Infocenter Coronavirus

Information Center Coronavirus

Due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak, we regretfully announce that the Global Final Week of the Global Student Challenge has been canceled.

First and foremost, our highest priority is on safeguarding health and safety. Our thoughts go out to everyone dealing with this crisis but especially those in high risk areas. We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well considering the circumstances and for the situation to improve rapidly.

We did not come to this decision lightly, but unfortunately this was our only option. At least a third of the participants in both events come from medium to high risk countries/regions. We already started to see an acceleration of policies implemented by universities restricting travel for students and teachers. What’s more, Government policies are hard to predict but were expected to further restrict travel over the coming weeks. Lastly, our corporate partners also started restricting international travel and gatherings, which meant that speakers could no longer participate, and company visits that were part of our program were being cancelled.

For the Global Final Week, we are exploring the possibilities of turning this into an online event. We are now focusing our efforts on this option and we will keep you updated! Be sure to keep an eye on your email and follow us on Facebook because we will share news and important developments in the near future.

On behalf of Inchainge and Windesheim University of applied sciences we send our regrets and apologies for this unexpected postponement. We also apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we hope you understand the remarkable nature of this recent global health issue.

If you have any specific questions don’t hesitate to contact us. We will keep you updated on further developments!

Preparedness in the Netherlands

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak of COVID-19 constitutes a PHEIC, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The measures that The Netherlands has prepared and that are already in place fall within this phase.

RIVM monitors the situation with international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Protection and Control (ECDC). In the Netherlands, General Practitioners, infectious disease specialists, GGD and microbiological laboratories all work together to combat infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus.

The following institutions are to be consulted for the most up to date information and guidelines:

World Health Organization (WHO) Online Training

The learning team of the WHO Health Emergencies Program worked with technical experts to quickly develop and publish the online training course.