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Update Corona-Virus 17-09-2020 - Current information for students and staff for the winter semester 2020/2021

The winter semester 20/21 will, like the past summer semester, be very much under the influence of the corona pandemic. It is still important to keep the risk of infection as low as possible and to be able to react as flexibly as possible to changes in the situation. This is why TH Wildau, like the other universities in Brandenburg and Germany, is required to plan this semester as a so-called "hybrid semester" with a high proportion of digital teaching. At the same time, the TH Wildau is very pleased to be able to offer on-campus courses again within the scope of the available opportunities and to welcome first-year students not only online, but also on our beautiful campus.

With a view to the upcoming start of lectures the Crisis Team has summarised the most important regulations for the TH Wildau and the Winter Semester in general: download the document

If you have any questions, please send them to interne.kommunikation(at)th-wildau.de. Together with the Crisis Team, these will be reviewed and then answered by the President in a suitable format.

Have a good start to the semester and stay healthy!

Updates July 2020

Update Corona-Virus 30-07-2020 - New arrangements for on-site teaching WS 20/21Open areaClose area

Update Corona-Virus 30-07-2020 - New arrangements for on-site teaching in WS 20/21

Dear colleagues, dear students,

I am writing to inform you that the following changes and rules will apply to on-site teaching and classes during WS 20/21:

  • 1) 90-minute classes will be held in a two-hourly schedule, meaning that the first class of the day will commence at 8am and the following classes then at 10am, 12 noon etc. There will not be a longer slot for a lunch break. The reason for this is that the Corona pandemic makes it necessary to allow teachers and students more time for moving between rooms and also for the classrooms to be comprehensively aired.
  • 2) Rooms for on-site teaching will be arranged so that minimum distance between seats is guaranteed and only a predefined maximum number of people may use these designated seats. So that contacts can be better traced if necessary, we recommend that students always use the same seat and adhere to a fixed seating plan.
  • 3) If the room is not automatically aired, then within each 90-minute class it must be aired for at least 5 minutes upon 45 minutes. This is necessary to reduce the risk of infection as far as possible. I am sure that you all understand the necessity and will act responsibly. Many thanks!

These arrangements are based on the recommendation of the crisis team of 30.7.2020.

With best wishes
Ulrike Tippe

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Update Corona-Virus 30-07-2020 - Important information regarding obligatory face masks in offices and laboratories at TH Wildau

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to inform you on current rules for mouth-and-nose masks in TH Wildau buildings:

In offices and laboratories that are used by a firmly defined group of people, it is admissable not to wear masks from 1.8.2020 provided the minimum distance between staff (1.5 m) is adhered to and rooms are regularly aired.
In all other rooms wearing a mask remains obligatory!

This rule is based on an recommendation of the crisis team of 30.7.2020. The crisis team still urgently recommends using home office in order to reduce the use of rooms on premises to a minimum.

With best wishes
Ulrike Tippe

Update Corona-Virus 17-07-2020 - End of summer semester: important informationsOpen areaClose area

Update Corona-Virus 17-07-2020 - End of summer semester: Some important informations

Dear students and colleagues,

Summer semester 2020 is slowly coming to an end, and we will surely remember it for a long time. The Corona pandemic meant that all universities had to more or less swiftly (at TH Wildau very rapidly) move to digital teaching formats and then retain them with only few examples through the semester.

Today, we can generally say that we managed this situation very well. In particular when we consider that back in spring there was discussion around Germany on counting summer semester 2020 as a “non-semester,” we can today say that this semester, although certainly unusual, has been a success at TH Wildau. This was of course only possible because all of you faced the challenges with hard work, commitment, and responsibility. I would like to warmly thank you for this in the name of the entire university executive committee!

Structures and organisation for winter semester 2020/21 will also still be heavily influenced by the effects of the pandemic. All universities have been instructed to continue with high levels of digital teaching so as to react as flexibly as possible to the situation. This so-called “hybrid” winter semester is now in planning. How much teaching is done online depends on the subject taught, on teaching methods, and on the necessary hygiene and distance rules. We are presently evaluating teaching quality in the summer semester, and we will use the results of this evaluation in order to improve online teaching in particular in the coming winter semester.

Because we do not know now exactly which rules will apply in autumn and winter, we must be very well prepared for all (!) possible scenarios. Therefore, the winter semester will be challenging for us all.

Here I would like to provide three important items of information, which we will also of course communicate via our other channels, but which I would like to present here:

Preliminary Registration to Study:

Any delays in the summer semester caused by Corona must not lead to significant disadvantages for students planning to enter master degree programmes. For this reason, I have passed an internal decree allowing for preliminary registration in winter semester 2020/21 even if the bachelor’s thesis has not been submitted by 308.2020 or when a maximum of two modules from summer semester 2020 are still to be passed. You can read the exact wording under Verfügung P05-2020 at https://www.th-wildau.de/files/Praesidium/Verfuegungen/Verfuegung_P05_-_2020.pdf. Please note that this decree relates to the current situation and therefore applies only to the coming winter semester!

Termination of Decree P01-2020...

...on absence at examinations in summer semester 2020 (available here https://www.th-wildau.de/files/Praesidium/Verfuegungen/Verfuegung_P01_-_2020.pdf): This regulation applied due to the corona pandemic, under which students who do not attend examinations are automatically excused, is only valid until 31.08.2020. For examinations and repeat examinations from September the usual rules apply.

Graduation ceremony:

We are unable to hold our graduation ceremony as usual this year, due to current hygiene and distance regulations. We are currently considering two alternatives – a “home-coming days” ceremony for graduates in 2021, and a digital ceremony including videos. You will find information on the decision (when made) under www.th-wildau.de/exma. We hope not to disappoint you too much with these options, and we believe we have found suitable alternatives for graduates to celebrate and their achievements to be recognised even in these unusual conditions.

If you have any questions you may contact us via the crisis team e-mail address. The crisis team will meet regularly during the lecture break and will respond to questions.

I hope you can use the coming weeks in the best way possible, to relax and recuperate. This is really very important and I wish you all some really enjoyable time off. Stay healthy!

Updates June 2020

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Update Corona-Virus 30-06-2020 - Semester Times & Lecture Times for Winter Semester 20/21 & Summer Semester 21 

The TH Wildau would like to inform you about the realisation of the winter semester 2020/21 as well as about the changed lecture times in winter semester (WiSe) 20/21 and summer semester (SuSe) 21. This information is based on the Senate's resolution of 22 June 2020.

The semester times remain unchanged, i.e:

  • The winter semester 20/21 begins on 1 September 2020 and ends on 28 February 2021.
  • The summer semester 21 begins on 1 March 2021 and ends on 31 August 2021.

Please note: The period from 7 September – 2 October 2020 can be used both for re-examinations from summer semester 20 and, if necessary, for courses (in block format) from summer semester 20 which, due to the effects of corona, could not be held.

The lecture times in winter semester 20/21 change as follows compared to previous years:

- Case 1 -

  • The following applies to all first-semester students in non-restricted-admission degree programmes as well as in the admission-restricted Master's programme in Business Management and to all students in advanced (not first) semesters:
  • Lectures start on winter semester 20/21: Monday, 5 October 2020 or Saturday, 10 October 2020 (part-time study)
  • End of lectures WiSe 20/21: 30 January 2021
  • Examination period WiSe 20/21: February 1 - 20, 2021, thus covering three weeks and also the winter holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg (February 1 - 6, 2021).

The lecture times in SuSe 21 remain unchanged over the course of time as per Official Notice 30/2019. However, the repeat examination period stipulated in the framework regulations will not apply at the beginning of the SuSe. Arrangements will be made in due time so that examinations from the winter semester 20/21 can be taken during the summer semester 21.

- Case 2 -

  • This applies to all new first-semester students in Bachelor's programmes with restricted admission who have applied via the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DOSV):
    • Lectures start in winter semester 20/21: Monday, 2 November 2020
    • End of lectures WiSe 20/21: 30 January 2021
    • Examination period WiSe 20/21: February 1 - 20, 2021, thus covering three weeks and also the winter holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg (February 1 - 6, 2021).

The lecture times in SuSe 21 remain unchanged over the course of time as per Official Notice 30/2019. However, the review period stipulated in the framework regulations will not apply at the beginning of the SuSe. Arrangements will be made in due time so that examinations from the winter semester 20/21 can be taken during the summer semester 21.

The Background to These Changes

Since the course of the corona pandemic cannot be predicted, the coming WiSe 20/21 is to be a "hybrid" semester with a high online component. The reason for this is the need to be able to act proactively in the event of a renewed flare-up of the pandemic. Nevertheless, we are endeavouring to realise face-to-face attendance formats, especially in those areas where courses have a high practical component. At the same time, we would like to pay special attention to our first-year students, provide them with close supervision and, as far as possible, teach on campus in order to promote the bond with our institution. How this will be done exactly depends, of course, very much on the hygiene and distance rules that will apply in the winter semester.

The planning for the course of events under these circumstances is demanding and is already in full swing.

Welcoming Ceremony for New Students

Due to the unclear situation caused by Corona (distance rules, hygiene regulations) and the postponed start of studies, the central welcome ceremony for first-year students will not be held. Instead, smaller introductory events will take place decentrally before the start of the respective lectures and partly also online. This is the current status. 

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Update Corona-Virus 17-06-2020 - Bridging aid for students in financial emergency situations

Online application via www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

Effective immediately, students who are in particularly acute need and are directly dependent on help due to the corona pandemic can apply for bridging aid in the form of a non-repayable grant from their "Studierendenwerk". For this purpose, the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW), the umbrella organisation of the German Studentenwerke, has created its own portal: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de.

Eligible to apply are students from Germany and abroad who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany. The number of semesters or age are not grounds for exclusion. The decisive factor is the proven, acute pandemic emergency.

Not eligible to apply are students at universities of applied sciences for administration or universities of the armed forces, students in part-time studies or dual studies, guest students and students at universities not recognized by the state.

Via the portal, the students' applications are automatically forwarded to the student or student union responsible for them. From 25 June 2020, applications will be processed and paid out by the 57 student and student unions organised within the DSW.

Depending on proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid as a non-repayable grant. The bridging allowance may be applied for in June, July and August 2020. The account balance from the day before the application is submitted is decisive. For example, if you still have 200 euros in your account, you can receive 300 euros as a bridging allowance for the month in which your application is submitted.

The Studentenwerk Potsdam is responsible for processing applications from students.

Online application from Tuesday, 16.6.2020, 12 noon

 

www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

 

BMBF hotline for bridging assistance:

Phone: 0800 26 23 003

E-mail: ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende(at)bmbf.bund.de

 

Answers to the main questions on how to apply for the grant:

 

https://www.studentenwerk-potsdam.de/wir-ueber-uns/news/news-detailansicht/ueberbrueckungshilfe-fuer-studierende-in-notlage/

Update Corona-Virus 16-06-2020 - Business TripsOpen areaClose area

Update Corona-Virus 16-06-2020 - Business Trips

Dear colleagues,

on Friday, June 12 2020, the state government of Potsdam announced various changes to the existing „Regulation on measures to restrict the new Corona virus“, which is now referred to as the „Regulation on handling the new Corona virus“.

Following discussion and coordination in the crisis team, we are now using these changes to the regulation to address the issue of "business trips" as follows:

Business trips within Germany

Business trips within Germany are once again possible in principle and must be applied for through the known procedure.

However, the "urgent business necessity" will still be questioned. We also ask you to always consider in advance if the planned trip could be replaced by a web conference instead.

Business trips abroad

Concerning business trips abroad, we generally orientate ourselves on existing travel restrictions.

If there are no travel restrictions concerning the planned destination, the business trip can be permited. However, the "urgent business necessity" will be questioned in this case as well. Furthermore, applicants for business trips abroad must give reasons on why the planned trip cannot be replaced by a web conference.

Updates May 2020

Update Corona-Virus 26-05-2020 - Examination period in this summer semester 2020Open areaClose area

Update Corona-Virus 26-05-2020 - Examination period in this summer semester 2020

Dear colleagues, dear students,

We are writing to inform you that the university Senate decided on 18.5.2020 to extend the examination period in this summer semester by one week, i.e. up to and including 18.7.2020. This decision is based on the fact that due to the current situation on-site examinations have to be conducted in much smaller groups than in "normal" times and we therefore require more time.

The draft resolution the president Prof. Ulrike Tippe submitted to the Senate for this purpose was agreed in advance with the deans of the two faculties and with the other crisis management team members, the university Executive Board and the Staff Council. There was agreement that this "time buffer" is necessary in view of the current situation.

We very much hope that this decision will also meet with your understanding.

We would like to take this opportunity to make a further remark. You may have already gathered from the public discussion about the start of the lecture period in the coming winter semester that there will be shifts "back" nationwide. Last week, the Brandenburg universities and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture largely coordinated their approach, so that the university Executive Board is now working on a draft resolution for the Senate after discussions in the crisis team.

This will specify the organisation and lecture times of WS 20/21 more precisely - always with the proviso that the effects of the pandemic on our everyday university life should be kept as low as possible. The draft resolution will be submitted to the Senate session on 22.6.2020.

Of course, you will be informed about the changes immediately afterwards.

The president Prof. Ulrike Tippe and the Executive Committee  aware that this semester and the coming months are and will continue to be extremely challenging, and I am very grateful for your perseverance and your willingness to adapt flexibly to the new circumstances. Please take good care of each other and stay healthy!

This information is also updated in the FAQ on Corona: click here

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Update Corona-Virus 11-05-2020 - Restricted Operations: Reminder and Additional Information

1. Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters at all times. This applies both on the premises of TH Wildau and on the campus outdoors.

2. Please also wear your Mouth and Nose Protection (MNP) on the premises of TH Wildau. In addition to the decree P04-2020 please observe the following:

  • The MNP is also required for written examinations. However, if students find their own MNP to be an obstacle to the examination situation (or even do not have one of their own), we recommend handing out our lightweight disposable masks, which all teachers and examiners can obtain from Ms Ostrowski at the gatekeeper's office in packs of 50. You are welcome to keep the unused masks for the next use; or to return them to Mrs Ostrowski or via the deaneries.
  • For oral exams, the minimum distance must be observed. If this is observed by the examiners and students, the MNP can be waived. In both cases the following applies: If students do not feel safe for an examination, they can withdraw in advance. Non-appearance is also considered as withdrawal.

This information is also updated in the FAQ on Corona: click here

Updates April 2020

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Update Corona-Virus 29-04-2020 - Organisation of Summer Semester 2020 with Restricted Operations from 4 May 2020

With this update we wish to inform you about the organisation of Summer Semester 2020 from 4 May 2020.

The following regulations are being published as President´s decree P04-2020 on https://www.th-wildau.de/hochschule/praesidium/verfuegungen-der-praesidentin/ (in German) and have been agreed upon with the Crisis Team, the Executive Committee, and the Employee Committee of TH Wildau. They apply until further notice or until and in case any new legal provisions stipulate more narrow restrictions.

On the basis of the regulation on measures to restrict the new Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in Brandenburg of 17 April 2020 and within her own legal authority, the President of Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau issues the following decree concerning the further organisation of summer semester 2020:

From 4 May 2020, the current emergency on-site operations at TH Wildau will be transferred into new restricted operations.

In detail, this means:

1. As a result of the Coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, summer semester 2020 will remain a primarily digital semester. The aim is to reduce personal presence of university members to the necessary minimum, and thus to reduce danger of infection. All teaching that has been carried out so far in suitable digital and e-learning formats will continue in these formats.

2. Classes that of necessity require physical presence (e.g. laboratory work) can be offered if the required hygiene standards (see 10 below) are complied with. This means, inter alia, that a minimum distance between persons must be guaranteed, and that group sizes must be adapted to the sizes of the rooms in question. This may mean that the frequency of these classes will be increased. The responsibility for planning and implementing these classes is with the laboratory heads and the deans.

3. University examinations for which there are no permissible digital alternatives may be held on site, provided that required standards of hygiene are complied with (see 10 below). Decree P01-2020 on student absence at face-to-face / physical examination dates at TH Wildau in summer semester 2020 remains in force.

4. Urgent laboratory work outside of teaching (e.g. for research or maintenance purposes) may be carried out in compliance with required hygiene standards (see 10 below).

5. Meetings, committee work and other consultations will take place from 4 May 2020 by video or telephone conference, and may only be undertaken face-to-face in exceptional circumstances and in compliance with required hygiene standards (see 10 below).

6. From 4 May 2020, all university personnel will continue working primarily in home office. Controlled resumption of necessary on-site operations will lead to gradual increases in simultaneous presence on site of staff in the various departments. Here also work must be undertaken in compliance with required hygiene standards (see 10 below). Responsibility for organising gradual increased on-site presence is with the relevant superiors and heads of department.

  •  a) All home-office agreements hitherto concluded in connection with the Coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 pandemic end on 3 May 2020. New home-office agreements must be concluded between superiors and staff in the same form. Availability and operations of all departments must be guaranteed. The university executive management welcomes all home office agreements, provided there are no operational reasons against. The maximum duration of these new agreements is two weeks. They may then be extended.
  • b) The provisions under 6.a also apply to loan agreements for equipment that is borrowed for business use.

7. Business travel within Germany is to be kept to a minimum and the importance and urgency of any trips must be justified upon application. Business trips abroad will not be approved until further notice.

8. In order to continue with current professorial appointment processes as speedily as possible, it is possible to conduct on-site trial lectures or classes in compliance with the required hygiene standards (see 10 below), provided that all participants agree to this. Should all participants not agree, then the appointment process is suspended for the duration of restricted operations at the university.

9. On the basis of the regulations named above, the university library expands its services as of 27 April 2020 in compliance with required hygiene standards (see 10 below). Further details are available on the university library website.

10. The hygiene standards that apply to restricted on-site operations and mentioned in 1–9 above are as follows:

  • a) Minimum distance between individuals of 1.5 m. In case minimum distance cannot be guaranteed due to the size of rooms or the kind of work undertaken, then a case-by-case assessment as to the feasibility of higher standards of protection must be undertaken. Any such requirements for higher standards must be reported via the deans to the executive university management. The university management will endeavour to support such applications. Should the requirements reported be impossible to meet, however, due to delivery shortages, then the class or examination in question may not be conducted on site and must be rescheduled to a later date.
  • b) The university will make disinfectants available.
  • c) It is obligatory to wear mouth and nose protection on all university premises.

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Update Corona-Virus 22-04-2020 - Extension of Services in the Library from 27.04.2020

The universities of Brandenburg together with the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture have decided to continue emergency on-site operations until 03.05.2020 and are preparing step-by-step cessation of emergency on-site operations, to begin on 04.05.2020. This decision is based on the Brandenburg state government´s decision from 17.04.2020 to partly relax the constraints related to the Corona pandemic.

Libraries may already extend their services at an earlier date. At TH Wildau, the library´s team is preparing for an extension of services from 27.04.2020.

For further details please see the library´s website:

https://en.th-wildau.de/university/central-facilities/university-library/

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Update Corona-Virus 16-04-2020 – Measures for the Coming Weeks

After the German national government and state governments yesterday came to an agreement on further restricting the Corona pandemic, the Brandenburg state government will decide upon legal provisions for restricting the virus on Friday.

With this update we wish to inform you about the first concrete implications for universities in Brandenburg and in particular for TH Wildau:

  • Emergency on-site operations at universities are extended to 03.05.2020. In the meantime, universities are preparing step-by-step cessation of emergency on-site operations, to begin on 04.05.2020.
  • This means that university buildings will open from 04.05.2020, whereby all contact and hygiene rules and recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and of the Brandenburg State Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection (MSGIV) must be adhered to.
  • Classes and teaching will continue through summer semester 2020 subject to on-site restrictions, and should remain primarily digital. Classes where on-site presence is essential (laboratory practice, for example) may be conducted on-site from 04.05.2020 if compliance with RKI and Ministry contact and hygiene rules and recommendations is guaranteed. We are presently carrying out initial preparation and planning for this at TH Wildau.
  • Home office agreements concluded at TH Wildau in connection with the Corona crisis are automatically extended to 03.05.2020. The same applies to loan agreements for equipment that has been borrowed for business purposes.
  • Public and university libraries may already expand their services from 20.04.2020 if they strictly comply with the required hygiene standards, and implement controlled entrance and avoid queues. The specific date for our library is presently being coordinated with the other universities in Berlin and Brandenburg. We will inform you as quickly as possible about the date and further details on the library´s services.
  • University canteens remain closed until 03.05.2020. In the meantime, they are preparing for reopening on 04.05.2020 and will then resume operations step-by-step as soon as universities reopen and in compliance with infection protection measures,

A prerequisite for any planned relaxation of restrictions is that the spread of the virus does not again significantly increase. This situation is subject to regular checks, and any measures will be adapted as needed.

We will inform you about further specific measures at our university as soon as possible.

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Update Corona-Virus 01-04-2020 - Extension of Contact Restrictions in the State of Brandenburg

As was announced on 31.03.2020, the state of Brandenburg contact restrictions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 respiratory disease have been extended until 19 April. For TH Wildau this means that there will be no on-site classes in the distance learning programmes on Saturday 18.04.2020, as we had first hoped.

There is no information at present concerning any extension of our emergency on-site operations and the further organisation of teaching. We will inform you as soon as we know more.

Updates March 2020

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Update Corona-Virus 20-03-2020 - Extension of Bachelor´s and Master´s theses

*** The regulation communicated here is still being published as a decree! ***

In an effort to slow down the spread of the corona pandemic and against the background of the regulation to contain the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) in Brandenburg and the resulting measures, the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (MWFK) decided on March 18, 2020 - with regard to bachelor's or master's theses - to extend the deadlines by two months, within which the services are to be provided. The basis for the amended deadlines is the framework regulation, and the degree programme-specific regulations respectively of the respective university.

Within the scope of her legal authority, the President of the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau decrees that the processing time for all Bachelor's and Master's theses that have begun, will continue, or will be completed in the summer semester 2020 will generally be extended by two months. A separate application is not required.

Extensions that have already been approved by the Examination Committee up to 25 March 2020 will not be counted towards the two-month period. If necessary, the supervisors have to inform the students about the extension period by official channels.

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Coronavirus Update 19.03.2020 - Confirmed Corona case at TH Wildau

At TH Wildau a member of the university tested positive for Covid-19. TH Wildau has taken all necessary steps.

The health department of Königs Wusterhausen has been informed. All members of TH Wildau have also been informed about the case. All members of TH Wildau who had direct contact with the person have been identified and informed. The health department will contact all the named (identified) persons and communicate the necessary measures.

Today, 19.03.20, the TH Wildau crisis team will discuss further steps and consequences.

Since it cannot be ruled out that there may be other persons at TH Wildau who had contact with the person in question during this time, TH Wildau asks that in this case you contact the crisis management team at krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de.

In addition, TH Wildau has created an information page on the corona virus, which is constantly updated with current information. The link www.th-wildau.de/corona will take you to the information page.

 

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Coronavirus Update 18 March 2020, 18:00 - emergency on-site operations from 23 March 2020

As the university now unfortunately has one confirmed Covid19 case and one further suspected case, the unversity executive committee, on the advice of the crisis team and in consultation with the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture, has decided the following:

From Monday 23 March 2020 to and including Sunday 19 April, the university will enter into emergency on-site operations and make maximum use of all digital options for work and study. The aim of this measure is to ensure that all operative areas that cannot work completely digitally are maintained and run by a maximum of one or two staff.

Specifically, these emergency on-site operations entail the following:

  • Buildings will be locked shut and technical operations largely reduced. Entrance is only permitted for the above-defined small number of persons in emergency operations. At present the identity of these persons is being decided in our administrative departments and faculties. In case further colleagues require legitimated entrance (e.g. to keep laboratories operating), this must be applied for to Herr Krüger under detlef.krueger@th-wildau.de. Please note that these can only be exceptional permissions, and that entrance must be restricted temporally and may only be granted for one or a maxmimum of two people.
  • No events, committee meetings or other kinds of work meetings may take place on site.
  • All staff are to perform their tasks as best as possible in home office. We request that you fill out a home office agreement with your superior and send a copy to the personnel department. A standard form is available as a download here.
  • If you require hardware from your office for home office work, please fill out a loan agreement and send this to the dean's office. A standard form is available as a download here. All further details are to be agreed with your superior. Staff from the administrative departments will thus be equipped with hardware and software if required, and this will meet all required security and data protection standards.
  • Should you require items from your office for the next weeks, then you have the opportunity of collecting these and taking them home tomorrow, Friday 20 March 2020, and also Saturday 21 March 2020. If you need to enter your office after these dates, then please contact Herr Krüger.
  • All on-site consulting hours are cancelled. The administrative staff´s availabilities by telephone during this period can be looked up up-to-date in our organisational handbook under https://wiki.hrz.th-wildau.de/doku.php?id=start. Here you will also find useful information on numerous processess and tools that will be helpful in the current situation.
  • We are aware that the current situation entails challenges in caring for children and that home office and childcare are not always compatible. We very much hope that the present home office arrangements can relax this situation somewhat. Please note that these emergency on-site operations do not mean that teaching is suspended. All classes are to be conducted as best as possible online.

In consultation with the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture, spoken final examinations for students are for now permissible on-site at TH Wildau under the following conditions. A maximum of three persons (student examined, supervisor and second examiner) may be present in a sufficiently large room, and all hygiene precautions required in this situation must be taken. These examinations may only be undertaken if all (!) present voluntarily agree. The organisation, and in particular provision of access on the examination date, is to be done via the dean's offices and in consultation with Herr Krüger.

As soon as this situation changes you will be immediately informed. Many thanks for your understanding and take care of each other!

 

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Update 17-03-2020, 5.30 p.m. - Current regulations concerning returning travellers 

Please observe the current regulations concerning returning travellers based on the general decree issued by the Brandenburg Ministry of Health:

People who have been to one of the international risk areas or an area within Germany especially affected  by the virus (currently Landkreis Heinsberg in NRW) during the last 14 days are not allowed to enter TH Wildau for a period of 14 days starting with the date of their return.

If you have been to one of the areas in question, please inform the crisis team immediatley via krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de in case you haven´t already done so.

Regarding the risk areas and the areas especially affected within Germany, please refer to the Robert Koch-Institute´s assessment:

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html

(regularly updated, in German).

Further information regarding the impact of the coronavirus on the universities of Brandenburg at https://mwfk.brandenburg.de/mwfk/de/ministerium/umgang-mit-corona-pandemie/ (in German).

 

17-03-2020 - Decree concerning the absence at examinations in summer semester 20Open areaClose area

Update 17-03-2020, 4.00 p.m. - Decree concerning the absence at examinations in Summer Semester 2020 

Please take note of the president´s decree P01-2020 concerning the absence at examinations at TH Wildau in Summer Semester 2020, which was issued today:

"Within the scope of my legal authority as President of Technische Hochschule Wildau I hereby decree that from 16 March 2020 until 31 August 2020 and due to the Corona pandemic students missing examination dates will not be penalised with a “fail” grade as a result of their absence according to § 22 paragraph 1 no. 1 of the TH Wildau Rahmenordnung (Framework Regulations). The student missing an examination is deemed to be excused with no requirement to provide any notification or documentation of reasons of absence."

https://www.th-wildau.de/files/Praesidium/Verfuegungen/Verfuegung_P01_-_2020.pdf  (in German!)

 

16-03-20 - Important information for students regarding lectures in SuSe 2020Open areaClose area

Update 16-03-2020, 5.00 p.m. - Important information for students regarding lectures in summer semster 2020

You will receive e-mail messages on your courses mainly via the course on the Moodle e-learning platform. This means that it is important that you are registered in these courses. Usually this happens automatically, but not always - for example if you are not studying in the regular programme of a certain semester.

This is why I would like to ask you today to check that you are registered for all the courses in your timetable, and that you can access the corresponding e-learning courses in Moodle.

https://elearning.th-wildau.de/login/

If this is not the case, then please write to your teacher and ask to be registered as a user. Otherwise you may miss important information.

16-03-2020, 1.45 p.m. - Canteen closing from 17.03.2020Open areaClose area

Update 16-03-2020, 1.45 p.m. - Canteen closing from 17.03.2020

Due to to the current situation the canteen will be closed from tomorrow, 17.03.2020 till presumably 20.04.2020!

For further info see: https://www.studentenwerk-potsdam.de/en/about-us/news/news-detail/hinweise-zum-corona-virus/ (also in English).

16-03-2020, 9.00 a.m. - University Library closed from Monday, 16.03.2020Open areaClose area

Update  16-03-2020, 9.00 a.m. - University Library closed from Monday, 16.03.2020

due to the Corona virus, our location in hall 10 of the University Library of the Technical University of Applied Sciences will be completely closed from Monday, 16.03.2020 until further notice.

Please note:

Despite the closure you can still search in our library catalogue Wilbert. Via Wilbert and VPN access, members of our University can use our extensive online resources. There will be no late fees for borrowed media during the closing time.

For urgent enquiries, please contact us at bibinfo(at)th-wildau.de or via phone: +49 3375 508 123.

We will keep you up to date on all other organizational issues here of our website.

The university will check at the beginning of the coming week which services can still be offered by the library.

13-03-2020, 6.00 p.m.-Instructions for the implementation teaching in SoSe 2020Open areaClose area

Update 13-03-2020, 6.00 p.m. - Instructions for the implementation of the teaching in the SoSe 2020: goals, measures, organisation

In a letter dated 13.03.2020, the president informs all students and lecturers of the TH Wildau about the teaching at the TH Wildau in the summer semester 2020 following the press release of the MWFK Brandenburg dated 13.03.2020 (see also last update 13-03-2020, 5.15 p.m. )

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13-03-2020, 5.15 p.m. - press release of Friday, March 13, 2020Open areaClose area

Update 13-03-2020, 5.15 p.m. - Update on dealing with Corona: Prime Minister's press release of Friday, March 13, 2020

On his press conference this afternoon, the Minister President announced measures to help the higher education institutions in the State of Brandenburg deal with the coronavirus: https://mwfk.brandenburg.de/mwfk/de/ministerium/umgang-mit-corona-pandemie/ (in German)

All classroom courses will be suspended from Saturday, 14.3.2020, up to and including Friday, 17.4.2020.

Important informationen for upcommon exams: All examinations will take place tommorrow (14.3.2020).

The consequences of this decision and how we at TH Wildau deal with them (f.e. using E-Learning tools during this time)can soon be found on our website www.th-wildau.de/corona.

12-03-2020  - Upcommon press conference of federal state of BrandenburgOpen areaClose area

Update 12-03-2020  - Upcommon press conference of federal state of Brandenburg, Friday, 13 March, 4 p.m.

As of today, there is no new information regarding the start of the semester and the current examinations. However, tomorrow at 16:00 premier Woidke will hold a press conference concerning the Corona pandemic. In case there will be any consequences for the universities of Brandenburg arising from this you will be informed immediately on this website.

11-03-2020 - Dealing with eventsOpen areaClose area

Update 11-03-2020 - Dealing with events

In view of the current situation regarding the coronavirus, the crisis team of TH Wildau decided today that from tomorrow, Thursday, 12.3.2020, all events of the university that do not serve to maintain teaching and research operations will be cancelled or postponed. As things stand today, this regulation applies until 13.4.2020.
 

If you have any further questions on this topic, please contact krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de. Further information on the crisis team and on the topic of coronavirus will be regularly updated in the future at www.th-wildau.de/corona.

10.03.20 - people returning from risk areas, semester start, new crisis teamOpen areaClose area

Update 10-03-2020 -  important information esp. for people returning from risk areas; crisis team has been set up

In view of the further spread of the coronavirus and the upcoming start of lectures, the TH Wildau would like to inform you that a crisis team has been set up at TH Wildau especially for this purpose. The crisis team observes the daily developments with great attention and is in constant exchange about further action.

In order to counteract the spread of the virus at the beginning of the semester as best as possible, we now need your support!

In case you have travelled to Germany in the last few days from one of the risk areas identified by the Robert Koch Institute (currently China, Iran, South Korea, Italy):

 

  • Please inform the crisis team immediately at krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de!
  • If you are not aware of any contact with infected persons on your journey, please remain at home and away from TH Wildau for 10 days after re-entry.
  • If you have come into contact with infected persons, please remain at home for 14 days. In this case please also contact - first by telephone! - one of the specially established examination centres (currently six in Berlin, see list below).
  • If you show symptoms of the disease, please contact - first by telephone! - one of the examination centres!
  • Students and lecturers who have to stay away from the university for one of the reasons mentioned above should also inform their respective course coordinators, in addition to the crisis team.
  • If students have to be absent from the university for one of the reasons mentioned above, they will not suffer any disadvantages in terms of the examinations.

 

Further information for all lecturers:

  • Please take the current situation into account when planning and conducting your examinations during the semester.
  • In order to be able to inform contact persons in the event of infections, we ask you to keep and store participation lists in your courses until further notice.
  • In order to be prepared for possible further effects on teaching, please familiarise yourself as far as possible with the existing possibilities of e-learning. Contact persons for this can be found at www.th-wildau.de/hochschule/zentrale-einrichtungen/zentrum-fuer-qualitaetsentwicklung/e-learning/.
  • An additional general information website with details of useful tools is currently under construction at https://www.th-wildau.de/elben/webinare/.

Please continue to observe the hygiene instructions given in the previous information notices (collected under www.th-wildau.de/corona). The risk of infection can also be reduced by using dishes and cutlery you have brought with you.

Disinfectant is made available in limited quantities in the Dean’s offices.

If you have any further questions on this topic, please contact krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de. Further information on the crisis team and on the topic of coronavirus will be regularly updated in the future at www.th-wildau.de/corona.

Updates February2020

27-02-2020: urgent, prophylactic recommendationsOpen areaClose area

"Dear colleagues and students,

Members of the Executive Board are following the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus with great attention. The highly dynamic nature of this development makes it necessary to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and to examine how we as a university must manage it. We have begun to draw up an emergency plan. And we are in close contact with other universities and relevant institutions.

In general, there are currently the following urgent, prophylactic recommendations:

  •  We advise TH members not to travel to high-risk areas. (This does not only apply in view of the current world health situation; information on this can be found under the links below)
  • If you are currently on a business trip or excursion which, in the course of or after the trip, turns out to lead to a health risk area, we recommend that you consult with your supervisor. In this case, it is recommended to work from home for 14 days, if possible. We do not have any concrete regulations as to how this is to be arranged, so that we ask the supervisors to report this case to the Chancellor of TH Wildau in order to coordinate the arrangement of the regulation
  • If an already approved business trip/excursion is imminent and the travel situation changes, we urgently recommend that you do not take the trip for reasons of caring for yourself, your family and colleagues. Please contact the Chancellor, Mr Thomas Lehne, regarding any cancellation fees

We also urge you to observe and comply with the following precautionary measures:

  • Your hands are an important transmission channel. Therefore, avoid touching your face (especially your eyes, mouth, nose), especially after public contact (light switches, door handles, etc.) and refrain from shaking hands and hugging to greet or say goodbye
  • Avoid close contact with sick people. Keep a distance of 1,5m - 2m from people who cough
  • Ventilate the rooms and wash your hands regularly with soap (please also pay attention to the spaces in between and remove any rings) - also use the disinfectant dispensers provided
  • Please ensure good respiratory hygiene - cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing
  • Please use tissues and dispose of them immediately in closed containers
  • If you have cold symptoms, please stay away from your workplace and inform your supervisor. In this case you do not need a certificate of sickness from your family doctor
  • In case of clear symptoms of illness (dry cough, high fever, headache), especially after a stay in a health risk area, please contact your family doctor immediately!  A blood test can provide a clear diagnosis

The Berlin Senate Administration has set up a hotline on this topic at +49 (0)30 90 28 28 28"

13.02.2020 - Information about CoronavirusOpen areaClose area

Information about Coronavirus 13-02-2020

Due to a new type of Coronovirus, the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency on January 30, 2020 and the Federal Foreign Office issued a travel warning for travel to China. These actions have prompted to make the following arrangements:

  • Business trips by employees to China are not permitted until further notice.
  • Already approved business trips and trips to China with students are cancelled or postponed. This should be coordinated with the person concerned, particularly with regard to any costs that have already arisen.
  • I ask all university members who have returned from a stay in China since January 1, 2020 to report to university management (at praesidentin(at)th-wildau.de) in order to be able to take measures against the spread of the virus at our university in the event of illness.
  • Events with guests who have recently been to China cannot take place at TH Wildau until further notice. Events that have already been planned are cancelled or postponed. Here, too, there should be coordination with the responsible persons.

Please also observe the hygiene recommendations that are common in times of flu.

Crisis team of the TH Wildau:

Contact persons:

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tippe (president)

Thomas Lehne (chancellor)

Prof. Heike Pospisil (Dean Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences)

Mike Lange (Centre for University Communications; Staff Council for academic staff)

Sebastian Christeleit (Staff Council for non-academic staff)

Referents student councel

Counselling: Dr. Evelyn Klüssendorf-Mediger (company doctor)

Prof. Dr. Marcus Frohme (chairman of the senate)

 

Central e-mail: krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de

Template loan hard- and software of th TH Wildau (in German)

Template agreement home office:

contact points Brandenburg:

Citizen phone Brandenburg (DE) / Bürgertelefon beim Landesamt für Arbeitsschutz, Verbraucherschutz und Gesundheit (LAVG):

0331 8683-777
(mo. to  fr. from 9.00 a.m until 3.00 p.m.

 

Number of emergency medical service / Nummer des ärztlichen Bereitschaftsdienstes:

116 117

Contact points Berlin:

Coronavirus examination centre Wedding / Campus Virchow-Klinikum

adress: Mittelallee 1 in 13353 Berlin:

phone: 030 450 50 (Campus Virchow-Klinikum)

Coronavirus-Abklärungsstelle in Prenzlauer Berg / Vivantes Prenzlauer Berg

adress: Fröbelstraße 15 in 10405 Berlin
phone: 030 130 160 (Vivantes)

Coronavirus examination centre in Tempelhof / Vivantes Wenckebach-Klinikum

adress: Wenckebachstraße 23 in 12099 Berlin
phone: 030 130 190 (Vivantes)

Coronavirus examination centre in Lichtenberg / Evangelisches Krankenhaus Königin Elisabeth Herzberge (KEH)

adress: Herzbergstraße 79 in 10365 Berlin
phone: 030 54 72 38 16 (KEH)

Coronavirus-Ambulanz in Spandau / Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe

adress: Kladower Damm 221 in 14089 Berlin
phone: 030 365 01 0 (Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe)

Coronavirus examination centre in Charlottenburg / DRK Kliniken Berlin Westend

adress: Spandauer Damm 130 in 14050 Berlin
phone: 030 30 350 (DRK Kliniken Berlin Westend)