OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS - IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES

OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS - IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES

NHH will continue to monitor the situation and follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice for areas affected by this virus, as well as recommendations from the Ministry of Education and other relevant authorities.

Published Monday 27 January 2020, 6.20 PM. 
Updated 28 February 2020, 8.30 AM. 

As of 25 February, mainland China, Iran, South Korea and the Italian regions of Lombardia, Piemonte, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto are considered to be areas with presumed ongoing transmission, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.  

NHH recommend students and employees, who are in areas affected by the coronavirus, to follow advice given by local authorities where they are, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice, as well as recommendations from the Ministry of Education and Research and other relevant authorities. 

Everyone must also pay special attention to guidelines for effective infection prevention and seek medical attention immediately if symptoms occur. Contact the doctor’s office by telephone before the consultation.

Read here about preventing infection (published by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health).

EXTERNAL INFORMATION ON THE OUTBREAK 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health with information on coronavirus with travel advice

Travel information and advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently available only in Norwegian

The European Union's agency European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has an English language web page with information about the virus and updates on the current situation 

The Section for international relations has been in contact with all outgoing students to affected areas this current spring semester, and will continue to keep them updated about the situation. This currently includes students in China, and in Milano and Bologna in Italy.  

Students and employees, who are traveling or staying abroad, can be affected by quarantine measures because of the virus outbreak. NHH’s advice is, once again, to follow the advice given by local authorities where they are, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice, as well as recommendations from the Ministry of Education and Research and other relevant authorities. 

NHH fully understands that this is a difficult situation for those affected. Students and employees are welcome to contact NHH if they have questions or need someone to talk to.  

We encourage every student and employee at NHH who is affected by the outbreak directly or indirectly, to report to NHH. See contact information.

For students in China

Updated 18 February 2020, 1.16 AM

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated on 17 February (still valid) the travel advice for China and advice against all travel to Hubei Province, and furthermore advice against all but essential travel to the rest of China (not including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).

NHH will not send students on exchange to any of the affected areas as long as the current travel advice is valid. Exchange to other parts of Asia continues as normal. 

NHH advises Chinese students on campus, and other NHH students and employees who recently returned from China, to pay special attention to guidelines for effective infection prevention and seek medical attention immediately if symptoms occur. Contact the doctor’s office by telephone before the consultation. 

NHH has received information from PKU Guanghua School of Management, Tsinghua University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Antai College of Economics & Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University that the semester start for the spring semester 2020 has been postponed until further notice. 

It has now been confirmed that the semester start has been postponed to 2 March. However, this is still subject to change depending on the Chinese Ministry of Education’s decision. NHH will not send students on exchange to any of the affected areas as long as the Norwegian Ministry’s current travel advice is valid. 

NHH has contacted the students currently enrolled to spend a semester on exchange in China during the spring semester 2020 with an offer to be rerouted to a limited number of partner universities elsewhere whom have kindly offered to accept extra students. 

If anyone does not wish to travel to China/Asia for an exchange given this situation, they can withdraw from their exchange and instead spend the spring semester at NHH. 

We recommend any outgoing exchange student to China and Asia who considers withdrawing from their exchange or returning to NHH at this stage, to register for the spring semester at NHH. 

Unfortunately, NHH does not have the opportunity to offer alternative exchange arrangements to those who do not wish to travel to other partner universities in Asia this late in the semester. 

CONTACT 

Students who have questions can contact Section for International Relations, while employees can contact Office of Human Resources.  

E-mail: int.stud@nhh.no / hr@nhh.no