The rector of Université Laval Sophie D’amours, says he is confident of being able to accommodate at least 30% of students on campus next fall, thanks to the increase of courses offered both in-class and distance.
A new formula for the activities of reception and integration of new students will also be established.
Ms. D’amours welcomes the scenarios submitted by Québec Tuesday, which calls for colleges and universities prepare to host at least 30% of students for the fall session.
“This idea that students can come on campus, we hope and we are working in this regard-there. (…) We will fully comply with the guidelines of the public health, and I’m pretty convinced that we will be able, I hope, if the conditions are favourable to meet the objectives that are announced”, she said in an interview with The Newspaper.
“We are well aware that there is a substantial supply that will be remote, but the one does not preclude the other. Depending of the situation, we have the tools to ensure that the courses are given both in face-to-face and distance learning. (…)_Tous our courses are provided in hybrid forms will more easily be able to reintegrate students by providing both at the same time,” she added.
Of “significant investments” have been made over the past few weeks in order to be able to double the supply of courses offered in hybrid this fall. Currently, thirty classrooms are equipped with equipment which allows the dissemination of online courses, live.
Laval University also plans to offer all services to students this autumn, taking into account new sanitary measures.
In addition, Ms. D’amours says that there is nothing to indicate so far that the students will be fewer in number on the campus this fall, “on the contrary”, since an increase in registrations for the summer session has been recorded.
Reception and integration
The institution will also work in the coming months to develop a new formula surrounding the activities of reception and integration, which typically allow new students to get acquainted with their classmates in the beginning of the session.
Activities will take place, but will need to be reviewed, depending on the context. “It’s hard to imagine the show from the back as it was before. But we will work to make other proposals, and we’re going to do with the students,” says Ms. Love.
Meetings in smaller groups may take place and a buddy system with other students could also be encouraged, evokes the rector.
On the side of the CADEUL, its president Keven Imbeault is confident that the student associations will organize interesting activities for the new school year.
A guide will be produced to assist in this planning in respect of health measures.
The drop in international students worries
The president Loves remains “very concerned” by the impact of declining enrollments of international students, which leads to reductions in income important to the institution. Even if Québec will enable these students to begin their training at a distance, the losses remain important, since the University Laval welcomes good year, bad year, approximately 7,000 students, which represents a proportion of 14%.
Student residences occupied at 50%
Université Laval has obtained the green light of the public health in order to aim for an occupancy rate of 50% in its student residences next fall. Currently, about one-third of the students who lived in the residences at the time of the closure of the campus in mid-march and staying still. This capacity will respond to the needs of a greater number of students and reduce the shortfall generated by the high vacancy rates, welcomes the president. Since mid-march, students who could have been invited to find another place to stay.
Of the projects still on track
The pandemic does not compromise the construction projects planned on the campus, as well as that of the new student residences and the nordic Institute, ensures the president Of the amur. “It was really the intention to go forward with these projects, it is important for the region of Québec, the projects are real significant. The University has always been an important player in the economy and we must do our part in the economic recovery”, she says.