Coronavirus update from Friedensau Adventist University (FAU)

Coronavirus update from Friedensau Adventist University (FAU)

Thanks God, there are no Covid-19 cases in Friedensau.

May 26, 2020 | Cd-EUDNews. FAU Administration

Friedensau Adventist University (FAU) started the summer semester in mid-March with regular classes. 

However, a few days later, the lockdown began, and they had to switch to online teaching. 
Within a short period of time, this was relatively successful so that they were able to teach about 90% of the classes. 

Since a couple of weeks ago, the authorities have made it possible to hold face-to-face classes as well, since the coronavirus situation is very safe in Germany. 
This way, they can cover the last 10% of the lessons under strict safety precautions. 

Therefore, the University will probably conduct the examinations as scheduled and complete the summer semester. The graduation ceremony in October is still as scheduled. 

Thanks God, there are no Covid-19 cases in Friedensau. 

The University is planning to start and conduct the winter semester 2020/21 on a regular basis. There are many applications from international students, but they do not know yet whether they will get a visa and enter the country in time. 
“Applicants from the EU and other visa-free countries (such as the USA) have been able to apply recently, but we also do not know yet what delays the coronavirus crisis will cause,” informed the FAU Administration. “Therefore, we are planning for the autumn, but will be able to adapt flexibly to alternative scenarios.”

In addition to the academic situation, the spiritual care also presents a challenge. The chaplain tries to keep in touch with the students via telephone, Zoom and social media. House groups, church services, prayer groups, and the University’s devotionals are held online or sent via livestream.
Sabbath school groups and the church service on Sabbath are also broadcast in German and English via video conference, TV or livestream. 

As all students continue to live on campus, the operation of the dormitories, the cafeteria, and the library will continue with the respective security regulations. All students and staff are regularly informed about the current situation and are very cooperative in their efforts to help and support.

All Friedensau institutions come together fortnightly for a joint meeting, in order to inform each other and to carry out risk assessments, especially for the protection of elderly residentsand to support each other.

A volunteer shopping service has been set up to reduce trips to the surrounding area, especially for at-risk groups. 
“Despite the restrictions, we are confident and look into the future with trust in God,” conclude the spokesman of FAU.

FAU Administration

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