Covid-19: information for our visitors and our students and their families

FAQ COVID-19


 

Message from Emmanuel Métais - 29 May 2020

 

Dear Students and future Students,

We hope that you and those close to you are doing well. Our thoughts go most particularly to those of you who have been more directly affected by the epidemic.

During this period of gradual de-confinement, all EDHEC Business School’s educational community joins me in detailing the procedures for the start of the new academic year in September.

After a semester of distance learning, and now online exams, I would like firstly to thank you for your engagement. You responded in mass to the weekly assessments of this distance learning, enabling us to improve them on a continuous basis. Your feedback was largely positive and instructive, and notably underlined the advantages of new forms of interactivity and greater freedom.

Over the last few weeks, we have been working hard on preparing the 2020-2021 academic year, the start of which in September will be rendered completely unprecedented by the weight of circumstances. The issue has been to define methods and procedures that are consistent with a still-highly uncertain health situation, without abandoning what makes EDHEC so strong: our academic rigor, excellent student experience and strong individual support for every student.

On this basis, the following measures have been decided for the 2020-2021 academic year:
 

  • Revision of our admission procedures

While strictly maintaining our level of selectivity, we have had to adjust the way we organise admission processes to accommodate government guidelines and instructions. We know that this situation has been a source of concern for our candidates. We can reassure you that we are taking all measures to keep you informed and support you as enter the final stage and are looking forward to seeing you as from September.
 

  • Procedure for the academic year

All EDHEC students are assured of being able to follow a full and demanding educational programme, which best reconciles their choice of curriculum with international health restrictions. We have therefore retained the principle of an innovative, mixed system, which as from September will combine the following two components:

- on-campus experience: teaching in small classes, group projects, extra-curricular activities, all of which remain fundamental;
- distance learning, both synchronous and asynchronous (classes, business games, conferences, etc.), with tuition being adapted to each professor’s teaching methods and the demands of the discipline concerned. Students will also have access to a full digital campus offering extensive dedicated resources.

 

This hybrid format has three advantages:

- it offers a genuine on-campus experience, while respecting health restrictions,
- it enables a quick return to 100%-distance learning, if compelled by the situation,
- it offers students from abroad who cannot join us in September (visa or flight issues) the possibility of learning at a distance until the situation permits them to arrive on campus.

In addition, EDHEC will maintain its exchange programmes abroad if the partner university is able to guarantee it can receive students or to offer high-quality distance learning, and obviously providing that the administrative conditions linked to visas and the health conditions allow for it. 

In the coming weeks, programme management will be contacting all students to detail how the system will be implemented. 
 

  • Enhanced support and solidarity

The health crisis has had a wide-reaching economic impact, placing a certain number of you in a difficult situation regarding internship/job searches, start-up creations, etc. Our teams are highly focused on providing you with the best possible assistance, including with help from EDHEC’s alumni community. A 400 000 euros emergency fund has been set up to provide financial support to those affected by the crisis.

 

  • Our commitment to serve future generations

Starting in March and in the space of just a few days, our professors, staff and alumni all reacted swiftly and impressively to deliver conferences and teaching at distance to over 50 countries, to offer enhanced support for internships or jobs to our students and to provide emergency bursaries to those affected by the epidemic. We were proud to have witnessed the strength of our EDHEC community during this time. We also recognise, however, the immense responsibility that we continue to carry in order to respond to your expectations.

The period we are negotiating is unprecedented in all respects. Envisaging what some refer to as the “world after” is a delicate exercise. It is highly unlikely that the “educational world of before” will return We will probably also have to re-think the international aspects of our activities. But this crisis also demonstrates the need for research of real practical use. More than ever, we now need to produce knowledge that is both useful to businesses and genuinely beneficial to society, in order to reconcile the demands of economic recovery with the climate emergency and the preservation of our environment. These objectives have been at the heart of our strategy at EDHEC for the last 20 years, guiding the research undertaken by our professors and the development of our training programmes. The same strategy will also enable you in the future to make a real positive impact on the business world, and on society in general, in a way that serves the interests of future generations.  

You can count on us to support you along the way.

Best regards,

 

Emmanuel Métais
Dean, EDHEC Business School

 

 

 

 

Message from Emmanuel Métais and the educational team - 3 April 2020

 

Dear students,

Following the government's decision to close schools and universities in France, the educational community had to face an unprecedented situation, both in terms of scale and novelty.

After giving you the necessary time to organize yourself, or maybe get back to your families, EDHEC has successfully set up the academic continuity by distance learning of all of its activities for all of its programmes, on its 4 campuses (Lille, Nice, Paris and London) from 25 March until the end of the school year.

We have capitalized on historical know-how, distance learning, if we think of the BBA Online created in 2011 or more recently, EDHEC Online. You can thus continue your academic journey in security, often close to your families and this, all over the world. This is how education can remain a beacon in this very special period.

From the first day, nearly 4,000 students have connected in 50 different countries: 350 virtual classes have been provided remotely by 90 teachers. This represents approximately 15,000 hours online per day around activities as varied as virtual classes, forums, group work or online work. From the second week, EDHEC continued to innovate by launching an online Business Game with nearly 800 students from the bachelor program (in 2nd year of the BBA) of the two campuses.

We have seen, with gratitude, not only the incredible involvement of our teachers who benefited from a pool of 20 expert teachers and 150 accelerated training sessions but also the flawless motivation of our students who actively participated during the training sessions and continued to work in this uncertain environment.

Congratulations to all of you! Continue your efforts and don’t be discouraged. All EDHEC teams continue their work remotely to support you and answer your questions. We know that you can sometimes encounter technical difficulties. This is why we have created 2 support cells dedicated to distance learning. At any time, if you have a technical issue or even a personal difficulty related to the current context, you can get in touch with your usual contacts, send us a request to covid@edhec.edu or contact our psychological cell:

- in France (0800 736 979)
- from abroad  (+44 118 214 0818 or Skype)
- website:www.pro-counselling.co.uk

We sincerely thank you for your commitment and we count on you to respect the official recommendations that allow your protection and the protection of your loved ones.

Take care of yourself.
 

Emmanuel Métais, Director General of EDHEC and the EDHEC teaching teams


 

 

15 March 2020

Dear Students,

Following yesterday evening’s speech by the Prime Minister, and the delivery today of new recommendations from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, we write to bring you further clarification regarding the next steps in your academic year 2019-2020.
We are putting in place measures and adapting the academic delivery to ensure that, despite the current global situation, each of you will have the opportunity to validate your academic year 2019-2020 and, thereby, be in a position at the end of your degree programme to satisfy the degree conditions

As of Monday, March 16th, no in-person pedagogical activity will take place for the rest of the semester. Beginning on March 25th, and until the end of the semester, all classes, evaluations and exams will be delivered remotely.
In addition, on Monday, March 16th, access to campus will be strictly limited to those students needing to come to pick up any personal belongings, after which no further access to campus will be possible until further notice.

We strongly advise all of our international students, and those French nationals who wish to do so, to take advantage of the time between now and March 25th to return home to their families and to prepare for the continuation of studies remotely. In addition, for all students who will have to prematurely end their internship or study-abroad exchanges due to this exceptional global situation, we assure you in advance that the degree criteria for international experience will be validated. Internships which are carried out in a work-from-home setup will also be validated. Programme directors already sent specific messages to students doing internships or studying abroad.

We invite you to share this information with your parents.

This global pandemic is disrupting corporations, schools and everyday lives worldwide. During this challenging time, our administration, faculty and operations teams are working tirelessly to ensure the continuation of our critical mission to educate. We thank you for your engagement and wish you most of all to continue to follow guidelines to keep yourselves and others healthy.
 

Best regards,

 

Emmanuel Métais
Dean

 

 

Dear students, The situation in France now needs stronger measures. Thursday evening, we confirmed the suspension of all classes and student activities on our campuses in Lille, Nice and Paris as of 16 March. This is in conformity with the directions given by President Macron in his speech last Thursday and is designed to protect the health of everyone by helping to slow the development of the epidemic. Classes will restart progressively in an online format from Wednesday, 25 March. Academic continuity

For these reasons, from 16 to 24 March included, we are cancelling all of our educational activities of whatever nature – i.e. classes, examinations or other previously planned events. Programme management will be getting in touch with you next week to inform you of the precise details concerning the gradual resumption of the above activities which will be in place from 25 March through online channels.

All extra-curricular and student association activities on campus are now suspended. As the Prime Minister yesterday declared illegal any gathering of more than 100 people, all student events, including those of associations, are cancelled whether they are on campus or elsewhere.

This is also valid for students currently residing on campus, such as the Lille campus residences, and are invited to return home. The residences will remain open for those students who are unable to do so. Your usual contacts in the Student Life department and in International Relations remain available for any question you may have in this respect.

Outside visitors are no longer authorised on campus.
 

May we remind you of the fundamental importance of rigorously respecting the instructions concerning hygiene and security, available on the World Health Organization website.

Should you feel that you have any Coronavirus symptom, it is essential to follow strictly the steps set down by the authorities by isolating yourself from other people and calling 15 for the emergency health service.  If this service considers you to be at risk, please inform us as soon as possible by email at covid@edhec.edu and remember to give your name, programme and year of study (if relevant).

In these exceptional circumstances, we would like to assure you once again of the availability of all teams at EDHEC. May we reaffirm our solidarity with you and your families and express our support to those of you who have been impacted in this situation. EDHEC’s services are here for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the School for any help you may need. Let us reassure you that we are doing the utmost to guarantee the academic continuity of your study programmes.

In these circumstances, everyone’s solidarity, the attention given to all involved, and the respect of rules and guidelines, are the fundamental pillars which go beyond the EDHEC Community. We warmly thank you for your adaptability and your engagement. 

 

With sincere regards,

Emmanuel Métais, Dean        Bruno de Pampelonne, Chairman of the Board

 

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In order to protect the health of all and to contribute to slowing the spread of the epidemic, and in line with the statements of President Macron this evening, we confirm that as of Monday March 16th classes will no longer meet in person and student activities will be suspended on our Lille, Nice, and Paris campuses.
Mechanisms are currently being put in place to allow you to continue your studies remotely on March 25th. Your programme directors will be in touch with you shortly with more details relative to your programmes. For our international students who wish to return to their home countries, you will be able to complete the semester remotely. You can count on the mobilisation of us all in this evolving situation.

 

 

Dear Students/Participants,

We write to update you on new measures EDHEC is putting in place with respect to the current Coronvirus situation in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

Our campuses remain open at the current time and all services continue to be available. In the interests of all, we are nevertheless implementing new measures as from today, Wednesday 11 March.

In order to limit risks to staff, students and faculty, and following official recommendations on the subject, travel restrictions will go into place today for both students and staff. In a situation where many partners are pulling out of previously planned meetings and events, all travel planned outside France for study-related purposes (business trips, learning expeditions, treks) or in relation to student association projects, is cancelled through 30 April.
This difficult decision is made both in the interest of the health and safety of our entire community by reducing the risk of exposure during transport and in recognition of potential disruptions to international travel, health care, and country restrictions on entry from abroad.

Your programme directors or the head of student affairs will contact you very shortly if this decision impacts you.

These planned events represent important moments in your experience at EDHEC and we do not under-estimate the impact of these cancellation measures. They are rendered necessary by the circumstances and reflect our responsibility towards you and our shared responsibility to protect one and all.
We thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter. We urge you to stay attentive to all guidelines to take care of yourselves and those around you, and we remain attentive to you and your well-being.

 

Best regards,

Emmanuel Métais
Dean, EDHEC Business School

 

 

INFORMATION - 6 MARCH 2020

 

We are writing to inform you of the measures put in place by EDHEC in response to the Covid-19 epidemic. We would like to underline that at the current time, EDHEC has not recorded any case of contamination within its community, in France or abroad. However, the dynamic nature of the situation requires us all to be careful. We therefore remind you of the prevailing official hygiene and safety instructions here. Situations such as this call on our collective and individual responsibility to respect guidelines for the safety and health of all.

EDHEC’s management is paying the utmost attention to developments in the epidemic and is in continual connection with the information released by health and governmental authorities. A monitoring and response unit was set up on 28 January in order to determine and prepare for measures to implement as the situation evolves. The scope includes our five campuses and all our students on internship or exchange in zones considered to be at risk. This response unit also conveys information continuously within the School.  

Our primary objective is to protect the health of all students, professors and staff members, both in France and abroad, by complying strictly with the recommendations and instructions issued by the health and government authorities concerned. These are displayed on all our campuses and are regularly communicated to students and all staff. They are also permanently available on the EDHEC website and the MyEDHEC portal.

Our second objective is to adapt our teaching for students, so as to limit the impact of the various measures on the continuation of their studies. We are aware this point is a source of concern, but you can rest assured that we are taking all measures to ensure the continuity of our activities and to enable all students to be in a situation to validate their academic studies and thereby respond to the conditions for obtaining their degree at the end of their year. Teams across the institution are currently setting up mechanisms to best enable students to continue courses at distance or through other means if necessary. In zones at risk, our partner universities have postponed returns to campus by several weeks or set up all teaching online, depending on the situation.  

 We also continue to inform our various audiences regularly. To this end, we have determined a process and identified intermediaries on each campus tasked with ensuring continuous liaison between students and EDHEC management. Information is conveyed on a daily basis and in real-time when required. In the event of an increase in exchanges with these intermediaries, a dedicated e-mail address is ready to be activated to allow students and their families to contact us.

Alongside the work to ensure the academic well-being of our students, we remind you of the service in place to support mental well-being. A psychological support and counselling platform is available 24/7 in French and English.

- in France (0800 736 979)
- from abroad  (+44 118 214 0818 or Skype)
- website:https://www.pro-counselling.co.uk

We are counting on your understanding and the collective responsibility of each of us to protect society as a whole and particularly the most fragile among us. Following the guidelines and recommendations and being attentive to others are fundamental pillars of the measures we must all take for everyone’s wellbeing. During these last few weeks, I have appreciated the responsiveness and constructive engagement shown by all in facing the situation in a professional and humane manner. I thank you all for continuing to support each other and our school.
 
Best regards,
 
Emmanuel Métais
Dean, EDHEC Business School

 

 

 

UPDATE 2 MARCH 2020

We are paying the greatest attention to developments in the Covid-19 epidemic, in line with information released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the French government and all national or regional institutions covering the areas where our students are present.

This statement provides you with information on the latest decisions and measures taken by EDHEC. Note that the latest updates can be found on MyEDHEC as well as on the School’s website.

Since the decision to move to stage 2, following the identification of virus clusters – zones where the virus is circulating – in France, the objective is to slow the spread of the virus in France. To contribute to this objective, while taking into account the intensity of social life on campus, EDHEC has taken the following decisions:

- Maintain that all persons coming from a zone of risk or a cluster as determined by the government must defer their return to campus by 14 days. If this case applies to you, please notify the Hub by e-mail, citing Covid19 (hub.front.nice@edhec.edu or hub.front.lille@edhec.edu) in the object of your message and specifying your year and programme. The HUB will then make contact with your programme management.

- The following are considered to be zones of risk:
China (continental China, Hong Kong, Macao), South Korea, Singapore, Iran and three regions of Italy (Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna).

- The following are considered to be clusters:
- Oise Department (60): Creil, Crepy-en-Valois, Vaumoise, Lagny-le-Sec, Lamorlaye, Lacroix-Saint-Ouen
- Haute-Savoie Department (74): La Balme de Sillingy
- Morbihan Department (35): Auray, Carnac, Crac’h

This list is highly changeable and we therefore thank you in advance for checking the zones concerned directly on the French government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

If you think you are showing any symptoms associated with coronavirus, you must follow the protocol defined by the authorities: self-isolate and contact the SAMU medical service by dialling 15.
And in the event you are concerned by these measures, we would also like you to inform us by e-mail as soon as possible, specifying your year and programme, and citing Covid19 in the object of your e-mail (hub.front.lille@edhec.edu or hub.front.nice@edhec.edu).

We remind you of the instructions to follow during this 14-day isolation period:

- Check your temperature twice daily.
- Watch out for any symptoms of respiratory infection (breathing difficulties, coughing, etc.).
- Wear a surgical mask when facing another person and when you have to go out.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds, or with a hydro-alcoholic solution (supplies can be found in campus toilets and in thoroughfares on campus).
- Avoid touching your eyes and nose.
- Avoid contact with fragile persons (pregnant women, the chronically ill, elderly persons, etc.) and avoid places where such persons are gathered (hospitals, retirement homes, maternity facilities, etc.).
- Avoid closed public spaces frequented by many other people (cinemas, restaurants, etc.).

 

In addition, the authorities have also updated the official health instructions and hygiene measures:

- Avoid shaking hands with other people.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap or a hydro-alcoholic solution.
- When coughing or sneezing, take care to do so against the crook of your arm (inside the elbow) or the top of your arm,
- Use single use tissues,
- Call the SAMU medical service by dialling 15 in the event of symptoms,
- Stay at home if you are ill,
- Do not wear a mask if you are not ill.

We are aware that the situation may be a cause of concern: do not hesitate to speak to your entourage or contact our psychological support and counselling unit:

- From France (0805 23 0805 – code 5957)
- From abroad (+339.70.73.27.39 or Skype)
- Website: https://www.pros-consulte.com

You can count on our strictest vigilance in this matter. We know that the situation is highly changeable and will keep you informed in the event the authorities issue any new directives.

Further information can be obtained from:

- The French government’s information website
- The travel advice available from the WHO website
- FAQs of the World Health Organisation

For the general public, a toll-free number in France (0 800 130 000) has been set up by the Ministry for Solidarity and Health. It is open on a 24/7 basis. Note, however, that this phone platform is not authorised to dispense medical advice; such advice can be obtained from the SAMU medical service by dialling 15.

 

 

 

28 FEBRUARY 2020: COVID-19 INFORMATION 

The situation with the coronavirus epidemic is evolving and EDHEC continues to monitor the public health situation with information from the World Health Organization, the French national and local authorities as well as with international authorities in regions in which our students are currently studying abroad.
We share with you here the latest updates on decisions and actions that EDHEC is undertaking as the situation evolves. Note that the latest updates can be found on MyEDHEC as well as on the EDHEC's institutional website.
With an increase in identified cases in Northern Italy and in South Korea, their national authorities have taken measures to avoid the spread of the virus. EDHEC is advising our students in these regions to follow the directives of their local institutions and to avoid travel and large gatherings.

In line with the recommendations of the French Ministry of Health and Solidarity, we highly recommend that people arriving in France from China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Iran and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Venice, follow strictly these directions during 14 days following their return:

- To refrain from returning to campus for 14 days in order to respect the period of incubation.
If you are in this case please notify the HUB of your campus immediately so that we can be in touch shortly with information regarding your courses: hub.front.lille@edhec.edu or hub.front.nice@edhec.edu or alexandra matricon@edhec.edu (London Campus) being sure to indicate your year, your programme and making the message subject Covid19.

Also:

- Check temperature twice a day.
- Closely watch for symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, difficulty breathing).
- Wear a surgical mask when facing another person and when you have to go out.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who may be fragile (pregnant women, chronically ill, elderly, …)
- Avoid places where there are fragile people (hospitals, homes for the elderly, maternity wards, …)
- Avoid going out when unnecessary (cinema, restaurants, large gatherings)
- Workers and students: to the degree possible, work from home and avoid close contact areas such as elevators, cafeterias, …)

If you are feeling any symptoms related to the coronavirus, the protocol is to self-isolate and contact the SAMU Center 15 and describe symptoms and share the details of your recent trip. Also:

- Avoid contact with those close to you and wear a mask
- Do not go to the doctor’s office or the emergency ward in order to avoid contamination
- Inform your programme again by email with subject Covid19 (hub.front.nice@edhec.edu or hub.front.nice@edhec.edu).

In addition, we wish to reiterate important tips and precautions all members of our community should take to stay healthy and remind you of the national and international protocols to minimize the spread of illness.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people displaying flu symptoms.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cook meat and eggs sufficiently.
- Avoid contact with wild animals.

We are aware that the situation is evolving and may cause you concern, you can count on our support. Some suggestions from the World Health Organization in managing stress related to the coronavirus is in the attached document. In addition, a psychological support and counselling unit is available 24/7 at the contacts below (for English speakers):

- in France (0800 736 979 )
- from abroad  (+44 118 214 0818 or Skype)
- website: https://www.pro-counselling.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from:

- The French government’s information website
- The travel advice available from the WHO website
- FAQs of the World Health Organisation

We thank you for your cooperation and support. Your health and that of the entire EDHEC community are at the heart of our concerns.

 

 

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