Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn
"This is a very clear directive from the government and therefore it is also incredibly important that we take our responsibility and follow that directive" Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, says, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Katarina Karlsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Decision on distance education for all students

Published: 18 March 2020

Luleå University of Technology follows the government's recommendation to introduce distance education, due to corona disease covid-19 in Sweden. This means that the university will switch to distance education and place-independent examination forms from 18 March.

– The directive from the government is very clear and it is therefore incredibly important that we take our responsibility and follow that directive, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, says, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

This means that there is no teaching or examination in the university's premises at any of the university's places of education as of March 18, 2020. A total of about 15,500 students are affected at the university's places of education Kiruna, Luleå, Piteå and Skellefteå. The university's premises are open as usual. However, students are advised to study at home whenever possible.

– The reason for the decision is, as we all know, that we are facing an extraordinary situation today, a situation we have never been with before. Now we all need to help delay the spread of infection so that the healthcare system can fulfill its mission, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, says.

Other activities continue as usual at the university. The University encourages all staff and students to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Public Health Authority via their websites, and to stay updated on the University's own web site. The Luleå University of Technology's corona coordination group holds meetings every day to update information and actions, that staff and students can access via the university's web site.

The university is now working full time to switch to distance education and examination forms other than the examination room.

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn

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