CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Brand University of Applied Sciences is postponing the start of the attendance lectures of the summer semester to April 20th, 2020. Online classes will start on April 6th.

We are thus following the recommendation of the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality. However, since the situation can change daily at present, a further postponement of this date is possible.

President Prof. Dr. h.c. Shan Fan: “As an international university with students from all over the world, we have a responsibility to bear and health has the highest priority! We must all now contribute to slowing down the spread of the virus. In order that this does not become a disadvantage for our students, we are currently working on an online based solution for knowledge transfer”.

On this page we will keep you informed about the measures taken at the Brand University of Applied Sciences to protect the health of all students, lecturers and university staff.

Status of information: April 6th, 2020

The campus of Brand University of Applied Sciences, including all publicly accessible facilities of the university, such as the library, work rooms, etc., will remain closed until April 19th.

Should this date be changed due to the dynamic development of the situation, all students will be informed on this page as well as by e-mail and the university’s e-campus Moodle.

The university administration as well as the professors will continue to be available for you by phone and e-mail.

Student Service:
Tel.: +49 40 38089356-10
Mail: info@brand-university.de

If you have specific questions about your courses, deadlines and examination dates, please contact the course directors or the examination office directly.

Brand Management: ute.roeseler@brand-university.de
Brand Design: ansgar.eidens@brand-university.de
Brand Innovation: yonca.limon-calisan@brand-university.de
Examination Office: wolfgang.maas@brand-university.de

With the start of the semester on April 6th, the courses will start as online courses and follow the regular schedule. The contents will be taught in instructional videos and live sessions.

Ideally, students will need a laptop with a camera for online-based teaching. However, a tablet or smartphone is generally sufficient for communication.

The classroom sessions are expected to resume on April 20th. Further information will follow in time.

The exams planned for the next few weeks cannot be carried out as planned.

Second-try exams will be scheduled as soon as attendance classes are resumed.

Colloquia and presentations will be held online. You will be informed about the procedure and dates in the e-campus “Moodle”.

Since all libraries are closed, the Brand University will provide the necessary literature online.

BaföG

A cancellation of classes or the transfer to online courses does not change your entitlement to the BaföG financial aid. This is regulated by a decree issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on Friday, 13 March.

More information on the website of the Ministry of Education and Research.

 

Hamburg Corona Emergency Loan for Students

The Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality has set up a support fund to provide financial assistance to students who, for example, have lost their part-time job due to the economic situation. This fund is aimed at German and international students from public and private universities in Hamburg.

Further information on how to apply can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg.

Since the attendance classes are cancelled until April 19th, 2020, the first semester welcome event cannot take place on site. Instead, the freshmen will be welcomed with a “Digital Orientation Day” on April 6th.

The Brand University will contact all freshmen in good time and inform them about the exact process of starting their studies.

We will continue to advise you in choosing the right course of study and support you in the application process as usual. As we are currently unable to receive you in person, both the counselling and application interviews will take place online.

In the interest of health protection, our study advisors are available for you by phone, e-mail, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams or Skype.

In case your application documents are not complete due to the current situation, it is possible to hand in later the missing documents.

Sonja Sahlmüller
National Advisory Service
Fon +49 40 38089356-14
WhatsApp +49 160 – 5566783
(9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays)
Mail sonja.sahlmueller@brand-university.de

Anna Prokhorenko
International Advisory Service
Fon +49 40 38089356-23
WhatsApp +49 160 – 5566783
(9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays)
Mail anna.prokhorenko@brand-university.de
Skype anna_brand_academy

According to the Federal Foreign Office, “Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020. All corresponding entries by plane or ship will be affected. Entry will be possible for German citizens.”

If you are currently abroad and are affected by travel restrictions, there is no problem for participating in online lessons.

Please keep an eye on the BU website and e-mails from the university in the coming days and weeks to keep up to date with the latest information on resuming attendance classes.

You will also find a continuously updated assessment of the situation on the website of the Robert-Koch-Institute.

For the start of the attendance classes on April 20th, 2020, increased precautionary measures for health protection will apply.

Only come back to the campus if you are free of symptoms. These include flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, rhinitis, fatigue, breathing problems, neck pain, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and chills.

Students, lecturers and staff returning from holidays in risk areas are only allowed to return to the university after a two-week quarantine.

Further information on worldwide risk areas is continuously updated on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

In China, normality is slowly returning to everyday life. Prof. Dr. Stefan Waller, Director of the German-Sino Cooperation Program of our partner university Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai reports on the developments of the last few days.

“After very few new infections have been detected in China for many days, life is slowly returning to the cities. Although people everywhere are wearing masks that are now taken for granted, the temperature is still being measured at all kinds of checkpoints, and people still communicate with each other from a greater distance, the general relief is noticeable everywhere.

We assume that the situation will continue to relax and that normal university operations will resume in the foreseeable future.

We were able to start teaching online at the beginning of the semester. Our lecturers from Brand University in Germany have also helped to ensure that teaching here continues as normal – a beautiful sign of how international cooperation can work even in exceptional situations.

Zhuhai on the banks of the Qianshan River