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Action at the University of Deusto in the face of the new coronavirus

Information and general recommendations:

In view of the health situation caused by COVID-19, the University of Deusto has created this website (www.deusto.es/covid-19) to provide an updated response to all the queries and questions that may arise among the university community members, as well as to communicate all the measures that may be taken.

The information will be structured into the following sections:

0. NEW STUDENTS 

1- STUDENTS AND PERSONNAL OF UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO CAMPUSES AND SITES - NEW NOTICE 3 SEPTEMBER

2- STUDENTS ON MOBILITY SCHEMES 

3- PERSONNAL ON MOBILITY SCHEMES

4- TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES AVILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO FOR TEACHING

5- INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

6- FAQs 

 

NEW STUDENTS

NEW INTERNATIONAL MASTER'S STUDENTS FOR THE 2020-21 ACADEMIC YEAR - 29 may

If, as a result of any mobility restrictions that may arise before the start of Master's programmes in the 2020/21 academic year, students have any restrictions on their mobility from their home country that are beyond their control (closing of borders, not obtaining a visa, etc.), the amount paid for the reserved place will be refunded.

2ND REMOTE ADMISSION EXAM SESSION FOR BACHELOR´S AND DOUBLE BACHELOR´S DEGREE PROGRAMMES - 5 May

The University of Deusto maintains the date to sit the admission tests on 15 May for all candidates. They will be held remotely, without having to leave your home. The candidates invited to sit the tests will receive detailed, personalised information.

On the other hand, as you may be unable to submit the final Bachillerato grades on the dates initially scheduled, those required to submit them must do so as soon as they have them by 23 June. This delay will not allow us to inform you about admission decisions on the scheduled date.

The University of Deusto, with the information available and under the current situation, has reorganised processes so that candidates can be told about the admission decision for each of their options by 1 July. Any updates will be published on this website and on New student´s website

STUDENTS AND PERSONNAL OF UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO CAMPUSES AND SITES

Contingency Plan for students and Protocol of general measures for prevention, protection, security and hygiene - 8 September

See the contingency plan

Measures approved for thesis deposit and defence during the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year - 3 September

The procedure for remote thesis deposit is extended for the September-January period), following the procedure approved at the 8th session of the Board of Directors on 28 April 2020 and the corresponding protocols.

In general, the presentation and defence of theses must be carried out in person. However, in the event that the examining committee members or PhD students themselves may have difficulties related to Covid-19 to attend in person, those concerned may request the General Secretary, with the approval of the Programme's Academic Committee, to participate in the presentation and defence of the thesis remotely.

What will it be like to return to campus and start the 2020-2021 academic year? - 25 June

  • Safe
    • In accordance with Order of 18 June 2020 of the Basque Government`s Health Minister, the University of Deusto has adopted and will adopt all the necessary measures for prevention, individual and collective protection and interpersonal distancing established by the educational and health authorities. Always in keeping with the core principles of the Deusto Education
  • Model
    • Deusto develops and applies its own teaching-learning model that focuses upon student autonomy, meaningful learning, and the development of appropriate skills for their personal and professional life.
      The Deusto Education Model is an internationally recognised and renowned model that has placed Deusto among the top positions in the main teaching-learning rankings.
  • An adjusted attendance mode
    • Until we can return to our usual normality, the current safety and social distancing provisions in force will limit the number of people we can physically meet on our campuses and sites.
      Therefore, at Deusto we will adopt the adjusted attendance mode for academic management during the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year. What does it mean? What are the implications? Mainly two:
      1) Groups and sections will be subdivided into two subgroups,
      2) Most of the teaching will be delivered in a face-to-face mode (in subgroups) and some in remote mode (in large groups)
  • What is a "typical week" going to be like?
    • Each 6 ECTS subject will have 3-hour standard weekly teaching: two of them will be delivered face-to-face (in a subgroup) and one in a remote mode (in a large group).
      Taking into account the first semester calendar, students will receive 23 hours of face-to-face
      teaching and 14 hours of remote teaching for each 6 ECTS subject.
      For each 6 ECTS subject, each lecturer will plan 150 hours of student work, including 37 hours
      of face-to-face and remote work.
  • What about exams?
    • The final assessment will be conducted in person.
    • The Deusto Education Model is based on an ongoing assessment model, where the final assessment has a limited specific weight.
  • Days, timetables, classrooms, facilities, spaces
    • Each Faculty office is already working out the timetables and classroom allocation for each subject, taking into account the established criteria of adjusted attendance and classroom capacity, once the protection and interpersonal distance measures established by the relevant authorities have been applied.
      The capacity of UD's various spaces and facilities (library, cafeterias, sports facilities, etc.) have also been adjusted to the guidelines for interpersonal distancing laid down by the health and
      education authorities. The University is also working on the provision of spaces for individual and group work.
      Will we have any support such as that we received in the second
  • Semester this year?
    • As from 24 June, the website "Keys to teaching in the 20/21 academic year"; will be available to the UD's entire university community. You can access it on the following link: https://docencia2021.deusto.es/
      This space provides guidance and advice, as well as information on the technological and support resources available to you.
  • And when will classes start?
    • Classes will start on Monday, 14 September.
    • The previous week, first-year students in the 20/21 academic year will be called to the welcome sessions by each Faculty, during which they will receive full information about the key aspects related to their university experience.

KEYS TO TEACHING IN THE 20/21 ACADEMIC YEAR -  23 JUNE

As from 24 June, the website "Keys to teaching in the 20/21 academic year" will be available to UD's entire university community. You can access it on the following link: https://docencia2021.deusto.es/.

This space contains guidance and advice in case it were necessary to adapt the planning of teaching in the first semester of the 20/21 academic year, as well as information on the technological and training resources available to the teaching staff (webinars, courses, videos, manuals) and the different support services.

PROCEDURE FOR REMOTE THESIS DEPOSIT, PRESENTATION AND DEFENCE - 29 April 2020

1. Aim

A. The procedures for thesis depositing and defence, and the corresponding deadlines, are suspended in accordance with the Third Additional Provision of RD 463/2020, of 14 March, which declares the state of alarm to address the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, and regulates the suspension of administrative procedures and deadlines during the state of alarm.

B. Doctoral students may request the lifting of the suspension, pursuant to point 3 of such additional provision, according to which 'the relevant body may, by means of a reasoned decision, agree to such measures of organisation and instruction as are strictly necessary to avoid serious damage to the rights and interests of the person concerned in the proceedings, and provided that the person concerned agrees, or where the person concerned agrees that the time limit should not be suspended'.

C. We are working with the hypothesis that the state of alarm may last for some weeks, the lifting thereof will be progressive, and the recovery of the capacity to travel across Spain and for international mobility will take several months. Faced with scenario, it has been decided to establish a procedure that will allow to deposit, present and defend theses remotely in the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. This procedure will be applied both to doctoral students who request the lifting of the suspension during the alarm period and to those who subsequently have difficulties in defending their thesis in face-to-face mode.

D. The process detailed here was approved at the 8th session of the Board of Directors on 28 April 2020 and will come into force in May 2020.

2. Remote thesis presentation and defence*

A. During the state of alarm, each doctoral student will request the Secretary General to lift the suspension, including a brief statement of reasons.

B. If it is necessary to maintain remote thesis defence once the state of alarm has ended, the request for defence will be made following the usual procedure.

C. The defence of doctoral thesis will be carried out through the platforms used for online teaching (google meet, or other as recommended by the Computer Service).

D. The necessary protocols Will be enabled to ensure (1) the public nature of the event (2) the confidentiality of the examining committee’s deliberations and assessment, and (3) anonymity in the casting of votes, if a cum laude mention is proposed, where appropriate.

E. In general, as much staffing presence as possible will be maintained at any time.

*In general, this will be applied to theses whose deposit process began before the enactment of RD 463/2020 in May and June.

3. Remote thesis deposit

A. During the state of alarm, each doctoral student will request the General Secretary, with the approval of the Programme’s Academic Committee, to lift the suspension, including a brief statement of reasons.

B. In the event that the remote deposit process were still required once the state of alarm has ended, the request for thesis deposit will be made following the usual procedure.

C. An ad hoc procedure will be enabled for the submission of the required documents (deposit request, thesis in electronic file and supervisor’s report) in electronic format, to start the deposit process.

D. In order to ensure the public display period of the thesis in process of being deposited, an electronic consultation procedure will be enabled.

4. Supporting documents

A. All the supporting documents corresponding to the various phases of deposit and defence may be submitted to the relevant department (General Secretariat, CAP or DIRS) in electronic format.

B. The documents must be signed using a recognised electronic signature. If any of the signatories (doctoral students, reporters, supervisors, etc.) do not have one, they must expressly state so in the email in which they attach the corresponding document and follow the instructions in this regard.

THE UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO CREATES A SPECIAL GRANT FUND OF 750,000 EUROS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19 - 27 April 2020

The University of Deusto, aware of the serious repercussions that the situation generated by COVID-19 is having both on society in general and on our university community in particular, has decided to create and provide an additional grant fund of 750,000 euros. The fund will be implemented in the 2020-2021 academic year and it is specifically aimed at those students and families most directly affected by COVID-19. The University is already drawing up specific regulations for this fund, which will allow to establish the types and amounts of the grants.

The University wishes to demonstrate its commitment to families and students most directly affected by the current situation, and particularly on addressing all those supervening circumstances that may affect the university community.

This new initiative adds to the measures that have been specially adopted this academic year, in the form of honorary loans and flexible payments, which are facilitating the payment of monthly tuition fees to families in financial difficulty.

In addition to providing this special fund with 750,000 euros from its own funds, the University will activate all the available means so that this fund can also be complemented by contributions from other actors- organisations, companies, foundations, alumni, etc. - up to a total of 1,250,000 euros.

This new special fund of 750,000 euros adds to the more than 2,500,000 euros that the University has already contributed annually -and will continue to contribute- from its own funds to grants for its students, consistent with its nature as a social initiative university and its aim to enable all students wishing to study at Deusto to do so without the financial situation being a barrier to entry.

DEFENCE OF THE FINAL DEGREE PROJECTS - 8 April 2020

Art. 9.8 on the rules on progress and permanence which states that "the defence of Final Degree Projects will be held in a face-to-face manner". The General Secretariat, in these exceptional circumstances generated by the declaration of the State of Alarm for the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 (Spanish Official Gazette (BOE) issue 67, of 14 March 2020) interprets face-to-face defence contained in article 9.8 in the same sense as that applied to remote face-to-face teaching. This interpretation will be in force during the assessment period for Final Degree Projects in the second semester in the 2019-2020 academic year.

DEUSTO WILL COMPLETE THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR USING REMOTE TEACHING - 8 April 2020

At two meetings held yesterday afternoon and this morning between the Councillor for Education, the Deputy Councillor for Universities and the Rectors of the three universities of the Basque university system, several agreements have been made concerning the priorities to address the COVID-19 health emergency.

Bearing in mind the exceptional circumstances generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to "complete the 2019-2020 academic year by resorting to remote teaching" -please see attached statement-.

The decision undoubtedly brings certainty to the scenario in the coming months. The University of Deusto, as it had planned and communicated to the university community, will therefore maintain its remote classes, its academic calendar and the remote assessment system designed for this purpose until the end of the semester. Likewise, a protocol will be shortly approved for the subjects that during the second semester of the 19/20 academic year included a stay in centres, entities or companies (curricular internships, dual subjects and Undergraduate/Master’s Final Projects with a stay in the workplace).

The University of Deusto wishes to reiterate, once again, that its main objective, in addition to preserving the health of all of us and the commitment and solidarity with the most vulnerable people, is to ensure the academic achievement of its students in such exceptional circumstances as these and, to this end, it has made all its teaching and technological resources available both to academic staff and students. This aim, which has guided all the decisions and all the activities conducted by the University since last 10 March, will continue to be an absolute priority for the University also during the coming months and until the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

See universities agreement

REMOTE ASSESSMENT FOR THE SECOND SEMESTRES OF THE 2019/20 ACADEMIC YEAR - 31 March 2020

The events that have been taking place since the last week of March have led the UD’s Board of Directors, in an extraordinary meeting held on 31 March, to adopt the following agreements that will help us to preserve and ensure our students’ achievement:

  1. Maintain the calendars established for the second semester, both for first-sit examinations (25 May to 9 June) and resit examinations (18 to 27 June).
  2. Maintain the grading system established by the University of Deusto for its subjects, Rector's Order 27/2017 of 27 September: “The assessment of students’ accredited performance in each of the course subjects will be expressed in a numerical grade, from 0 to 10, with one decimal place”.
  3. We are working on the assumption that face-to-face teaching may not be resumed. Therefore, we have decided to establish a procedure that, when necessary, allows assessment systems to be adapted to the current remote teaching circumstances. On this link Assessment system for the second semester of the 2019-20 academic year: remote assessment, you will find detailed information on this procedure for the review, validation, publication and communication of the assessment system.
  4. The validated assessment system will be definitive until the end of the semester, regardless of whether circumstances change and the semester could be completed with face-to-face teaching at the UD centres.

The University of Deusto has launched a website https://evaluacionenremoto.deusto.es/ , which contains guides and information for academic staff to conduct remote assessment. It also contains support tutorials and video tutorials and a wide range of training video conferences.

Guidelines and advice for conducting final exams remotely – 8 May

All academic staff have received a detailed guide with guidelines for conducting remote exams in the second semester of the 2019-20 academic year. This guide is also available on the Remote Assessment website (available
to UD staff).

In addition to providing advice on how to solve technical and methodological problems and the training webinars that have been made available to academic staff to date, a new specific advice service has been created for exam development in this non-attendance environment.

A document has been sent to students with recommendations for exam-type testing this semester. This document is also available on the Remote assessment section at the Teaching Resources website.

Deusto will maintain the academic calendar
 

COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR GOOD REMOTE TEACHING PRACTICES - 21 March 2020

Many good teaching practices are being developed these days. For this reason, a space has been set up for teaching staff to share experiences, resources and methodological issues in this new scenario.

Collaborative space for teaching staff

GUIDELINES FOR REMOTE TEACHING - 13 March 2020

In compliance with the previous announcement, here are guidelines and resources for remote teaching in order to set out the basic guidelines to deliver teaching. Remote teaching will start to be applied on Monday 16 March and will be fully implemented by 23 March.

Students: Remote teaching guidelines

Teachers: Remote teaching guidelines


PROTOCOL FOR SUBJECTS THAT INCLUDE A PLACEMENT AT CENTRES, ENTITIES OR COMPANIES IN THE SECOND SEMESTER OF THE 19/20 ACADEMIC YEAR (CURRICULAR INTERNSHIPS, DUAL SUBJECTS AND UNDERGRADUATE/MASTER’S FINAL PROJECTS INVOLVING A PLACEMENT AT A WORK CENTRE)

14 may 2020

Addendum to the protocol for internships, dual subjects, undergraduate/master’s final project involving a placement at a work centre

In view of the lockdown de-escalation process recently initiated by the Government, this addendum proposes to replace the text in paragraph 2c with the following text:
“Once the lockdown de-escalation process has been initiated by the competent authorities for this purpose, if the centre, entity or company complies with the requirements indicated below, the internship, dual subject and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Project involving a placement at a work centre will be classified as "active with return to the workplace option”. Hence, the assessment system should continue as initially planned provided that the activities to be performed, in the opinion of the student's academic tutor, fit into the academic calendar and that students do not allege any circumstance that may prevent their returning to the workplace option.
The requirements that must be complied by the centre, entity or company so that students can return to the workplace option are as follows:

  • The internship, dual subject and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Project must be regulated either through an educational cooperation agreement between the centre, the student and the university or through an employment contract between the company and the student.
  • The company must ensure that students will perform their activities under the conditions of security and prevention established by the health authorities.
  • The centre must provide students with a travel document required to travel between home and work.

21 April 2020

Faced with the state of alarm declared by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Deusto has drawn up this document to present the action protocol to be followed to respond to students who, during this academic semester of the 19/20 academic year, have a placement at a centre, entity or company (curricular internships, dual subjects and/or Undergraduate/ Master’s Final Projects involving a placement at a work centre).

Main criteria:

The overall aim is to enable students to complete this academic year within the established academic calendar through exceptional learning alternatives that will allow them to develop the skills set out in their curricular internships, dual subjects and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Projects involving a placement at a work centre and therefore, not to be academically disadvantaged for force majeure reasons.

In view of the different cases we may encounter (type of degree programme, skills to be developed, type of internship centre, the current and future situation of each company, dates on which the state of alarm may end for the different groups concerned...), this general action protocol should be adapted to the different situations that may occur. This task may be carried out directly by their academic tutors at the university under the supervision of each Faculty, or a designated person for this purpose. Students should receive individual support in this regard as their uncertainty is even greater in the current context.

This should involve a change in perspective, whenever possible, as students will need to shift from performing training activities at the centre, entity or company to carrying out training activities related to the centre, entity or company, on an exceptional basis and to the extent possible. In this way, although the on-site presence of students may be unfeasible for obvious reasons, they will be developing their skills with a focus on gaining real-life experience.

Guidelines for action:

1. Analysis for each student concerned of the number of hours performed by each student at the centre, entity or company prior to the decreed state of alarm and, if applicable, by the number of teleworking hours carried out during the state of alarm compared to those scheduled (%); and analysis, as far as possible, of the degree of skill development and achievement of foreseen learning outcomes.

2. Regarding this analysis, action will be taken with each student as follows:

  • If the centre, entity or company gives students the option of teleworking, the internship, the dual subject and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Project involving a placement at the work centre will remain "active in remote", that is, the number of teleworking hours will be regarded as on-site hours and, therefore, the assessment system that was initially foreseen will be continued.
  • If the centre, entity or company has not been able to offer students the option of teleworking, the internship, the dual subject and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Project involving a placement at the workplace will be considered "active with changes in the work plan", that is, the academic tutor, under the supervision of the Faculty or the person designated for this purpose, after considering the analysis made for each student, will assign them a plan of academic activities aimed at replacing the activities planned at the workplace and which will help them to develop the skills set out in their curriculum with the corresponding adapted assessment system.
  • If, once the decreed state of alarm has ended, the centre, entity or company allows students to return to their position provided that the planned activity that has not been carried out fits into the established academic calendar and the academic tutor approves it, the internship, dual subject and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Project involving a placement at the work centre will be classified as "active with return to workplace option". In this case, the curricular internship, dual subject and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Project involving a placement at the work centre will continue with the assessment system that was initially planned.

3. This monitoring process will be carried out by academic tutors under the supervision of the Faculty or the designated person for this purpose. Likewise, and with regard to work placements under "active in remote" or "active with return to workplace" options, academic tutors will contrast the progress made by students with regard to skill development and achievement of the learning outcomes jointly with the tutors at the work centres.

Types of substitute academic activities

In the cases of curricular internships, dual subjects and/or Undergraduate/Master’s Final Projects with a placement at work centres regarded as "active with changes in the work plan", the alternative activities that may be assigned to students may be, by way of example, some of the following:

  • Practical assignments focused on the sector and/or workplace.
  • Analysis of success stories and good practices related to the subject and workplace.
  • Development of specific challenges they might have taken on in the workplace.
  • Design and supervision of proposals for innovation and intervention for the workplace in its field.
  • Simulations based on virtual applications.
  • Indirect observation of practical situations, case studies and critical incidents.
  • Learning about specific tools they may have used in the workplace
  • Reflection on the learning process to analyse how this process has taken place in their specific case and summarise the learning acquired through their experience.
  • Assignments aimed at conceptual analysis on the subjects concerned
  • ….

In any case and depending on each degree programme and skills to be developed, the academic tutors will propose a PLAN of coherent learning activities in each situation under the supervision of the Faculty or the designated person in this regard.

NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS

Statement from the Board of Directors in relation to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year - 2 September

At a meeting held yesterday, the Board of Directors at the University of Deusto adopted the following decisions, among others:
1) Ratify the calendar for the start of the 2020-2021 academic. The academic year will begin, as already announced last June, on Monday, 14 September. The welcome and presentation days for first-year students will be held on 10 and 11 September.
2) Ratify the adjusted attendance mode for undergraduate degree programmes as a teaching model to be developed at least during the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. The model considers face-to-face attendance as the basis for student teaching, learning and support processes and as a constituent and irreplaceable element of a comprehensive university experience. The circumstances generated by COVID-19 make it necessary to adjust this mode of attendance, which involves: 1) dividing groups and sections into smaller subgroups; and 2) combining the face-to-face mode (in subgroups) and the remote mode (in a large group), in a ratio of 2 (face-to-face) to 1 (remote). This adjusted attendance teaching model was approved and communicated to academic staff and students in July.
3) Reinforce prevention, protection, safety and hygiene measures on the University of Deusto campuses and sites, relating to the use of face masks, interpersonal safety distance (1.5 metres), hand hygiene and hydroalcoholic gel, circulation routes, cleaning, disinfection and ventilation..., measures already envisaged in the Contingency Plan communicated last July. In the current circumstances, and taking into account the supplementary action protocol before the start of the 2020-2021 academic year drawn up by the Basque Government's Education Department, and the recommendations of the Ministry of Universities to the university community to adapt the 2020-2021 academic year, the use of face masks will be compulsory in all areas of the University of Deusto and at all times as from Monday 7 September.
4) Ratify the existing bodies for the management of COVID-19 at the University of Deusto: UD's COVID-19 Commission, UD's COVID-19 Executive Commission -chaired by the Rector, José María Guibert-, the Health and Safety Committee, and the Student Chamber, and appoint the heads of the Prevention Service, Igor Arrizabalaga and Joseba Aristizabal, as COVID-19 coordinators on the Bilbao and Donostia campuses.

What will it be like to return to campus and start the 2020-2021 academic year? - 25 June

  • Safe
    • In accordance with Order of 18 June 2020 of the Basque Government`s Health Minister, the University of Deusto has adopted and will adopt all the necessary measures for prevention, individual and collective protection and interpersonal distancing established by the educational and health authorities. Always in keeping with the core principles of the Deusto Education
  • Model
    • Deusto develops and applies its own teaching-learning model that focuses upon student autonomy, meaningful learning, and the development of appropriate skills for their personal and professional life.
      The Deusto Education Model is an internationally recognised and renowned model that has placed Deusto among the top positions in the main teaching-learning rankings.
  • An adjusted attendance mode
    • Until we can return to our usual normality, the current safety and social distancing provisions in force will limit the number of people we can physically meet on our campuses and sites.
      Therefore, at Deusto we will adopt the adjusted attendance mode for academic management during the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year. What does it mean? What are the implications? Mainly two:
      1) Groups and sections will be subdivided into two subgroups,
      2) Most of the teaching will be delivered in a face-to-face mode (in subgroups) and some in remote mode (in large groups)
  • What is a "typical week" going to be like?
    • Each 6 ECTS subject will have 3-hour standard weekly teaching: two of them will be delivered face-to-face (in a subgroup) and one in a remote mode (in a large group).
      Taking into account the first semester calendar, students will receive 23 hours of face-to-face
      teaching and 14 hours of remote teaching for each 6 ECTS subject.
      For each 6 ECTS subject, each lecturer will plan 150 hours of student work, including 37 hours
      of face-to-face and remote work.
  • What about exams?
    • The final assessment will be conducted in person.
    • The Deusto Education Model is based on an ongoing assessment model, where the final assessment has a limited specific weight.
  • Days, timetables, classrooms, facilities, spaces
    • Each Faculty office is already working out the timetables and classroom allocation for each subject, taking into account the established criteria of adjusted attendance and classroom capacity, once the protection and interpersonal distance measures established by the relevant authorities have been applied.
      The capacity of UD's various spaces and facilities (library, cafeterias, sports facilities, etc.) have also been adjusted to the guidelines for interpersonal distancing laid down by the health and
      education authorities. The University is also working on the provision of spaces for individual and group work.
      Will we have any support such as that we received in the second
  • Semester this year?
    • As from 24 June, the website "Keys to teaching in the 20/21 academic year"; will be available to the UD's entire university community. You can access it on the following link: https://docencia2021.deusto.es/
      This space provides guidance and advice, as well as information on the technological and support resources available to you.
  • And when will classes start?
    • Classes will start on Monday, 14 September.
    • The previous week, first-year students in the 20/21 academic year will be called to the welcome sessions by each Faculty, during which they will receive full information about the key aspects related to their university experience.

KEYS TO TEACHING IN THE 20/21 ACADEMIC YEAR - 23 JUNE

As from 24 June, the website "Keys to teaching in the 20/21 academic year" will be available to UD's entire university community. You can access it on the following link: https://docencia2021.deusto.es/.

This space contains guidance and advice in case it were necessary to adapt the planning of teaching in the first semester of the 20/21 academic year, as well as information on the technological and training resources available to the teaching staff (webinars, courses, videos, manuals) and the different support services.

29 May 2020

NEW INTERNATIONAL MASTER'S STUDENTS FOR THE 2020-21 ACADEMIC YEAR

If, as a result of any mobility restrictions that may arise before the start of Master's programmes in the 2020/21 academic year, students have any restrictions on their mobility from their home country that are beyond their control (closing of borders, not obtaining a visa, etc.), the amount paid for the reserved place will be refunded.

11 May 2020

Suspension of mobilities in first semester 2020-2021

During the past few days, the University of Deusto has analysed in detail the feasibility of mobility programmes for the 2020-21 academic year. Given the current circumstances of high uncertainty, we have taken the decision
to suspend the mobilities of our students planned under the exchange programmes for the first semester (September 2020 - January 2021) in the 2020-21 academic year. This decision has been taken mainly to ensure and safeguard the health and integrity of all people.

In this context where uncertainty is the common feature in all countries worldwide, precaution is essential. Until a vaccine is available, the guidelines from the health and education authorities in all countries call for prevention, caution and responsibility.

We are aware that physical mobility to other universities and countries is key to student education. We know this both from an academic perspective and a social and cultural one. However, the health of our students and staff is, and always will be, our priority. Faced with this difficult decision, the need has prevailed to establish an operational framework to provide you with certainty in an unknown scenario. Therefore, making this decision now will provide our students with clear guidance that will ensure the appropriate planning of the start of the 20-21 academic year.

5 May 2020

2nd remote admission exam session dor bachelor´s and double bachelor´s degree programmes 

The University of Deusto maintains the date to sit the admission tests on 15 May for all candidates. They will be held remotely, without having to leave your home. The candidates invited to sit the tests will receive detailed, personalised information.

On the other hand, as you may be unable to submit the final Bachillerato grades on the dates initially scheduled, those required to submit them must do so as soon as they have them by 23 June. This delay will not allow us to inform you about admission decisions on the scheduled date.

The University of Deusto, with the information available and under the current situation, has reorganised processes so that candidates can be told about the admission decision for each of their options by 1 July. Any updates will be published on our website.

8 April 2020

Given the special circumstances in which we find ourselves, where technology is particularly important for the development of remote teaching and assessment, and to ensure optimum support to our University Community, we inform you that: the technological help and support service for students and academic staff will be running during the Easter Week (from 14 Tuesday to 17 Friday April, both included).
You can contact us in the usual way:

8 April 2020

DEUSTO WILL COMPLETE THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR USING REMOTE TEACHING

At two meetings held yesterday afternoon and this morning between the Councillor for Education, the Deputy Councillor for Universities and the Rectors of the three universities of the Basque university system, several agreements have been made concerning the priorities to address the COVID-19 health emergency.

Bearing in mind the exceptional circumstances generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to "complete the 2019-2020 academic year by resorting to remote teaching" -please see attached statement-.

See universities agreement

 
31 March 2020

REMOTE ASSESSMENT FOR THE SECOND SEMESTRES OF THE 2019/20 ACADEMIC YEAR

An extraordinary meeting of the UD's Board of Directors, has been held on 31 March, to define a remote assessment for the second semester of the 2019/20 academic yeat to help us preserve and ensure our students’ achievement:

Remote assessment
 

23 March 2020

In response to some of the queries we have received concerning what to do if you have possible symptoms or confirmed coronavirus Covid-19 infection, we give you the following information. 

People with symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19

If you have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19, you must stay at home or go home as soon as possible. If the symptoms are clear and persist over time, you should call the Public Health Services in your area directly. 
The Basque Government’s Health Department keeps contact information constantly updated on this link: https://www.euskadi.eus/nuevo-coronavirus-covid-19/. This website currently provides the following information.

IMPORTANT: 

At the present time, people who have symptoms in Biscay and Gipuzkoa should continue to call 900 20 30 50, until the reorganisation already implemented in Araba is extended to these two regions, where you should phone your health centre.

Health Advice Telephone Number: 900 20 30 50

People who have been diagnosed with coronavirus COVID-19 or who are affected by containment measures as directly and personally instructed by the corresponding Public Health Service.

If the Public Health Service has diagnosed you with COVID-19, or has instructed you to go into quarantine, even if you have not been tested, you must follow the instructions they have given you.  If you are a staff member at the University of Deusto, if the Public Health Service has given you a fit note, you should send it to the University through the established channels. 

You can use the following email address infocoronavirus@deusto.es to inform us if you are in any of the situations described above. This email is exclusively for internal and monitoring purposes by the University of Deusto’s Health and Safety Area, and in no way replaces the information to be transmitted to the corresponding health authorities. 

We remind you that the preventative information on coronavirus COVID-19 is regularly updated on www.deusto.es/covid-19.

15 March 2020

Volunteer support network

Here is the appeal of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia on the creation of a “Support network of volunteers to vulnerable elderly people in solitude in Bizkaia”.

Always in accordance with the decisions of the authorities competent, the decisions of the University in relation to its activity in these exceptional circumstances can be summarized as:

  • maintenance of teaching activity in a non-face-to-face format
  • teleworking
  • minimum services

However, and to the extent that it is compatible with these criteria, and in response to our institutional and personal commitment to the most vulnerable people, we invite you to consider the appeal of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Bolunta network, with whom, as you will remember, we have already collaborated in recent years to activate solidarity in our environment.

Further information

13 March 2020

Given the seriousness and exceptional nature of the situation created, the University of Deusto has agreed today:

  1. Apply from Monday, the methodology of remote classroom training in order to guarantee the academic achievement of its students.
  2. In order to preserve the health of its workers, apply telework, keeping the necessary minimum services.
  3. Ratify their absolute confidence in the professional and civic responsibility of their students and workers.


GUIDELINES FOR REMOTE TEACHING

In compliance with the previous announcement, here are guidelines and resources for remote teaching in order to set out the basic guidelines to deliver teaching. Remote teaching will start to be applied on Monday 16 March and will be fully implemented by 23 March.

Students: Remote teaching guidelines

Teachers: Remote teaching guidelines


New General Secretariat telephone attention hours:

Following the instructions of the health and educational authorities, the General Secretariat will not provide face-to-face attention to the public (candidates, students, graduates, lecturers, etc.) until 30 March 30, unless otherwise instructed.

Our telephone attention hours are:

  • Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 13:00

Contact numbers:

  • Bilbao campus - Bachelor's degrees: 944 139 061
  • Bilbao campus - postgraduate programs: 944 139 302 o 944 139 000 (Ext. 2976)
  • San Sebastian campus: 943 326 310 

Postponement of the Employment and Entrepreneurship Forum

Taking into account the situation generated by COVID-19, and in agreement with the participating companies, the University of Deusto has decided to postpone the Employment and Entrepreneurship Forum that was to be held on the Bilbao campus on 25 and 26 March.

The Forum will be held on 30 September and 1 October.

12 March 2020

Temporary suspension of on-campus teaching at the bilbao and donostia/san sebastian campuses as from 13 March, until 27 March, both inclusive.

By decision of the Basque Government's Education and Health Departments, on-campus academic activities at the Bilbao and Donostia / San Sebastian campuses will be temporarily suspended as of tomorrow, 13 March, until 27 March, both inclusive.

However, UD students’ academic activities will continue. To guarantee this, the University has set up an alternative model of remote attendance. The technological resources available at the University for this purpose can be accessed at the website "www.deusto.es/covid-19" in the Technological resources available at the University of Deusto for teaching section. We will soon communicate the criteria and guidelines for the application of this model to both academic staff and students.

Likewise, all the courses, conferences, seminars and external events that were planned to be held at the University during the suspension period will also be suspended.
The University will remain open to Teaching and Research Staff (PDI), Research Staff (PI) and Administration and Services Staff (PAS).
We would like to stress once again that the "www.deusto.es/covid-19” website is the only official institutional channel of the University of Deusto in relation to coronavirus. We therefore urge you to ignore fake news whose only objective is the spread of disinformation and intoxication.

11 March 2020

International travel restrictions: As of today, we have amended our travel policy to align it with the travel restrictions of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Further information

Deusto will postpone Monographic Session on the Medicine Degree scheduled for Friday, 13 March, until May, due to the COVID-19 situation.

The University of Deusto has decided to postpone the Monographic Session on the Medicine Degree scheduled for Friday, 13 March, until May, due to the COVID-19 situation. This decision follows the official guidelines in view of the new situation generated by COVID-19 and prioritises the health of more than 1,000 people, including candidates and their families, registered for the sessions planned for Friday, 13 March, at the University of Deusto’s Ceremonial Hall (Bilbao campus).

A new date will be announced later. Those registered will be kept promptly informed of any updates on the Medicine Degree information sessions. This decision only affects this event, without prejudice to any other activities.

10 March 2020

By decision of the Governing Council of the Community of Madrid, announced on the night of 9 March, teaching activities at all educational levels will be suspended as from March 11th until March 25th, inclusive. Consequently, teaching at our site in Madrid will be suspended during this time.

9 March 2020

At a meeting held in Vitoria-Gasteiz this morning, the Departments of Education and Health of the Basque Government have communicated their decision to cancel teaching activities at all schools in Vitoria-Gasteiz from March 10th until March 23rd, inclusive. Consequently, the classes of the Degree in Digital Industry of the University of Deusto at Egibide - Vitoria are also suspended.

On the other hand, in the campuses and venues of Bilbao, Donostia and Madrid, following the guidelines of the educational and health authorities, academic activity continues as usual. The general health and hygiene recommendations issued by the Department of Health are still to be followed.

We insist once again that this website (www.deusto.es/covid-19) is the only official institutional channel of the University of Deusto in relation to the coronavirus, so we urge you to ignore fake news that only aim at misinformation.

3 March 2020

Our university is carrying out a close follow-up of the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). We are punctually following the indications of the health and civil authorities to study the measures that should be taken.

For the time being, the academic activity on the two campuses (Bilbao and Donostia / San Sebastian), as well as at the two sites (Vitoria-Gasteiz and Madrid) continues as usual. Likewise, we are also maintaining the admission exams that will be held this weekend at our campuses in Bilbao and Donostia / San Sebastian and at our site in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

STUDENTS ON MOBILITY SCHEMES

11 May 2020

Suspension of mobilities in first semester 2020-2021

During the past few days, the University of Deusto has analysed in detail the feasibility of mobility programmes for the 2020-21 academic year. Given the current circumstances of high uncertainty, we have taken the decision
to suspend the mobilities of our students planned under the exchange programmes for the first semester (September 2020 - January 2021) in the 2020-21 academic year. This decision has been taken mainly to ensure and safeguard the health and integrity of all people.

In this context where uncertainty is the common feature in all countries worldwide, precaution is essential. Until a vaccine is available, the guidelines from the health and education authorities in all countries call for prevention, caution and responsibility.

We are aware that physical mobility to other universities and countries is key to student education. We know this both from an academic perspective and a social and cultural one. However, the health of our students and staff is, and always will be, our priority. Faced with this difficult decision, the need has prevailed to establish an operational framework to provide you with certainty in an unknown scenario. Therefore, making this decision now will provide our students with clear guidance that will ensure the appropriate planning of the start of the 20-21 academic year.

28 April 2020

Outgoing Mobility (University of Deusto students who will spend one semester at partner universities)

The Conference of Spanish University Rectors, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Universities, has assessed the situation faced by the university community members staying abroad under mobility programmes in order to coordinate the response to their requests, giving special priority to students who are in a vulnerable situation. To speed up the implementation of return measures in a scenario of restricted international mobility, a joint working group has been set up between the three institutions. If you need help from the consular authorities, please send an email to sg.comisiones-sectoriales@crue.org.

Incoming Mobility (students from partner universities coming to the University of Deusto)

To arrange the return trip, if so required, students should follow the recommendations of the Spanish authorities and the consular authorities of the corresponding country of origin. In particular, detailed information of each situation should be sent to the nearest embassy or consulate as soon as possible. In this way, the authorities can locate you and, depending on the country you are in, help you return as quickly and efficiently as possible.

7 April 2020

Outgoing Mobility (University of Deusto students who will spend one semester at partner universities)
We are carrying out the nomination process of students for first semester and full academic year mobility stays. This means that we are informing host universities of the students selected for mobility programmes next 20/21 academic year. After the nomination, students will receive an email informing them that, in the next few days, each foreign university will contact students to explain all the steps they will need to take: submitting their application, choice of subjects, accommodation, etc. Nominations are made according to the calendars and deadlines set by partner universities. Some students have already been nominated; others will be nominated soon, and in some cases, nominations will not be made until after Easter. Students with second semester mobility stays will enter this process later, respecting the calendars of each host university.

Planning your trip: We know that it is important to plan your trip as soon as possible. However, we urge you to take this with caution and calm. You should wait until your host university confirms the exact dates of your stay to purchase your flights and carry out any other visa requirements, insurance, etc.

Choosing what to study: In the next few weeks, each student will plan the choice of course subjects together with their academic tutor. Therefore, you can already start reviewing the subjects offered by the host university for the various courses on its website.

Incoming Mobility (students from partner universities coming to the University of Deusto)
As already communicated to our partner universities, we are extending our deadline for accepting nominations to undertake mobility programmes during the 2020/21 academic year until 30 Abril at 23:00. Likewise, the deadline for the submission of applications by students is 15 May at 23:00.

To complete the application form, students should log in on this link.
 

11 March 2020

International travel restrictions: As of today, we have amended our travel policy to align it with the travel restrictions of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Further information

3 March 2020
SEPIE (Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education), in collaboration with national authorities and the European Commission, is monitoring the information on the epidemiological incidence of COVID-19. In accordance with the measures carried out by government authorities, the European Commission and the recommendations of the health authorities:

  • In regions where, according to official sources, there is a risk of contagion, the force majeure clause may apply.
  • Likewise, in those other cases where there are educational or training institutions to which instructions issued by the authorities of the country of origin are applicable that make mobility impossible, the force majeure clause could also apply.

It is up to the organisations and individuals participating in the Erasmus+ programme to decide whether to cancel or postpone mobility plans in the areas concerned. Mobility plans that are cancelled or postponed, as well as those that are in progress in that country but could not be completed, if expenses were incurred, could be justified as force majeure, according to Clause II.1 of the grant agreements. SEPIE Agency calls for calm and recommends, in any case, to follow the indications of the local and national education, health and foreign affairs authorities on this matter. In this regard, we provide the following contact information and websites:

According to the above, in those regions where, according to official sources, there is a risk of contagion, or where the university has cancelled its academic activity, there are two possible alternatives:

  • Alternative 1
    Possibility of returning to the University of Deusto (Bilbao or Donostia-San Sebastian campuses) in the second semester.
    • All degree programmes have implemented a range of alternatives.
  • Alternative 2
    Possibility of staying in the host destination trusting that academic activity will resume, can be followed online, or that the risk of contagion has disappeared.
    • Universities have made remote teaching-learning processes available so that academic activity can be followed without the risk of losing the semester.

In the rest of the regions, mobility schemes will, in principle, be maintained. Should any student decide to return, we would require that they tell us first so that we can take any exceptional measures. However, in view of these scenarios, we urge caution and calm.

If you have any queries or need further information, we invite you to send us your message to the following email address: outgoing@deusto.es.

PERSONNAL ON MOBILITY SCHEMES

It is recomended to follow the indications of the local and national health and foreign affairs authorities on this matter. In this regard, we provide the following contact information and websites:

If you have any queries or need further information, we invite you to send us your message to the following email address: prevencion@deusto.es
 

TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES AVILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO FOR TEACHING

The University of Deusto has the following teaching support resources. On this website you can find more information about them, as well as guidelines and advice, access to webinars, etc.

Access the teaching support resources website

ALUD Learning Platform

It is the University of Deusto’s Moodle platform for teaching. It can host the materials of the subjects (documents, videos, links...) as well as the tasks to be carried out by the students. It also allows interaction between teachers and students.

Video conference system
Google Meet: Through Google Meet it is possible to make group videoconferences (presentations by the teacher, group tutorials, online discussions ...), individual tutorials, informal meetings, etc. It includes different possibilities such as screen sharing, recording sessions...

Google Drive form collaborative work
Using an @deusto.es account (if you are a teaching staff member) or an @opendeusto.es account (if you are a student) you can have access to all Google services (mail, calendar, hangouts/meet and google drive). Google Drive allows multiple users to simultaneously edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.

Accessing UD software from outside the university: My Apps
MyApps allows you to access UD‘s applications and programmes from any device, anywhere, anytime, as long as you have an Internet connection.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

As of 11 March, we have amended our travel policy to align it with the travel restrictions of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Therefore, we have implemented the following restrictions at a university level, which will be immediately effective:

  • No travel will be approved or funded by the university for Teaching and Research staff (PDI), Administration and Services Staff (PAS), Research Staff (PI) and Students to level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy and South Korea).
  • Those who must travel for personal reasons to a level 3 country must follow the instructions recommended by the Basque Government’s Health Department on their return.
  • Any person from the university community (Teaching and Research Staff (PDI), Administration and Services Staff (PAS), Research Staff (PI) and Students) travelling to any level 2 country (currently only Japan) is expected to act with caution and take the necessary steps to ensure proper public health protocols to minimise exposure to the virus.
  • We also appeal to individual responsibility with regard to other national and international trips and to follow the public health recommendations of the Basque Government’s Health Department.

FAQs

On 27 February 2020, the Basque Government's Interdepartmental Committee was set up to coordinate action in response to coronavirus. The aim of this committee, in which the Education Department participates, is to keep the situation generated by this global health alert constantly updated, to pool all the tools available in view of the potential appearance of cases in the Basque Country, and to act in a coordinated manner.

The Basque Government reiterates the call to remain calm and alert to the guidelines and recommendations being offered by professional health services.

In this regard, in order to have permanently updated information and to be able to follow the recommendations addressed to citizens at large, you should go to the following link:

What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory disease. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect humans and are known to cause a variety of conditions, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

How does this virus spread?
Although not precisely known, by analogy with other infections caused by similar viruses, it appears that transmission would be through contact with infected animals, or by close contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets would infect another person if they came in contact with their nose, eyes or mouth.

What can I do to protect myself?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a series of recommendations about the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Some of these recommendations are the following:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands with a hand sanitiser gel, or with soap and water.
  • Keep a distance of at least one meter from people who cough, sneeze and have a fever.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

Who is at risk for a severe form of the disease?
The WHO recognises that we still need to know more details about how the 2019-nCoV virus affects people. At present, older people and those with pre-existing conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be at greater risk of developing a severe form of the disease.

What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms include cough, sore throat, a fever and shortness of breath. Most cases correspond to a respiratory infection in which a fever is present. There may be some cases of greater severity; the infection can rarely cause pneumonia. In these cases, the patient has significant difficulty breathing and feeling short of breath, with a sustained high fever. In severe patients who do not respond to treatment, and especially if they have a previous associated illness, they may suffer more serious complications and may even die. The most severe cases usually occur in elderly people or those with other diseases such as heart, lung or immunity problems.

How long is the incubation period?
The incubation period is the time interval between infection and the appearance of clinical symptoms of the disease. Current estimates suggest that the incubation period varies between 1 and 14 days, with an estimated average of 5-6 days. These estimates will be adjusted as more data become available. Based on available information on other coronavirus diseases, including MERS and SARS, it is estimated that the 2019-nCoV incubation period could be up to 14 days. WHO recommends 14 days for contact follow-up of confirmed cases.

Is the use of face masks necessary?
Face masks are used to prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, those who have symptoms of respiratory infection should wear a face mask. In this way, when a person goes to a health centre with these symptoms, he or she must wear a face mask to prevent the rest of the people around him or her from catching the virus. It is also recommended that people who have contact with elderly or immunosuppressed people wear a face mask.
In any case, the most effective measure to prevent the spread of any respiratory disease, (also coronavirus), is hand washing.
 

Contact

If you have symptoms of COVID19, call your usual health centre where they will help you over the phone. 

The 900 20 30 50 of the Health Council offers information and solves queries on coronavirus.

Recommendations to prevent coronavirus

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General Secretariat telephone attention hours

Our telephone attention hours are from Monday to Friday from 9am to 1 pm.

Contact numbers:

Bilbao campus - Bachelor's degrees: 
944 139 061
Bilbao campus - postgraduate programs: 
944 139 302 o 944 139 000 (Ext. 2976)
San Sebastian campus: 943 326 310

Face-to-face information: only with previous appointment

Contact the International Relations office

All communication will be via e-mail through the usual accounts.

Likewise, the email address international.mobility.covid@deusto.es as been enabled as the "unique address" for any inquiry for movillity students.