France: Universities might resume in-person teaching in February
Posted on November 28, 2020
In a televised address to the nation on November 24, 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will begin easing COVID-19 lockdown from the weekend.
The nationwide lockdown in France is to be lifted on December 15, 2020.
While a 9pm to 7 am curfew is to remain in place, the same will be relaxed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve allowing people to travel between regions so that they can spend Christmas with their families.
Nevertheless, the people have been advised by the President to avoid “pointless travel” while respecting the social distancing protocol during the entire festive season.
Moreover, if the COVID-19 situation in France continues to improve, universities will be allowed to resume in-person teaching from January 20, 2021. Bars, gyms, cafes and restaurants will also be allowed to reopen.
Earlier this year, France gets its own MIT in the University of Paris-Saclay.
Touted to be the “MIT à la française” by none other than the French President Emmanuel Macron, the University of Paris-Saclay is a “French university that is inclusive, demanding, and open to the world”.
Officially launched on January 1, 2020, the Paris-Saclay University has come about through the merger of around 20 higher education and research institutions.
Paris-Saclay University includes 10 faculties, 4 Grandes Ecoles, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, 2 member-associated universities and shared laboratories with the prominent national research organisations in France.
All that have joined the merger retain a separate identity of their own, similar to faculty departments. As per Sylvie Retailleau, president of Paris-Saclay, “Respect for diversity is our strength”.
France continues to be an important study overseas destination in the European region.
As per the November 24 address by the French President Emmanuel Macron, France will be starting a vaccination campaign in the country, either at the end of December or the beginning of January 2021.
COVID-19 infection rate in France has dropped significantly following the imposition of a nationwide lockdown by the government on October 30.
As per a survey, Germany and France will continue to be the most-visited Schengen nations in the post-pandemic scenario. 2,636 respondents, belonging to 87 different third-countries, took part in the survey.
The current COVID-19 infection rate in France is less than a third of the infection rate at the beginning of November. The number of individuals under hospitalization has also been seeing a downward trend for a week.
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