The global economy is hit hard and in a time of uncertainty it is understandable to feel great concern. Still, it is important to try to keep calm, not to lose proportion and to remember that most infected people have relatively mild symptoms. At the same time we also need to take greatest possible consideration to the risk group of elderly people and persons with underlying diseases.
As Vice-Chancellor and researcher, I urge students and staff to check your facts, especially when it comes to postings in social media. Letting misunderstandings and rumors spread further aggravates the situation. Therefore, check information obtained from social media with the information published by the Public Health Agency of Sweden or Krisinformation.se. Fact-based knowledge is crucial.
We are many at Luleå University of Technology who work hard for the business to proceed as normally as possible and to make our educational institution a safe place even under the special circumstances that prevail. We follow closely, and comply with, the advice and recommendations of the Public Health Authority, the Foreign Ministry and other authorities. We also urge you to follow our updates at ltu.se/corona.
Our ambition is to, as far as possible, ensure that our students will be able to continue their studies and thus also continue to be entitled to CSN. We are therefore prepared to, if necessary, be able to direct campus-based education to distance education via Zoom and Teams. The conditions are different between different programmes. As can the adaptations be in this rapidly changing situation. I ask you to have patience and understanding for it.
Finally, I would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who work hard to find solutions in an uncertain situation.
Be considerate and kind to people around you, especially persons in the risk groups. Wash your hands! Stay home at the slightest symtoms of cold or other signs of illness.
Take care of yourselves!
Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.