“Finally! I am looking forward to a lively and vibrant campus, as restrictions connected to the pandemic will no longer restrain us,” says Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm.
The Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have gradually lifted infection control measures, and by the end of March, COVID-19 will no longer be classified as a danger to society or a threat to public health. As a result, University of Gävle can return to normal operations.
However, it is important to remember that the spread of infection is not over. It remains important to get vaccinated and to stay at home if you have symptoms of an infection.
Continued high proportion of distance learning
“We should remember that University of Gävle offers a large number of distance learning programmes and freestanding courses," says Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm. “Almost 50 per cent of our students are distance students, and during the pandemic we have shown that we were able to convert to online teaching for everyone.
“In our strategy, we state that we intend to develop forms of online learning and invest in innovative learning environments to take a leading position in lifelong learning. At different periods in life, people may need to return to university studies, and we must offer attractive forms of programmes and courses that are adapted to different needs.”
The University will open up for public gatherings and conferences on campus
When study period four begins on 28 March, it will be possible to hold public gatherings and conferences on campus again, without any restrictions. There will be an Open House for upper-secondary school pupils on April 6, for example, and labour market days for students can be organized again.
Many lessons learned
“We should be proud of all the development of our digital working methods.
These are lessons that we can benefit from after the pandemic,” says Maria Strand, chair of the Coordination Committee for Pandemic-related Measures at University of Gävle. “We will of course continue to follow developments closely, but right now, we cannot see any signs of a setback. I am also looking forward to students and staff returning to campus without any restrictions.”
Drop-in vaccination on campus in week 13
It remains important to get vaccinated and in collaboration with Region Gävleborg, University of Gävle will offer drop-in vaccination during week 13: on Wednesday 30 March between 10 am and 4 pm at the Student Centre on campus.
The pandemic is not over, and COVID-19 is still spreading. Despite this fact, one million people in Sweden have not taken their first dose.
“If we all get vaccinated, we protect ourselves and other against severe illness and death,” Maria Strand says. “Unvaccinated people risk catching COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill.”
General recommendations that still apply:
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Stay at home and avoid close contact with others when you symptoms of an infection.
- Unvaccinated people should continue to keep a safe distance from others and avoid crowds indoors
TEXT: Tommy Löfgren