Coronavirus Announcements

Please find all announcements from METU here:

27th of March

Dear Students,

We would like to inform you that the destance learning will be continued between 30-31 March as well. 

Please plan your presence on the online courses according to your original timetable.

We hape that the decision will help you successfully finish your studies this semester. 

Kind Regards,

Dr. Bálint Bachmann



12th of March

Latest information for the student community of Budapest Metropolitan University

On the 12th of March, the government of Hungary announced state of emergency. According to the governmental decree, all universities must continue work in a distance-learning format. 

In accordance with the measures to be taken during the state of emergency, the students of Budapest Metropolitan University (METU) must not visit the campuses of the university and all events and sport activities scheduled for March are cancelled. 

Students' and Employees' health are of utmost importance for METU. We still don’t know about any coronavirus cases at the university. 

Also, the uninterrupted operation of the university is important in these challenging times. At the current situation, our aim is to aid students finish the Spring semester: get practical grades & exam grades and get the necessary knowledge to pass these tests and exams. 

In order to achieve these goals, the management of the university implemented the following rules and notified all students and staff about them:


  • The teaching continues from tomorrow (13 March 2020) in a distance-learning format. All schedules and deadlines remain the same. 
  • During the distance-learning period, all classes start at the normal times, the primary platform to use is Coospace. 
  • The distant classes start at the announced times on the page of the class where the professors will inform the students about the further teaching method. 
  • The participants of the distant teaching can use different solutions for the classes. The organization of the classes will be aided by guidance worked out by the Insitute of Methodology. 


Allprecautionary measures introduced by the university previously are still in effect. Following all of these measures is of utmost importance during the state of emergency as well. The university asked all colleagues not to travel to the most infected regions, not to host guests from these areas and all international travels must be avoided unless they are of vital importance. We also ask our students not to travel abroad in their free time either in order to keep the student community safe. 


We thank all our students and colleagues for the cooperation! 


Management of METU

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11th of March

Budapest Metropolitan University announces that the 12th of March (Thursday) will be a non-working day for all students due to state of emergeny announced by the Hungarian Government. After Thursday, the teaching will be of a distance-learning format.

Students's and Employees' health and the continuous operation of the university are of utmost importance for METU.  

All students and colleagues will be informed about the next steps via the official channels of the university soon. 


Dr. Bálint  Bachmann 

Rector of Budapest Metropolitan University


6th of March

Dear Students,


As the Corona virus (COVID-19) has appeared in Hungary we would like to ensure you that METU is closely following the recent epidemiological updates and implements all necessary preventive measures in accordance with the recommendations of local authorities.

As there can be METU students who have been to or have been in contact with people from the affected areas prevention and circulation of updates is our prime concern. Consequently Budapest Metropolitan University has established an Operational Team.

What to do if you have visited or you have been in contact with people from the affected areas in the last 14 days?

Please stay in isolation for two weeks, and only after spending the 2 week latency period in isolation may return to visit the METU campuses strictly under symptom free conditions.

During isolation you are required to refrain from visiting public places as well. In case of living in one of the University dormitories, you may need to notify the Dormitory administrationurgently.

We really appreciate the efforts of those who have already followed the preventive steps and contributed to the safeguarding of the others and their environment.

How to inform the University that I may be affected and need to stay away in isolation?

Please contact the Student Information Centre via the electronic question form ( https://www.metropolitan.hu/ask-sic) explaining the circumstances of why you need to stay in isolation

How to catch up on the study material during absence?

During their absence, our students should consult their teachers and use the various study materials uploaded on CooSpace in order to advance with their studies in the meantime.

What to do for prevention?

The illness can be prevented with the necessary precautionary steps; e.g. washing your hands on a regular basis and applying basic hygienic maintenance routines.

What to do in case of detecting symptoms?

In case you experience any of the initial symptoms caused by the new Corona virus (fever, coughing, and difficulty while breathing) please contact your Health Insurance company or a Medicover member of staff via telephone call (00361-465-31-00)

Where to find the latest updates regarding the Corona virus?

Official news are provided by the National Public Health Centre (Nemzeti Népegészségügyi Központ):

https://www.nnk.gov.hu/index.php/koronavirus-tajekoztatok

Please find the phone number of the Department of Epidemic and Infection Control of the National Public Health Centre below that you can call free of charge:

0680 277 455

0680 277 456


What to do in case of planning a visit abroad?

Because of the epidemiological situation METU asks its students to avoid travelling to the affected areas. According to the latest information of the National Public Health Centre, the following countries are the worst-affected areas: China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South-Korea, Iran, and Italy: Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto.

In case you are planning a visit abroad you may also be able to consult the updates of your Embassy and the WHO website:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Take care of yourself and of each other.


6th March 2020.


Kind regards,

Student Information Centre



31st of January

Dear Students,


We would like to inform you about the preventive steps and the measures METU has taken regarding the spreading of corona virus.

No cases have been detected in Hungary and there is currently no sign of the disease causing flu-like symptoms. However, since international students of METU may come from the regions affected we are taking extra precautions.

We have contacted state authorities, our health service provider partner, universities and our partner dorms for information.


Symptoms:

Based on the cases detected so far, the main symptoms of the disease are fever and breathing difficulties. With some patients, pneumonia may develop or it may cause bowel symptoms. The latency period may last up to two weeks. The virus may be infectious during the latency period as well, and it spreads typically via saliva droplets and via the respiratory system.


We have taken the following preventive measures:

  • We have asked students coming from the affected countries to only visit the campus after their arrival in Hungary if symptoms-free, following the 2-week-long latency period. 
  • We have introduced hospital-level disinfection several times a day on surfaces frequently used (handles, switches, elevator buttons) on all campuses.
  • We have placed informative posters in the bathrooms on the importance and the way of washing hands and asked METU staff to use hand disinfectant gels and - if needed – masks for the safety of your students.


What can you do for prevention?

The disease can be prevented with due caution, most effectively by frequently washing hands and complying with the hygiene regulations.

  1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with a soap or alcoholic liquid. Use disposable tissues when sneezing or coughing. Throw away the tissue after use and wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. In case of developing an illness with fever, visit a doctor and if you have been abroad (especially if it was a country infected), inform the doctor about it.
  3. If you are planning a travel, you should stay away from markets selling live animals or unprocessed meat in places where the corona virus has emerged.
  4. Refrain from eating raw meat, dairy or products of unknown origin.
  5. Avoid meeting people infected.


Where can I track news on corona virus?

We advise you to follow information coming from official sources and reliable portals.

If you are travelling abroad in the near future, we advise you to check the information released by the WHO and the consulate:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

If you want to see where the virus is spread at the moment, you can consult this interactive map:

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1BwYYjbsK6W61AR4EmWuOZVtqHcV9Nl6jVwILwFL4RRP6Pw4htb5BkniM#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6


The University keeps following the unfolding events and the official announcements in case further measures are needed to be taken.

Should you have any further questions or requests, please feel free to turn to the colleagues of the Student Information Centre via the below link:


https://www.metropolitan.hu/ask-sic

Budapest, 31st January, 2020.

Kind Regards,

The Student Information Centre