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Mar 18, 2020 | University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


FHNW's handling of coronavirus

This page is continuously updated and is the central information resource for staff and students of the FHNW on how to deal with the coronavirus at the FHNW.

Suspended classroom teaching, limited access to FHNW buildings

Taking its cue from the decisions by the Federal Council, the FHNW crisis unit took the following decisions.

The University will continue to operate as close to normal as possible

Information für students:

  • The FHNW suspended all classroom teaching for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester (up to 31 August 2020 for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes) on 16 March 2020. Teaching will be offered through alternative means to be announced on a School-by-School basis.

  • Students will no longer have access to the FHNW's buildings from 17 March 2020 as they no longer have need for it.

Information for staff:

  • From 17 March 2020, staff of the FHNW are being required to work from home until further notice. Questions regarding home office are to be worked out with their respective line managers.
  • Staff will have only limited access to the FHNW's buildings. If the need for access is unavoidable, this should be discussed with the relevant line manager. The latter will inform the relevant Director or VP Services.
  • The FHNW has provided lecturers with an Inside platform to assist them in their realisation of alternatives to classroom teaching. In addition to guidance on the most common scenarios and tools, it is also offering a forum area for questions and sharing experiences. The Schools remain the first point of contact for teaching and technical support. The range of services in this area will be boosted and, if possible, expanded in the coming weeks. Link to the platform.

Information für students and staff:

  • The University – together with its teaching activities – will continue to operate as close to normal as possible.
  • The Schools and libraries remain accessible online. (>>
  • Canteens at FHNW locations remain closed.
  • The ICT Helpdesk remains available for IT support (
  • The Schools will provide further information for their students, as will Services.
  • The entire offer of FHNW university sports will be discontinued at all locations up until the end of the semester.

The FHNW is keen to protect its students and staff from infection as best as possible and thereby help delay the spread of the new coronavirus.

The FHNW thanks all its staff and students for supporting these measures, which are necessary to allow the continued operation of the University under very difficult circumstances, and wishes everyone good health.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FHNW has prepared a FAQ for its staff and students on how to deal with the coronavirus at the FHNW, which will be continuously updated.
>> To the FAQ


For questions on how to deal with the coronavirus the FHNW has created a hotline.
Tel:           056 202 75 75
E-Mail:     Y29yb25hQGZobncuY2g=

Actual Situation in Switzerland

>> Latest information on the coronavirus by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) 

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