Information om coronaviruset till studenter

Information om coronaviruset till studenter


Sweden is now entering a serious phase. A serious phase, but not an emergency. We have a joint responsibility in reducing the
spread of infection and to flatten the curve. As vice-chancellor, I want the university to
contribute to this, and for us to do our part. This is also the aim of several of
the measures we are now taking. At the university, intensive efforts are now underway to facilitate a shift of
teaching activities, making them digital to as great an extent as possible. Many of our teaching staff are working
to adapt their teaching material to make this work. Exams are a particularly relevant matter. Making a shift overnight
from a normal examination to a digital one is not
entirely uncomplicated. We do not have a solution in
place to all problems yet, but intensive work is underway. I urge all students to stay up-to-date
with the latest information on Blackboard. There are new developments all the time. There are constant changes. So logging into Blackboard is very important. What happens now is that our crisis
management organisation has been activated. It happened on Wednesday and the team includes, among others, the vice-chancellor, university director,
chief security officer and head of communication. We are working continually to make
the necessary decisions and to prepare the necessary recommendations. Today, this afternoon, we are meeting again. We have students who at the moment are abroad for studies at other universities. On the news we hear of
countries closing their borders, of airlines cancelling their flights. It is imperative that students
themselves keep up-to-date with what applies to their particular
university and the country they are in. These are questions we will focus
particularly on in the coming days, and more information will be
announced as soon as we know more. For students who have been abroad, they must now stay at home for 14 days. They will have to self-isolate so that
we can limit the spread of the infection. When it comes to students’ placements,
this is quite a complex issue. We are dependant of our placement partners, such as schools and hospitals. We have a situation that keeps on changing. New decisions are taken fast.
It is therefore very important that students at all times keep up-to-date with
anything that is posted on Blackboard. At Örebro University, we have opted for
keeping activities going as best we can, even if it means that there will be certain disruptions.
Other countries have other priorities. Many universities abroad are closing. We want our operations to
continue as much as possible, while we are of course considering the
spread of the coronavirus in our society. We are making a shift towards
working more digitally. We are attempting to bring down the
peak of the number of corona cases through risk distribution so to speak. As a university, we have a responsibility to
ensure that our operations continue as planned – research as well as education. Moreover, as long as the matter of
student funding has not been resolved, we cannot just cancel our courses and study programmes. That would be irresponsible.