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COVID-19 virus

Dear international Partners and Students,

Regarding the recent developments concerning the COVID-19 virus, we regularly update our information on the status of the situation in Germany, specifically the cases in Wuppertal and the Bergisches Land region.

Like many European countries, Germany has experienced a growing number of COVID-19 infections in the past days. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there are 73.522 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany (as of April 2nd, 0:00am), 15.427 of them are in the state of NRW. As the city administration confirmed today, there are now 262 people in Wuppertal who are infected with COVID-19. According to current knowledge, these persons are not related to the University.

We would like assure you that our Ministry and the authorities of the university take very seriously their responsibilities to ensure the safety of the whole academic community.

This is accommodated by the following measures:

  • The University is following the guidelines of the RKI and the State Health Ministry. Updates are communicated continually to our students and staff by internal notices, on our Website and via social media
  • The Rectorate of the University has decided, in agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW (MKW NRW), to postpone the start of lectures until April, 20th 2020
  • The university is significantly cutting back on its service activities. The necessary precautions in the Corona crisis make it necessary that in many areas only the really important services are maintained ("minimal operation"). Daily updated information will be given on our website 
  • All university-wide and department conferences, sporting events as well as other meetings organised by the University are cancelled until April, 19th. This does not only apply to regular teaching, but also to preliminary courses, further education and sports activities as well as events with external guests (lectures, conferences, etc.) 
  • All personel consultation hours are closed, information via email and phone is still possible
  • Our campus accommodation will remain open and continue to provide an excellent service to students in the event of an escalation
  • We are preparing contingency plans for distance and remote learning should the University need to close
  • The operation of shopping malls is reduced. (food-delivery option is possible),
  • All event and leisure facilities such as cinema, sports club, night clubs etc have to close in Germany from Tuesday, March 17th
  • The borders to France, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark are closed from Monday, March 16th, 8:00 am

We are preparing contingency plans for distance and remote learning should the University need to close. The objective of the University of Wuppertal is to safe its staff, students and the general public. So please rest assured that their interests remain our most priority.

We will keep you informed about any changes concerning the situation at our institution and we remain at your disposal if any questions remain and to offer support regarding anything that you may need at this time. Please do let our team know if you have any questions and icenter{at}

We wish you every good health and hope that we all remain healthy and well during this time.

zuletzt bearbeitet am: 02.04.2020