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City of Aachen Waives Parental Contributions in 2021

April 13th, 2021 | by

Families in Aachen will have their parental contributions for children attending day-care centers (KiTas), preschools, childcare facilities, or the optional afternoon elementary school (OGS) in the city waived for the entire year 2021. You can find more information here.

Free Meal Project Continues in Summer Semester 2021

April 10th, 2021 | by

Together with Studierendenwerk Aachen, RWTH’s AStA launched the Free Meal Project in summer semester 2020 to support students, particularly those with financial problems, during the current crisis. The initiative is intended for those who have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and are worried about how they will finance their food costs. The special offer will now be extended to the 2021 summer semester. More information is available at https://www.asta.rwth-aachen.de/projekte/freitisch/

Platform temp-Moodle for Exams

April 9th, 2021 | by

As of April 12, 2021, RWTHmoodle is only available for teaching purposes, according to the RWTH IT Center. From now on, take-home exams will be conducted exclusively on the additional temporary Moodle site temp-Moodle. The aim of this is to ensure that teaching for summer semester 2021 and the outstanding exams for winter semester 2020/21 can all run smoothly. The temp-Moodle platform is now available for this purpose.

Testing Service for Cross-Border Commuters From the Netherlands

April 8th, 2021 | by

The RWTH Rectorate and the Crisis Management Team have announced that RWTH has now set up a testing service for cross-border commuters from the Netherlands, who can take the coronavirus self-test required by federal and state law with help and supervision from medical professionals. The University Medical Center offers this testing service Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. in lecture hall 4 at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30.

If you would like to use this service, please note the following general conditions:

  • The testing service is aimed exclusively at RWTH employees and students who live in the Netherlands and currently have to travel to be at RWTH in person (to work at the office or lab, or complete an internship, etc.). All other employees and students are asked to continue to take advantage of the available testing options, such as the free rapid COVID-19 test (“Citizens’ Test”) or the coronavirus self-tests that can be carried out at home.
  • Access to the University Hospital is currently restricted. When planning to use the testing service, you must, therefore, carry the commuter certificate issued by your respective human resource department or a current RWTH student ID (not the Bluecard) with you. You must also be able to present an additional form of ID that shows your place of residence.
  • Please note that the certificate the University Medical Center issues after you take the test only serves to allow you to cross the border to and from the Netherlands. This test, or the resulting certificate, is not equivalent to a so-called citizens’ test, which allows you to shop at certain retail stores, for example.

The University Medical Center can be reached at anmeldung@hsa.rwth-aachen.de if you have any question regarding the testing service. For further information, please refer to the FAQs on COVID-19 tests.

Netherlands Classified as a High Risk Area as of April 6, 2021 – Impact on University Operations

April 5th, 2021 | by

The RKI has designated the Netherlands an area of particularly high risk of coronavirus infection due to a high number of cases in the country. The Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia has issued the following statement:

When travelling to Germany from the Netherlands, you must be able to provide documentation of a recent negative coronavirus test result. The test must have been taken within 48 hours prior to entering Germany. PCR tests and PoC rapid tests from a medically authorized service provider, and self-tests supervised by specialist personnel, are accepted. Proof of this test may be presented in paper or digital format.

There are exceptions for cross-border commuters who travel to Germany from the Netherlands to work or study:

You must be in possession of evidence of a negative coronavirus test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to entering Germany.

Alternatively, you can take a COVID-19 test immediately after crossing the border, i.e. at a coronavirus test center or upon arrival at your workplace/at the University (taking a supervised self-test is permitted).

For information on COVID-19 test centers, please visit the Testen in Aachen website.

RWTH has now set up a testing service for cross-border commuters from the Netherlands, who can take the coronavirus self-test required by federal and state law with help and supervision from medical professionals.

Employees can obtain a certificate of employment from the relevant HR department. Students can obtain a certificate of enrollment from the Registrar’s Office.

Further information:

The RWTH Campuslauf to Go Virtual

April 1st, 2021 | by

Mark your calenders! The RWTH Campuslauf digital is scheduled to begin April 30 – this year as a component of RWTH’s online health week. Building on the success of the virtual Lousberglauf last year, the RWTH Campuslauf digital is the second running event offered by the University Sports Center, or HSZ, online. Peter Lynen, director of the HSZ, is eagerly awaiting the first virtual campus race: “We’ve managed to put together a great alternative for the popular campus race during this still ongoing pandemic.”

The RWTH Campuslauf digital is based on the routes of the original in-person RWTH campus race. As in the face-to-face version, participants in the virtual campus race can choose between three different runs: For amateur and casual runners, there is the Fun Run over a distance of 4.6 kilometers. The Fitness Run is aimed at those a little more ambitious, with a route of 9 kilometers to be covered. There is also a virtual and coronavirus-compliant version of the relay race for those wanting to compete as a team, with four people per team running 2.3 kilometers each.

The virtual RWTH Campuslauf is location-independent. Runners can cover the distances on a course of their own choice, record the run with a fitness app, and later submit the results online to the HSZ. The RWTH Campuslauf digital will run from April 30 to May 9. You can register for the event via the HSZ website  any time between April 19 and May 9.

While the RWTH Campuslauf will take place online, the RWTH FH Sports DAY, unfortunately, has to be canceled.

CHE Study on Universities Dealing With the Coronavirus Crisis

March 31st, 2021 | by

A study by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) has now revealed that the RWTH students surveyed were extremely satisfied with the way the University is handling the coronavirus crisis.

According to the study published in March, RWTH respondents rated the University’s overall handling of the pandemic significantly better on average than students at the other participating universities. More than 80 percent felt that the University was handling the situation “very well” or “well”. The organization of studies during the coronavirus pandemic was also rated very positively by most of the students surveyed. The fact that RWTH created the possibility for students to continue their planned course of study despite the particularly difficult situation was particularly appreciated.

The framework conditions for virtual teaching were generally highly rated. Here, the technical framework conditions for courses (sound quality, stable transmission, etc.) were perceived positively. Teaching concepts adapted to virtual concepts and the instructors’ motivation was also rated significantly better by students in Aachen than the German average. Despite the difficult circumstances for field trips or laboratory practicals, students positively emphasize that although only a few excursions were carried out, the organization and implementation of the concepts were very good.

For this study on coronavirus management at German universities, CHE surveyed more than 27,000 students at over 150 different German universities. Students from a wide range of disciplines were asked about the organization of their studies during the coronavirus pandemic, the general conditions for virtual teaching, and the implementation of field trips or laboratory practicals. RWTH students of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, medicine, dentistry, geography, and earth sciences participated in the survey.

The complete study is available at www.che.de/download/studium-lehre-corona/.

Updated Guidelines on Teaching, Learning and Exams

March 30th, 2021 | by

The Guidelines on Holding Exams, Courses, and Exam Reviews have now been updated to meet the requirements of the current situation:

Guidelines on Holding Exams, Courses, and Exam Reviews

No In-Person Written Exams, Oral Exams, Exam Reviews, and Classes Between March 29 and May 23

March 26th, 2021 | by

In an extraordinary meeting held yesterday in light of the current COVID-19 situation, the deans of academic affairs and the examination board chairpersons decided to put the following rules into effect: Between Monday, March 29, and Sunday, May 23 (Pentecost), RWTH will not hold any in-person written exams, in-person oral examinations, or in-person courses.

Exemptions apply to

  • any courses and events in the degree programs in medicine and dentistry, for which the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Medicine is responsible,
  • and lab courses that have been exceptionally approved.

Exam dates shall no longer be postponed in order to ensure that all parties involved can plan ahead in the best possible way. Starting March 29, it will no longer be possible to take an in-person written exam in addition to a parallel remote exam. In-person exams will only be held again once the threat of the pandemic subsides. Any approvals for holding in-person exams (both parallel and only exams) have been revoked. Those affected by this decision within the next two weeks have already been informed about the situation on March 19 to allow them sufficient time to prepare.

According to the Rectorate and the Crisis Management Team, students who cannot take an online exam for medical reasons can apply to the examination board to take an in-person exam due to their exceptional circumstances. In light of the current, heightened risk of getting infected with COVID-19, no other reasons will be accepted. Students can continue to apply to take an online exam before the scheduled exam date due to their exceptional circumstances.

Students who have opted out of taking an online exam to take the exam in person should be allowed to take the online exam, as the regulations have changed since they first decided against it. Since written exams will no longer be held in person, student assistants hired to ensure that the safety regulations are adhered to (“Corona Guides”) can be tasked with other responsibilities. Instructors responsible for online exams with more than 400 participants are encouraged to contact the central room booking service (hoersaal@zhv.rwth-aachen.de).

In order to avoid overloading our IT-systems during the lecture period, the ITC has set up an additional temporary Moodle space for any take-home-exams to be held after the lecture period has begun. Analogous to the previous procedure in RWTHmoodle, the recording of the exam results is to be ensured by the instructors themselves. In addition, Dynexite’s functionalities have been expanded for a limited time to include an upload for use with online exams. You will receive separate information on this in due course.

Instructors may apply for approval to hold lab courses or practical training in person throughout the entire summer semester if the necessary distancing and hygiene requirements can be met. In their request email to the Crisis Management Team, instructors must include a confirmation from the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs that the lab course cannot be rescheduled for legal or specific reasons or if rescheduling is unreasonable for the student.

Excursions cannot take place until further notice. If any changes are later made to the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance, the regulations will be adjusted accordingly.

The situation is difficult for all of us. With this latest decision, we hope to have struck the right balance between giving our students security in their future planning and keeping everyone involved safe. Online exams make us a bit more independent of the virus. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy!” said Professor Aloys Krieg, Vice-Rector for Teaching an Learning at RWTH.

DFG to Expand Support Measures for Funded Projects

March 26th, 2021 | by

The German Research Foundation DFG is expanding its financial support for researchers and research projects affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing restrictions on public life.

As a result of this decision by the Joint Committee of the largest research funding organization for science and research in Germany, the support measures in numerous DFG funding procedures in place since May 2020 will be extended.

In addition, various support measures will be expanded or newly introduced for selected funding procedures. This was announced by the DFG in a press release dated March 26, 2012.