What's the current situation for students at Danish universities?
From Monday, June 22nd, students at Danish universities were allowed to return to libraries, study rooms, and group meeting rooms, meaning they can finally meet up with each other and their lecturers on campus again after three months of distance education.
Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, Denmark's Minister of Education and Research, said that even though the opening has taken place after the end of the spring semester, it would nonetheless allow students to get help preparing for exam resits, with major assignments, and would help universities plan events ahead of the start of the autumn semester.
Some students still have a few teaching hours left before the summer, or have exams to take that require physical attendance, and they will be instructed to come to the campus by university authorities when they are required.
What's the current situation for staff at Danish universities?
All employees at universities in Zealand, Funen and other parts of Denmark east of the Great Belt fixed link were allowed to return to their offices from Monday June 15th as part of the third phase of Denmark's reopening (even though universities are still asked to encourage home working).
This means that all university staff in Denmark are now back, as all staff at universities on the Jutland peninsular were allowed to return in on May 18th, as part of the second phase of reopening.
In the first phase, universities were allowed to open laboratories for “important research”, and to restart some health education programs.
What will happen after the summer holidays?
Students will be allowed back in August as part of phase four of Denmark's reopening, but the one-metre rule and other restrictions will mean that student life is not completely back to normal.
“Many students will experience blended types of teaching (online/physical) and blended activities as part of their welcome/orientation,” Anne Bruun, associate director at the University of Copenhagen, told The Local.