Metropolia prepares for corona virus effects
Corona virus (COVID-19) affects all of us, both in Finland and globally. Metropolia is aligning its operations to mitigate the effects of the corona virus and to ensure continuity of activities.
Metropolia’s board of security management follows the virus situation closely, keeps in touch with authorities, follows their recommendations and outlines the guidelines for Metropolia. All members of Metropolia community are expected to follow the guidelines, based on latest knowledge on the corona pandemia.
Traveling abroad for work or study purposes is for the time being prohibited. Students' planned internships and exchange periods abroad will be cancelled for the time being. Domestic travels should also be avoided.
Staff returning from abroad agree on 14 days remote work with their supervisor. Students returning from abroad agree on 14 days remote studies with their Head of Degree Programme. Students and staff members with any kind of flu or possible corona virus symptoms are recommended to stay at home.
For the time being, we do not accept foreign visitors or delegations from any country. This also applies to new, planned student exchanges to Metropolia. Current exchange students have been contacted.
Remote work and studies
Metropolia recommends remote work and studies, whenever possible. Virtual meetings and connections are recommended.
Contact teaching is altered partially or entirely to virtual teaching when possible. Opportunities for virtual examination are being explored.
Our aim is to ensure students’ sufficient study progress in order to secure student financial aid and graduation on time. The degree programme will communicate all relevant changes related to studies.
As recommended by Finnish Government all events with more than 500 participants shall be cancelled until the end of May. Metropolia follows these recommendations and has postponed such events e.g. the Opening Ceremony of Myllypuro Campus 24.3. and National UAS Days 6.-7.5.
Arrangements for the spring entrance examinations will be made in cooperation with Arene (The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Arene), other universities of applied sciences and educational authorities.
For the time being the arrangements are proceeding normally based on current knowledge.
Authorities and public service numbers
For more information on current COVID-19 situation, traveling and corona virus symptoms and protection, please consult the webpages of the authorities.
Service numbers of the health care centers in the metropolitan area:
- 24-hour national health counseling number, free of charge, 116 117
- Helsinki tel. 09 3101 0024
- Vantaa tel. 09 8395 0070
- Espoo tel. 09 816 34500
- Kirkkonummi tel. 09 2968 3401
Any suspected infection is always dealt accordingly via phone or online services. Do not come to work or campus if you feel sick or have been exposed to the virus.
Together we can tackle this challenging situation.