Important decisions in relation to COVID-19 situation (Cohort 2019)
a. For all year 1 students we understand that your study programme is mainly impacted due to altered professional practice situations. On Wednesday 25 March, at 12.00 CET a webinar will be organized in which we will give full details about the alternate format for professional practices (including presentation of subjects for Remote Professional Practices). Summarized the situation looks as follows for you:
i. By 15 April at the latest every student will have to make a decision on one of the options for the professional practice. Options to choose from will be:
1. Option 1: Take part in one of the new Remote Professional Practices in which you will work in teams of 4-5 people for a total duration of 6 weeks. Start of the RPP will be between 20 April and 4 May. The practice should end at the latest end of June. Personal reports will be handed in on June 25th.
2. Option 2: Take part in a normal Professional Practice, if needed in a remote format. If so, we will need a written agreement from the supervisor that (s)he is able to perform this PP according to the PP regulations and that (s)he is able to do so within the normal time frame. Personal reports will be handed in on June 25th.
3. Option 3: Pause your IMBRSea studies for one year. In this case the student will continue the studies next year (2021) from April onwards. Further details follow during the webinar.
b. Students are encouraged to take an additional internship during the summer in which they can learn additional practical skills. In the coming weeks we will explore whether we can provide certificates for this and whether insurance can be foreseen through Ghent University for these activities. Combined with a remote professional practice this should allow you to both gain practical skills and to still fit within the PP frameworks.
c. First year students will be invited to attend the annual symposium in August (last week of August) as well. Participation will not be obligatory.
d. Summer schools are still confirmed and will take place as planned.
During the second half of the second semester, students undertake a Professional Practice in one of the IMBRSea (main or associated) partners. Those partners include universities, research stations, companies and NGOs. The professional practice should not exceed 2 months and should contain a workload of at least 240 hours (12 ECTS).