The University of Trento is working to reopen with in-person teaching and learning in September. Today, the Academic Senate authorised the full return to face-to-face lectures in the 2021/22 academic year. The members of the Council of Directors, who met yesterday, unanimously agreed with the proposal.
Teaching and learning activities will therefore go back to normal starting from the new academic year: good news for students of the University of Trento and for future students who still have to enrol. In recent weeks, students from out of the region have started to make plans to move to Trento. The University however will continue to provide support for those who will continue with distance learning because of the pandemic.
The University ensures that the return to classrooms will be safe. Safety protocols to access rooms and spaces will be defined in the coming months, to protect the health of students and citizens. The University is considering the opportunity to use saliva tests to monitor people's health. Safeguarding the health and safety of staff and students has always been a priority for the University, which adopted measures to control and contain the virus since the beginning of the health emergency, such as the app to access university buildings.
The decision to fully restore face-to-face teaching in September follows a series of measures launched by the University in recent weeks to encourage a gradual resumption of activities in all the Departments and Centres. Many study spaces were progressively reopened in June, and an additions 354 places were made available at departments in Povo, Mesiano, Trento and Rovereto, while maintaining a reduced seating capacity.
"This decision, taken unanimously by the academic community, gives us hope and a signal of everyone's desire to start again", commented Rector Flavio Deflorian. "But it is also a call to collective responsibility. As a University, we must define appropriate security measures. But students, academics and administrative and technical staff are also invited to be responsible when we will return to fully live the spaces of the University. The pandemic has taught us to stay focused: I am sure that we will face this challenge in a serious and responsible way".