Coronavirus and KABK’s response

Update 14 October 2020

Press conference on 13 October: face masks

Higher education is also subject to a face mask requirement outside the classrooms. Wearing face masks is mandatory as of Friday October 16, 2020 at the KABK when you walk through the building and in the workshops, library and rental. Only in classrooms and offices and when sitting in the canteen, wearing a face mask is not mandatory.

Frequently asked questions

The information provided in these updates can also be found in the section Coronavirus information & FAQs

KABK students and staff can also find the latest information in the weekly updates they receive via e-mail and on the KABK portal.

Past updates

As of the 17th of September, classes will start again at the KABK. There is a maximum of 50% of the students per department in the building at the same time. This means that when students have classes at the academy, they can spend that whole day within the building and make use of the workshops. On days students have no classes they do not come to the building and cannot use the workshops.

Information from the Dutch government and the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) is published here.

Note: Updates on the start of the school year, introduction days and Corona related news are reported directly to students, staff and prospective students. Detailed information for students and staff is available through the KABK portal.

September 1st marks the start of the introduction programme for new students at the KABK. Anticipating the government restrictions regarding COVID-19, large group activities are not included in this programme. All organised physical events are of an informative nature​. Detailed information is shared with the students via the KABK portal.

The KABK follows the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is published here.

Information from the Dutch government and the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) is published here.

Extended use of facilities for KABK Graduates

As of today, graduates at the KABK can make use of the facilities and workshops in the building. For the time being, it is not permitted in the Netherlands to provide or follow education at higher education institutions, but the use of facilities is subject to restrictions. For this reason, students who wish to do so may have access to studio space and work in the textile, wood and metal workshops, among other places. They can also borrow books from the library and the lending and shop are (limited) open.

The necessary precautions have been taken so that students and staff can do their work safely. Students must register if they want to enter the building, the canteen is closed and group formation is not allowed. The academy building is provided with shielding material and tape to mark workplaces and walking routes. The examination of the work takes place online, which means that all students who graduate in the academic year 2019-2020 will present their work online to the assessment committee before the summer.

The final exam exhibition will take place after the summer holidays in the academy building, and will be accompanied by a graduation catalogue and PR campaign. Work by students who are not (or cannot be) present at that time will also be exhibited in an appropriate manner.

As from today, students can apply to the university for financial support to compensate for the loss of income due to the corona crisis which cannot be recouped with an extra loan from DUO or under other schemes arranged by the government or the municipality.

Online education until 1 June 2020

The University of The Arts The Hague has decided to extend the period for (solely) providing online education from 6 April to 1 June. By extending the term for offering online education only, we strive to provide more clarity for both students and staff. Further details will be shared directly with students and staff.

The Dutch Government has just reported that the measures surrounding the control of the Coronavirus have been tightened up. All school buildings for childcare, primary, secondary, higher and university education will be closed until Monday 6 April. Restaurants and sport facilities will also be closed until 6 April.

This means the following for students and staff of the KABK:

  • The academy building will be closed from Tuesday 17 March until Monday 6 April.
    That includes the workshops, the shop and the canteen
  • Education only takes place remotely
  • As of the afternoon of 16 March you can contact us by e-mail only.

PLEASE NOTE:
Tomorrow, Monday, March 16 from 9.00-18.00, there is an opportunity to pick up stuff or work from the academy premises.
Reception, Rental and Workshop staff are present for assistance.

How the Coronavirus affects education and admissions at the KABK.

Following the measures of the Dutch government, as communicated yesterday, we have listed the most relevant topics below. The measures are valid until at least 31 March.

Application Procedure - Applying to the KABK?

  • We will either conduct interviews with applicants via Skype/Facetime or postpone to another date
  • All applicants will be informed via email

Building Opening Hours – Is the Academy closed?

  • The building and the workshops will remain open Monday – Friday from 9.00 till 18.00
  • From 9.00 – 18.00 we host Consultation Hours @Gipsenzaal if you have any questions, please stop by
  • Saturday 14 March, 21 March and 28 March the building is closed

Education - What will happen with my classes, are the studios and workshops open?

  • There are no classes in the KABK building, only remotely, at least until 31 March 2020
  • The Cabinet measure does not apply to primary and secondary education. The School for Young Talent will simply carry out its teaching programme
  • Our range of courses, such as Kidsclub and preparatory year, will be discontinued until further notice
  • Students will be further informed by their departments via email
  • Workshops and studios are open during the opening hours of the building, workshop staff will remain available

Events and study trips

  • Various events, such as the international Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language and Democracy "Who Speaks", have been cancelled or postponed until further notice
  • All study trips have been cancelled, this will be communicated to students and external partners

Not feeling well or concerned about friends/family?

Exchange/internship – What about my exchange/ internship?

  • Students who are going abroad on internship or Exchange and are not there yet, are not allowed to travel to their internship or Exchange location
  • Students who are currently abroad can stay there, and follow the local rules and regulations
  • For questions, mail to: exchange@kabk.nl

The government has just asked the universities of applied sciences and universities to stop offering education in our buildings immediately, and where possible to replace it with distance education.

The Executive Board of the University of the Arts has decided to follow this call. However, the building and the workshops will remain open and staff will remain available! Students will be further informed by their departments.

The Cabinet measure does not apply to primary and secondary education. The School for Young Talent will simply carry out its teaching programme.

Our range of courses, such as Kidsclub and preparatory year, will be discontinued until further notice.

Further details will follow on Friday March 13, about the use of the workshops and other non-classical activities.

All classes are cancelled, assuming that this applies until at least April 1st. The KABK is investigating ways to set up the education remotely.

Cases of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19) have now been confirmed in the Netherlands. As an international institution with a strong international population, the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) strives to act responsibly in order to protect our students, staff, guests and prospective students. The KABK is following the guidance of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the information from comparable institutions abroad.

Cancellation
The international Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language and Democracy "Who Speaks", that was planned to take place on March 18, has been postponed to the early Fall of 2020.

Please do not shake hands
On behalf of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) the existing hygiene measures at the Royal Academy of Art are expanded with an additional precaution, namely that we ask everyone not to shake hands.

Advice for residents of Noord-Brabant
The RIVM advises residents of the province of Noord-Brabant to limit their social contacts if they are suffering from a cold, cough or fever. This means: stay at home. This also applies to students and staff from the Royal Academy of Art who live in Noord-Brabant.

Application procedure
Application interviews with students from high risk areas (orange and red zones) will only take place via multimedia channels. Applicants will be personally informed about this procedure. This concerns the following countries:

  • China (including: Macau en Hongkong)
  • Zuid-Korea
  • Iran
  • Italië

Travel advice for students: rules tightened
The Royal Academy of Art has tightened its rules for staff and students who are planning a trip abroad. This could mean study trips or trips for a course, workgroup or exhibition. The information below does not apply to personal trips that staff and students are planning.

  • Staff members and students are not allowed to travel to areas that have been designated as orange or red zones in the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (this is standard procedure). Since 10 March, the whole of Italy has been designated as either a red or an orange zone.
  • Staff members and students who are already abroad may find that the travel advice for that country has changed. If that is the case, please contact the head of your department or coordinator. If the travel advice changes to orange or red, you will be repatriated to the Netherlands. Upon your return, the RIVM guidelines apply: if you experience even the mildest of symptoms, call your doctor or the local branch of the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD). If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00.
    If the travel advice changes to yellow, a decision will be taken on whether it is advisable for you to return to the Netherlands. It is important that you do not have any symptoms at the moment you return to the Netherlands. If you are experiencing symptoms, a doctor or the GGD will be consulted for advice.

Infection prevention
The Royal Academy of Art advises basic hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infection. These are:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

If you have traveled to an area with coronavirus in the last 14 days, or you have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 patient, and you feel unwell (even mild health problems), the advice is:

  • Stay at home; do not travel if you are ill.
  • Staff members report to their supervisor and P&O (070-3154772).
  • Students report to their department head or coördinator.

If your symptoms worsen, respiratory symptoms in particular:

  • Call your doctor and tell them about your recent trip and symptoms. If you do not have a doctor here, call the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) instead. If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00. Avoid contact with others. If you are not registered with a doctor, get in contact with our Student Counselor for guidance.

For more information see the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment(RIVM) website.

As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current Corona epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and ask our staff, students and application candidates to help us do so. This influences the enrolment procedure in the following way:

In order to avoid unnecessary travel, applicants now living in high risk areas are offered alternative channels for the application process. Interviews will only run via Skype or Facetime until further notice. These applicants will be contacted by the Student Administration.

At the moment, high risk areas are the following:

China, South-Korea, Iran, Singapore and the following regions in Northern Italy: Aosta-valley, Piëmonte, Lombardy, Trentino-south-Tirol, Friuli-Julisch-Venice, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria.

We ask students, teachers and staff to cancel any plans to travel to high risk areas until further notice.

Further information and FAQ’s are published on the website of the RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).

Please note that the KABK follows the recommendations of the RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment) and the government about the Coronavirus. The KABK will update students, staff and applicants when necessary.

Sources of information:

As you may be aware, China and other countries around the world are working to contain the spread of a newly detected Coronavirus. As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and ask our staff, students and application candidates to help us do so.

Therefore we take the following measures:

In order to avoid unnecessary travel, applicants now living in China are offered alternative channels for the application process. Interviews will only run via Skype or Facetime until further notice. These applicants will be contacted by the Student Administration.

We ask students, teachers and staff to cancel any plans to travel to China until further notice.

For those who have recently been to China, we request you to not come to the academy for up to two weeks from the date of your return and stay at home as much as possible.

Further information and FAQ’s are published on the website of the RIVM.

Protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19

Corona House Rules - KABK