Dear students, teachers, and employees,
Two weeks have passed since our school closed due to emergency measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Last time, we only sent out decisions addressing the minimum operation of the school and distance learning. Allow me now to greet you after two weeks in a less formal tone and in this difficult time wish you firm health and much physical and mental strength.
As far as I know, to date, none of our students or employees have COVID-19, although some of us have been quarantined. We are in contact even with students on internships abroad. Interning students in the most vulnerable countries returned to the Czech Republic, and others can participate in distance learning at partner schools.
From the media, you probably know that UMPRUM's limited operations will take several weeks. The government published information that the closing of schools will be one of the last measures to be lifted, probably at the turn of May and June. Our ministry declares that it wants to prevent (an economically demanding) extension of studies and that it does not count on shortening the summer holidays.
The management of UMPRUM is considering different scenarios for ending the semester. Meanwhile, we expect intensive teaching of practical and theoretical disciplines in June and early July and will extend the regular exam period into the summer. We will most likely postpone finals and the master's thesis defense to September. Graduation will take place at the end of October.
The entrance exams for the fields of Architectural Design and Theory and History of Modern and Contemporary Art are planned for early July.
However, it is not yet possible to exclude the fact that universities may not open until September. In this case, we would need to prepare another emergency scenario.
I am very pleased and moved to receive news that students, graduates and UMPRUM staff are participating in various volunteer activities, especially sewing face masks, but also caring for the elderly. I am proud of everyone involved and thank them very much. I would also like to thank all UMPRUM staff and students for supporting our efforts to keep the school running, especially for the positive attitude towards the non-standard forms of teaching. In particular, I would like to thank my colleagues who are personally present at the school and are in charge of its basic functions during this difficult time.
I do not want to go into unnecessary wisdom, but like many of you, I think of the current quarantine as a chance. We have fallen out of our stereotypes and have given up various activities that from a small step back seem to be unnecessary. We may have become sharply aware of what is really important to us and what are just the trivialities of the day. Let us use the silence around us for internal cleansing. Let us devote our efforts to those creative activities that we have neglected in our everyday hustle and bustle.
My warmest greetings to you all.
Rektor of UMPRUM
International education programmes and emergency measures concerning coronavirus
In light of this decision and under the advisement of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Czech National Agency for International Education (DZS) implements the following measures:
• All new international mobilities financed by programmes administered by DZS will be put on hold. This concerns all types of mobilities, e.g. for pupils, students, academic and non-academic staff as well as other professionals working in the education field.
• We highly recommend that all participants of international mobilities who are currently abroad suspend their stay and return to the Czech Republic. This concerns all types of mobilities, e.g. for pupils, students, academic and non-academic staff as well as other professionals working in the education field.
• Foreign students who are currently staying in the Czech Republic are advised to contact the sending institution or embassy.
For more information, please contact Study the Czech Republic, e-mail: email@example.com, tel: +420 221 850 604/610/619/621
Due to preventive measures taken in connection with COVID-19, starting today all public events in Czech Republic involving more than 30 people will be cancelled for a period of 30 days.
For further up-to-date information concerning the emergency measures in force in the Czech Republic, we recommend visiting the website of:
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/index.html),
the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (https://www.mzcr.cz/Cizinci/obsah/coronavirus_2649_23.html),
the website of the Government of the Czech Republic (https://www.vlada.cz/en/),
New obligations and information for foreign nationals - prevention against spread of COVID-19 - https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239194&doctype=ART
If required, please contact the embassy of your country in the Czech Republic.
Some west African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria) and Kongo
have currently announced Epidemics caused by the EBOLA virus.
What is Ebola: a serious infectious illness that ends with the death of the patient
in more than half the cases.
How is it transmitted: It is transmitted through direct contact with blood or
with other body fluids (such as urine, saliva) from people, dead or alive, afflicted by
Ebola. The illness is also transmitted through sexual intercourse with a person who
suffered from the illness, even up to 3 months after recovering. It is also possible to
be infected by an originator of Ebola through contact with wild animals (monkeys,
The illness is not transmitted through the air.
The period from the infection to the outbreak of the symptoms is 2-21 days.
What to do when returning from a high-risk area:
if you are travelling from a high-risk area, monitor your state of health for a period of 21
days. In the event of any febrile illness, inexplicable tiredness, muscle pain,
headaches, a sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting and subsequent bleeding it is
necessary to rule out the suspicion that it could be due to this illness. Do not
leave your flat and contact your doctor or medical emergency service (dial 155)
by phone immediately.
8 September 2014
Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic