2 April 2020, Thursday
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Leiden close to the end of the academic year, which makes Amsterdam?

Leiden University is close to the end of the academic year its doors. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Thursday afternoon to give ‘yet’ so far.

The government announced last week that all universities must remain closed until April 6 for the new coronavirus. Leiden University Thursday afternoon goes one step further with a radical decision ‘: all classes will be online until the end of the academic year.

If the Cabinet in the near future anyway relaxes the corona action, close the university “certain physical forms of education or testing” does not matter, but in principle continues to distance education guideline for all studies.

Ella Picavet (19) is studying international relations at Leiden and regrets that the lectures are given online. Yet she understands the choice. “Better now that the university itself takes action, then they try to make it for weeks something else.” But she is rather than at home in a lecture at her desk. “Then your whole routine out.”


A spokesman for the University of Amsterdam said Thursday on the phone that they “have not been so far.” They now take more account of all the possibilities, but prepare for it. The university announced earlier this week that are given five classes online college block; since early April.

The VU discussing the same measure, but believes it is important to do at this stage possible in consultation with the other universities, “said a spokesman.

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