Corona measures


Coronavirus measures

To combat the spread of the coronavirus, Nyenrode has continually followed the recommendations of the Dutch government, the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the advice of the Utrecht Municipal Health Service and Amsterdam Municipal Health Service, and the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nyenrode in lockdown 

In mid-March 2020, the Netherlands entered a lockdown that prohibited in-person meetings at our locations in Breukelen and Amsterdam. Lectures were delivered online where possible. Most students living on campus in Breukelen returned home to their parents. The campus in Amsterdam was completely shut down, while staff in Breukelen could only come to work at the office if this was absolutely necessary. Everyone else worked from home.  

A special coronavirus team was set up to support the Executive Board and provide guidance to the many different projects and initiatives that have been launched since the lockdown. One such effort involved creating a separate page on the website to share coronavirus policy updates and news with program participants, students and other guests of the university. 

Relaxation of measures 

Following the relaxation of the government’s coronavirus measures, groups of participants were able to attend lessons on campus again for the first time as of June 2. We are now emerging from the lockdown little by little, and after two and a half months the university is also slowly beginning to come back to life as a physical meeting place. This is of course being done with due regard for the 1.5-meter rule.  

Compared to pre-coronavirus times, we only have around 25% of our room capacity available. This presents major challenges, but our aim is to use the available space as optimally as possible and do everything we can to ensure the quality of our programs and the value of our education. In Breukelen and Amsterdam, we’ve put up signs reminding everyone to stay 1.5 meters apart.  

With the relaxation of the government measures and the coronavirus policy introduced at the university, the acute phase of the crisis that began in March is more or less over. In June 2020, the decision was made to disband the specially formed coronavirus team. 

Everyone at Nyenrode has contributed and put forth their utmost effort to provide our students and participants with the best possible service and help them through this period. We have all created our own 'new normal' together, and every day we continue striving to do our best work under the current circumstances.