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New academic year 2021-2022

What will it be like at our school when we reopen? We will largely go back to basics from before the pandemic in the academic year 2021-2022, with most of our education taking place in our buildings. Being back on location will for some of us feel like being reintroduced to the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. These six promises form the basis of what you can expect:

  1. We are training you for the work of tomorrow
  2. Education on location will continue to be our basis
  3. We are improving our online education
  4. We will ensure that you will (once again) feel at home here
  5. We will help you study successfully
  6. We learn from you as well

The implementation of the promises is done in a way that best suits each study programme. For many students, the pleasure of studying will increase, simply because we can open our doors fully for you again. If there is anything standing in the way of you being able to continue your studies properly, we will of course help you. That was, is and will remain the case.

On this page and in the 16 June 2021 update you can read more about our promises.

We understand that some people may be apprehensive about visiting our buildings again, but we do expect that when you are scheduled to attend class, you will actually be there on school grounds. Last year, teaching largely online allowed us to take into account students who did not dare to come to school for various reasons. Due to government relaxations and increased education in location, this leniency is no longer possible. Only in very urgent cases, as was the case before the pandemic, can you discuss this with your counsellor. Our education system cannot be set up in such a way that every lecture is offered both on location and online.  

When you have health complaints similar to Covid-19. In that case, stay at home and get tested at the GGD. 

You can find more information about this under the heading 'What measures are in place at the locations?

Specific hygiene measures will apply to some training sectors, for example when physical contact is necessary, such as in the practical training of a number of courses. Your study program will inform you about these measures (such as the use of masks during class). The guidelines of the university of applied sciences depend on what the government decides. If anything changes, we will inform you about it.
Education Minister, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has outlined several scenarios for (the start of) the 2021-2022 academic year. It is possible that we will have to work with a different scenario in the 2021-2022 academic year, as we are fully dependent on epidemiological circumstances and the corresponding measures. This may turn out to be more favourable, or not. Should the latter be the case, we will revert to the educational scenario we worked with in the 2020-2021 academic year. This means that we will schedule activities on location that cannot be organised (well) online.

As from Saturday 4 September, RUAS will also offer study places on Saturdays. Students can then make use of study places at the Kralingse Zoom and Academieplein locations from 9:00 to 16:00. This is a pilot project that will last until the Christmas holidays.

For reasons of safety and practicality, RUAS has imposed a number of rules at these locations on Saturdays. On these days, for example, caretakers, supervisors, and a receptionist will be present. Students only have access to the open workplaces.

staff workplaces are not accessible. The car parks are also closed. During the (public) holidays, these locations are closed on Saturdays. Students are not supposed to bring guests.

These buildings being open on Saturdays will be evaluated. If successful, it will be determined whether these two locations can remain open on Saturdays and/or whether it is necessary to add other locations.

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