LiU preparing for gradual opening
The general guidelines published by the Public Health Agency of Sweden relating to distance teaching for institutions of higher education will be withdrawn on 1 June. This means that gradually increasing amounts of teaching and exams can take place on campus, while the restrictions to reduce congestion and the risk of spreading infection will remain in force until the autumn.
The general guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden state that the remote teaching methods used by institutions of higher education may be withdrawn on 1 June.
“I am happy to be able to say that students, researchers, universities and university colleges can prepare to move towards more campus-based operations. Institutions of higher education must assess how this can take place based on their own situation, in dialogue with the Public Health Agency of Sweden and regional infectious diseases specialists”, says Matilda Ernkrans, minister for higher education and research.
With respect to LiU, this means that decisions will be taken that bring a return to campus in stages, starting in August. Previous decisions about restrictions at LiU will remain in force until 30 June.
“It’s wonderful to be able – we hope – to welcome our students, both old and new, and our co-workers back to campus. It has been a remarkable period, which has placed heavy demands on all of us. Together, we have come through it. Now it’s important to manage the transition from distance mode just as well, and in a responsible manner”, says Vice-Chancellor Jan-Ingvar Jönsson.
“After more than a year in distance mode, we are proud of the responsible way in which students have acted during this difficult period, and we are happy that we can now see change is on the way. We hope that the positive trend continues, and that we can soon see many students on the university premises”, says Beatrice Ronsten, president of the LinTek student union.
The formal decision and timetable, with details of continued restrictions at LiU, are expected to be published next week. At the same time, information will be given about the return of co-workers to campus. Currently, it is still the case that those who can work from home must continue to do so. Each co-worker is to discuss with their immediate manager what applies in an individual case.
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2021-05-31