Page updated 16.3.2020

Preparing for the coronavirus at Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku University of Applied Sciences wants to ensure the progress of its students’ studies effectively and safely despite of the spreading coronavirus. These pages contain our instructions related to the coronavirus. We update the instructions on a regular basis. More information aimed at students and staff takes place in our intranet Messi.

Coming from abroad

For the time being, TUAS is not receiving foreign guests or delegations. In principle, new trips abroad have been cancelled. Those returning to Finland from abroad will stay off the campuses for 14 days.

For partners and customers

The trainings and services aimed at working life and private customers are postponed or organized remotely. Where applicable, we will also continue working with projects and commissions remotely. The staff responsible for these operations will inform our cooperation partners of the situation.

Queries related to our Services for Business can be submitted with the contact form or by email at palvelut@turkuamk.fi. 

Despite the state of emergency, TUAS’ research, development and innovation activities will continue by utilizing the solutions enabled by modern technology. You can ask for more information on the changes and continuation of the activities from the staff and Project Manager of your project.

Some of the activities will be postponed until the autumn, but many things can be innovated and developed also with remote connections.
 

Events

Events and services aimed at the external public are postponed to a time when the situation has calmed down. 

Campus libraries closed due to preventing the spread of coronavirus   18.3.2020

Studies and teaching

The teaching and other activities taking place in the premises of Turku University of Applied Sciences is suspended between 18 March – 13 May 2020. The libraries are also closed for this period. During this time, teaching and other activities will continue online. Possible exceptions will be announced separately to the people the issue concerns. 

  • On Tuesday 17 March, on-campus teaching is discontinued in the fields of social services and health care as well as arts and culture. In terms of engineering and business, the campuses are still organizing individual teaching events, of which separate information has been provided.
  • From Wednesday 18 March onwards, access to TUAS premises is possible only with the staff’s access control card. You can visit your workspace, but organizing meetings or gatherings is not allowed. The remote work orders are still valid. The front doors will be closed from students.

In terms of teaching arrangements, we kindly ask the students to contact the teachers of each course, the Degree Programme Leaders and the Head of Education and Research in their own field of study. 
 
During the state of emergency, we will monitor the national orders and inform of their possible effects on our own instructions through our website.
 
We will strive to organize flexible ways for the students  to promote their studies during the state of emergency. It is clear, however, that individual problems may appear, so we kindly ask for patience and flexibility of all members of our community. The situation is exceptional, but with cooperation, we will get through this.

Each practical training period shall be separately agreed on with the practical training place. In practical trainings in the field of social services and health care, the exceptional situation in the organizations in the field is considered. The operations in the field are organized thus that students in the field of social services and health care can be utilized as employees to safeguard the health of the people and slow down the spreading of the coronavirus.

We try to ensure the graduation of students despite the exceptional situation. 

In principle, the staff shall move to remote work in the tasks where it is possible and by agreeing on the matter with their supervisor. 

Entrance examinations

According to the current information, the upcoming entrance examinations in spring 2020 will be organized according to plan. In terms of possible changes, the national policies are complied with.

Changes in the entrance examinations to Bachelor’s degree programmes conducted in English  31.3.2020

Entrance examinations of the first joint application of the spring  18.3.2020

Trips abroad and exchange periods of staff and students

Those returning to Finland from abroad will stay off the campuses for 14 days.

Now, 78 TUAS students are on a student exchange abroad. They may discontinue their student exchange and return to Finland. The student and staff exchanges planned for spring 2020 are postponed or cancelled. New incoming exchange students are not received, either. The current exchange students will continue their studies within the limits set by the situation.

More information for staff and students

Official operating instructions for students and staff available in Messi (registration needed)

Now, there are no known cases of coronavirus among the staff or students of Turku University of Applied Sciences. The special arrangements will be discontinued as soon as it is safe.

Information updated 31 March 2020 17:16