Publicated: 26 Mar, 2020

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Message

Dear visitor,

In the words of Albert Camus:

In the midst of winter I found there was an invincible summer.

The announcement that all classes and exams were suspended until further notice, due to the Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, was a very difficult but necessary decision. The health, safety and well being of the NIHES community is our top priority. Now it is time to move forward and deal with our challenging new reality.

Together with NIHES staff and faculty we are considering how this situation will affect our programmes, including rescheduling courses where possible and finding alternative (online) ways to offer classes and exams. Thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff, some courses have already switched to an online format. We will do everything possible to keep our courses, research projects, and assessments ongoing using online tools. Our focus now lies on the currently enrolled students, making sure they can complete their programme. At the same time we are working hard on transitioning to full online education to be made available to everyone, in hopefully, the very near future. In the meantime, we are monitoring the constantly changing situation closely, from both an educational perspective as well as from an epidemiological perspective. We will continue to keep you up to date of our courses and programmes via the website and NIHES newsletter. You can also stay connected with NIHES via our social media channels.

Public health and medical research have always been at the heart of what we teach. Now, more than ever, epidemiology is vital to solving the Corona crisis and to mitigate the consequences. In the months ahead we will be grappling to understand how the pandemic swept over the globe so rapidly, which public health measures are helpful, and how we should prepare for future epidemics and pandemics. Understanding of quantitative research methodology and the ability to apply these methods are key to this endeavor.

I strongly urge you to follow the recommendations given by our public health experts and government. Please take care of each other so that physical distancing does not become social isolation. Together we can fight the battle against the Corona virus. Together we can create a new reality that is both collaborative and compassionate.

Take care.

Prof. Myriam Hunink, Director NIHES


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