We caught up with ESH Alumni member and Class of 2019 graduate, Noémie Faure, to find out how university has changed due to the coronacrisis. Noémie is completing a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences at the Wageningen University of Research (WUR) located in Gelderland, and we are very grateful for the time she took to share her experience with us.

How is your university handling the coronacrisis?

The university adapted pretty quickly. As I am in my first year of bachelor, it was much easier for them to shift everything online than for for example master students who must write their thesis and such. My different subjects can be seen to have different materials online. Where some are mainly composed of web lectures, others have recordings of the previous years. As for the lab work which was missed, they came up with a system where we must do it online, read through everything and then take a quiz. The university is thereafter capable of seeing who did what, and to add to that we will be tested on everything.

The European Baccalaureate exams were cancelled this year. Were your exams also cancelled?

The exams haven't stopped. Although some subjects deemed essays sufficient to replace certain exams, most of my online exams are taken through an application which entails that I must be filmed and recorded at all times to prevent cheating.

What challenges have you faced, and how has your university supported you?

The university created a "corona virus" course which allows students to read through certain articles allowing them to cope better with their studies. Yet it is certain that studying at home is a big change and is not very favourable for me at least, as procrastination and the lack of motivation has become an issue.

Will you be required to repeat parts of your course?

In the Netherlands it is required of the first-year students to attain a minimum of credits (where every passing subjects gives you a certain amount of credits and the year is always graded on 60). In most universities it is required to have a minimum of 45, my course originally began with only needing 36 credits. However, with the crisis at hand, the passing credits were also lowered, allowing students to pass the year with only 30 credits. Evidently, the missing credits will be needed to be passed in the second year, as no bachelor is complete without all the credits of every single subject, however, it does relieve some stress.

About WUR

Wageningen University & Research is a Dutch university located in a region of the Netherlands known as the Food Valley. WUR trains specialists in life and social sciences and focuses its research on scientific, social and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources. It is widely known for its agriculture, forestry, and environmental studies programs. Interested in finding out more about their courses?

Visit the Wageningen University & Research website

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