University of Cyprus (UCy) said on Sunday it was moving courses, other than lab work, entirely online from Monday following the huge spike in Covid-19 cases.
In a post on its social media platforms, UCy said: “@UCYOfficial continues its responsible attitude towards its university community and society. The difficulty tracking and the particularly increased number of coronavirus cases, has prompted a move to entirely online teaching from tomorrow Monday, 19.10.20 “.
It said that for the protection of public health, the university was continuing to take drastic decisions. “High levels of coronavirus cases have made it difficult to manage the situation, making it increasingly difficult to track contacts,” it added.
In his message, Rector, Professor Tassos Christofides said that taking into account the overall epidemiological picture in the country, as well as the admission by the health ministry’s tracking team that it was overwhelmed, “we have decided to transfer all the courses online until the end of the winter semester 2020 – 2021”.
Laboratory courses would continue with a physical presence in compliance with all protocols, he said.
Intermediate and final examinations will also be conducted in person as campus space allows for this to happen safely, the rector said.
“We have confidence in our infrastructure, while the experience of previous months is a guarantee for quality assurance in teaching. To date, no outbreaks have been identified on campus, and so far we have no information on the diagnosis of a positive incident related to our premises,” he added.
“Our decision has the aim of prevention and protection”.
In advice to students, he called on them to limit their online attendance to studying from home, and to reduce socialising and contacts to the minimum necessary.
“We do not want this decision to lead to rallies or gatherings in homes or other places. Stay home, observe all the hygiene and distance measures, wear your mask to protect yourself and others. Show individual responsibility, and respect for vulnerable groups and the entire population, so that we can overcome this difficult period for the country and the world as a whole.”