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16 September: relaxations for higher education


We hope you had a good start in the new academic year. We are very happy with the in-house ability to meet colleagues and students. The buzz in the buildings is fantastic. We will continue to give the safe university of applied sciences our full attention during this period.

There was another corona press conference yesterday. New relaxations have been announced for higher education. Read more here.


Relaxations: this will change


Face masks: yes for now, later no

  • Until Saturday 25 September, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in the corridors of the HZ buildings. We kindly ask you to follow this guideline.
  • From Saturday 25 September this measure expires and face masks no longer need to be worn. Of course, you may still wear one if it makes you feel more comfortable.

Group sizes

  • The maximum number of persons for an exam expires on Monday 20 September.
  • The maximum group size of 75 students for all activities within the university expires on Saturday 25 September.

Travelling

  • Educational activities abroad may in principle continue if the RIVM guidelines and local measures are taken into account. The programmes communicate about this where appropriate.
  • We understand that there may be questions regarding the impact of the introduction of the corona pass in the Netherlands and abroad regarding study trips. This subject is on the crisis team’s agenda, we will come back to this shortly. If you have any questions, please share them via coronavirus@hz.nl.

Staff: working from home
The new slogan for working from home is: ‘Work from home if possible, at the work place when necessary’. The balance between these depends on your position and activities. We ask you to coordinate the details with your manager and/or team.


A safe university of applied sciences: this will not change

Measures within the buildings
To be able to keep our education safe, there are measures that (continue to) apply:

  • Follow the walking routes in the buildings. These contribute to a good flow and prevent congestion.
  • Stick to the hygiene measures that are already known. We also communicate these via signs in the buildings.
  • Stay at home if you have corona-related complaints.

Self-testing and vaccination
The government advice to do a self-test twice a week before you come to the workplace still applies. This way you help to quickly detect corona infections. You can request self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. Vaccinations also protect you and contribute to a safe educational environment. Self-testing and vaccination are a free choice and not a condition for coming to HZ.


Activities & events


No tickets for educational activities
No admission tickets are required for educational activities at internal and external locations. However, there are exceptions where they are required.

Exceptions admission tickets

If activities are organized at external locations where admission tickets are obligatory, the following applies from Saturday 25 September::

  • For activities for only HZ employees and students in ‘closed’ spaces, such as cafés and theatres, admission tickets need not be used. For example, a project day of a study programme with only HZ students and HZ employees in a theatre: an admission ticket is not necessary.
  • For activities in public cafés and theatres, which are also aimed at external visitors, the use of admission tickets does apply. However, the rule does not apply to the staff of the public space concerned. For example, a film evening of HZ Cult for HZ students and external visitors in a cinema: an admission ticket is required.

On the calendar
The following activities, among others, are educational activities and do not require admission tickets:

  • Parents evenings
    Parent evenings for parents/carers of first-year hybrid students are organised in September. The form differs per programme: on-site or online.
  • Certificate ceremonies
    The presentation of propedeuse certificates and diplomas is planned this month in the Lasloods in Vlissingen. If you have passed, you will receive an invitation and more information through their own study programme. You may have heard before that tickets are required, but this is not the case.
  • Open Day November
    The possibilities for the Open Day are currently being worked out. The wish is to organise the day at the HZ on Saturday 27 November.

More information
You can find the latest news updates at hz.nl/coronavirus. If you have any questions, you can also contact coronavirus@hz.nl.

14 September: vaccination in the Netherlands


Invitation

All international HZ students who are registered with the Dutch municipality authorities will be invited to get a vaccination against COVID-19 in the Netherlands. You will automatically receive this invitation via postal mail. It is therefore important that the address at which you are registered with the municipality is accurate.

Make an appointment
If you already have a DigiD, you can make an appointment via coronatest.nl (in English) as soon as it is your age cohort’s turn. This way you do not have to wait until you receive the invitation. If you do not have Digid yet, you can apply for it here. It is also possible to make an appointment by phone, after you received the invitation via postal mail.

Vaccination location
Please note that if you make your appointment online, you may have to go to a vaccination location that is further away. If you make an appointment by phone, you can often go to a location nearby. The closest vaccination location is in Middelburg.

Do I need a BSN number to be vaccinated?
No, that is not necessary. You can also get vaccinated without a BSN number (citizen service number). You will then receive a general registration number, 999. As soon as you have received your BSN, you can apply for a Digid here. You then have to inform the GGD that your BSN needs to be changed. The International Office can help you with this. After that, you can download the app and your vaccination status in the app.

More information
Click here for more information on the Dutch vaccination programme.

18 August: safe education, Kickoff Festival Zeeland, self-testing, introduction period

Measures that still apply

In order to keep education safe, there are conditions that (still) apply:

  • Students and staff must wear a mouth mask when moving around the building. This applies to the corridors and central areas, not to classrooms.
  • The walking routes on the sites remain valid.
  • There is a maximum of 75 students per educational area, excluding staff. This measure is not relevant for almost all HZ rooms, with the exception of Room 0 and PE224 (Vlissingen) and the Auditorium (Middelburg).
  • The by now familiar hygiene measures remain applicable. We will also communicate these in the buildings.
  • We ask you not to come to the HZ with coronasymptoms.

Feeling safe
We can imagine that not everyone feels completely at ease when groups of people come together inside, for example because of a medical condition or the care for a vulnerable loved one. Would you rather not come to the HZ for personal reasons? Then report this to your study coordinator or manager. Together you will look at whether a solution is necessary and possible.

Self-testing and vaccination
The government strongly advises students and employees to do a self-test twice a week before coming to the HZ. By doing so, you help to detect coronas infections quickly. You can apply for self-tests until 1 September via zelftestonderwijs.nl. By getting vaccinated, you can also protect yourself and contribute to a safe educational environment. Self-testing and vaccination are a free choice and not a prerequisite for coming to the HZ.

Ventilation
In the next update we will inform you about the ventilation measures we have already taken or are still taking.

Introduction period

Introduction to programmes (full-time and part-time)
The introductions of the programmes in the week of Monday 30 August can fortunately take place as planned. Are you a first-year student? You can find the overview of the programmes and dates online.

Introduction senior students
Education-related introduction activities may continue. If your study programme (full-time or part-time) organises these, you will receive information from your study programme itself.

Introductions student associations
The student associations Aqua Ad Vinum, Marum Bibio and Fisa Flushing will communicate with the students who have signed up for the introduction activities themselves. We are still looking at what is possible and what is not.

Introduction international students
The arrival days for international students on Monday 30 August (Vlissingen) and Tuesday 31 August (Middelburg) -organised by the International Office- will take place as planned. You have received information by email.

Kickoff Festival Zeeland
To our great regret, the Kickoff Festival Zeeland on Thursday 2 September cannot take place. With space for only 750 visitors, we cannot offer the desired festive festival for all students in Zeeland. As soon as we can, we will let you know. Follow us on FB and Instagram for the latest updates.

13 August: 1,5 meter distance rule lapses


Universities of applied sciences are allowed to start the academic year on Monday 30 August without keeping a distance of 1.5 metres. This was decided by the government today after consultations on the relaxation of the coronagraphs.

Around 16 August an update by email

Early next week, you will receive an HZ corona update in your mailbox. It will contain the most important information about the start of the academic year. We will also give you information about the Kickoff Festival Zeeland and the introductory activities.

Students can return to the classrooms

"I am very pleased that students can go back to lecture again," says John Dane, chairman of the HZ Executive Board in the PZC. "Education is more than knowledge transfer. It is also about getting to know others in order to get to know yourself. That one and a half metres was a hindrance to that. You still couldn't look each other in the eye." Read the interview in the PZC (in Dutch) with John Dane.

Safe education: part of measures remains valid

The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences has published a news item. "Not all coronation measures are off the table. For instance, the government has imposed a maximum of 75 students per teaching space. In addition, students and staff must wear a mouth mask when moving around. Students and staff are also urgently advised to do a self-test twice a week before coming to the college." In addition to the above measures, walking routes also remain in force. Read the full news release (in Dutch) from the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

30 July: ordering free self-tests extended


The possibility of ordering self-tests has been extended until 1 September. The government has decided to do so because of the developments in the epidemiological situation and the remaining uncertainty about the measures in the new academic year. Students and employees can order self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl.

14 July: free self-tests available up to 31 July


Students and employees can order free self-tests via the website www.zelftestonderwijs.nl up to 31 July. We advise you to make use of this opportunity. If you order tests before the summer, you will have them before the start of the new academic year.

Preventive testing

With self-testing, you help detect coronas infections quickly. It has a preventive effect and prevents the virus from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you can still become infected and infect others. Doing a self-test therefore remains important. It's a small effort, but it can prevent a lot of trouble. The advice is to do a self-test before visiting the HZ.

Free to order

The tests are intended for those who have no complaints. You can order the tests for free. You log in to the website with your HZ account. Please note that the delivery time is five working days on average. You will receive instructions on how to use the test. Self-testing is voluntary. You do not have to provide proof of a negative test to gain access to the HZ.

23 June: vaccination in the Netherlands


There was good news during the latest corona press conference by the Dutch Cabinet: relaxations for all sectors of society have been announced. It also offers more prospects for higher education. The start the new academic year can most probably go ahead ‘normally’, without too far-reaching corona restrictions. We have listed the most important information for you.

Face masks mandate expires

The face mask mandate expires nationwide from Saturday 26 June, unless keeping a 1.5-meter distance is not possible. Face masks will no longer be mandatory in the HZ buildings, except in situations where the 1.5-meter measure is not feasible. Think of practical education and in the elevators. Outside of this, wearing a face mask is a free choice for students and employees.

1.5-meter measure

The 1.5-meter distance measure is still in force in higher education until Monday 16 August in any case. On Friday 13 August, the Dutch Cabinet will make a final decision about lifting this measure. The decision is made on the basis of the epidemiological state of affairs and the vaccination rate - also among students - at that time.

In the event of a positive decision, the following will apply:
• Lectures may then take place without the 1.5-meter distance rule. This applies to both students and employees.
• Education-related introduction activities may take place without the 1.5-meter distance rule.

Education until the summer holidays

Until the summer holidays, we will keep to the current schedules whereby students come to the HZ on average one time a week for educational activities. The guidelines for sitting tests also remain unchanged.

Education in the new academic year

In the new academic year we want to combine ‘on campus’ education (at HZ locations) with online education. As the personal university of applied sciences, we consider social contacts, personal encounters and interaction very important. You probably missed these too. Group work, supervision, coaching and (work)lectures will be planned on location as much as possible. Practical education will also be planned - just like it is now - at the HZ locations.
However, the experiences of the past academic year have also given us inspiration and energy for online collaboration. We learned a lot about the effects, limitations and opportunities of online education. We are going to keep the good things. The study programmes therefore will make choices in the mix of ‘on campus’ and online education. They determine what will work best for the learning process. Finally, in case of changes we will always follow the government’s corona policies and measures, but we will also always explore the possibilities within the measures.

Graduation presentations, graduation ceremonies and introduction period

The planned graduation presentations and graduation ceremonies (walk-thru) for the summer will take place in accordance with the previously chosen format and invitations. The preparations for the introduction period and the Kickoff Festival Zeeland are in full swing. All information can be found on www.kickofffestival.nl and the social media of the festival.

Self-test advice

With self-tests you can help to quickly detect corona infections. The advice remains to take a self-test before you visit HZ. Also do this after returning from a holiday abroad and at the start of the academic year. You can order free tests until the end of July via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. We also make self-tests available to new students in the run-up to the introduction and the start of the new academic year. Information about this will follow. Self-testing is voluntary. If you have health problems, please make an appointment with the GGD for a regular test.

FAQ on the website

In the coming period we will update the FAQs on hz.nl/coronavirus based on the new developments. You can find the latest news updates there.

Have a nice summer
We sincerely hope that after the summer we can start ‘normally’ again. We therefore hope that the developments surrounding the virus and vaccinations remain favourable. If there are any important updates in the coming period, you will receive them by e-mail. We wish you a good completion of this special year and (already) a very nice and relaxed summer.

2 June: vaccination in the Netherlands


With this update we inform you about the procedure to get a vaccination against COVID-19 as an international student.

Invitation
All international HZ students who are registered with the Dutch municipality authorities will be invited to get a vaccination against COVID-19 in the Netherlands. You will automatically receive this invitation via postal mail. It is therefore important that the address at which you are registered with the municipality is accurate.

Make an appointment
If you already have a DigiD, you can make an appointment via coronatest.nl (in English) as soon as it is your age cohort’s turn. This way you do not have to wait until you receive the invitation. If you do not have Digid yet, you can apply for it here. It is also possible to make an appointment by phone, after you received the invitation via postal mail.

Vaccination location
Please note that if you make your appointment online, you may have to go to a vaccination location that is further away. If you make an appointment by phone, you can often go to a location nearby. The closest vaccination location is in Middelburg.

Please note, make sure you get two shots with the same vaccine in one country.

More information
Click here for more information on the Dutch vaccination programme. In case of questions, you are always welcome to contact Ms Monique Schreurs at m.schreurs@hz.nl.

20 May: self-tests available for students, employees and visitors

For HZ staff and students it is possible to order self tests via zelftestonderwijs.nl.

We also have sel-tests available for students who cannot order them themselves - e.g. Exchange students - and for visitors.

Self tests for students without a login
Students who do not (yet) have a HZ login, can request the tests via the HZ. They will then be sent to the home address.

Self tests for visitors
If an external visitor is received at a HZ location, this visitor must be registered in good time via the Self Service portal under the heading new visitor. The visitor can make use of the possibility to take a self-test prior to the visit. For this purpose, a self-test will be sent to the visitor.

How to apply for the self tests?
The visitor and student can request the self-test by sending an e-mail with the address details to coronavirus@hz.nl. Please note that, due to the processing time at the post office, this must be requested at least 2 working days before the actual visit to the location.

5 May: self-tests can be requested


As announced earlier, the government is going to offer self-tests to students and employees. Read the latest information and how to order the tests here.

Preventive self-testing
With self-testing you help to quickly detect corona infections. The tests are preventive and intended for those who do not have any symptoms. By testing regularly, together we can prevent the virus from spreading unnoticed. In this way, we create an environment where we can study and work safely. The advice is to take a self-test before visiting HZ. The tests can now be requested free of charge via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl (also in English).

Testing is voluntary
Self-testing is voluntary. Universities of applied sciences do not play a role in the control of the use of the self-tests. You do not have to provide proof of a negative test to gain access to HZ.

Good to know
The self-test does not replace the GGD test. Do you have complaints that may indicate you have the coronavirus or have you been in contact with an infected person? Then make an appointment to get tested at the GGD. Do this even if the result of the self-test is positive.

Basic rules continue to apply
We continue to work at a university of applied sciences where everyone can study and/or work in a safe way. The measures of a 1.5-meter distance, wearing a face mask and the hygiene rules remain in force. We also continue to ask you not to come to HZ when you possibly have corona symptoms.

Order
On the portal www.zelftestonderwijs.nl (also in English) you can order tests from now on. You log in with your HZ account. Every student and employee can initially place one order for a set of four self-tests. The delivery time is five working days. You will receive instructions on how to use the test. You will also find frequently asked questions on the website.

We kindly appeal to everyone's sense of responsibility. We hope to see you again soon at HZ.

21 April: further opening


Hereby you receive an update following the coronapers conference of Tuesday 20 April. Fortunately, we can once again organise more physical education at the HZ locations.

More physical education from 10 May
We want to organise the further opening properly and safely. This requires considerable organisation and preparation in the short term. We are therefore very happy to open the doors for you on Monday 10 May -after the week of classes-.

What’s possible?
All study programmes are currently preparing for the relaxation whereby we try to have every student come to HZ location one time per week. For each programme, we are looking at which activities are possible, such as group work, guidance, coaching or lectures. We will do our utmost to meet the wishes of students and employees, focusing on social contacts, meetings and interaction (on content). Students are informed of changes by their own study programme.
The exceptions of practical education, tests and the guidance of vulnerable students remain valid. Finally, we also look at your study phase. If, for example, you are doing an internship, you will not notice much (yet).

Self-testing service and purpose self-testing
With self-testing you help to quickly detect corona infections and create a safe educational environment. Regular self-testing contributes to the reduction of the virus. Self-tests can be requested free of charge by students and employees from the first week of May via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. Important to know, the self-test does not replace the GGD test. If you have any complaints that may indicate you have the coronavirus, make an appointment to get tested at the GGD. Read more in the Q&A about self-testing on www.rijksoverheid.nl/zelftestenhogeronderwijs.

Testing is voluntary
Self-testing is voluntary. Universities of applied sciences do not play a role in the control of the use of the self-tests. Students and staff do not need to provide proof of a negative test to access HZ.

Basic rules continue to apply
We continue to work at a university of applied sciences where everyone can study
and/or work in a safe way. The measures of a 1.5-meter distance, wearing a face mask and the hygiene rules remain in force. We also continue to ask you not to come to HZ when you possibly have corona symptoms.

Discount on tuition fees
Hopefully there will be a financial compensation for (future) students. The government is working on a bill for a reduction in tuition fees for the academic year 2021-2022. For more information and an extensive Q&A, please visit the website of the Dutch government.

One year extra travel allowance
Students who are studying at a university of applied sciences can receive an additional 12 months of travel entitlement within the right to study funding. Check the Duo website for more information and the conditions.

Do you have any questions or concerns?
Check the Q&A on this website. If you cannot find an answer there, you can contact your Study Career Coach or programme coordinator.

We hope that this relaxation will lift the spirits of both staff and students.

14 April: perspective further opening and selftesting


This post provides you with an update following the corona press conference of Tuesday 13 April.

Perspectives as from 26 April
The government has the intention to make it possible for every HBO student to attend physical lectures on location once a week from Monday 26 April. A final decision on this will be taken on Tuesday 20 April. It depends on the corona infection rates at that time. The opening of HZ is not linked to self-testing.

Possibilities for a further opening of our doors
In the event of a positive decision we will make every possible effort to organize the further opening of HZ possible under the circumstances. For example, we have to take into account the capacity in the buildings, the annual planning and timetables of the programmes and the study phase in which the students currently are. We will further explain how we will open up for physical education in the week of 19 April.

Exceptions physical education
The exceptions for physical education that are currently available remain in place. Physical education is already possible for the guidance of vulnerable students, practical lectures, assessments and exams.

Self-testing service
A voluntary self-test service for students and employees is organized nationwide. The distribution of the self-tests takes place via a new SURF web shop. Detailed information on this will follow in the week of 19 April.

Testing is voluntary

Regular testing contributes to the reduction of the spread of the virus. The goal is to promote safety on the campuses. Self-testing is voluntary. Universities of applied sciences play no role in monitoring the use of self-testing. You do not need to provide proof of a negative test to access HZ.

Financial compensation extended
The financial compensation for students will be extended. If your supplementary grant stops or if you incur additional costs due to study delay, you may be eligible for financial compensation. More information can be found on the HZ website at the end of this week.

Do you have any questions or concerns?
Do not hesitate and discuss them with your Study Career Coach or study programme coordinator. Take care of yourself and also keep an eye on each other.

We sincerely hope that from Monday 26 April onwards we will be able to open the HZ doors a little further.

24 March: unfortunately no relaxations of the measures


At the press conference of Tuesday 23 March, the Dutch cabinet announced that there, unfortunately, will be no relaxations of the Corona measures for higher education at present. We regret this very much and would have hoped otherwise.

New opportunities
Perhaps more physical education will be possible from Monday 26 April. We will keep you informed on this when we receive more information from the government and the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

Do you have any questions or concerns?
Do not hesitate and discuss them with your Study Career Coach or study programme coordinator. Take care of yourself and also keep an eye on each other.

10 March: new magazine for students


We are doing our best to help you feel as well as possible under these circumstances. For example, we have created a new edition of our #staysafe magazine. With an agenda full of HZ activities to clear your head, as well as many practical tips for your studies, extra help and for your free time. And new: a HZ podcast about studying during the corona pandemic. Happy reading and stay safe. Read the magazine.

New online magazine
New online magazine #staysafe


9 March: view of more physical education


Fortunately, at last Monday March 8 press conference, a relaxation of the corona measures for higher professional education was announced: from Monday 29 March, students are once again allowed to take classes on location one day a week. This is in line with the great desire of the universities of applied sciences and the students to be able to provide and follow more physical education. On Tuesday March 23, the house of representatives decides whether this will be a permanent measure.

Online and physical education
We are now going to prepare this step. Until March 29, online education will take place in the same way as it is now. The locations remain open for exams, practical training and supervision of vulnerable students. We will continue to strive for a good balance between online and physical education. Because we understand that studying under these circumstances can be difficult. This it is not what you expected or hoped for right now. And that even more relaxation measures are highly desirable.

24 February: response by the Association of UAS

The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences is campaigning for more physical education. Maurice Limmen, chairman of the Association: "Our students and colleagues in the hbo yearn for more physical education. The welfare of our students is also suffering under the current heavy measures. We understand that the cabinet is making a broader assessment of the corona policy. But the importance of more physical education for our students cannot be overemphasised."

23 February: practical training in evening possible again

In the press conference of today, the government announced that practical education in the evening hours will be possible again. If this applies to your study programme, communication will also take place via your own study programme. The practical education is an addition to the existing exceptions to the curfew.

Furthermore, the current measures for higher education remain in force. The curfew has been extended until at least 15 March. If you have to travel during the curfew for study or work at the HZ, you must have the necessary papers with you. See also the news item of 22 January.

17 February: support package for education and students

Today, the outgoing education ministers Van Engelshoven and Slob presented their 'National Programme Education'. The programme is aimed at repairing the effects that the coronation measures have on education, from primary school to higher education, and will apply for the years 2021 and 2022.

Read the news item (in Dutch) of the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences. More specific information will follow.

11 February: allowances


Allowance for extra costs due to study delay
This is for all students who were enrolled in a government-funded study programme for at least 1 month in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 and who obtained an AD or Bachelor’s degree in the period 1 September 2020 to 31 January 2021.

The fee is € 535. This is carried out automatically for those who have (received) a student grant or tuition fee credit.

For students who have not received funding from us, it is important that, when you returning to your home country, you have your addresses registered with the municipality. Information may still be collected from the institutions. It is important that you provide us with your bank account number. This can be done via My DUO or otherwise the form below can be downloaded.

Allowance for the cancellation of the (supplementary) grant
This is for students who no longer received their supplementary grant as from June, July, August or September 2020 because it had been used up (so they were only entitled to an interest-bearing loan).

You already received an automatic message about this and in September and November we paid € 1500,- as an allowance in case of an HBO enrolment. The form can be mailed to documenten@duo.nl. Everyone must have been notified about this before April 1, 2021. If this is not the case, you can make an application for this as from April.

2 February: no new measures

In the press conference of today by the government, no new corona measures were announced for higher education. Previously announced measures still apply, in any case, until Tuesday 2 March.

22 January: exceptions curfew

Read more about the exceptions for the curfew.

Exception for (practical) exams and exams
Fortunately, there is an exception to the curfew for students who must take a (practical) exam or exam in the evening. In this case, you will receive an exemption to be outside and to travel after 9 p.m. You must have your own statement + a statement from HZ + your proof of identity with you. You can pick up the HZ statement at the location where the activity takes place, after the activity has finished.

Exception internships in vital sectors
If you are doing an internship in a vital sector, such as in healthcare, there is an exception to the curfew. You must have your own statement + an employer’s statement + your proof of identity with you. So you must request an employer’s statement from your internship company.

Exception for some of our employees
An exception also applies to HZ employees who, due to the nature of their work, must be outside after 9 p.m. For example, the janitors or lecturers who are involved in exams at HZ. You must have your own statement + an employer’s statement from HZ + your proof of identity with you. You can request an employer’s statement via coronavirus@hz.nl. You can also contact this e-mail address if you have any questions.
How to apply? Download the employer's statement, fill in part 2 of the application and then mail the form to coronavirus@hz.nl. You can also send your questions to this e-mail address.

Unfortunately, there are no exceptions for the following.

No exception for (practical) educational activities
Unfortunately, there are no exceptions for participation in practical educational activities. Communication about this, such as changes to schedules, will take place via your study programme.

No exception for vulnerable students
Unfortunately, no exceptions made been made for vulnerable students to be able to travel during the curfew for HZ activities or appointments.

22 January: opening hours, travelling abroad

Due to the introduction of a national curfew, we inform you about the consequences of the new measures for studying and working at HZ.

Curfew
The House of Representatives has agreed to a national curfew from 9 pm to 4.30 am. The curfew takes effect on Saturday January 23 until at least Tuesday February 9.

Opening hours HZ locations
The HZ locations are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If there are tests in the evening or other activities in line with the exceptions, the building is open longer.

Same measures for daytime activities
For daytime activities the same measures apply as indicated on 13 January. During the day, for example, there are still opportunities for practical educational activities, vulnerable groups and for administering exams and viewing exams that were made.

Exceptions to the curfew
Please check this page for the student and staff groups for which there are exceptions to the curfew and how to obtain the necessary forms to travel at night.

Travelling abroad
The Dutch cabinet has set a number of new travel restrictions for international travel. If you must go abroad for your internship or study, please inform yourself of the new measures and view the FAQ. A travel ban applies to employees for making non-essential work-related trips.

21 January: we will keep you informed


Yesterday, new coronation measures were announced at the press conference of the Dutch government. Today, these are debated in the Lower House.

More information will follow
As soon as the outcome of the debate is clear, the HZ crisis team will discuss the consequences the new measures have for studying and working at HZ. We will inform you as soon as possible about possible changes in the measures and practical matters.

Reminder: what to do in case of (possible) contamination?
Which steps must you take in case of a (possible) contamination? Who do you contact? Check it here: step-by-step plan.

13 January: same guidelines will continue to apply to February 9


We would have liked it to be otherwise, but in connection with the extension of the lockdown, the same guidelines will continue to apply as in the previous period. Read more about the measures from Wednesday January 13 to Wednesday February 9 2021 here.

What applies this period?

  • All lectures take place online. Practical lectures are an exception, see below.
  • Planned educational and research activities of your study programme at external locations are cancelled.
  • All planned HZ meetings/events at HZ locations or external locations expire unless you are informed otherwise.

What is still possible?

  • Assessments, perusal and examinations on location remain possible. If necessary, you will be informed about this by your study programme.
  • Practical education at the HZ locations is possible. If necessary, you will be informed about this by your study programme.
  • Research activities can be carried out at the HZ locations if implementation at home is not possible. Discuss this with your study programme coordinator or manager.
  • The multimedia library remains open for vulnerable students. You can make a reservation via the SelfService Portal.
  • Guidance by the counsellors and psychologists can take place at the HZ location.
  • To internships in the Netherlands, the rules that apply to the sector/branch where the internship is conducted are leading. If those activities continue, the internship can also continue.

For employees

  • We will also be working from home in the coming period. Only employees who must be at the HZ locations for necessary reasons are allowed access to the buildings. This can be requested via your manager.

18 December: health problems? also stay at home during exam weeks


The exam period starts on 4 January. If you have exams, we wish you the best of luck! We would like to briefly draw your attention to the following.

Also during exam weeks: stay at home with complaints
Do you have health problems? If you have exams that are scheduled at HZ locations, we ask you to stay at home – despite it being the exam period. Please think about your own health and that of others. We count on your understanding and cooperation.

What if you cannot take an exam?
We ask you to contact your study career coach as soon as possible before the exam starts. Together we will try to find a suitable solution to resit your test within the possibilities and agreements of the Course and Examination Regulations. We will do everything we can so that you will not have a study delay.

14 December: due to new lockdown almost all education online


In connection with the announced lockdown, almost all the lectures will be given online at HZ from Wednesday 16 December. A limited number of activities will remain possible at the HZ locations. Read more about the measures for the period from Wednesday December 16 to Monday January 18 2021 here.

What will change for this period?

  • From Wednesday, December 16 to Friday, December 18, all lectures take place online. After the Christmas holidays, all lectures also take place online from Monday 4 January to Friday 15 January. Practical lectures are an exception, see below.
  • Planned educational and research activities of your study programme at external locations are cancelled.
  • All planned HZ meetings/events at HZ locations or external locations expire unless you are informed otherwise.
  • Note, HZ is temporarily closed due to the Christmas period, see also the HZ Portal.

What is still possible?

  • Assessments and examinations on location remain possible. If necessary, you will be informed about this by your study programme.
  • Practical education at the HZ locations is possible. If necessary, you will be informed about this by your study programme.
  • Research activities can be carried out at the HZ locations if implementation at home is not possible. Discuss this with your study programme coordinator or manager.
  • The multimedia library remains will be open from 4 January for students who are unable to study at home due to personal circumstances. You can make a reservation via the SelfService Portal.
  • Guidance by the counsellors and psychologists can take place at the HZ location.
  • To internships in the Netherlands, the rules that apply to the sector/branch where the internship is conducted are leading. If those activities continue, the internship can also continue. If you plan to go abroad for an internship, you will be informed separately.

For employees

  • We will also be working from home in the coming period. Only employees who must be at the HZ locations for necessary reasons are allowed access to the buildings. This can be requested via your manager.

Do you need help?

  • We understand that these times and measures can have a major impact on you. Do not ignore that. We will do our best to be here for you. Please note that due to the Christmas period, employees are not or difficult to reach between December 21 and January 4.
  • Are you a student and do you need extra guidance or help? Discuss it with your fellow students, study career coach, the counsellor or the student psychologist.
  • Are you an employee and do you need extra support? Discuss it with your manager or your P&OO advisor.

Do you have questions about the corona virus?

  • Read the FAQ
  • Ask your study programme coordinator or manager
  • Or email them to coronavirus@hz.nl.

30 November: Q&A sessions for students


During this period it is logical that you have many emotions and questions. We are happy to discuss these with you during a live online Q&A sessions on 9 (Dutch) and 10 December (English). The Q&A sessions start at 12.15 hrs.

Find all information in the online magazine '#staysafe'

30 November: online magazine for students


Studying at this moment in time is not easy and we hope that you continue to feel positive. We do our best to help you stay that way with all kind of activities. We have mapped out what HZ can do for you next to your studies in a magazine. Take your time to read it through!

Read the online magazine '#staysafe'

4 November: no new measures


In the press conference of 4 November by the government, no new corona measures were announced for higher education. Previously announced measures for higher professional education apply until Christmas. We would have liked to meet again at HZ, but instead we must work and study largely from home for a longer period of time. In the next period we therefore will pay extra attention to the well-being of employees and students. Several (additional) initiatives have been developed/are under development to this end. We will keep you informed of news and activities via these updates and via e-mail.

15 October: health problems? also stay at home during exam weeks

The exam period has started. We realize that studying is not always easy in these exceptional times. If you have exams, we wish you the best of luck! We would like to briefly draw your attention to the following.

Also during exam weeks: stay at home with complaints
Do you have health problems? If you have exams that are scheduled at HZ locations or in Hotel Van der Valk, we ask you to stay at home – despite it being the exam period. Please think about your own health and that of others. We count on your understanding and cooperation.

What if you cannot take an exam?
We ask you to contact your study career coach as soon as possible before the exam starts. Together we will try to find a suitable solution to resit your test within the possibilities and agreements of the Course and Examination Regulations. We will do everything we can so that you will not have a study delay.

Face masks are worn
In recent days we have seen that the masks are indeed being worn by students and employees. Thanks for everybody’s cooperation! Please remember that also when wearing a face mask: keep a 1.5-meter distance and stay at home with health problems.

We cannot emphasize this often enough: together we create a university of applied sciences where we can study and work safely. Together we also ensure that the HZ can remain open. Thanks for your cooperation!

14 October: face masks mandatory at HZ

Tuesday 13 October the Dutch government held a new press conference is which stricter national measures were announced, for at least the next two weeks. One new measure has been announced for higher education: face masks will become mandatory in public spaces. In this mailing we provide an explanation. We (again) want to bring a number of things to your attention.

Face masks: mandatory in public HZ-spaces
Wearing a face mask in public spaces in educational buildings is soon mandatory in The Netherlands. HZ introduces this measure as from Thursday 15 October. The obligation to wear a face mask applies to students, staff and visitors. The public spaces include the halls, corridors, elevators, stairwells, the atrium/restaurant, the media library, the bookshop, the HZ café and the toilets. If you have no face mask with you, you can obtain one at the reception desk in Vlissingen or Middelburg (limited stock). Please note that 1.5 metre distance measure still applies when wearing a face mask. Read the FAQ about face masks.

Public transport
Physical education, internships and location-based research are considered necessary activities for which you are allowed to travel by public transport. The advice remains to travel with your own transport as much as possible.

Maximum group sizes
The limitation of the maximum group sizes to 30 people does not apply to education. This also does not apply if the education takes place at an external location.

Only travel when necessary
The government advises to travel as little as possible with the Netherlands and abroad, also during the holiday period. Travel to orange areas is not recommended. The advice is to only travel there when necessary.

Ventilation
We would like to remind you of the following request we issued: leave windows and ventilation grilles open for good air circulation.

Any questions?
Do you have questions about the corona measures?

Together we create a university of applied sciences where we can study and work in a safe way. We would love to be able to keep our locations open for you. Please participate in this.

2 October: whether or not to go to HZ, what to do in the event of contamination

Whether or not to go to HZ in case of health issues?
Work from home as much as possible, unless there really is no other option. Do you still have to be at HZ but you have health issues? Then check here whether or notyou can visit HZ.

What to do in the event of (possible) contamination?
What steps do you have to take if you are (possibly) infected? Whom do you contact? It is all explained here in this step-by-step plan.

Will HZ communicate about infections?
We will not communicate about this HZ-wide. We want to prevent unnecessary unrest and laws and regulations (GDPR) also limit what we may communicate. Where possible, students and employees are informed in case they may have been in contact with someone with corona. This will always be done in consultation with the GGD.

2 October: masks and ventilation


What was it nice to be able to meet each other -students and employees- ‘live’ again over the past period. Unfortunately, the increase in the number of infections and new government measures mean that we, like others, have to tighten up the rules again. We are doing this in the interests of everyone's health. Moreover, in Zeeland, the largest group with infections are young people between the ages of 19 and 29. This is an extra point of attention for us as an educational institution. In addition to online education, the planned education will continue at the HZ locations. We will continue to work together to maintain a safe university of applied sciences.

Use of face masks
The government has given urgent advice to wear masks in public places. At the moment, nothing changes in the rules of wearing masks at universities of applied sciences. At these educational institutions, the 1.5-metre distance applies and this can be well complied with thanks to the combination of physical and online education. The HZ follows the urgent advice of the government. Wearing a mask is not an obligation but a personal choice. The face mask is mandatory in laboratories and practice rooms where it is not possible to keep a 1.5 metre distance. Also when travelling with a HZ car. When new rules are introduced, we will communicate them.

Ventilation according to the guidelines
Ventilation in the HZ buildings takes place in accordance with the RIVM guidelines. Het Groene Woud and the buildings PE, A, V and the atrium have an air ventilation system. New measurements were taken this week for a number of classrooms on the Edisonweg where the air circulation was not yet optimal. They are inspected together with the GGD. If necessary, another solution will be sought. For proper ventilation, the air vents and windows must also be open in all rooms. Always leave the air vents open. The tilt windows on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors may also remain open after lectures. If you work at HZ you must take into account that there may be low temperatures. Please inform Martine van Ommen, Facility Team Leader, if you do not feel comfortable or if you have any questions.

External exam location
Before the summer break we used the Baskensburg sports hall as an additional exam location. Unfortunately, the hall is no longer available. For days when exams cannot be scheduled at one of the HZ locations, a room has been reserved in the Van der Valk hotel in Middelburg.

HZ crisis team working method
Two teams within HZ are responsible for the monitoring of corona developments and measures. The crisis response team is responsible for policies. The team sets the framework and translates national policy into HZ policy. The crisis response team was recently scaled down, but from now on it will meet again weekly (online). The corona working group is responsible for operational matters. This includes communication, facility adjustments at the locations and answering questions from employees and students. The working group holds weekly consultations and daily contact takes place about current matters.

Do you have questions?
• Ask your study programme coordinator or study coach
• Visit hz.nl/en/coronavirus > FAQ

29 September: more stringent measures

Unfortunately, the corona crisis is not over yet as has become clear from yesterday’s press conference. We therefore have to deal again with more stringent measures in the next three weeks. However difficult this will be at times, we rely on your cooperation to keep our university of applied sciences safe for all of us.

Some important information in the next paragraphs. It is expected that more details about national measures for education will become clear in the coming days.

Study and work at home when possible
Studying and working from home was and remains the standard. We will apply this directive more strictly for the next three weeks. You can only study, take classes and work at the HZ locations – ‘on campus’ - if you are scheduled for them or if there is no other option.We also ask you to organise project work with fellow students online as much as possible.

Tightened travel advice
Travel movements must be tightened as much as possible for the next three weeks. The tightened travel advice does not apply to students and employees if travelling for educational activities. Excursions can therefore take place, for example, as long as they fit in with the (inter)national travel advice and applicable (group) rules. Research activities, on the other hand, are part of the stricter rules. These are not considered necessary travel.

Group sizes
The stricter rules regarding the maximum group size of 30 people indoors do not apply to educational activities. They also do not apply to educational activities at external locations, provided that the 1.5 meters distance is observed. Non-educational events with large groups will be cancelled for the time being as of 30 September.

Propaedeutic ceremonies will not take place
Unfortunately, the planned propaedeutic ceremonies will not take place this way. We are looking for an alternative to make it a festive moment. If necessary, you will be informed via your study programme.

A safe university of applied sciences
It may not always be easy to adhere to this, but the rules at the HZ locations are clear:

  • Keep a distance of 1.5 meters
  • Follow the walking routes
  • Stick to the hygiene rules
  • Respect the corona coaches
  • Correct each other if necessary

We are continuously learning and evaluating. If additional measures are required at the locations, we will take them.

Face masks
The use of a facemasks remains an individual choice. In laboratories where it is not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres, a face mask is compulsory. Specific information will be shared per study programme.

Do you need help?
We understand that these times and measures can have a major impact on you. You may have difficulty studying (online) at home or missing social contacts with classmates. And you may feel lonely or not motivated because of this. Please make this known! Discuss it with your fellow students, study career coach, the student counsellor, or the student psychologist. Do not hesitate and make an appointment if this can help you cope with the situation.

3 September: financial compensation

There are questions about financial compensation. Read here if you qualify for it.

Anyone obtaining their higher professional degree or master’s degree in the period September 2020 to January 2021 will receive a one-off compensation in the first quarter of 2021, amounting to a maximum of 3 months of tuition/course/or tuition fees. For a student in higher education, that would amount to a one-off compensation of € 535. N.B. This regulation applies to students from the Netherlands and to students within the EU.

What do I have to do to receive this financial compensation?
If your details are known to DUO, you do not have to do anything, and DUO will automatically transfer the compensation to you. If data is missing, DUO will contact you to request this data. You will receive the amount no later than March 31, 2021.

Read more at www.government.nl

21 August: selfquarantine and positive tests

Selfquarantine
We trust that - if necessary - you will go into (home) quarantine according to the guidelines that apply in the Netherlands. We would like to recommend you to self-quarantine on your arrival if you travel from a country or region that is listed on the government website. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have been tested negative, you are strongly advised to self-quarantine. You will find all instructions, recommendations on the above-mentioned website. We trust you will follow these guidelines and help us keep a safe environment at HZ. We will make sure you will receive all information to be able to start attending classes online. Please inform your programme coordinator and internationaloffice@hz.nl about your date of arrival in the Netherlands & the end date of self-quarantine by sending an email.

Tested positive? Report it to us
Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19? Contribute to a safe UAS:

  1. Take the quarantine and instructions you receive seriously.
  2. Report it to your programme coordinator a.s.a.p. Are you an international student? Please report it also to internationaloffice@hz.nl
  3. If applicable: report it to your accommodation company such as APV or Villex.
21 July: steps forward

Read the latest version about the steps we take forward at HZ.

13 July: opening hours during summer

The HZ opening hours during the summer are published.

10 June: further opening HZ

From June 22 to July 10, the HZ location at Het Groene Woud will be open daily from 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some rooms are not accessible due to the construction of the Joint Research Center Zeeland. This concerns GW018 to GW026 and the toilets in this corridor, GW218 to GW224 and GW319 and GW320 including ICT workstations.

Before you get to HZ
Are you coming to HZ soon? Then please prepare yourself well. We do everything we can to ensure your visit is safe. Walking routes have been placed on the floors, at various locations in the building you will find disinfection points and we make sure the building is cleaned regularly. Opening up the HZ buildings also requires students and staff to take responsibility for themselves. Find more information about a visit to HZ and registering for a workplace in the article before you get to HZ.

Open Learning Centre Vlissingen
From June 15 to July 2, students can study again in the multi-media library at the HZ location in Vlissingen. The media library is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You have to pre-book a study place via the Self-Service Portal if you want to study there. After having reserved your place in the Open Learning Centre, please register with your student card at the media library counter on arrival. The media library is not open for borrowing books, but you can hand in books or use the books in the library. The rules applying to studying in the media library can be found here.

A safe university of applied sciences
HZ does everything possible to establish a safe university of applied sciences. We take additional hygiene and logistics measures in line with the RIVM guidelines. We will adhere to as few ‘contact moments’ between people as possible and to maximum group sizes. This means that less space is available and also why a large part of the education continues to be offered online.

Together we take steps foward
Now HZ's doors will partly open again from 1 June, we notify you about the steps that we expect to take in the upcoming period. Find an overview of steps here.

3 June: written tests in Baskensburg

From 3 June it is possible that you have to take a written test in ‘Sporthal Baskensburg’ in Vlissingen, or that you are scheduled for an appointment at the HZ location on the Edisonweg.

If you are scheduled at one of these two locations, it is important that you prepare yourself before your visit about the measures taken. Please carefully read the following two articles on My.HZ.

(Note: you may need to log in to My.HZ first to be able to read the articles)

27 May: Together we take steps forward

Now HZ's doors will partly open again from 1 June, we notify you about the steps that we expect to take in the upcoming period. Are you coming to HZ soon? Please read the following article: before you get to HZ.


​ 20 May: HZ partly opens its doors again

Yesterday - Tuesday 19 May - the Dutch government announced a relaxation of the corona measures. The good news is that some parts of higher education may resume from Monday 15 June.

Opening HZ You will understand that opening the HZ buildings again and slowly starting up some of the educational activities requires a lot of organization. Behind the scenes many staff members are working hard to realise this. The most important aspect is the safety and health of everyone. We always follow the guidelines of the RIVM and the government.

Step-by-step Learning and working from home will remain the guideline for the foreseeable future. HZ will continue to offer online education where possible. Education in this form is also continuously being further developed.

In the coming period, it will gradually become clear what is and what is not possible and how HZ will organize the new situation. We hope you will understand that we must make phased decisions and that we will inform you about them in time. Please note that HZ is in consultation to see if we may perhaps start some activities and partly open our buildings earlier than 15 June.

What can start? HZ is preparing a restart of the education. The priorities are:

  • Limiting the study delay of students as much as possible
  • Have students complete their graduation phase
  • Offer educational activities that are difficult to carry out from a distance

The following is already possible:

  • Graduation presentations at HZ location(s)
  • Research activities at HZ location(s)

Before June 15, HZ will develop new options for:

  • Assessments on location(s). If possible, normal schedules will be in force for the test weeks.
  • Practical subjects/practicals and contact subjects on location(s)
  • Supervision of and meetings with ‘vulnerable’ students at HZ location(s). Face-to-face meetings improve the quality of the guidance.
  • Internships and (graduation) research at HZ location(s). Graduation presentations will take place according to the timetables.
  • Opening the open learning spaces and the media library.

More in-depth information on these topics will follow ASAP.

Teaching times To relieve public transport, it has been nationally decided that the educational activities planned from 15 June will not start and end during rush hour. HZ thinks there are opportunities for sound regional cooperation, and we are currently discussing this with the Zeeland Safety Region and with public transport authorities. We are therefore explicitly investigating broader possibilities. More information will follow.

A safe university of applied sciences HZ does everything possible to establish a safe university of applied sciences. We take additional hygiene and logistics measures in line with the RIVM guidelines. We will adhere to as few ‘contact moments’ between people as possible and to maximum group sizes. This means that less space is available and also why a large part of the education continues to be offered online. We are yet to announce in which way we will open one or more HZ locations.

Diploma ceremonies Usually the annual graduation ceremonies for all graduates take place before the summer break. Also, this year we will organize graduation ceremonies but we will be doing this in an adapted yet festive manner. If you have completed your degree programme, you will be informed about the ceremony by your study programme.

More information Are you a student? Then you will be informed about the specific details of the measures by your own study programme. Are you an employee? Then you will be additionally informed by your manager or via the HZ portal.

Finally We are doing our utmost to organize things as well as possible for everyone involved and to provide as much clarity as we have available. We hope to inform you very soon about the new developments.

18 May: new information

The Dutch government holds another press conference on Tuesday 19 May at 7:00 p.m. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge will discuss the new corona measures. The Association of Universities of Applied Sciences hope and expect that there will be more clarity when higher education is allowed to restart certain educational activities at lessible scalarity. On Wednesday 20 May at 4:00 p.m. an administrative meeting is scheduled between the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Shortly after these two dates, HZ will share new information with you about the latest developments and what this means for staff and students.


15 May: financial compensation

Source: www.government.nl

Am I eligible for a financial compensation for tuition, course fees or tuition fees? Anyone obtaining their higher professional degree or master’s degree in the period September 2020 to January 2021 will receive a one-off compensation in the first quarter of 2021, amounting to a maximum of 3 months of tuition/course/or tuition fees. For a student in higher education, that would amount to a one-off compensation of € 535. N.B. This regulation applies to students from the Netherlands and to students within the EU.

What do I have to do to receive this financial compensation (of tuition, course fees or tuition fees)? If your details are known to DUO, you do not have to do anything, and DUO will automatically transfer the compensation to you. If data is missing, DUO will contact you to request this data. You will receive the amount no later than March 31, 2021.

Am I eligible for a compensation because my extra basic grant or supplementary grant will be cancelled? All students whose entitlement to a supplementary grant expires in July, August or September 2020 are eligible for a compensation. For higher education students with a supplementary grant, this amounts to € 1,500.

What do I have to do to receive the compensation (because the extra basic grant or additional grant is cancelled)? If you qualify for a compensation, you do not have to do anything. DUO ensures that you automatically receive the amount in your account. You will receive the amount no later than September 30, 2020.

​ 14 May: possibilities for an extra resit of one or more tests

Due to the measures surrounding the coronavirus, the Examination Board will deal flexibly with requests for an extra resit of tests from block 3 or block 4 of 2020. To be eligible for an extra resit, the Examination Board must receive a written request.

This written request must be submitted by the student and must meet the following conditions:

  • The request is submitted after April 24, 2020 and relates to the academic year 2019/2020
  • The second test opportunity for the test was on or after March 12 and is before September 1, 2020
  • Student did not participate in the second test opportunity for the test, or a grade lower than 5.5 was obtained for the test
  • The request was submitted before June 5, 2020 if the second test opportunity took place on or after March 12, but before April 24, 2020
  • The request was submitted within 6 weeks after the second test opportunity if it took place on or after April 24, but before September 1, 2020.

It is possible to submit a request for several tests.

24 April: situation higher education remains unchanged

Dear students and staff,

Last Tuesday, the Dutch government announced that the measures set for higher professional education will continue after April 28 until at least May 20. Earlier, HZ announced that online education will continue to 1 June. Our situation, therefore, remains unchanged.

Developments
HZ is continuously investigating how we can provide education and planned events in adapted form. For example, the manner of examining, carrying out practical assignments and planned diploma ceremonies. Your own study programme will keep you informed about this. We must consider that the measures may change after 1 June and are planning how on-site education could be continued at a one-and-a-half meters’ distance as soon as we are legally permitted to do so.

Next steps
It is not yet clear whether an adapted form of on-site education will be possible after 1 June. The next steps will be known on Wednesday 13 May.

For now, we want to wish everyone a pleasant May break. Try to enjoy this free period within the set rules. Stay safe!

Kind regards,
John Dane, President of the Executive Board

25 March: HZ to extend online education until 1 June next

Dear student, colleague,

Last Monday the Dutch government announced new measures and decided to prohibit gatherings until 1 June next. For the institutes of higher education in The Netherlands this decision has led to a lack of clarity about its consequences for education activities.

In order to provide more clarity, and in line with the decisions taken by other Dutch universities of applied as well as research science, HZ UAS has decided to continue offering online education after 6 April, certainly up to 1 June. HZ will closely monitor any measures taken by the government as well as any news concerning the corona virus. If measures should lead to more flexibility or adjustments, HZ will consider further options for offering its education activities.

Deep impact

The measures as taken by the Dutch government are aimed at preventing the virus from spreading any further and prevent overburdening of the medical services in this country. As the HZ community we must respond to the measures as best we can.

Keeping the HZ locations closed, and thus moving education activities from the classroom to an online form, has a deep impact on the organisation as well as on following education, and also on the social lives of both students and employees. Even though we do not physically meet at HZ locations, we ask each of you to remain in contact with your lecturers, colleagues and fellow students by digital means and channels.

After 1 June

What the situation will look like following 1 June is not clear at this moment in time. We understand that students will have many questions about a.o. testing, graduating and internships. We strive to provide answers to the questions as much as we can, and publish these on the HZ web page for the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If your question is not listed there, please contact your lecturer or programme coordinator.

Further communications to follow as more developments are becoming clear.

John Dane
Chair, Board of Directors
HZ University of Applied Sciences

24 March: postponement of the binding recommendation regarding the next step in a student’s education

Students are normally advised at the end of the first year whether, depending on the number of credits they obtained, whether they can continue studying in the next study year. Due to the measures surrounding the coronavirus, students may experience delays. HZ has decided that:

  • For all current first-year students who do not meet the propaedeutic standard of 45 ECTS at the end of this academic year (2019-2020), the study recommendation will be postponed until the end of their second academic year on August 31, 2021.
  • For students who have already received a deferred study advice at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, and who do not yet meet the propaedeutic standard of 45 ECTS at the end of this academic year, the recommendation will also be postponed until 31 August 2021.

HZ advises all students to obtain as many credits as possible in the near future, so that you can ultimately meet all the requirements and prevent study delays.

15 March: important information for all HZ-students & HZ-staff abroad and all international students & staff in the Netherlands

As you know, the current developments regarding the coronavirus situation are changing very dynamically all over the world. Many countries worldwide have taken preventive measures including the implementation of drastic travel restrictions and drastic restrictions of the social life. Therefore we want to inform you about the following.

Do you stay abroad as an HZ-student/staff member? or Are you an international HZ-student/exchange student/HZ-staff member staying in the Netherlands? We then strongly advise you to consider where you want to stay the next period. Given the current situation, it must be considered that the circumstances can continue for a long period of time. We want you to stay in a place where you feel as comfortable and safe as possible. Please notice our advice:

  • HZ-students/staff members now abroad We request you to travel back to the Netherlands or your home country unless it is absolutely necessary to stay. If so, you will be required to make arrangements with your study programme coordinator or manager. Please take the decision as soon as possible and notify us in writing.
  • HZ-students/staff members who have plans to go abroad for study or work Please notice that regarding the latest measurements, you are not allowed to travel abroad anymore.
  • International HZ-students/exchange students/HZ-staff in the Netherlands We advise you to take the decision if you prefer to stay in the Netherlands or if you would like to go back home. Please take this decision as soon as possible. If you decide to stay, you are still very welcome. We will start with distance learning for students and of course we will continue to provide the best support possible.

Support when needed Please be assured, that HZ has installed a professional crisis management team but also that it is a matter of the heart for all of us to provide the best possible support to all our students and staff. As always in the case of increasing travel advice, we look at how we can help you wherever possible.

Inform us Please inform us about your plans/decision. In case you do have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Students abroad - study Students in the Netherlands - minor Johanetta van Wanrooij, jvlies@hz.nl, (+31) (0) 118-489118 (calls will be automatically transferred to a private phone)
  • Students abroad - internship/minor Astrid Umbgrove, astrid.umbgrove@hz.nl, (+31) (0) 118-489747 (calls will be automatically transferred to a private phone)
  • All international students/staff in the Netherlands (except minor students) Bert Schollema, e.schollema@hz.nl, 06-22205676
  • General internationaloffice@hz.nl
13 March: study and work at home

Everyone is urgently requested to study or work at home.

Are you a student?
Study at home and do not come to HZ. Keep yourself available according to the schedule. You will be informed about the online lectures that we are going to provide. In principle, internships will also take place.

Are you an employee?
You are asked to work at home. Working at HZ is only possible if it is really necessary and this has been agreed with your manager.

Closure of buildings

Edisonweg
The Edisonweg location will remain open. You can only access the building by showing your student or staff card. The catering is closed.

PSD building
The PSD building is completely closed from Monday 16 March 5:00 p.m. to Wednesday 1 April.

Het Groene Woud
Location Het Groene Woud in Middelburg is completely closed from Monday 16 March 5:00 p.m. to Wednesday 1 April. We understand that this has an impact. Please make sure to collect your personal items before then. Think of laptops, phone chargers, documentation, etc. As an employee, also consider your telephone accessibility. Today - Friday March 13 - the building is still open until 5:00 p.m. to gather up your belongings.

Consequences for the education of students
Are you a student and do you have questions about the consequences of this measure for your studies? Next week, every study programme will communicate with its own students about the possible consequences for, among other things, the lectures, exams, assignments and internships. So, you will receive a message from your study programme in the week of March 16.

Students that are abroad
The International Office is in contact with the students that are abroad. They will now maintain these contacts even more pro-actively. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at internationaloffice@hz.nl.

Documentation such as diplomas
If - as a student - you need certain documentation such as a certificate, please contact the Student Office by e-mail at csa@hz.nl.

12 March: no classes until 1 April

As of the 13th of March no classes will be given at any of the locations of HZ University of Applied Sciences until 1 April. This rule applies for any educational activities as well as any exams.

The HZ buildings in Vlissingen and Middelburg will remain open for any other activities. During the upcoming days HZ will explore ways to teach classes via digital means that can be offered remotely.

12 March: HZ events cancelled due to the coronavirus

All events with more than 100 visitors organized at and by HZ have been cancelled until March 31, 2020. This is related to the coronavirus. HZ follows the guidelines of RIVM. In order to further reduce the spread of the virus, these guidelines state that everyone should limit social contacts as much as possible cancel all events with more than 100 people.

The following events have been cancelled: the graduation ceremonies on March 18, 19 and 20. It is not yet known whether and when the events will be rescheduled.

These are events that are not directly related to educational activities and for which no ECTS are awarded. Educational activities will continue unless it concerns an educational activity involving more than 100 people.

11 March: education at HZ

In the FAQ we answer your questions. We highlight a number of questions about educational issues that may be of concern.

Will lectures continue at HZ?
The lectures will continue as normal. HZ always follows the recommendations of the RIVM and the GGD. If there is an important reason to decide otherwise, the HZ will follow their advice.

Is there a chance that the HZ will close?
For the time being, the HZ locations will remain open and lectures will continue as usual. HZ always follows the recommendations of the RIVM and the GGD. If there are additional important reasons to decide otherwise, HZ will follow these recommendations.

What happens if I miss exams or fall behind with my studies?
HZ does everything to minimize any negative effects. We are currently cooperating with the central HZ examination to investigate the possible consequences for students and alternatives that we may be able to offer (dated 11 March). You will receive a mailing with more information in your e-mail box within a few days. We hope you understand that answers are sometimes not always immediately available, but that we are always looking for suitable solutions.

My study programme has cancelled a trip, excursion or training, what now?
If a study programme cancels activities, the study programme will do their extreme best to provide an adequate alternative. The programme itself will communicate about this to its students.

I am doing an internship and am having doubts about what to do?
You should follow the company’s guidelines. If in doubt, contact the contact person of your study programme.

More FAQs?
Visit hz.nl/coronavirus/faq (also available in English).

9 March: news through the official HZ channels

There's a lot of news about the coronavirus in circulation. Be alert for incorrect information and fake news.

There are no known cases of infections of HZ students or employees. Be aware that we keep you well informed of developments through the official HZ channels.

8 March: tightened advice RIVM

Yesterday the official Dutch Health Organisation ‘RIVM’ announced a new temporary measure regarding the coronavirus for residents of the province of Noord-Brabant. In case of serious health problems, but also when mild health complaints occur, HZ advises employees and students living in this province to stay at home. If this applies to you, please report your absence from HZ to your study programme coordinator or manager. Note that HZ is located in the province of Zeeland.


Advice RIVM
“The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) advises residents of the province of Noord Brabant to limit their social contacts in case they have mild health problems, such as a cold, cough or fever. In these cases, they are required to stay home. If this is the case, please work from home, do not visit others or go to places where many people come together. If you have symptoms but still want to leave your house, keep as much distance from others as possible. This will reduce the chance of you spreading the virus unnoticed. Only call your doctor if the symptoms worsen." Source: RIVM, 6 March 2020 The HZ follows the RIVM’s advice. Please note that this is a temporary advice.

Impact
The exact impact on students and staff is currently being investigated. For the time being, the HZ locations will remain open as usual and the lectures and events will take place as planned.

Any questions?
In the HZ FAQ’s various questions are answered. Don’t hesitate to contact Bert Schollema, Director of Internationalisation, by e-mail: e.schollema@hz.nl or by telephone on 06-22205676.

We do not know how the situation around the coronavirus will develop, but we are doing our utmost to take all necessary measures. We will keep you informed via the HZ website, so check it regularly for updates.

4 March: travel advice for students/staff

We hereby give you an update about the coronavirus and the measures that HZ has taken for it. HZ follows the recommendations of the ‘Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)’ (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Where necessary, we seek advice from our partners abroad.

Monitoring the developments
HZ closely follows the developments around the coronavirus. The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and gives advice. HZ closely monitors these recommendations together with other Dutch universities of applied sciences and research universities. View the most recent developments here.

Travel advice
• We advise everyone who wants to travel abroad to keep a close eye on the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can also download the app.
• The HZ policy is based on the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When a travel advice has an orange or red code, HZ does not give permission to travel to these areas. If you are already in an orange or red code area, consult your HZ contact person, International Office or Director of Internationalisation Bert Schollema.
• Travellers going abroad are asked to consult the website with travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• The students who are soon leaving for a country where the coronavirus is present have been separately informed by our International Office. We also maintain close contact with our foreign partners and trust that they will instruct our students well.
• Some (international) students have decided to adjust their choice for a study abroad. HZ supports these students in finding an alternative.
• HZ students and staff abroad and international HZ students in the Netherlands can contact HZ at any time, for any safety reasons, via the SOS number: + 31 320 - 331343

Preventive measures
If you are soon travelling to an area where the coronavirus is present, or if you are already there, please observe the precautions below. Are you coming back from areas where the coronavirus is present? Then only report to the doctor by telephone if you have a fever with respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath). If you have these symptoms, you may also have the flu.

The advice is to implement everyday preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (viruses that cause infections on the respiratory tract). These measures are:
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
• Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow.
• Use tissue paper and throw it away immediately.
• Wash or disinfect your hands after coughing or sneezing.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available.
• Clean and disinfect regularly objects and surfaces that you touch.
• Stay at home when you are sick.

Any questions?
You can contact Bert Schollema, Director of Internationalisation, by e-mail: e.schollema@hz.nl or by telephone on 06-22205676. In the HZ FAQ’s various questions are answered.

More information?
RIVM - Rijksoverheid www.rivm.nl
RIVM - FAQ about the coronavirus

28 January: an international UAS and the corona virus

The news today is all about the outbreak of the new corona virus in China. In recent days, the virus has spread to, among others, the US, Canada, Japan and France. As we are an international university of applied sciences, we want to give you the following information.

Monitoring the situation
As a precautionary measure, an internal HZ taskforce has been stablished to monitor the current state of affairs and, if necessary, take action. For example, there has been preventive contact with the GGD (Area Health Authority). The following colleagues are part of the taskforce: Bert Schollema (internationalisation director), Martine van Ommen (Facility team leader), Arjen Bouwmeester, Esther Hokke (Internationalisation, Marketing & Communication) Johannetta van Wanrooij, Evelien Clemminck (International Office) and Bert Verhage (Engineering).

Chinese students
Today a new group of Chinese students arrived from Shanghai Maritime University and Shanghai Ocean University. They are following an introduction programme at the beginning of this week. On Wednesday they will start their HZ studies in Engineering, Water Management, International Business and Logistics Engineering. The students are not from the Wuhan region and have not been there in the past two weeks. We therefore see no cause for concern. Students from the relevant classes will also be informed verbally about this by their lecturers. Should the students at some point show symptoms of illness, they must report to Evelien Clemminck of the International Office, and we will follow the national guidelines: in that case a doctor will be consulted.

Travel to China
No HZ trips to or other activities in China are planned in the short term.

Any questions?
You can contact Bert Schollema, Director of Internationalisation, by e-mail: e.schollema@hz.nl or by telephone on 06-22205676. Any questions from the media are also answered by him in his role of spokesperson. HZ students can find a general news item on the HZ portal with a reference whom to consult and where to go for more information.

Information official authorities
• The RIVM website provides a lot of current information and there is also a Q&A section. The information is available in Dutch and English.
• You can also call GGD Zeeland, 0113-249400, info@ggdzeeland.nl