Combating coronavirus: Universities in Dubai detail safety measures ahead of opening in September
Universities in Dubai are gearing up to open their campuses in September, after the holidays. They have begun devising safety protocols to ensure wellbeing of their pupils, who will return to campus in September.
"With the recent announcement that universities may reopen for the fall, provided they comply with specific protocols, we are now tasked with submitting a proposal that addresses all the health and safety measures set forth by the authorities," said Dr David A Schmidt, president of American University in Dubai (AUD).
Universities will also be distributing quality face masks and even adapting door handles to upgrade safety measures. "We are installing desk guards, social distancing signage, adapted door handles, one-way internal movement systems and sanitising dispensers throughout the campus. The use of electronic processes will eliminate the exchange of paper or other forms of contact," said Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, pro-vice-chancellor and director of Middlesex University Dubai.
"Branded face masks will be provided to all students and staff. Students are also expected to wear gloves at all times," he added.
Students' presence only ?during lectures
While temperature checks and disinfection stations will be set up at every entry point, students will be encouraged to remain on campus only during lectures. Social distancing rules have been finalised for laboratory and studio work, use of sports facilities or accessing the library, according to universities. Differentiated learning preferences are also actively being integrated into the system.
"We will continue to record flipped lessons that students can access from home, this will ensure that students who are unable to travel to the UAE, have reoccurring illnesses or low immunity, can still view lessons and do not miss out," said Dr Vajahat Hussain, CEO of Amity Education Middle East. "Competitions, events and conferences will take place online. Virtual guest lectures and webinars with industry experts have proven successful and beneficial and these will continue."