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Message from the UPB Rector, Mr. Mihnea Costoiu, on the new decision related to the educational activities

Dear student,

The evolution of the epidemiological situation in the last week, caused by COVID-19 disease in Romania, has determined the UPB Academic Senate to decide the following:

  1. All educational activities - courses, seminars, laboratories and projects at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels - are to be held remotely (online), between 11 – 29 October 2021.
  2. The Faculty Councils will decide if the physical presence of students is required for the laboratory activities. The decisions of the Councils will be communicated 24 hours in advance and posted on the websites of the faculties.

All UPB decisions will be re-evaluated and revised depending on how the pandemic dynamics change in the near future. You will be updated as conditions change.

In these challenging times, it is important - for your own health as well as the health and safety of your colleagues and other members of our campus community - to follow the recommendations of the Romanian authorities and the university. We are counting on you to keep the entire community safe!

Please follow the faculty websites and COVID - UPB | International Relations Department to stay informed.


With my best wishes,

Mihnea Costoiu
Rector

Updated information from the UPB Rector, Mr. Mihnea Costoiu, for the students who will be continuing or beginning their studies in the academic year 2021-2022

Dear student,

The UPB community is looking forward to welcoming you for the academic year 2021-2022.

I would like to update you with the latest information on our plans.

Following the lifting of social distancing and other restrictions by the Romanian Government, and the latest decisions taken by the UPB Board, I am pleased to say that we are planning to provide as much in-person teaching as we possibly can, along with access to libraries and other facilities in UPB, while still maintaining our standards of safety.

We are ensuring that our plans take into account measures to stay as safe as possible. We will be reviewing our approach regularly. There may be changes to the health situation or government guidance and so our plans may need to be updated accordingly. You will be informed timely with regard to all safety rules and relevant information.

The information below sets out what we plan to deliver, and how we will amend our plans if need be.

In the first semester of the academic year 2021 - 2022, the teaching activities will take place as follows:

Undergraduate studies

  • All courses will be held online;
  • Laboratories, seminars and projects will be delivered in-person, in accordance with the legal regulations applied in the context of the pandemic. Exceptions can be made, in well-justified cases, with the approval of the UPB Board, so that the laboratories, seminars and projects activities can be delivered online;
  • Periodical evaluations and the exams in the January-February session will be held in-person.
  • All commerce and services operators (like markets or pubs) will close at 21.00, although delivery services will be available even beyond these hours.

Master studies will be carried out entirely online.

Doctoral studies

  • The projects, exams and scientific reports will be carried out in-person; all courses will be held online;
  • Public defense of the doctoral theses will be carried out with in-person, except for the members of the commission from outside the university, who can also participate in online format (videoconference).

Postgraduate study programs can be conducted both physically and online.


Staying safe in UPB

We recommend the ongoing use of face coverings and social distancing in indoor work settings. We will provide more details on the measures we will continue to adopt in our buildings, closer to the start of term.

Supporting students

UPB is your home and is always open to offering you personal and professional support. This includes supporting those who have to self-isolate. If you have any concerns during your time at UPB you should contact your faculty or Department of International Relations at international@upb.ro.

University services are also available for help: for more information see our coronavirus webpage.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you to UPB!


Sending you our best wishes,

Mihnea Costoiu
Rector

Message to Students from the UPB Rector, Mr. Mihnea Costoiu, regarding the new national restrictions

Dear students,

I hope you and your dear ones are healthy.

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am writing to you regarding the new National restrictions in Romania. The Government introduced important restrictions in order to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The national restrictions will be enforced for the next 4 weeks, starting today, 9 November.

The restrictions imposed by the Romanian Government are as follows:

  • Masks are mandatory in all spaces;
  • In order to minimize the potential spread of the virus, student will not be allowed to leave student residences during the night, between 23.00 and 05.00, excepting emergency situations (like medical assistance or purchasing medicine);
  • To verify the reasons for circulating outside the residences, you will have to complete and present a statement on one's own responsibility, completed in advance. The declaration will include your name and surname, date of birth, address of your residency, and the reason for your leaving the house, the date and your signature;You can find the declaration (in Romanian) on this website.
  • All commerce and services operators (like markets or pubs) will close at 21.00, although delivery services will be available even beyond these hours.

In line with UPB Executive Board decisions, the teaching format remains unchanged during this period:

  • Lectures and labs will be held online on Moodle Platform & Microsoft Teams;
  • The UPB Library will continue to provide online and in-person services and it will comply with all national health regulations;
  • The University’s Sports Centre and Gym will be closed.

We are currently focusing all our efforts to ensure your health and wellbeing during this lockdown period. We will continue to offer accommodation and a wide range of university services. Should you need anything, do not hesitate to let us know.

Please follow the Department of International Relations webpage (https://international.upb.ro/) for constant updates.

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Stay healthy, be safe and take care of yourself!

Mihnea Costoiu
Rector

Message to students from the UPB Rector, Mr. Mihnea Costoiu, regarding the new academic year

Dear students,

I do hope you and your families are all in good health and looking forward to meeting your colleagues and teachers.

You are probably aware of the fact that this year will be a little bit different due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We have taken all the necessary measures for your own safety. Here you can find some information regarding the new academic year.

  • The new academic year starts on October 5, 2020;
  • You can access your timetable on the sites of the respective faculties;
  • Students will be lodged in single or double rooms, according to the Romanian safety regulations;
  • UPB canteens remain open, following all law-abiding sanitary measures.

I urge you to remain optimistic and strong, to keep faith in your future and do not forget you have all our support.

Best wishes,

With consideration,
Mihnea Costoiu
Rector

Message to international partners from the UPB Rector, Mr. Mihnea Costoiu, regarding the new academic year

Dear Partners,

Greetings to you from University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. We would like to transmit some important information on the upcoming academic year.

UPB Executive Board has taken the decision that all UPB international students will attend courses through a hybrid format (labs – face-to face and courses online), starting with 1st October 2020. University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest has put together a set of measures for students and staff in order to reduce all risks implied by Coronavirus.

The measures are taken so to keep everyone as safe as possible during their stay on campus. It is more important than ever that we look after ourselves and others.

Upon arriving on campus, the students will receive a detailed Guideline with prevention measures and contacts of the responsible departments and people they can contact in case they need assistance.

This useful information is available in all our areas in the campus and warning adds have been posted on all our buildings.

We will continue to provide updates on the website, on social media and by email, depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Best wishes,

Mihnea Costoiu
Rector

Frequently asked questions

Prevention, health and wellness – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What can I do to avoid the spread of COVID – 19?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We can recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: ⦁ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. ⦁ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. ⦁ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. ⦁ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. ⦁ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. ⦁ Stay home when you are sick. ⦁ UPB has adopted a recommendation by the Executive Board to employ a no-handshake practice. Verbal greetings are preferred substitutes.
What should I do if I feel sick?
If you feel sick and think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call ahead before visiting your health care provider. This will help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Students who experience symptoms should contact the … to discuss symptoms and travel history. Faculty and staff members who experience symptoms should contact their primary general practitioner (GP). Additionally, the Romanian Government has activated a statewide public hotline, TELVERDE (0800 800 358) , for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19.
Should I wear a face mask?
Public health officials advise against the use of masks for healthy, symptom-free adults. The use of masks is best for those who are experiencing symptoms to avoid spreading the virus to others. In addition, if not used properly, masks may not prevent contracting the virus. It is important for people who have flu-like symptoms to wear a mask in a health care setting to avoid exposing other people by coughing or sneezing. Community support is also important. Everyone is encouraged to be respectful if our community members are wearing a mask. It is not safe to assume that they have been exposed to coronavirus or any other illness. Mask use is sometimes customary in certain cultures.
What can I do if I feel anxious or stressed?
Students living on or off campus are invited to reach out to the Counseling Center. For faculty and staff, the UPB administrative officers offer confidential, professional counseling, referrals to legal and financial services and other types of assistance to all employees and their families.
What will happen if someone suspects they have the virus and they live on campus?
If a member of the university community feels sick and thinks that may have been exposed to the coronavirus, they are encouraged to call ahead before visiting their health care provider. This will help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Students who experience symptoms should call TELVERDE (0800 800 358) to discuss symptoms and travel history. Faculty and staff members who experience symptoms should contact their primary care provider (General Practitioner).
What if someone does test positive and lives on campus?
We would follow the Romanian Government Decree guidelines. These individuals will need to self-isolate and monitor for worsening symptoms, according to the guidance of local health officials. Close contacts of the individuals with COVID-19 may also need temporary housing so that they can self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
International Relations Office
Is the International Relations Office open?
The office is open daily from 8:00 to 16:00. The office is located in the Rectorate building at the 3rd floor, room 310.
Will International Relations Office staff be available for help and support?
Yes, International Relations Office is available to help students with any questions or problems during the regular business hour. For contact Information and updates, visit the International Relations website: international.upb.ro
Travel and study abroad
How has university-related travel been affected?
All university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice. This includes travel connected to university activities or programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether that travel is funded by the university, an external grant, or any other sources.
What should I consider when planning personal travel?
We strongly advise against personal travel. If you do decide to travel, it is prudent to plan for delays and complications as you could have difficulty returning to campus based on how this situation develops over the next few weeks.
I recently traveled internationally. Should I be concerned?
UPB is asking all community members returning to Romania from Europe, China, Iran, United States and South Korea, to stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health and practice social distancing. Any individual who may have been in contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection should also stay home and self-monitor. This guidance may change quickly, so please stay informed.
UPB Guide for Teaching and Learning Remotely