Metropolia's guidelines concerning coronavirus

Read about the impact of coronavirus on Metropolia's operations.

Metropolia's main principle is to combine remote work / distance learning with working on Metropolia premises in an appropriate and secure manner.  We actively follow the authorities' instructions regarding the coronavirus and, if necessary, change our operations accordingly.

Regarding possible corona exposures related to Metropolia, the contact for authorities is Safety Manager Ari Hyvönen (ari.hyvonen [at] metropolia.fi, Tel. +358 50 595 5300).

If you are a student or a member of staff, you will find information in Oma intranet.

Operation at the campuses

Metropolia has four campuses in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

Operations on campuses will start in August in accordance with the following security arrangements:

  • You may not come to any of the campuses if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection. This applies to all students, staff and visitors. The coronavirus causes a respiratory tract infection whose symptoms include coughing, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, diarrhoea and head ache.
  • If you have symptoms, you should consider getting tested for coronavirus. We also recommend that you use the Omaolo symptom check-up to assess your need of treatment or services. If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, check your symptoms in Omaolo or by phoning your home municipality's coronavirus information number. 
  • If you become ill during the day at a campus, you must leave immediately or move into a separate space. Contact lobby services to show you a suitable space.
  • Everyone must take care of proper hand hygiene and cover their nose and mouth with their bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands whenever you come indoors and before you start eating. If you cannot wash your hands, use a hand disinfectant. This has been purchased for all campuses, but we also recommend that you carry your own bottle with you. Check the Finnish Institute of Health and welfare instructions
  • If possible, you should maintain social distancing of 1–2 metres. 
  • All courses that can be provided without contact teaching will until further notice be arranged remotely. Read more on To a student.
  • Persons belonging to risk groups should avoid close contacts, and therefore contact teaching is not recommended for them. Check on Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare site Serious COVID-19 risk groups.

As a rule, no international guests or, for example, a teacher delegation are received for the time being. 

To a Summer School participant

Courses organized in June and August 2020 are transferred to on-line courses. Follow the updates on ICT Summer School and Master's Summer School in Business.

To an applicant

Next application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be on January 2021. The applying instructions will be published later.

Contact information

Contact information for Admission Services

To a customer

Metropolia´s customer services, such as the Well-being and Health Village learning environments start operations during the Autumn semester. When there is a situation requiring close contact with clients, face masks will be used. 

Professional Development Studies, Continuing Higher Education and open UAS courses will be converted into online implementations where possible. 

To a student

Teaching

The quality of learning is the primary goal of our educational activities. The progress of studies is made possible by implementing the teaching in accordance with the curricula, in a way suitable for each learning situation, as contact teaching, virtual learning or a combination of these. The experiences of this spring have provided both insights into the possibilities of distance learning as well as deepened the understanding of the advantages of contact teaching and the disadvantages caused by its absence.

All courses that can be provided without contact teaching will until further notice be arranged remotely. Large lectures, for example, will be arranged remotely. For first-year students, however, we try to organise teaching on campuses to get to a good start and integrate with our community.

If the best way to organise teaching is at the campus and safe distances cannot be maintained owing to the size of premises etc. or if the learning situation requires close contacts, then face masks will be used. Also when there is a situation requiring close contact with clients, e.g. in relation to health care education, face masks will be used. Students get their masks from the teacher.

Persons belonging to risk groups should avoid close contacts, and therefore contact teaching is not recommended for them. Check on Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare site Serious COVID-19 risk groups.

Internships

Internships will be continued if the internship provider considers it possible and if the internship post is judged together with the internship provider to be safe for the student.

International student and internship exchanges in the academic year 2020-21

Metropolia’s International Relations has prepared international exchanges for the academic year 2020-21 so that exchanges can take place if the sending and receiving institutions, authorities in both countries and the travel restrictions in place allow. There are no short exchanges abroad for the time being. The feasibility of exchanges is estimated on a case by case basis and students can contact their own international coordinator in Metropolia with any questions regarding the exchange.

Metropolia follows the recommendations of the authorities regarding travel. The situation is monitored, and both exchange students and partner universities are informed about the development of the situation.

Please see the contact information of International Relations

To a staff member

On the basis of the Finnish Government's decision on remote work of 13th August 2020, Metropolia recommends remote work as one form of flexible working practices. Remote work can also flexibly be combined with working on site. Appropriate forms of work are agreed with one's own supervisor.

Staff is advised to avoid travel abroad during their free time. During self-quarantine (14 days from arrival in the home country), a continuous remote work period is recommended without coming to Metropolia campuses. 

Staff will be informed of the situation on the OMA-intranet.