COVID-19 UPSAT Statement
UPSAT is closely monitoring internationaldevelopments surrounding the coronavirus health crisis(COVID-19), which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Each member institution has been adhering to the guidancefrom their respective authorities and from national directives (e.g., Ministries of Health, Ministries of Education, Labor Departments, etc.), in addition to the advice from relevant authorities around the world. A Contingency Committee has been constituted in each of the network’s institutions, comprising functional leaders and experts in the communities. These committees are leading various measures to protect the health and the safety of our students, staff and faculty. They are foremost advocating awareness and safety by having these communities informed via regular posts and information disseminated via each institution’sofficial communication channels, online and offline. Within the network, all students have had access to the ongoing status and the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and its impact on human health. Necessary measures and sanitary precautions required to avoid contamination have been put in place. Awareness sessions–both physical and digital-are taking place and these include seminars for students, faculty and staff.
Through its network and relationships, UPSAT has strong expertise and access to distance and online learning–these will form the basis for studies to continue in the most appropriate form for a great many of our students as the situations merit.
At the current time:
- All educational institutions in have been instructed to closeby the local authorities as of March 12 (two days ahead of the regularly scheduled spring break), until further notice.
- The leadership teams in Tunisia are working to prepare continuation of studies, per the above plans, in coordination with, and per the indications of the local authorities.
Of note, at this point, there are no reported cases of the coronavirus at Honoris,including students, staff and faculty.
The Upsat website will be continuously updated.