you will have to be on the BUas campus.

Basic guidelines and practical information on campus (as of 15 June)

  • Follow the Dutch Government COVID-19 guidelines: 1.5-metre social distancing, sneeze in your elbow, wash your hands often. Stay home if you feel ill and/or have a fever.
  • For access to BUas buildings, you will need your student or employee card. If your card has not been activated yet, please go to the Service Desk.
  • Routing in the building has been indicated by signage, stickers, waiting lines, etc. Please follow the instructions.
  • After finishing your necessary activity on campus, please do not linger, and return home.
  • Studying or doing group work on campus (alone or in groups) is not allowed, which includes the BUas Library. Exceptions are made for only a limited number of students under specific personal circumstances, and only if approved by a student counsellor. 
  • Library services are available until the summer holiday as previously communicated.
  • You can open windows as much as you want, and we would advise you to do so. Please be informed that our ventilation system does not recirculate air; only fresh air is used. The installations have been set to provide the maximum level of fresh air.
  • Cleaning is intensified, cleaning materials are available at all workplaces and in classrooms, and hand disinfectants are available throughout the campus buildings.
  • The catering outlet in the Frontier Building offers grab&go packed lunches. Opening hours are from 11.30 to 13.30 hrs.
  • We kindly request you to commute by bike, public transport or on foot. We do understand though that you might decide to travel by car if you have any concerns. Barriers open when you pull up to the entrance gates. The new parking policy is not effective yet. This goes both for staff and students.
  • A maximum number of workplaces per academy and staff department has been set which may be used by staff members. Your academy director or head of services is responsible for managing and allocating the available workplaces. Please work in your usual area. The workplaces which you are allowed to work at have a screen. The ones that you are not allowed to work at have a sticker. Rooms can be reserved in the usual way via Mapiq or MS Outlook.

Face masks only compulsory on public transport, not on campus. BUas facemask?
Wearing a face mask on campus is not necessary or compulsory although you are allowed to wear one if you want. 
As a gesture, to reach out to our students and staff, and support you on safe and healthy public transport, we are offering you a ‘BUas designer’ face mask. It is reusable, washable and certified (not medical). If you would like to have one, you can pick it up for free at the Service Desk in the Horizon Building. Availability (one per person) is expected from 15 June. They will also be available for students and staff coming to the campus in the new academic year.

BUas Library material returns
Do you have a library book or journal at home? Fortunately, you do not need to worry about the return date this summer. All borrowed library materials have been allocated a new extended lending period: until 7 September 2020. It will not be necessary for you to return the book or journal before this date, nor will any fines be given for exceeding the original lending period. After 7 September, the normal lending periods will apply again. If you are unable to return library materials, please contact the BUas Library via Library@buas.nl.   
Graduating students have the following options for returning their library materials: your first option is to return materials at the janitor’s, office (Horizon Building) from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on weekdays. Another option would be to take the materials along to your thesis defense session and put them in the book box at the secretarial office of your academy. A third option would be to take the materials to your degree ceremony, and drop the materials in a book box and plastic bag at the registration point.  For more information, please check https://www.buas.nl/library/news-overview.

Stay in touch and persevere
If you as a student have to be on the campus the coming weeks and are allowed to, for instance because of your degree ceremony, you will be informed personally. We wish you good luck with finishing your BUas degree programme! If you as a staff member have to be on the campus in the coming weeks, enjoy working in another environment than your home! 

This pandemic has great impact on all our lives worldwide. We understand that the above guidelines are far from ideal, but we can happily take some first steps to use the given opportunities and space. Obviously, we miss each other, but we will have to move step by step. 

Following the Government guidelines and BUas guidelines on campus keeps all of us as safe as possible. We’d better be safe than sorry. So, do not hesitate to ask for help if you might run into difficulties. Ask your peers, coach, student counsellor, colleague or manager. Please hang in there, stay in touch with each other and be there for one another!

Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team

20 May: BUas continues its positive operations in online learning and examination. BUas is preparing graduation sessions (oral defence presentations) and degree ceremonies on campus, and is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter.

BUas update (20 May)

BUas, staff and students have been able to positively cope with the difficult corona circumstances, and have been working and studying online including performing online exams. BUas is planning the rest of this academic year, and is preparing the start of the next academic year. The measures of the Dutch government taking effect as communicated on 19 May give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence in the short term.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 19 May the Dutch government communicated further step-by-step easing of the corona measures, if the healthcare situation in the Netherlands stays under control. Below you’ll find an update of some of these measures. Please check the regular government and RIVM websites for the specific measures.

With effect from 1 June: Travellers by train, bus and tram will be required to wear face masks. People may meet others outside, keeping 1.5 metre social distance. Secondary schools will reopen. Museums, concert halls and theatres will be allowed to reopen (pre-paid tickets only), with restrictions (in concert halls and theatres: 30 persons maximum, on reservation only).

Restaurants and cafés may open on 1 June, based on a reservation, with a maximum of 30 people, with broader possibilities in outdoor seating areas. People will be asked if they have corona-related complaints.

With effect from 15 June: Higher education may carefully offer limited possibilities for exams and practical education in their schoolbuildings, all within the 1.5 metre social distancing restrictions,  and within limited time slots. The official guideline remains that people should work from home as much as possible, and that people should only travel by public transport if strictly necessary. Travelling by public transport requires extra conditions such as wearing a face mask. For students, these travel restrictions also involve strict travelling times: no travelling before 11.00 hrs and not between 15.00 and 20.00 hrs on weekdays.

BUas will prolong most measures until the end of the academic year (BUas perspective)

BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5 metre guideline give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year.

At the moment BUas is also required to take the corona guidelines of the ‘safety region organisation’ (Veiligheidsregio) into account, which means that we can only use 20 to 25% of the total campus building capacity. The limited room which we are allowed, will be used for graduation sessions (defence presentations), for practical examinations (for our Hotel Management and Media domains) and for a strictly limited number of students who are allowed at the campus because of urgent and significant personal circumstances.

The impact of this situation for BUas for the rest of this academic year is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year. Online examination, partly supported by online proctoring, will continue. This is extremely important to prevent study delays, and to offer both international students (abroad) and national students the opportunity to perform their exams, and do that based on comparable circumstances. BUas has looked into the schedule, and is confident that we almost entirely can manage the examinations planning as usual, and publish the schedule well in time, which is important for both students and BUas.
  • BUas will facilitate graduation sessions (defence presentations) on campus. BUas is preparing these graduation sessions on campus according to a strict time schedule, with a restricted number of participants. If a student or an examination executive is unable to join or does not want to join these sessions on campus, for example if the student is abroad (at home) or because of health risks, the option is to perform the graduation session online. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
  • BUas will organise practical examinations, which are applicable for our Hotel Management and Media domains.
  • Additionally, BUas will organise graduation ceremonies (degree ceremonies) in the form of a drive-through parade along the campus. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
  • Because of the limited campus capacity, and the travelling restrictions for students, and the aforementioned priorities, we can only organise this based on strict time slots and a flexible mindset of students and staff.

Further optimised and secured online proctoring approach

BUas has further optimised the course of action on online proctoring, specifically from a privacy point of view.

To establish the student’s identity beforehand, when showing the ID, the invigilator only needs to see the full name and photo to be able to check whether it is a legal document. Students are strongly advised to cover their social security number, place of issue, nationality and document number.

Proctoring recordings where no fraud has been established, will be deleted within a maximum of 2 business days after they are received and analysed. The identification photo of a student will be deleted simultaneously with the recording of the exam.

Please check the complete course of action on online proctoring in the attachment

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BUas is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’

The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:

  • In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. BUas staff has been requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation. We are in the course of organising alternative introduction events for new students and an alternative academic year opening.
  • In line with the call of prime minister Mark Rutte for input from young people, BUas wants to get into contact with BUas students and discuss about the 1.5 metre society. What ideas and potential solutions can you think of for the domain you are studying? What thoughts or proposals do you have for the group ‘students’ in general, from your personal perspective? If you want to contribute to this discussion, please mail to corona@buas.nl, mentioning your contact details and degree programme. Your BUas academy will contact you with further details.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website  https://hub.buas.nl/.

HUB radio runs radio shows every day. Listen to, for example, ‘Time Machine Monday’ (Monday at 12.00 hrs),  ‘Mixed Fruit’ (Wednesday at 10.00 hrs) or ‘Funky Fellas’ (Friday at 18.00 hrs).

The HUB also runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/listen. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

13 May: Successful BUas operations in online learning and examination. BUas is preparing graduation sessions and ceremonies on campus, and is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter.

  • BUas students are safely at home or working from their student rooms, and many of them have already successfully performed online exams
  • BUas staff are almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online.
  • BUas is planning the rest of this academic year, and is preparing the start of the next academic year.
  • The measures of the Dutch government taking effect on 6 May give very little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence in the short term.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 6 May the Dutch government communicated a step-by-step easing of the corona measures, if the healthcare situation in the Netherlands stays under control. Below you’ll find an update of most measures.

  • Step 1, with effect from 11 May: primary schools have (partly) reopened, and childcare centres have fully reopened. Libraries are allowed to reopen to the public. Hairdressers, beauticians and physiotherapists may resume work. Outdoor sporting is allowed, 1,5 metre away from other people.
  • Step 2, with effect from 1 June: travellers by train, bus and tram will be required to wear face masks. Secondary schools will reopen. Museums will be allowed to reopen (pre-paid tickets only), as will restaurants, cafés and theatres (30 persons maximum, on reservation only).
  • Step 3, with effect from 1 July: restaurants, cafés, theatres and concert halls will be allowed to reopen (100 persons maximum). Campsites and holiday parks will reopen.
  • Step 4, with effect from 1 September: sport centres and gyms will reopen. Indoor sports including contact sports will be allowed. Sport matches will be allowed, but without spectators in the stadiums.

BUas will prolong most measures until the end of the academic year (BUas perspective)

BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5 metre guideline give very little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year.

 
The impact of this situation for BUas for the rest of this academic year is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year.
  • We are very happy that we can facilitate ‘live’ graduation sessions (defence presentations)  on campus. BUas is preparing these graduation sessions on campus, according to a strict time schedule and with the restriction that, unfortunately, no additional family and friends will be allowed on campus. If a student or an examination executive is unable to join or does not want to join these sessions on campus, for example if the student is abroad (at home) or because of health risks, the option is to perform the graduation session online. You will receive more detailed  information via the academy-specific information channels. 
  • For the graduation ceremonies (degree ceremonies) we have found a live alternative, in the form of a drive-through parade along the campus. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.

Within the announced eased measures, we are exploring options to organise that BUas staff can meet each other on campus, in small groups, and say goodbye just before the summer holidays. More information will follow later.

BUas is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’
The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:

  • In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. This means that we will have to make choices about what we can facilitate on campus and what we will do online. The AFP (Accommodation, Facilities and Planning) service is taking the lead in preparing this together with academies and many other stakeholders, in cooperation with the BUas HR service.
  • BUas staff will be requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation by means of a survey, which will be sent next week.
  • In the coming 2 weeks BUas will decide about the first period after summer holidays in more detail and communicate these decisions. It goes without saying that new first-year students will have our highest priority at that stage, but massive introduction events will not be possible.

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are being taught online. Academies and their students have succesfully been performing online examinations. We are very happy that we have been able to facilitate many exams in the first weeks of May, which is a major contributory factor in avoiding unnecessary study delays as much as possible.
 
Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (StuComm) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here.

BUas Holiday planning

Library opening

BUas Library has received several requests of students wanting to study in the campus library, individually or in groups. Despite the new guideline for public libraries, which BUas is not, we can unfortunately not allow students on campus due to the corona guidelines for our campus. The previously communicated service to borrow books is still available. Please check the FAQ for more information.

Student wellbeing and study tips

Please remember that BUas offers you study tips to support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. In addition to these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support via the Mirro online self-help modules. If required, please contact your  student counselor for additional support. Please check out the 10 study tips (also in Dutch) and the Mirro self-help modules, available via the BUas student portal, through the BEST Training tile.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.


#stayintouchwithbuas

HUB radio runs radio shows every day. Listen to, for example, 'Time Machine Monday’ (Monday at 12.00 hrs),  ‘Mixed Fruit’ (Wednesday at 10.00 hrs) or ‘ Funky Fellas’ (Friday at 18.00 hrs). 
 
The HUB also runs The Isolation Show: every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, go to the HUB. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

22 April: BUas fully operational in online learning and online examination, anticipated until end of academic year, BUas prepares next academic year in ‘1,5m modus’

BUas students are safely at home or working from their student rooms. BUas staff are almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online. BUas has introduced online testing and examination and is preparing the next steps. BUas is anticipating a prolongation of the corona measures for higher education until the end of the academic year, based on the additional measures the Dutch government announced on Tuesday 21 April.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On Tuesday 21 April the Dutch government communicated a prolongation of most previously taken  corona measures and some easing of a few corona measures, all in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The Dutch government has announced the next crucial press conference for 11 May.

Some of the newly introduced or changed measures are:

Primary schools will be (partly) reopening, and childcare centres will be fully opening up,  starting 11 May. Secondary schools may begin making preparations to gradually reopen later. Children (up to 18 years) will be allowed to participate in organised sports activities starting 28 April. Municipalities will make agreements on this with local sports clubs. Official matches will not be allowed. Other sectors, such as restaurants and bars, will stay closed at least until 20 May. Events, including music events and professional football, will be prohibited until 1 September. No visits to nursing homes until further notice.

 

BUas anticipates prolongation of measures until end of academic year (BUas perspective)

BUas anticipates a prolongation of online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. If and when the corona measures for the higer education sector are mitigated by the government before that time, we shall decide which most urgent options of education may be offered on campus, all within the applicable corona guidelines. However, we are not expecting that much room for manoeuvre in this respect.

The impact of today’s situation for BUas is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year.
  • BUas is preparing alternative options for graduation sessions and for graduation ceremonies for the June/July timeframe.
  • All education related events for the rest of this academic year are or will be cancelled, unless offered online. 
  • All non-education related events until the summer holidays have already been cancelled, unless offered online.
  • All field trips until the end of the current academic year have already been cancelled.

BUas is preparing the next academic year in ‘1,5m modus’

In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1,5 meter social distance modus. The AFP (Accommodation, Facilities and Planning) service is taking the lead in preparing this together with academies and many other stakeholders, in cooperation with the BUas HR service.

In the weeks of 6 May and 11 May, draft policies will be determined, and BUas staff and students will be requested to contribute ideas and suggestions.

These new policies will also include alternative scenarios for the introduction events for new students.

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are now being taught online.

Academies have succesfully been performing online examinations. The pilot runs and initial online examinations have been performed with ‘Zoom’ tooling, but this platform will not be used for this purpose anymore. BUas is preparing to apply online invigilation, all within optimal conditions of data protection and privacy. We will communicate about these developments in due time.

BUas academy-specific information about testing and examination will be communicated to you via the regular channels.

Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the full time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here https://www.buas.nl/en/year-schedule.

Student well-being and study tips

Please remember that BUas offers you study tips to support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. In addition to these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support via the Mirro online self-help modules. If required, please contact your  student counselor for additional support.

Please check out the 10 study tips (EN and NL) and the Mirro self-help modules, available via the BUas student portal.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/listen. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

9 April: BUas is open for online learning and online examination, BUas offers study support and mental support in coronavirus times, and of course … Happy Easter.

Practically all BUas students who were abroad have returned to their home base safely. Some are staying abroad for a good reason.
BUas staff are almost all working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online. BUas has successfully piloted online testing and is scaling this up at all academies. BUas wants to prevent delays in study progress as much as possible.
BUas anticipates that the corona measures for higher education will be prolonged – at least until 1 June  – based on the latest measures of the Dutch government announced on Monday 23 March. 

No additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On Tuesday 7 April the Dutch government performed another press conference but did not  introduce new additional measures. Their key message was ‘hold on’, in other words, stay at home and behave according to the current guidelines as this will increase the probability of being able to carefully start mitigating the current ‘intelligent lockdown’ corona measures after 28 April. But ‘no promises made yet’ for the upcoming time frame.

BUas anticipates measures to be prolonged until 1 June or longer (BUas perspective)

Previously taken BUas measures regarding the campus will remain effective at least up to and including the May holidays. In line with the decisions of the Dutch government, BUas will be offering  online education – instead of on-campus education – and BUas anticipates continuing to do so during the time frame after 28 April. If and when the corona measures are mitigated by the government, we will decide if and which options of education and testing may be offered on campus, all within the corona guidelines applicable at the time in question.

The impact of today’s situation for BUas still is as follows:

  • BUas anticipates continuing to offer online education for the rest of this academic year, unless decided otherwise by the Ministry of Education (OC&W).
  • BUas will continue to organise online testing and examination as much as possible, effective for the rest of this academic year, unless decided otherwise by the Ministry of Education (OC&W).
  • Cancelled (unless offered online) are: all education-related events until 1 June; all non-education-related events until the summer holidays; all study trips until the end of the current academic year. 

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of the scheduled classes are being taught online, and lecturers have made great progress in this area. After performing a number of successful pilot schemes, BUas is organising online testing for each academy as much as possible. A team of online testing specialists has been formed to ensure that the tests work well and are conducted to the right quality standards. 

BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation in addition to BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to  testing and examination and how to cope with work placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.

The Academy for Hotel & Facility and the Academy for Leisure & Events have an alternative information channel. If you are a student or staff member of either academy, use one of the the links below.

Specific timetable and class information will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app for students, and via MS Outlook for lecturers. In the timetables BUas takes the expected prolongation until 1 June into account. BUas will integrate the regular holiday schedule as originally planned for this academic year into these timetables. Please note that the academic year ends on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday schedule.

Student wellbeing and study tips

Now that all BUas students are studying in locations all over the world – out of sheer necessity – we thought you could do with a few tips to get to grips with online studying. We want to kindly support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. Please check out these 10 tips:

Besides these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support. You may experience more pressure and stress during this difficult and rather isolated time frame. The Mirro online self-help modules can help you get through these hard and complicated times. The modules are intended to help you with mild psychological complaints. If you have serious psychological complaints, you are strongly advised to seek more (professional) help. The modules help you to become aware of your own mental health through a stepped-care approach, which helps you choose the most effective interventions. You will gradually learn more about yourself and your circumstances, and about your own role. How can you find your balance again? How do you set boundaries? How do you accept what you cannot change? Mirro is based on scientific insights and research. 

The mirro modules are available via the student portal, through the BEST training tile. For international students the modules anxiety, sleeping problems, work related stress and grief are available.

How to avoid study delay because of placement issues?

Together we will do our utmost to avoid study delay because of changes in placement due to the coronavirus. Postponing your work placement is something we want to avoid, since the industry will probably have coronavirus-related issues for a long time. Try to find solutions for your current work placement together with your BUas placement coordinator. 
And for new placements BUas will look with you for alternative possibilities if necessary. We will need to be flexible. From a BUas perspective, international placements - in these circumstances -  are not a must. We continue the regular BUas approach and goals for work placements in order to enable achieving your competencies. BUas flexibility means, among others things, that having finalised more than 50% of the practical work is regarded as an ‘OK’. This could also be home-based online work. The rest can be done with alternative assignments.  

Suggestions and instructions for alternative assignments are already available per academy. This means that instead of a regular period of 24 weeks, 12 weeks may be enough. Special arrangements may be applicable for special target groups (e.g. MBO students). Flipping semesters may be a solution, all depending on available options per degree programme and curriculum. Research options, including projects outside specific companies, but in close connection with the industry, may also be a potential alternative.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website. #stayintouchwithbuas

Please check out this interesting video starring Vanina, one of our international BUas students, coping bravely with her situation in this extreme corona situation.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. It is managed and run by students of the Creative Business programme and aims to serve the entire BUas community. You are invited to participate in creating interesting and engaging content through the various media available (audio, visual, text). Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs The Isolation Show: every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click https://hub.buas.nl/. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

And now we can all take a couple of days off. We wish you all a Happy Easter!

FAQs

Last updated: 11 June

2020/2021 outlook on education 

For new and existing students it is important to understand our basic point of view:

  • In principle, BUas education takes place on the campus in Breda.
  • Education will normally be a mixture of on-campus education and of digital education, more than in the recent past. However, education during an academic year will never be exclusively digital.
  • BUas has made major steps in digital education this year. Nevertheless, we feel we have a lot to learn and develop on our way to a thoroughly secured way of sustainable blended learning. Our learning curve is promising and in the coming months and years we are highly motivated to work with hybrid forms of education to an increasing extent. 
  • In the longer term, BUas may even be offering students the option of choosing either a hybrid programme or a digital-only variant for certain degree programmes. We will have to explore these possibilities at a later stage.

In the current and still continuing corona situation we are working with some additional guidelines:

  • At least until 1 November 2020, BUas will also offer digital variants of its existing educational programmes, in addition to the blended form (combination of digital and on-campus education). In practice, this will entail that a number of lectures will be streamed or recorded. Required assignments may be changed into alternative assignments, and other forms of customisation may take place, to enable continuation of education. This may differ per degree programme or group. BUas educational and ICT support is currently working on tooling and infrastructure of tools to facilitate this.
  • This additional digital support may be extended by BUas, due to government measures or other developments. Extensions until 1 February 2021 (end of first semester) and even until 1 August 2021 (end of second semester and academic year) may be applicable. Thinking and acting in scenarios with these time frames helps BUas staff and students to better anticipate and provide clarity in time.

What does this mean for current and new students wanting to study at BUas?

  • You should take into account, at least at some point in time during the upcoming academic year, that crucial activities will take place on campus for which there is no longer a (fully-fledged) digital alternative.
  • In this transition year 2020/2021 BUas will offer a relatively large portion of its education digitally, but if you as a student choose to only follow digital distance education, study delays cannot be prevented. In that case, compensation by means of lower tuition fees will not be applicable.
  • In the academic year 2020/2021, the BUas campus will have capacity limitations due to government measures. We now expect that about 25% of the capacity may be used. BUas will prioritise allowing first-year students relatively more often on-campus presence than older-year students, also depending on the degree programme attended. At all times, a clear integrated timetable will clarify what will take place on campus or digitally. This applies to both lectures and to assessment of education. If we have the opportunity to expand due to lighter measures, we will of course allow students on campus more often.
BUas practical perspective on start academic year 2020/2021 (effective 31 August 2020)

The new academic year starts on 31 August, with similar challenges as at the end of the current academic year. Together we will find a good balance between possibilities and restrictions, and make it work. Education will be organised as a mix of online learning and on-campus learning. For the time being we will have to deal with a maximum campus capacity of 1.884 people at the same time. This means that we will have to intelligently allocate the campus capacity to people and activities. We expect this way of working to last until at least 1 November 2020. In this period of time we will relatively prioritise campus access for first year students as opposed to other students.

For students

BUas has entered negotiations with the regional public transport companies and other educational institutes. The Safety Region (Veiligheidsregio) has strongly advised to organise (public) student transportation in shifts, to prevent high concentrations of people. For BUas students this means that their on-campus lessons will be planned in shifts: 

  • Monday through Thursday:
    Morning: Shift 1: 09.30 to 14.30 hrs.  Shift 2: 10:00 to 15:00 hrs.
    Afternoon: Shift 3: 15:00 to 19:00 hrs.  Shift 4: 15:30 to 19:30 hrs.
  • Friday:
    Shift 1: 09:30 to 16:30 hrs.  Shift 2: 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Within the allocated shift-timeframe you may also work in the Library, while keeping 1.5 metre social distance, as much as the available library working space allows this.

After the end of your shift, within half an hour after your last scheduled lesson, please leave the campus to make space for following shifts of students.

If you are in shift 3 or 4, after the end of your shift, some on-campus activity may be possible (events, as mentioned hereafter), or studying in the Library as mentioned.

General. Evenings. Events

If not travelling by public transport, we encourage students and staff to come by bicycle, but we do expect a slight increase of people coming by car. Of course we have a limited number of parking spaces. We will closely monitor the need for parking space and establish a park and walk from a nearby parking area if necessary.

In the evening (Monday through Thursday) we have allocated time for activities from 19:00 to 22:00 hrs. We will use these timeslots for graduation ceremonies, propaedeutic ceremonies and for several community activities such as BUas Clubs, BUas HUB, BEST training, Bress sports etc. Currently stock is taken of needs and requirements of the respective organisers. More information will be available at the beginning of the academic year. 

BUas campus and facilities opening hours (as of 19 July until Autumn-break)

Week 30 (19-7-2020) to 34 (21-8-2020) the summer holidays:

  • Frontier and Horizon Buildings: Monday through Friday from 07:45 to 18:00 hrs, Ocean Building: closed
  • On 27, 28 and 29 July all buildings will be closed, the entire electricity network will be turned off. Only the ICT mainframe will stay online. We could have some interference on our ICT network, please take this into account when you are working during these days.
  • Servicedesk: is open on campus from 10:00 to 12:00 hrs and can be reached via phone and mail between 8:30 to 17:00 hrs
  • Library: is open on campus during the day and available for students independent study
  • Reception desk is closed
  • Catering at Frontier is closed during week 30 and 31. Weeks 32 to 34 open from 11:30 to 13:30 hrs
  • All employees can work at the campus during these weeks, provided that they stay 1.5 metres away from others. Please only use the assigned workstations. If there isn’t one available, you will have to work in a classroom or at a desk in the community area.

Week 35 (24-8 to 28-8), or what we call ‘-1 week’

  • All buildings will be open from 7:45 to 18:00 hrs
  • Servicedesk en Reception: is open on campus from 8:30 to 17:00 hrs
  • Library: is open on campus during the day and available for students independent study
  • Catering at Frontier is open, 
  • Catering at Horizon is closed
  • All employees can work at the campus this week, provided that they stay 1.5 metres away from others. Please only use the assigned workstations. If there isn’t one available, you will have to work  at a desk in the community area. There are no limitations on working hours for staff members.
  • Meeting rooms can be booked via regular channels: Outlook or Mapiq.
  • There are some classes / exams planned during this week via the timetables

Week 36 (31-8 to 4-9), or what we call ’0 week’ - Intro week on campus this year

  • All buildings will be open on Monday to Friday from 7:45 to 22:00 hrs
  • Servicedesk en Reception: are open on campus from 8:00 to 18:00 hrs
  • Library: is closed
  • Catering at Frontier is open, 
  • Catering at Horizon is closed
  • During this week the introduction events will take place on the campus, this limits the building capacity set by the safety region due to COVID-19. Only the limited number of staff members (numbers are set per academy / department) can work on campus.
  • There are no limitations on working hours for staff members.
  • Meeting rooms can be booked via regular channels: Outlook or Mapiq.
  • There are some classes / exams planned during this week via the timetables

Week 37 (7-9-2020) until the autumn break (16-10-2020)

  • All buildings will be open on Monday to Thursday from 7:45 to 22:00 hrs and Friday (07.45-18.00 hrs).
  • Servicedesk en Reception: are open on campus from 8:00 to 19:00 hrs
  • Library: is open during the day for students that have scheduled classes. Between 19:00 to 22:00 hrs students are allowed to study on campus in the library area only.  
  • Catering at Frontier is open until 20:00 hrs (when needed a catering outlet will be set-up at the innovation square during lunch) hot meals will be available.
  • Catering at Horizon is open until 19.00 hrs (when needed a pop-up catering outlet will be set-up in the small atrium) hot meals will be available
  • Catering at Ocean the sportsbar is open for grab&go catering from 11.30-13.30 hrs.
  • Meeting rooms can be booked via regular channels: Outlook or Mapiq.
  • During this week the students start on the campus. We still have the limits in the building capacity set by the safety region due to COVID-19. Only the limited number of staff members (numbers are set per academy / department) can work on campus. There are no limitations on working hours for staff members. Students are only allowed on campus when classes are scheduled. Students come and go in shifts, these are regulated via the timetables:

Monday through Thursday:
Morning: Shift 1: 09.30 to 14.30 hrs.  Shift 2: 10:00 to 15:00 hrs.
Afternoon: Shift 3: 15:00 to 19:00 hrs.  Shift 4: 15:30 to 19:30 hrs.
Friday:
Shift 1: 09:30 to 16:30 hrs.  Shift 2: 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Student wellbeing and study tips
Now that all BUas students are studying in locations all over the world – out of sheer necessity – we thought you could do with a few tips to get to grips with online studying. We want to kindly support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. Please check out these 10 tips:

Besides these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support. You may experience more pressure and stress during this difficult and rather isolated time frame. The Mirro online self-help modules can help you get through these hard and complicated times. The modules are intended to help you with mild psychological complaints. If you have serious psychological complaints, you are strongly advised to seek more (professional) help. The modules help you to become aware of your own mental health through a stepped-care approach, which helps you choose the most effective interventions. You will gradually learn more about yourself and your circumstances, and about your own role. How can you find your balance again? How do you set boundaries? How do you accept what you cannot change? Mirro is based on scientific insights and research. 

The mirro modules are available via the student portal, through the BEST training tile. For international students the modules anxiety, sleeping problems, work related stress and grief are available.

How is BUas preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’?

The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:

  • In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. BUas staff has been requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation. We are in the course of organising alternative  introduction events for new students and an alternative academic year opening.
  • In line with the call of prime minister Mark Rutte for input from young people, BUas wants to get into contact with BUas students and discuss the 1.5 metre society. What ideas and potential solutions can you think of for the domain you are studying? What thoughts or proposals do you have for the group ‘students’ in general, from your personal perspective? If you want to contribute to this discussion, please mail to corona@buas.nl, mentioning your contact details and degree programme. Your BUas academy will contact you with further details.
What about library services?

BUas Library information specialists are available to you. Please e-mail them if you need support or to arrange a live chat session, for example to help you find specific information online. If you need to borrow a book or another physical Library item, please contact BUas Library by e-mail (library@buas.nl) and make a pick-up appointment. Make your reservation 1 day before pick-up. Pick-up location will be at the entrance of the Horizon Building at two specific pick-up times: 10.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs.

BUas Library has received several requests of students wanting to study in the campus library, individually or in groups. Despite the new guideline for public libraries, which BUas is not, we can unfortunately not allow students on campus due to the corona guidelines for our campus. The previously communicated service to borrow books is still available.

BUas Library material returns: Fortunately, you do not need to worry about the return date this summer. All borrowed library materials have been allocated a new extended lending period: until 7 September 2020. It will not be necessary for you to return the book or journal before this date, nor will any fines be given for exceeding the original lending period. After 7 September, the normal lending periods will apply again. If you are unable to return library materials, please contact the BUas Library via Library@buas.nl.  

Graduating students have the following options for returning their library materials: your first option is to return materials at the janitor’s, office (Horizon Building) from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on weekdays. Another option would be to take the materials along to your thesis defense session and put them in the book box at the secretarial office of your academy. A third option would be to take the materials to your degree ceremony, and drop the materials in a book box and plastic bag at the registration point.  For more information, please check https://www.buas.nl/library/news-overview.

Face masks and BUas facemask

Wearing a face mask on campus is not necessary or compulsory although you are allowed to wear one if you want. If you travel via public transport, wearing a face mask is compulsory.

As a gesture, to reach out to our students and staff, and support you on safe and healthy public transport, we are offering you a ‘BUas designer’ face mask. It is reusable, washable and certified (not medical). If you would like to have one, you can pick it up for free at the Service Desk in the Horizon Building. Availability (one per person) is expected from 15 June. They will also be available for students and staff coming to the campus in the new academic year.
 

What is the general BUas perspective on the coronavirus?

BUas acts in accordance with the directives of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. 
As communicated previously, BUas has taken various preventative measures, and is providing extra support in prevention, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

Academy-specific information about coronavirus 

BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation, in addition to the BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to, for instance, examination and testing and how to cope with placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.
The Academy for Hotel & Facility and the Academy for Leisure & Events have an alternative information channel (currently being developed). If you are a student or staff member of one of these academies, use one of the the links below.

How about individual appointments with BUas Student Counsellors or BUas Student Psychologist, while BUas campus is closed?

Student wellbeing is very important to BUas. The BUas Student Psychologist and BUas Student Counsellors are  available, despite of the BUas campus being closed. They can be contacted via the regular channels. This means that appointments and conversations with Student Counsellors or the Student Psychologist will be done by telephone or online (MS Teams or Skype call). However, in the exceptional case under these circumstances, if the Study Counsellor or Student Psychologist chooses to plan a face-to-face meeting, this meeting may take place at the BUas Campus or another location, of course taking sufficient social distance. This may be applied as an accepted exception to the BUas main rules, and is fully supported by the Executive Board.

Will BUas continue research activities?

BUas research can continue as usual, taking into account the previously communicated general coronavirus guidelines. 
Students may participate in research projects, but not ‘on Campus’. This complies with national guidelines.

Will BUas continue meetings with Industry partners?

For the time being, at least until 28 April 2020, BUas staff or students will not initiate meetings with Industry partners. We take our responsability and take this measure in line with the general BUas coronavirus policy, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of students and staff (and our partners). Ofcourse these meetings may continue in a digital way.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. It is managed and run by students of the Creative Business programme and aims to serve the entire BUas community. You are invited to participate in creating interesting and engaging content through the various media available (audio, visual, text). Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.
 

 

Placements abroad (September 2020)

Based on the latest trends and worldwide developments concerning the COVID-19 virus, BUas has decided to follow the best scenario concerning all BUas placements starting in September 2020.

In line with our general guidelines about placements, the following requirements need to be met anyhow in order to start with a placement abroad:

  • Travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the destination concerned should be coloured green or yellow. What’s more, there must be no existing travel ban for incoming mobility set by the receiving governmentt;
  • All learning objectives/placement competencies can be met during the placement period.

In addition, students need to be informed and need to inform themselves about the healthcare situation at destinations, insurance matters, financial implications if return is required, visa applications, and the options in case of emergency.

The new BUas guidelines, given the current corona situation, are based on (1) a clear deadline of 1 July for non-EU placements and (2) students preparing a Plan-B. 
We will wait with cancelling non-EU placement opportunities and check if the travel advice of  the Dutch Ministry changes into green/yellow before 1 July  2020.
Students, in the meantime, are asked to already think about their Plan-B options, which could be:

  • Option 1a: Student decides to search for a new placement in the Netherlands;
  • Option 1b: Student decides to work online from the Netherlands/home country for their non-EU placement provider. This option is only possible in consultation with your academy;
  • Option 2: Student decides to look for a new placement within the EU.

For more information, please contact your placement office.
 

Travelling for study trips

In the light of the latest trends and worldwide developments concerning the COVID-19 virus, and the policies of the Dutch government, BUas has determined the following policy on travelling for business and study trips as from September 2020:

  • Do not travel unless strictly necessary, and if you do, only with explicit permission of your academy director;
  • If you travel, please arrange booking of travel and accommodation in such a way that cancellation is possible, in the event that any changes (travel advice, local situation, etc.) require so; 
  • Travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the destination concerned should be coloured green or yellow. What’s more, there must be no existing travel ban for incoming mobility set by the receiving government.
I am abroad. In which circumstances do I have to return?

BUas’ policy principles: we follow The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIVM guidelines as much as possible. This is the BUas guideline since 18 March 2020: 

  • For all students still abroad, BUas requires you to return to your home base, either in the Netherlands or your home country. Return while you still can, because authorities, embassies and flight companies are now organizing repatriation on a larger scale. Make use of those opportunities while you still can. We expect that if such opportunities are created, they may only be offered for a short period of time.
  • You are required to return, unless (within BUas guidelines): (a) The embassy advises it is safer to stay, or (b) Travelling is not possible or has health risks.
  • If you are a Dutch student, make sure you are registered at the Dutch embassy. You can do this online at informatieservice.nederlandwereldwijd.nl. Keep in touch with the Dutch embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to the Netherlands.
  • If you are a non-Dutch student, make sure you are registered with the embassy of your own country. Keep in touch with your embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to your home base, either being your home country or the Netherlands. If you have a valid residence permit for Europe, you are still allowed to return to the Netherlands.
  • If it is impossible for you to return, bear in mind that you may have to count on a prolonged length of stay, as we can not predict how long travel restrictions will continue. Decide wisely and always make sure you can be as safe and healthy as possible, also for a longer period of time.
  • In all cases, please stay in touch with your placement office or study supervisor.
Are you stuck abroad and do you want to return to the Netherlands or your home country?

For all students and staff with Dutch nationality, and students with a residence permit for the Netherlands and an enrolment with a Dutch higher education institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises the following: 

  • Contact airlines (or travel agencies) flying to the Netherlands or Europe.  
  • Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come.  
  • If you are unable to leave at short notice: register with the platform https://bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl. The travel industry, insurers and airline companies have joined forces in this platform to take responsibility to support repatriation of travellers abroad, who are destined for the Netherlands. For the return journey, a personal contribution will be invoiced afterwards. This will be € 300 per person within Europe and € 900 per person outside Europe. Travellers must agree to this during the registration process. Telephone number: +31 247 247 247. 
  • If you are unable to leave at short notice, make sure that your safety during the rest of your stay is guaranteed. Should you run into any problems in this respect, please contact the embassy via the contact centre of Foreign Affairs at +31 247 247 247 (available 24/7). You can also call this number if you have any other questions to ask the embassy.  

Do you have non-Dutch nationality and want to return to your home country?

  • Contact an airline that flies to your country.  
  • Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come.  
  • Contact the embassy of your home country.  
How to avoid study delay because of placement issues?

Together we will do our utmost to avoid study delay because of changes in placement due to the coronavirus. Postponing your work placement is something we want to avoid, since the industry will probably have coronavirus-related issues for a long time. Try to find solutions for your current work placement together with your BUas placement coordinator. 

And for new placements BUas will look with you for alternative possibilities if necessary. We will need to be flexible. From a BUas perspective, international placements - in these circumstances -  are not a must. We continue the regular BUas approach and goals for work placements in order to enable achieving your competencies. BUas flexibility means, among others things, that having finalised more than 50% of the practical work is regarded as an ‘OK’. This could also be home-based online work. The rest can be done with alternative assignments.  

Suggestions and instructions for alternative assignments are already available per academy. This means that instead of a regular period of 24 weeks, 12 weeks may be enough. Special arrangements may be applicable for special target groups (e.g. MBO students). Flipping semesters may be a solution, all depending on available options per degree programme and curriculum. Research options, including projects outside specific companies, but in close connection with the industry, may also be a potential alternative.

What if you visited one of the corona-infected regions abroad? 

Students and staff who visited one of the areas where the coronavirus exists and who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems must  stay at home and contact their general practitioner (huisarts) promptly.  

Why will the NSE (national student survey) not be conducted this academic year?

Why will the NSE (national student survey) not be conducted this academic year?

All efforts of BUas and other universities of applied sciences are currently aimed at ensuring that  education can continue as well as possible. That is why it was decided not to conduct the NSE (national student survey) this year, as this would require huge efforts on the part of the universities. This decision was made by the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen).

 

Online proctoring: why and how? 

In this coronavirus impacted situation, only partly being able to take exams at the BUas campus, online proctoring is the ideal way to still perform examinations and prevent study delays. The online proctoring system BUas applies, will take over the invigilation tasks in a respectful and data-safe manner. The system will be recording you during the exam, using the webcam and the microphone. It registers all actions on your computer, including potential actions which are not allowed during the exam. 

The reviewing of the exam and all the actions will mainly not be done during the exam, but afterwards. The ProctorExam system generates a report for each candidate, which enables BUas to investigate whether fraud was committed during the exam. 

BUas respects the privacy of students. BUas has legally assessed the privacy aspects of applying ProctorExam, and this is the best possible and acceptable way to perform online proctoring, taking applicable privacy regulations (GDPR/AVG) into account.

For more specific information about BUas proctoring, privacy and our guiding principles for examinations and online proctoring, please read this bulletin.

Online proctoring : how is the privacy of students guaranteed?

The proctoring platform which BUas selected after this careful consideration, ProctorExam, supports all our requirements:

  • It enables online invigilation, in a respectful and data-safe way. During the corona crisis, when you choose to take a digital exam, we base the processing of your data on the legitimate interests of BUas to offer the possibility to take exams in an alternative way.  The purpose of processing your personal data is to help you take exams in an alternative way, and to help you stay on track with as little delay as possible. BUas wants to prevent study delay for its students as much as possible.
  • The system will be recording students during the exam, using the webcam and the microphone.  A student’s behaviour will be processed, as well as the use of websites other than those allowed during the exam, to see if these have been used illegitimately.
  • To establish the student’s identity in advance, he/she will have to identify him/herself by showing the ID card, take a picture of him/herself and submit these. When showing the ID, the invigilator only needs to see the full name and photo and he/she must be able to establish whether it is a legal document. Students are therefore strongly advised to cover their social security number, place of issue, nationality and document number. They will also be requested to show the materials they are allowed to use during the exam.
  • A 'room scan', and the use of a second camera, e.g. of a smartphone, are not applicable. A student will not have to show the room. He/she is advised to provide a neutral environment and put special or personal items out of sight.
  • The recording of the exam will be analysed by an external proctor of ProctorExam. The use of an algorithm or ‘machine learning’ is not applicable. Only ‘real people’ carry out the proctoring and they have been trained to analyse the recordings at a speed of 6 times the normal play mode. Within 48 hours after students have ended their exams, the recording will be proctored and sent to BUas. A report will be sent to BUas with a colour code. ‘Green’ means: no irregularities; ‘orange’ means: there are some irregularities that possibly need closer examination; ‘red’ means: the invigilator has seen behaviour that needs to be reviewed. Recordings with code ‘green’ are deleted from the server (based in Europe) immediately. Code ‘orange’ recordings will be reviewed by BUas as soon as possible, to decide if the deviant behaviour gives reason for further investigation. Code ‘red’ recordings will also be reviewed in order to make sure if code red was indeed applicable. ‘Orange’ and ‘red’ recordings will be deleted if BUas decides that there has been no fraud. Recordings where no fraud has been established are deleted within a maximum of 2 business days after they are received and analysed. The photo a student made to identify him/herself at the beginning of the exam will be deleted simultaneously with the recording of the exam.
  • If fraud has been committed, those recordings will be saved by BUas, only for as long as necessary, e.g. to serve as evidence in the case of an appeal.
  • BUas has made privacy agreements with ProctorExam in a processing agreement that is based on the GDPR. Therefore, ProctorExam is only allowed to process the data based on that agreement. The recordings and other personal data are processed confidentially. Sharing these recordings or any other personal data with third parties without the written consent of BUas is strictly prohibited. The same strict privacy and confidentiality rules apply to all ProctorExam employees and sub-processors. The external proctors can be compared to the normal on-campus proctors (invigilators) during an on-campus exam. Both BUas and Proctor Exam (and its sub-processors) have implemented technical and organisational data security in their systems to ensure that the processing of your data is being carried out safely.
  • Only BUas can decide if fraud has been committed and these decisions are always made by the board of examiners, not by a computer system or ProctorExam. So, no automated decision making is applicable. The TER is, as always, applicable.
  • After submitting the test, and having performed the required ProctorExam actions, the student can shut down the web browser. After that moment nothing will be registered anymore.
  • Student data, recorded by ProctorExam, will be exclusively available to the appointed ProctorExam and BUas invigilators, and will be saved according to the period mentioned above, by ProctorExam and BUas.
  • The BUas legal officer has assessed the privacy perspective of applying ProctorExam, and concluded that the use of ProctorExam is the best possible and acceptable way to perform online proctoring, taking applicable privacy regulations (GDPR/AVG) into account.
  • The general privacy regulations of BUas are, as always, applicable. In this document more in-depth information can be found on the rights regarding privacy matters, and how to file a complaint if needed.
How can you work online? 

BUas students and staff have access to Microsoft Teams, which facilitates online teamwork. Meetings that cannot take place at the campus, due to staff working from home, can also be held online by means of this tool.

Does BUas offer e-learning and digital testing possibilities?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are being taught online. Academies and their students have succesfully been performing online examinations. We are very happy that we have been able to facilitate many exams in the first weeks of May, which is a major contributory factor in avoiding unnecessary study delays as much as possible.

BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation in addition to BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to  testing and examination and how to cope with work placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.

AHF and ALE have an alternative information channel. If you are a student or staff member of either academy, use one of the links below.

Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (StuComm) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here https://www.buas.nl/en/year-schedule

Will the start of the study year be at the Campus or will it be online? 

For new and existing students it is important to understand our basic point of view:

  • In principle, BUas education takes place on the campus in Breda.
  • Education will normally be a mixture of on-campus education and of digital education, more than in the recent past. However, education during an academic year will never be exclusively digital.
  • BUas has made major steps in digital education this year. Nevertheless, we feel we have a lot to learn and develop on our way to a thoroughly secured way of sustainable blended learning. Our learning curve is promising and the coming months and years we are highly motivated to increasingly work with hybrid forms of education. 
  • Longer term, BUas may even be offering students the option to choose for either a hybrid programme or a digital-only variant for certain degree programmes. We will have to explore these possibilities at a later stage.

In the current and still continuing corona situation we work with some additional guidelines:

  • At least until 1 November 2020, BUas will also offer a digital version of the existing education, in addition to the mix which includes on-campus education. In practice, this will mean that a number of lectures will be streamed or will be recorded. Required assignments may be changed into alternative assignments, and other customisations may take place, to enable continuation of education. This may differ per degree programme or group. BUas educational and ICT-support is currently working on tooling and infrastructure of tools to facilitate this.
  • This additional digital support may be extended by BUas, due to government measures or other developments. Extensions until 1 February 2021 (end of first semester) and  even until 1 August 2021 (end of second semester and academic year) may be applicable. Thinking in scenarios with these timeframes helps BUas staff and students to anticipate better and provide clarity in time.

What does this mean for current and new students wanting to study at BUas?

  • You should take into account that, at least at some point in time during the upcoming academic year, that crucial activities will take place on-campus for which there is no longer a (fully-fledged) digital alternative.
  • In this transition year 2020/2021 BUas will offer a relatively large component of digital education, but if you as a student opt to only follow digital distance education, study delay cannot not be prevented. In that case, compensation by means of lower tuition fees is not applicable.
  • In the academic year 2020/2021, the BUas campus will have capacity limitations due to government measures. We now expect that about 25% of the capacity may be used. BUas will prioritise enabling first-year students relatively more often on-campus than older-year students, also depending on the followed degree programme. At all times, a clear integral timetable will clarify what will take place on-campus or digitally. This applies to both lectures as to assessment of education. If we have the opportunity to expand due to lightened measures, we will of course allow students on-campus more often.

All of this will not happen automatically, as we depend on the options we are being allowed from government perspective. At the same time we feel it is crucial that we keep taking our responsibility for the health and security of our students, staff and guests. Moreover, our challenge is to organize everything in an appropriate and feasible way, for students, teaching staff as well as for supporting staff. We ask for and count on your understanding for these challenges.

So, now I definitely need to go look for a place to live?

Yes, but we understand this is a difficult decision and we hope we can help you by answering some frequently asked questions below. 

Unfortunately, Breda University of Applied Sciences has no campus or student rooms of its own and, therefore, it will be your own responsibility to find accommodation in Breda. Luckily we have some good contacts and we are able to offer you rooms via Studentroomsbreda.com and via Alvast. Both are on a first-come, first-served basis. Other options to find a place to live in Breda can be found in the housing manual

Option 1: Alwel and WonenBreburg 
Under an arrangement that we have with housing corporations Singelveste, Alwel and WonenBreburg,  approximately 65 rooms for degree seeking students and 35 rooms for exchange students will be available. Non-EU students will first receive in invitation with login-details. Two days after, all other students will receive login details to register on studentroomsbreda.com. The rooms offered via this site are furnished and have fixed contract dates. These contract dates cannot be changed and the contract will end after the period of your stay, which is one semester or one year. Extension will not be possible. Once you have been accepted for a study programme at Breda University of Applied Sciences, you will be provided with personal login details around the end of June for the website of Student Rooms. 
Please note that the number of students looking for a room exceeds the number of rooms available and the rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the FAQs of Student Rooms Breda.

Option 2: Alvast 
Are you a student of Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) and looking for temporary furnished student accommodation as from August 2020? ALVAST is looking for students who want to live in the complex at Oude Vest 4 in Breda, the former Post Office, as from August 2020. This complex is situated in the city centre of Breda at only a 6-minute bike ride from BUas.

It concerns dependent, furnished housing. You are going to live here on the basis of a temporary rental contract via ALVAST. Rental prices range from €310 to €768 including gas/water/lighting and service charges (among other things, internet and waste disposal services). The rooms/flats vary from 12 to 83 square meters, and are all furnished. You will share the kitchen, toilets and showers with your flat mates.

If you are interested in the rooms of Alvast, please send an e-mail to accommodation@buas.nl with the following information: student number, first name, last name and your e-mail address. We will send your information to Alvast and they will get in touch with you. 

When should I start looking of a room? 
It is recommended to start your search early for the best chance of finding accommodation that fits your needs. Nowadays most students find student housing through Facebook / housing corporations / Click for Rooms or commercial companies.

What are the rental prices in Breda? 
Rental prices for a student room in Breda vary from €350 to €550 per calendar month. 

Already booked a student room, but not able come?
Through Alwel and Wonenbreburg you will be able to get a refund (minus administration costs). For the other companies/private landlords, the possibility of a refund will depend on their regulations. Please make sure to ask them about this before you book a room. 

Will there be an introduction event? And what will this be like? 

We think the start of your student days is very important, and an introduction event is part and parcel of this. That is why we are busy preparing an adapted introduction programme. This will partly take place online and partly physically, in smaller groups.

Every academy of BUas has been assigned one day in the week from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September during which it can welcome first-year students to the campus. Besides, there will be some online activities, which are different for every academy. So check the website of the introduction week of your academy for more information and sign up. We advise you to do it; it's nice to get a taste of the programme you're going to start the week after. Participation is totally FREE, so join!

I feel insecure about planning my study abroad. In what way can BUas support me?

We fully understand that you may feel insecure about planning to study abroad. Times are insecure and nobody can exactly predict when safe air travel will be available again. If you would like to choose to study at BUas, we can and will support you anyhow. Since March 2020, BUas has rapidly and successfully made the transition from on-campus education to online learning, forced by the corona crisis. If you cannot be available on-campus during the first period of the new academic year due to continuing corona issues, BUas will offer international applicants online education. Of course we prefer to welcome you to our inspiring and pleasant BUas campus from the start, but that may be impossible at that very moment. So please do not hesitate to apply because of the corona crisis. We will support your e-learning start for the BUas degree programme of your choice, and will welcome you in the flesh at a later stage. 

How can I familiarise myself at the moment? Does BUas offer any online study orientation activities?

In this extraordinary situation, BUas is looking into online replacement of the planned orientation activities such as orientation days (kennismakingsdagen) and join-a-student days (meeloopdagen). Check the BUas website for more information and new events.

I am a Dutch prospective student and I would like to take part in a matching day. Do these still take place on the campus?

BUas only offers an online assessment at the moment. You’ll be sent an invitation for this assessment after your registration with Studielink. The results of this assessment will be sent to you as a student, and to the degree programme of your choice. At this point, the study choice check has been completed. The degree programme staff will take the initiative to contact you to provide additional information, if necessary, or to answer questions.

By what date do I have to apply?

For EU- applicants and Dutch applicants it is still possible to apply for most of our bachelor programmes till 1 September.  If you apply via Studielink after 1 June, Breda University of Applied Sciences will decide whether or not you will be admitted to the programme.
Take care: this means that you have fully completed the application procedure before 1 September. Please check out the application procedure of the programme of your choice.

Application is no longer possible

  • For non-EU applicants
  • for the degree programmes Creative Media and Game Technologies, Creative Business and Hotel Management
I am an international applicant and have been conditionally admitted. What if I cannot submit my final diploma or English test documents before the deadline?

English language tests

In several countries, exams and English language tests are being postponed because of the coronavirus. In these extraordinary circumstances, we will do our utmost to find solutions to enable applicants to start their bachelor’s or  master’s programme at BUas after all. 

Diplomas

We are aware that applicants are concerned about not being able to deliver the requested documents in time. The problem is well known and the government organisations concerned, such as in the Netherlands, are currently discussing possible solutions. BUas will continue to monitor the situation, and  expects solutions to be found, depending on the country and education system in question. As an example, the Dutch government has decided to cancel the Dutch state exams and that diplomas will be awarded based on school exams. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) decided to award their diplomas based on the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise already bult into the programmes. We expect other countries to take similar decisions, aligning with their specific education system. If needed, we will evaluate your individual situation in due time. For now, we will wait for further developments.

English test results

English tests have been postponed in some countries due to public health concerns. Please note that BUas  will monitor this situation. We know that IELTS and Cambridge are putting detailed plans in place to ensure that test takers are able to take their test as soon as possible, once the official restrictions are removed. Besides the ‘normal’ English test on location, there are two online alternatives which we accept: 

  • TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition. This online TOEFL test is available at the locations where TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Iran and mainland China. Check out if this applies to you. Note that we require minimally an overall band score of 80 and a subscore for speaking of 20. 
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for applicants from China only. More information can be found via this link. Note that we require minimally an overall band score of 550 and that the speaking component (video speaking interview through Vericant) will be assessed and scored by BUas English language teachers.

For now, we will wait for further developments. However, please contact us by the time you know for certain that registration for an English test will not be possible one month before our deadline (1 September EU, 1 July non-EU). 

For EU and non-EU applicants

Under normal circumstances our deadline for submitting diploma documents and English test results is 1 September for our EU applicants and 1 July for our non-EU applicants. The deadline for non-EU applicants to provide us with diploma documents and English test results is postponed to 15 July. We may decide to deviate from these deadlines based on future developments and on an individual basis. For now, we will wait for the developments in the coming months and we will inform you if anything changes. Do not worry and know that you are always welcome to contact us. We will hopefully see each other in September!

How is BUas preparing for a safe academic year?

Your safety is our priority!

BUas acts in accordance with the directives of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. We have taken many precautions and prevention measures, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer, to take care of the health and safety of students, staff and guests.

In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1,5 meter social distance modus. These new policies will also include alternative scenarios for the introduction events for new students.

For mental support, BUas offers students Mirro online self-help modules. 

What are the corona measures in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands’ approach is essentially to control the virus as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups. The basic measures are: stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can and keep 1,5 metres away from others.

Step by step more freedom is allowed, while keeping the coronavirus under control. For more information, please see the website of the Dutch government

Plans are being drawn up for reopening institutions for higher professional education and universities more fully in the future. However, in any case you can start your studies online.
 

What if I need health care due to the coronavirus? AON Student Insurance

For all questions about health care insurance, please read the flyer of the Zorgverzekeringslijn.

If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact Zorgverzekeringslijn by chat (www.zvl.tips) or email (info@zorgverzekeringslijn.nl).  They can also be reached at 0800 64 64 644, and from abroad please call +31 88 900 6960.

If you have an AON Student Insurance and have any questions, you can always contact them via info@aonstudentinsurance.com or give them a call at +31 (0)10 44 88 260.
When you have returned to your home country, please note that your AON insurance covers your stay until 31 August 2020. However, specific conditions apply to extending your insurance coverage: 

  • The student needs to remain enrolled at his/her educational institute;
  • The student needs to demonstrate he/she attends online education (study progress);
  • Extension of insurance only provides for covering (medical) costs in the event of an emergency (matters than cannot be postponed);
  • Coverage will be extended until 31 August 2020 at the latest. If insurance expires at an earlier date than 31 August 2020, extension of coverage will apply until expiry date of the insurance; 
  • Medical costs will be compensated max twice the Dutch basic care rate (Nederlands Basiszorgtarief).
What if I run into financial problems?

Duo student loan

As a student, you may run into immediate financial problems, caused by the corona crisis, for example because your part-time job ended (temporarily). Dienst Uitvoerend Onderwijs (DUO, the Dutch Education Executive Agency) offers to temporarily increase your student loan amount. This can even be arranged retroactively, back to the beginning of this academic year. Moreover, students may still apply for tuition fee loans. If this applies to you, please contact DUO. If these options are still insufficient, students may contact DUO about the possibilities. DUO strives for maximum leniency towards students who are facing financial setbacks due to the corona measures. More information.

Payment of tuition fees

Students still need to pay tuition fees because this is legally required for enrolling at Breda University of Applied Sciences. In March, no accounts will be blocked, neither will administration fees be charged due to late payments. If you have problems paying your tuition fees because you have lost income due to the consequences of the corona crisis, you can contact BUas via finance@buas.nl.

Room rent

The Government has announced that tenants who have lost their income due to the coronavirus and as a result, are unable to pay the rent cannot be evicted from their homes temporarily. More information.

Job on the side

Employers have been able to request the new temporary Emergency Measure for the Preservation of Jobs (NOW). The NOW is intended to compensate employers who are faced with loss of turnover. As a result of this measure, they can continue to pay the salary of staff on a permanent contract or a flexi contract. Ask your employer whether you will be eligible for this arrangement.

Financial issues?

If you are in immediate financial straits and are unable to work it out with the above-mentioned solutions, please send an email to corona@buas.nl, so we know about your situation, and perhaps we could find a solution together. 

What about my Erasmus+ scholarship when exchange/placement is interrupted or prematurely ended?

The European Commission has decided to be lenient and introduced a so-called Force Majeure procedure. If you are awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship via BUas Student Office, you will receive information about this procedure via your BUas email address. Please check if this Force Majeure applies to your situation. Stay alert for further updates through the BUas LMS: ‘Info sources/ general BUAS information/ Student Office/ Scholarships’. Exchange students of BUas partner institutions are advised to contact the scholarship coordinator of their home institution.

 

 

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 24 June the Dutch government communicated that several restrictions will be reduced or lifted starting from 1 July. The main guideline is keeping the 1.5 metre social distance, both inside and outside. Inside, a maximum of 100 people may gather. Higher numbers are only possible with reservations and a health checks. Outside, a maximum of 250 people may gather, and beyond that number only using reservations, with assigned seats. In public transport (train, bus, taxi) wearing a facemask is compulsory. 

Not new, but still effective, is the guideline that as of 15 June higher education is allowed to offer education in school buildings, all while taking the 1.5-metre social distancing restrictions into account. The official guideline remains that people should work from home and travel outside of rush hour as much as possible. Students are allowed to travel but are requested to do so within certain timeslots.

As of 15 June holidays in and travelling to many popular European countries will be allowed, but only to countries having a ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ status. Holidays to other countries in Europe and holiday trips outside of Europe will not be allowed, unless strictly necessary. Please check the websites of the Dutch government, RIVM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the specific details.

What to do if symptoms arise?

Students and staff who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems are advised to stay at home. If this situation arises, please act according to the protocols communicated: 

What preventative measures can you take yourself?

The RIVM and GGD also advise you to take your own preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis, at least for 20 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow, not in your hand
  • Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately
  • Do not shake hands
What preventative measures has BUas taken?

Apart from following the RIVM and GGD guidelines, BUas is providing extra prevention support on the  campus:

  • Extra cleaning, of door handles and stair railings for example, as a part of the daily cleaning schedule. 
  • Paper towels, available in places where the Dyson hand dryers and towel dispensers are.
  • Extra supplies of hand sanitizer. 
  • Disinfectant wipes for desks, available and distributed in regular office spaces, and on  request via Service Desk).

If you have any questions or complaints about preventive products, please contact the Service Desk.

What if you visited one of the corona-infected regions abroad?

Students and staff who visited one of the areas where the coronavirus exists and who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems must  stay at home and contact their general practitioner (huisarts) promptly.  

I don’t have a general practitioner (GP); can you help me?

We are in good contact with the general practitioner at the Mgr. Leijtenstraat. Please send an e-mail to studentoffice@buas.nl and ask for the GP’s online flyer.

However, if you suspect you have the coronavirus, please contact the GP's office by telephone at the following number 0031765216733 and inform them you are a student of BUas.

My partner is infected; what do I do?

According to the RIVM guidelines you (being a housemate of a patient with novel coronavirus) are asked to limit physical contact with others (social distancing) as you may have become infected with the coronavirus. This means that you are not allowed to go to work or school. However, you may be able to work from home. You are allowed to go outside to do some shopping, for example, but have to make sure that you stay at a distance from others and do not make physical contact. 

Where can I find more information of the RIVM, Foreign Affairs, Noord-Brabant and BUas?

Do you have any specific questions about the corona virus? Please contact the RIVM via the designated telephone number 0800-1351 (available every day from 08.00- to 20:.00h hrs), or check the RIVM (Dutch) or the  RIVM​ (English) website.

For more information and guidance on international travelling, check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (information is in Dutch): https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/02/27/reisadviezen-voor-landen-of-gebieden-waar-het-coronavirus-is-gevonden

For more information, specifically about the situation for Noord-Brabant, please check the FAQs of the Dutch government (information is in Dutch):  https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/veelgestelde-vragen-over-de-situatie-in-noord-brabant

If you have any additional questions, you can reach BUas (Corona ServiceDesk) by mail at corona@buas.nl or by phone at +31 76 533 2275 (available from  08.00- to 18.00 hrs).

What are the specific RIVM directives for Noord-Brabant?

Thursday evening 12 March, the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the government indicated that measures for the whole of The Netherlands also account for Noord-Brabant. Check the specific government website, in case new specific guidelines are issued for Noord-Brabant. 

The advice to employers is to support working from home as much as possible, at least until 31 March. 

BUas facilitates staff to work from home if that is reasonably possible. Employees are to coordinate this with their supervisor. If you suffer from sneezing, light forms of coughing, a soar throat or fever above 38 degrees, you should stay at home and not come to work. Limit your social contacts.

These guidelines will apply until further notice.