By decision of the Rector of Åbo Akademi University Moira von Wright, dated 16 June, Åbo Akademi University continues to gradually open up its operations.
Starting from 1 August 2020, students are allowed on campus. The campus keys are reactivated from 1 August 2020. Distance learning and distance teaching is still recommended during period 1 (31 August – 23 October).
First-year students, including new students at Master’s Programs, at ÅAU will start their university studies on campus in Åbo and Vasa starting with the study orientation period that begins on 24 August. Also, exceptions are made for courses that require presence, such as laboratory sessions or internships.
Bookable computer classes, group study rooms and lecture halls for small scale group projects will open in period 1.
The Chairperson of the Board at the Student Union, Matias Martelin, was pleased to hear about students being allowed to return to campus in the fall. Visiting campus and socializing with other students is immensely important for the wellbeing of students. Isolation caused by the pandemic has increased loneliness amongst students, Martelin says.
The Rector’s decision also states that student associations are allowed to be active on campus come fall. Student associations play an important part in welcoming new students and integrating them into ÅAU and their new home town. Therefore the decision is greeted with relief by both the student union and the student associations. This decision gives vital information and guidelines for associations that are needed in planning activities for the fall, Martelin says.
A decision on how studies/ teaching will be arranged in period 2 (26 October – 18 December) will be taken in September, at the latest.
For more information please read the overall guidelines on Åbo Akademi University’s website.
Rector’s decision, in Swedish, can be found on Åbo Akademi University’s publication platform DocSy.