Latest Coronavirus Updates

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The Hague Pathway College resumed on-campus teaching upon start of the September 2020 programme, following the policies set by the partner university and the Dutch government. In the period from 4 January till 6 April we will temporarily shift to fully online education. 

 

For most up-to-date information check the following government websites:

Latest Coronavirus Updates

(latest update: 3 June 2021)

3 June 2021

Following a now consistent decline of case numbers, the Dutch government announced that the next and third step of the reopening plan will start on Saturday 5 June 2021. Nearly everything is to reopen, though subject to certain conditions to make sure all can stay safe.

 

Third step of the reopening plan: 5 June

In step 3 the following coronavirus measures will be lifted or relaxed. All other basic measures will continue to apply. 

  • Receive up to 4 visitors a day at home.
  • The maximum group size outdoors will increase to 4 people.
  • The maximum number of visitors in one place, such as museum and historic buildings is 50, at a distance of 1.5 metres apart. Larger venues like indoor arenas, theatres and concert halls may reopen following specific measures.
  • Indoor spaces at amusement parks, nature parks, zoos, casinos, play and recreational facilities, saunas and spas may reopen with certain regulations remaining in place.
  • Adults may do sport in groups of up to 50 people without having to keep 1.5 metres apart, if the sport in question requires people to be closer.
  • Restaurants and cafes can be open from 06.00 to 22.00. A reservation, health check and assigned seating are mandatory. 
  • All shops can open in accordance with their regular opening times. This means that late-night shopping is permitted again.
  • Coronavirus entry passes may apply for locations to host higher volumes of people.

Next steps of the reopening plan: 30 June

The fourth step of the reopening plan is now planned for 30 June. The government will decide on 22 June whether to implement step 4 as planned. In step 4 the advice for receiving visitors at home an rules on group sizes will be adjusted again. Also events without assigned seat will be allowed, subject to specific condition.

Vaccination progress

On 2 June 2021 very close to 10 million vaccine doses have been administered to residents of the Netherlands. This free vaccination programmes includes international students who have registered in the Netherlands. The country expects to have offered vaccination to all adult inhabitants by July 2021.

Travel to and from the Netherlands

From 1 June 2021 the travel ban from certain countries has been substituted by a mandatory home quarantine for travellers to the Netherlands from very high-risk areas. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. The quarantine period can be in your home or other accommodation. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration or you do not comply with the mandatory quarantine requirement.

For further information, including an overview of countries and regions for which mandatory quarantine applies, check the dedicated Government’s page on the subject.

 

11 May 2021

During a press conference on 11 May 2021 the Dutch government announced that to take the second step of the reopening plan on 19 May. Whether this goes ahead depends on the number of new ICU and hospital admissions on 17 May. Numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospitals have dropped and new case numbers are decreasing. So far more than 6 million vaccine doses were administered and the all residents of the country will be offered the option of vaccination by the end of July 2021. The speed of vaccinations leads to expectatitions of falling new cases and hospital admissions from now on.

 

Second step of the reopening plan: 19 May

On 19 May, if numbers allow, the following coronavirus measures will be lifted or relaxed. All other measures will continue to apply. 

Indoor sports facilities are most likely to reopen with a maximum of 30 people per space. Groups will be allowed to do sports outdoors, also with a maximum of 30 people per group. Outdoor leisure locations, such as amusement parks, nature parks, zoos and petting farms and artistic and cultural activities indoors will reopen, subject to conditions. Finally, outdoor seating areas of restaurants and bars can be open from 06.00 to 20.00. 

Travelling

From 15 May 2021, leisure travel to countries with a low infection rate will be allowed. Always check the latest travel advice on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch only). On this website, safe countries will be marked in green or yellow and the number of countries labeled as safe will likely develop over time. Please note, in most ‘yellow’ or ‘green’ countries restrictions may apply to international travellers, including those from the Netherlands. Such restrictions may include negative test result requirement or mandatory quarantine
‘Orange’ countries have high infection rates. Dutch residents are only supposed to travel to such areas for urgent reasons. Non-essential travel to these countries is not recommended.

Next steps of the reopening plan

Decisions on further parts of the reopening plan will be considered from 9 June 2021 onwards. These will likely include raising the maximum number of visitors at home from 2 to 4 and allowing restaurants and cafes to serve meals indoors. On 1 June the government will decide whether Covid-19 numbers allow to make his next step. 

 

21 April 2021

During a press conference on 21 April 2021 the Dutch government announced easing of measures to be expected in the next weeks to come and a 5-step plan to reopen society safely. These relaxations of measures will depend on fewer COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospital. It is very important that everyone keeps following the basic rules.

 

First step of the reopening plan

The first step of the reopening plan will take place since 28 April. All other measures will continue to apply. In the first step of the reopening plan, the evening curfew will be lifted at 4:30 on 28 April 2021. The outdoor seating areas at restaurants and cafés may be open from 12:00 to 18:00, under certain conditions. Moreover it is advised to receive no more than 2 visitors a day at home, and visit no more than 1 other household per day. Finally, all shops may admit customers without an appointment.

 

Regarding education, as of Monday 26 April, students at higher education, including The Hague Pathway College students, will again be able to attend classes at their educational institution. This will be limited to about 1 day a week and certain conditions will apply, such as staying 1.5 metres apart from others. Self-test kits will be available for students and staff as of May.

 

Next steps

The second step will not be taken until at least 11 May and will again depend on a clear, continuing decline in the number of new hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients. This step will open up more opportunities for participating in sports, for example. A greater array of indoor venues, such as restaurants, cinemas and museums, will be allowed to resume their activities in the third step. But certain conditions will apply, such as a maximum number of visitors or guests. This number will be increased in the following steps. The reopening plan also shows what measures will be eased when. 

 

Pre-admission tests & Vaccination

Pre-admission tests will hopefully enable us to open up society more quickly. Pilots are currently underway to investigate how pre-admission tests can be used on a large scale in a safe and responsible way. For example, at more locations and at events.

Vaccination is a key step towards getting life back to normal. The current prognosis is that by the beginning of July this year, everyone aged 18 or older who wants to be vaccinated will have received their first vaccine dose. To find out when you will be able to get vaccinated against coronavirus, click here

 

23 March 2021

During a press conference on 23 March 2021 the Dutch government announced easing of measures to be expected in the next weeks to come. These relaxations of measures will strongly relate to the vaccination programme which is progressing at significant speed. Since the number of coronavirus infections remains high all current measures will continue to apply up to and including 20 April (See the 8 March and 24 February updates on this page for the overviews.  

Vaccination programme

Vaccination is a key step towards getting life back to normal. According to current planning, by early July, all Dutch residents will have had the opportunity to receive their vaccinations. According to recent estimations, this will lead to a high vaccination rate of 80%. Towards early July a process of easing of restrictions will be possible. All residents in the Netherlands will be invited for the vaccination programme, which includes international students with a permanent address in the Netherlands.

 

Re-opening universities

The government continues to prioritise the reopening of higher education. This is expected to be possible from 26 April onwards and will imply educational institutions offer their students self-test kits.

Offering face-to-face teaching on campus means that our students will return to solid hybrid teaching models, which will initially likely entailof face-to-face teaching per week. The number of hours of face-to-face teaching is expected to increase in the time to come. We have successfully introduced hybrid teaching models in September 2020 and our academic team is very confident in being able to offer a high-quality and interactive learning experience to all students. In all cases, besides the self-testing, social distancing and extra hygiene measures will continue to be in place.

 

8 March 2021

During the press conference on Monday 8 March the government has made minor adjustments to the current measures while announcing further scope for easing of restrictions as of 31 March. From that date it is likely for restaurants and bars to open outdoor seating areas and for shops to open, subject to strict conditions.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that many aspects of normal social life will return to the Netherlands at the end of the second quarter as the country's vaccination program ramps up. The current prognosis is that everyone aged 18 and older will be vaccinated by July 2021. This means that most of the measures will be lifted in summer and that big steps towards normal life again can be taken. All residents in the Netherlands will be invited for the vaccination programme, which includes international students with a permanent address in the Netherlands.

Re-opening universities

If infection rates come down further, the government expects to allow colleges and universities to expand face to face interactions in April. This means that we will probably be offering face-to-face teaching on campus and that our students will return to solid hybrid teaching models, as we have successfully introduced in September 2020. In all cases, social distancing and extra hygiene measures will continue to be in place.

During the press conference on Monday 8 March the following relaxation updates were announced by the Dutch Prime Minister:

  • Sports: People aged 27 and over will be allowed to do sports outside with a maximum of 4 people. The relaxation of those restrictions will take effect on March 16
  • Shopping by appointment: Shops larger than 50 square metres, one customer per 25 square metres, with a maximum of 50 people in total starting on March 27

Travelling to the Netherlands

All the travellers must be able to show a negative result PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. In addition people travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea must take rapid test no more than 4 hours before departure. More information on how to get PCR or rapid test outside the Netherlands can be found here.

 

Are you travelling from a high-risk country to the Netherlands? In many cases you need a negative NAAT(PCR) test and sometimes also a rapid test. For a full overview of measures in place, consult Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl.

 

24 February 2021

Lighter measuers in the Netherlands

The government remains focused on protecting people in at-risk groups, and ensuring healthcare remains accessible to those in need. On 23 Februay the following updates were announced by the The Dutch Prime minister who mentioned that the country and its people will benefit from some relaxation of measures:

  • From 1 March, secondary schools and institutions of secondary vocational education (MBO) will partially reopen, this follows the full reopening of primary schools a couple of weeks ago.
  • Higher education will continue to be able to offer tutoring, practical classes in small groups and exams on their campuses, this includes both Pathway Colleges. Next steps, which are expected to be announced soon, will be an extension of face-to-face teaching moments on campus and thus a return to solid hybrid teaching models as we have successfully introduced in September 2020. In all cases, social distancing and extra hygiene measures will continue to be in place.
  • People performing contact-based professions, such as hairdressers, will be able to practise again from 3 March 2021.
  • From 3 March onwards, people aged 26 and below will be able to train outside at sports venues in groups of more than two people.
  • From 3 March onwards, shops will be able to receive limited numbers of customers by appointment. 

 

21 January 2021

Travel to the Netherlands

The number of infections of the coronavirus is going down in the Netherlands. In order to reduce even more the current infection rate and stay ahead of the spread of new variants of the Corona virus, the Dutch government has announced new measures for people travelling to the Netherlands.

The new measures are effective from January 23rd 00:01.These travel restrictions are expected only to last until planned legislation on mandatory quarantine rules for travellers are in place.

A travel ban will be imposed for the United Kingdom, South Africa, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. More info here

Holders of an MVV-visa (including THPC students) can still travel to the Netherlands. International students with approved visa and residence permit, such as students at our college, are included in the list of exemptions. More info here

All travellers must be able to show a negative result PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. In addition people travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea must take a rapid test no more than 4 hours before departure. More information on how to get PCR or rapid test outside the Netherlands can be found here.

It is essential that all the people arriving in the Netherlands will quarantine for 10 days to avoid the spread of the virus.  If you test negative on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period. 
 

Local Covid-19 situation

The Dutch government have announced an extension to the strict measures announced the 15th of December. (see below more informaion) These measures will now be in operation until the 2nd of March. THUAS anticipates a further extension of these measures beyond this date and, as a result, have confirmed that all classes will be held online until 6 April. THPC will follow this plan while making sure that the content of the curriculum and the conditions of progression of our students to THUAS remain exactly the same.

The government has also introduced a curfew across the Netherlands to further slow the spread of the virus. This means that everyone has to stay inside between 21.00 and 4.30 beween now and10 February. Only in case you have a valid reason you are allowed to be outside. More information here.

 

15 December 2020

Throughout Europe the number of infections is not at a steady low level at the moment, which has led to our Prime Minister Rutte announcing further measures on 14 December 2020. These measures lead to stricter additional measures in the Netherlands to minimise contact and stop the virus from spreading. The generic measures are expected to last till 19 January, though some exceptions apply.

Contrary to measures in place in the past couple of months, the new set of measures impacts the ways in which we will teach in January 2021. Face-to-face teaching activities at The Hague University of Applied Sciences will be suspended until 8 February 2021. Between 4 January 2021 and 8 February our expert team of teachers will deliver all educational activities online. On 8 February 2021 we expect to return to the hybrid education model we have offered in the past months. This means that The Hague Pathway College, like many educational institutions in the Netherlands, offers meaningful interaction on a face-to-face basis, while elements of the study programme with limited teacher-student or student-student interaction will be online. When teaching via face-to-face delivery we foresee to teach in smaller groups (indicative 15 students) than usual to follow social distancing guidelines, and moreover, guarantee the best learning outcomes.

University campus buildings will remain open (excluding Christmas holidays) for urgent meetings that cannot take place online.

Next to the change in the way we will teach in January, some of the other additional measures in the period until 9 Febuary include:

  • Supermarkets, bakeries, and take-away food points remain open, non-essential shops are to remain closed. From 10 February onwards products can be pre-ordered and can be picked up at non-essential shops.
  • Indoor sports facilities, theatres, musea and similar facilities will remain closed
  • People are supposed to stay at home as much as possible and limit their travel movements, incl international travel
  • Allowed to meet two people outdoor and invite only one person indoors 
  • No group gatherings, incl in your own accommodation

Basic measures continue to apply and include extra (hand) hygiene measures, stay home and get tested when not feeling well, and keep a 1.5m distance from other people. 

For students who will enrol in January 2021, please have a look at the future students' Q&A section on this page, or have a look at the College Director letter you received in your mailbox on 15 December 2020.

For currently enrolled students, the Student Support team will provide you with all relevant information for the weeks to come.

 

18 November 2020

During a press conference on Tuesday 17 November the Dutch government announced that a few measures taken two weeks ago can be loosened. The curve of the COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands has been going down further. Restrictive measures are still in place nationally and regionally to control the situation.

 

Relaxation of measures announced on 17 November

  • Publicly accessible locations, such as museums, theatres, swimming pools and libraries will re-open. 30 People are allowed to be in public locations at the same time.
  • Students and staff are allowed to meet up with a maximum of three people from different households. Meetings with larger groups, other than meetings directly related to education, are not possible at the moment. Education is exempted from these group size limitations, strict hygiene and social distancing measures are in place though.

All other measures as announced on 6 November still apply.

Friday 6 November 2020

Local Covid-19 situation
The Netherlands is nearing the end of a second wave of Covid-19 cases. Though this is good news for the country as  whole, the number of cases continues to be significant in some parts of the country. Stricter measures are in place from 4 November 2020 for two weeks. The Dutch government's aim is to help the curve go down more quickly to facilitate access to the high-quality public healthcare system for all patients, including non-Covid patients.

Current measures do not affect the hybrid teaching methods throughout the country, incl The Hague Pathway College and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. We continue to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff.

Additional measures

The new measures are intended to limit the number of travels.

  • Publicly accessible locations, such as museums, theatres, swimming pools and libraries, will be closed for a period of 2 weeks
  • Students and staff are allowed to meet up with a maximum of two people from different households. Meetings with larger groups, other than meetings directly related to education, are not possible at the moment

The complete list of measures can be found on the website of the national government, links are availabe above. 

The basic rules continue to apply:

  • Maintain social distance of 1.5 metres
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow
  • Wear a face mask in inside areas. This is not only mandatory when moving around on campus, but also in other public buildings such as libraries, shops and train stations
  • If you have any symptoms you must stay home and get tested
  • Do you have shortness of breath and/or a fever? Then you and all of your housemates must stay at home. 

In line with government measures, we are doing everything we can to ensure education continues, while prioritising the health and safety of our students and staff. Of course, we will continue to monitor developments closely and will keep our audiences updated via this website and the newsletters for students.

Finally

The upcoming period will be a strenuous one. It was and is very important to adhere to the basic rules and to contribute to helping reduce the number of infections as well as possible. We realise that this is not always easy and that it requires a lot of our employees and students. Please take care of each other and let us help each other through this hard time.

 

Thursday 1 October 2020

Local and national measurs to stay ahead of the virus 

During a press conference on Monday 28th September, the Dutch government announced additional measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. These measures to stay ahead of the virus are in place for the next three weeks. As always, Twente Pathway College and the University of Twente strictly follow Dutch government advice.  Therefore a few rules have been updated accordingly.

It is our priority to continue to deliver high quality academic content and the right quality of our teaching in a safe environment for students and staff. The teaching we offer to our students is developed to support progression to the University of Twente all ways possible. We ask students to take the following measures:

Basic rules

Continue to follow the basic rules that are already in place, that is, to keep a meter and a half distance from other people. Wash and disinfect your hands regularly, cough and sneeze in your elbow, and stay at home if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is infected. Finally, get yourself tested if there is a reason to do so.

Face masks

The government has issued a recommendation to wear face masks in public areas and TPC and the UT are following this recommendation. From now on, you are strongly advised to wear a face mask in all public areas at all university locations, including classrooms.

Limit your travel

Please limit the amount of time you spend on public transport. Instead, either walk or use your bicycle to travel around the city.

 
 
 

Monday 24 August 2020

Teaching in September
Teaching in September will be on campus, as we have shared with you before. We will be able to teach in a safe and secure environment, which will obviously be among our highest priorities for this Fall semester and beyond. Both The Hague University of Applied Sciences and The Hague Pathway College follow the approach of the Dutch government. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.

In the buildings and surrounding areas of The Hague University of Applied Sciences a range of measures were implemented during Summer to ensure the right kind of student experience in all situations. And in these times a safe one. The space available, nearby facilities for daily life, the fact that no or only limited public transportation is required and obviously our approach to learning in these times underline why we think we can take away any concerns you may feel.

During the time to come, The Hague Pathway College aims to ensure that meaningful interaction happens on a face to face basis, while elements of the study programme with limited teacher-student or student-student interaction will be online. This type of hybrid learning, combining online and on-campus learning, will be common across the world in the time to come. When teaching via face to face delivery we foresee to teach in smaller groups (indicative: 15 students) than usual to follow social distancing guidelines, and moreover, to guarantee the best learning outcomes.

 

Online delivery of term 1 for those who need to
In case logistical issues do not allow you to travel to the Netherlands in September we will offer you the option to start your first term via online learning. As soon as a student is able to travel during Term 1, the student moves to the Netherlands to enjoy all benefits of on campus learning and their new student life with us. In case you think this situation applies to you, please reach out to the student support team (student.support@thehaguepathway.nl, for further contact details check www.thehaguepathway.nl).

Friday 15 May 2020

In May 2020 University of The Hague announced that all educational activities until summer break will be conducted online. We can now inform you that this will also apply for lectures and examinations at The Hague Pathway College. Until the end of this academic year we will be open and fully available for our students, however it will be via online delivery and online support. Our students are in the meantime thoroughly prepared for online examinations and our team of teachers is reviewing the test results of the Term 3 mid-term exams which were also conducted online.

We would like to mention that our advice for current students on travelling remains the same. If you choose to travel, it might be difficult to return to the Netherlands to start your Bachelors programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. We understand this is a difficult decision to make looking at the Summer months ahead. Students can reach out to the Student Support Team to discuss their plans.

We would like to note that our advice on travelling remains the same. If you choose to travel, it might be that you cannot return to the Netherlands for September intake at THUAS. Therefore, we strongly recommend you remain in the Netherlands. It’s worth stating as well that the Netherlands is beginning to open up again after a period of lockdown, and that travelling to any country right not is not advisable.

As of the end of August onwards, The Hague University of Applied Sciences will be opening up campus facilities again for education for the new academic year. The University has always been deeply committed to offering high quality, small-scale teaching and personalised learning to all of our students. What this implies for the coming year, is that we will provide as much contact time as is possible within Covid-19 government guidelines. At this stage, it is not yet possible to give a more detailed indication. Rule of thumb is that practicals, examinations and classes in which personal contact and direct interaction are indispensable, will be offered on campus as often as possible. The Hague Pathway College will closely work with University to provide the best on-campus learning environment we can. The Hague Pathway College will offer online alternative options for students who are not yet able to travel to the Netherlands to start their living and studying experience.

 

Thursday 7 May 2020

On 6 May 2020 the Dutch government announced a step by step plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions. The approach to bring the virus under control has worked well so far, so the government is able to give more freedom while urging people to continue to follow the main hygiene and social distancing rules and stay at home when they don’t feel well. 

Lifting of restrictions starts at local level, and therefore needing limited transportation movements and then gradually shifts to a national level. 

The Pathway College works closely with the partner university to set more precise policies and guidelines according to which on-campus education will be possible in a safe way. 

Some key elements of the step by step plan, in all cases staying at a 1.5m distance from other people applies:

 

 From 11 May the following will apply:

  • Stay at home turns into avoid busy locations, working from home continues to be recommended
  • Primary schools will reopen on 11 May
  • If following some more specific rules outdoor sports activities will be allowed
  • Hair dressers, opticians and most other people in contact-based roles will be able to reopen
  • Limited public transportation is available, face masks are advised

If the virus remains under control, the following will be possible from 1 June onwards:

  • Secondary schools will reopen
  • Cafes, restaurants, cinemas and theatres may reopen, subject to certain conditions
  • Museums will reopen
  • Public transportation to return to the regular timetables, passengers will be required to wear a face mask (since social distancing may not always be possible)

Expected adjustments from 15 June - If the virus remains under control, schools for vocational training reopen. Plans are being drawn up at the moment to physically reopen Universities of Applied Sciences and Research Universities.  

Expected adjustments from 1 July - Holiday parks will reopen. Cinemas, restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions may start receiving higher visitor volumes.   

Expected adjustments from 1 September - Indoor sports facilities may reopen for all ages.

 

The Pathway College continues to expect to resume on campus teaching upon start of the September 2020 programme, following the policies set by the partner university. 

 

More information: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2020/05/06/avoid-busy-places-and-stay-1.5-metres-away-from-others

 

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The Netherlands will start reopening primary schools and day care centres from 11 May onwards. The decision to reopen schools is based on decreasing numbers of confirmed new cases and a wide range of additional research. Further educational institutions will continue to teach online. 
The Dutch government is taking on a careful approach. It is extending the basic social distancing rules – working home and staying home as much as possible, as well as maintaining a 1.5 metre distance from others till 20 May. The government will keep a close eye on developments and remain alert.

For the full and latest Dutch national updates we continue to refer to the official Dutch Government website in English.

Next update expected: 20 May 2020

Friday 27 March 2020

On 27 March 2020, The Hague University of Applied Sciences has just confirmed that all teaching and any examinations will be online until 1st June. At THPC we will, of course, follow these guidelines. All THPC classes and any examinations will be online until 1st June. However, if the Dutch government decides to relax the measures before 1st June to an extent whereby the University can reopen for face to face teaching and examinations, we will update you accordingly. Until that time, all the classes and any examinations will be online.

The content and quality of all our modules will stay the same, meaning students will be able to progress as normal upon successful completion of your studies. We are confident that our students will really love the online classes we have prepared. We have lots of fun, engaging and, importantly, beneficial lessons ready!

Please follow the official Dutch Government website in English for updated concerning the most essential information and measurements.

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