BUE PRESIDENT COVID-19 UPDATE (4)
Dear BUE Community,
I will now be providing weekly updates to the BUE community on what we are doing to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Campus Closure and Semester 2 Assessment
The Prime Minister has extended Egypt’s nationwide curfew to 23 April 2020. As a result, the BUE campus will remain closed until 23 April 2020 and teaching will continue following the BUE Contingency Plan for Learning and Teaching which can be found on the BUE Website https://www.bue.edu.eg/teach-and-learn-remotely/.
Students are asked to check their BUE emails and eLearning regularly and follow instructions from their Faculties. No in-class tests or mid-term exams will take place during this extended closure period, but we are working towards holding Semester 2 Exams on campus from 30 May 2020 to 16 June 2020. We will update you with any changes immediately they become known.
Online Learning Update
We continue to monitor the effectiveness of online learning on a daily basis and to make improvements and enhancements based on student and staff feedback. We are also monitoring student engagement in eLearning and will be contacting students who have not been engaging in their studies via eLearning to offer support. Students are encouraged to contact their Faculties if they have any problems following the BUE Learning and Teaching Contingency Plan.
BUE Helping the Fight Against Covid-19
BUE has been leading a number of initiatives to help the country fight the Covid-19 pandemic. These initiatives include the Faculty of Pharmacy creating BUE- branded hand sanitiser which is has been distributing free of charge in El Sherouk and the BUE Nanotechnology Centre participating in an initiative called ‘Breathe’ to help produce 5,000 ventilators for Egyptian hospitals.
As the number of infections grows around the world, the BUE community can play their part in stopping the spread of the Covid-19 virus by:
- Following good hygiene practice, especially hand washing
- Staying at home other than for essential visits to buy food, medicine and to exercise
- Practicing social distancing
Before the campus closure was announced, BUE was well advanced in its plans to open a Student Hub in the basement of the BUE Library. The BUE Student Hub will be a friendly accessible facility where students will be able to find a range of advice and support on issues such as academic success, employability, support for students with disabilities and wellbeing support. We will go ahead with opening the Hub when campus life returns to normal, but in the meanwhile will be launching a ‘virtual’ Student Hub on the BUE website. It is hoped that the first phase of the BUE virtual Student Hub will be launched next week and I will provide further information as soon as possible.
The Department of Phycology, operating out of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, has also launched online private support/counselling sessions for the month of April. This service can be accessed at:
BUE staff will continue to work off campus until at least 23 April 2020. During this period of home working staff are expected to carry on with their duties as far as possible and to be available by phone and email during normal working hours, from 9.00 am to 4:00 pm.
This continues to be a troubling and uncertain time for the whole BUE community. We continue to do our best to support our students in their studies and to support the broader national and international efforts to beat Covid-19. I am proud of the BUE community and the work we continue to do together.
Professor Ahmed Hamad